Contractor Safety Share

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Bruised/Torn Knee

An Electrical contractor was visiting and reviewing a work site in a tank farm that had erected scaffold in place. As the contractor moved around the work site he was looking up.  As he turned to leave the area, he fell over an extended piece of scaffold and onto his knee.  He knew the scaffold was nearby, but did not see it in his immediate walking path.

Shortly afterwards, he noticed swelling and pain in his knee.  He went to the on site nurse.  The contractor was referred to an off-site clinic.  At the clinic the contractor received medical treatment beyond first aid. 

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

  1. Continue to stress the importance of looking forward on all paths on construction sites for any impediments or obstructions that can cause Slip, Trip, Falls.
  2. Flag or mark trip hazards with high visibility tape or paint.
  3. Conduct a hazard review to those that don’t visit the work site regularly to raise awareness of all the hazards they could encounter.


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

Think about the hazards associated with your particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on your job.


If you have questions about this Safety Flash, or would like additional information, please contact your local Safety Management Group Advisor.  Thank you.

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