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Knee Injury After Stepping off Scaffolding

Employee was building scaffold in a tight location between tanks.  As he was descending down the scaffold ladder, he noticed a power switch for a chilled water pump was in the OFF position.  The one directly next to it was in the ON position.  This made him think that he may have accidently pulled the switch to the OFF position as he passed by with his harness and tools on.  He descended down the last three steps so he could notify operations.  Once both feet were on the group, he turned to his right to walk down the narrow walkway.  As he turned he felt a pop in his left knee. 

Factors to consider at your site and/or project include, but not limited to the following:

1.    A thorough review of scaffolding ladder/access needs to be completed.  Do not place ladders in front of locked out panels.

2.    Pay particular attention to your surroundings when working in tight areas.

3.    Discussion on placement of scaffolding and access ladders needs to be review by both contractor and operations personnel.


Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities.

Safety Flash Action Items:
  • Date Contractor Safety Flash posted for all employees to review: _______________
  • Safety Talk meeting date: _______________
  • Full employee attendance and participation at safety meeting to review this incident (documentation required).
  • Employees understand urgency in protecting themselves and others.
  • Supervisors and Employees are clear which items shared in this Safety Flash are mandatory.
  • Employees/Supervisors will focus on recommended actions during future work activities of a similar nature.
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THINK about the hazards associated with your particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on your job.
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