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Prevent the Second Accident!



A separate safety flash discussed the importance of planning your route as the result of a vehicle accident on Loop Road.  In the immediate response to this accident, two subcontractor employees climbed into the back of a pickup truck for traffic control.  Everyone involved knew that riding in the back of a pickup truck without permanently mounted seats was prohibited.  But before we become critics of this chain reaction event, let’s stop and give this manner some serious consideration.   It is human nature to react with your emotions over rational thinking in an emergency event.  This is the reason the deaths of workers in confined spaces is a recurring occupational tragedy.  Approximately 60% of these fatalities involve “would be rescuers”.


Preventing the “Second Accident” is an important topic to consider.  Probably most of us have read or heard a story when people were involved in a traffic accident and survived, but were tragically injured or killed when they left their vehicle and became a victim in the second accident.  The term “Preventing the Second Accident” came from the space and nuclear industry.  In accident reconstruction, personnel would set-up the same chain of events that caused the original accident and lead to a second one.  For all of us non-rocket scientists, it can come much easier and so unsuspecting.  

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

  • Strive for “Zero Accident” Performance.  This is our goal and should not accept anything less.
  • In emergency situations, remain calm; watch out for hazards or actions that caused the accident.  The accident scene could be very hazardous and with quickly changing conditions.  Protect yourself, coworkers and bystanders. Stop, think, and assess the situation.  
  • If able to do so without endangering yourself or others, put the equipment in a safe configuration if hazardous.  Always preserve the scene if no one is at risk.
  • A very important point to remember when using a phone to report an emergency is always let the emergency personnel end the conversation.  If you hang up before they do, vital information may have been omitted in the heat of the emergency.  
  • Emergency Phone Numbers for Lilly can be found on the back of your Security Badge and in the inside cover of the CONTRACTOR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL.


From any Lilly Phone                             From any Outside Phone (including Cell)

LTC & LCC- 555                                    LTC & LCC - 317-277-0016

Greenfield-  5555                                   Greenfield- 317-477-5555 

Tippe- 4222                                           Tippe – 765-477--4222

Clinton- 4201                                         Clinton- 765-832-4201

Please note:  Lilly Security is the only one authorized to call 911.



            1. Your Name

            2. Your Company’s name

            3. Your Location

            4. Description

            5. Status on injured/incident


                                     Let the Emergency Communication Personnel End the Call!

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.
Contract Firm Management Rep Signature____________________


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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