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.