Contractor Safety Share

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Near Miss Mill Drill Tipover

Employees were tasked to move equipment to a salvage location by using a box truck for transportation.  The mill drill was anchored to a wood pallet at two points with screw lags diagonal from each other.  The drill was the first equipment piece to be placed onto the truck.  A manual pallet jack was used to move the drill.  During the first attempt to push the drill onto the truck, the pallet wheels got stuck in a depression on the truck bed.  The depression is where the truck door latches to the truck bed.  A second attempt was made to push the drill onto the truck.  The wheels got stuck again in the truck floor depression and the force momentum broke the screw lags from the pallet wood slats and the mill drill fell forward onto the truck bed.  No employees were in the truck at the time of this event.

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

1. Inspect floors for uneven surfaces and eliminate uneven surfaces before moving equipment.
2. Adequately secure top-heavy loads to prevent tipping and/or loss of control.
3. Re-position top-heavy loads to lower the center of gravity.
4. Construct a shipping crate to stabilize/secure the load.
5. Always remain out of the "line of fire".

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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