Contractor Safety Share

Sharing safety information



An equipment rental company employee was in the process of picking up an aerial lift with a damaged head gasket.  The employee started the engine and drove the aerial lift onto the bed of a trailer.  He was unaware that when he started the engine, oil had sprayed out the back of the aerial lift onto the gravel and arbor steel.  After loading the aerial lift, the employee left the site. 


Two electrical contractors noticed the oil spill and called their supervisor.  Their supervisor went to look at the oil spill.  After looking at the oil spill, he called a supervisor from the prime contractor, to notify him of the incident.  At that point, the prime contractor’s supervisor notified his general foreman.  The general foreman came to the spill area and called the field coordinator.  The field coordinator radioed the appropriate personnel to come clean up the oil spill.

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

  1. Ensure all spills or releases are reported immediately.
  2. Contractors shall provide time, location, material, quantity, and actions taken to contain or cleanup the spill.
  3. After notifying your supervisor, immediately contact contractor supervisor.
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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