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One-man machines: The operator should be the only person on a wheel loader

One-man machines: The operator should be the only...

Run Over / Back Over

Posted by Amy Materson on May 15, 2014

The accident: Crews were working at night to replace aging cast-iron water pipes in an intersection. One worker was standing ...

Drill safe: Preparation is the key to safe horizontal directional drilling

Drill safe: Preparation is the key to safe horizontal...

Electrocution

Posted by Amy Materson on May 15, 2014

The accident: Crews started working on a gas station renovation in an older residential section of a small town. The ...

Worth 1,000 words: Acquaint yourself with common safety decals

Worth 1,000 words: Acquaint yourself with common safety...

Miscellaneous

Posted by Amy Materson on May 14, 2014

It has been said a picture is worth a thousand words, but safety decals on construction equipment are worth more ...

Heavy loads: Soil exerts tremendous pressure during cave-ins

Heavy loads: Soil exerts tremendous pressure during...

Trenching

Posted by Amy Materson on May 14, 2014

The accident: Working in the December cold, a utility construction worker was helping install a sewer line in a 25- ...

Don’t slip up: Fall protection keeps missteps from being fatal

Don’t slip up: Fall protection keeps missteps...

Falls

Posted by Amy Materson on May 14, 2014

The accident: A 42-year-old ironworker foreman was working on a structural steel beam roof. After a crane lifted a beam ...

Know when to park it: Steep slopes, unstable ground can put you in perilous position on a roller

Know when to park it: Steep slopes, unstable ground can...

Tip Over / Rollover

Posted by Amy Materson on May 14, 2014

The accident: A 41-year-old roller operator was working on a road extension when his machine rolled sideways down steep embankment. ...

Not so fast: Before you attach a bucket, take a closer look at your quick coupler

Not so fast: Before you attach a bucket, take a closer...

Caught In-Between

Posted by Amy Materson on May 14, 2014

The accident: During a water main installation, a crew member entered a newly dug lateral excavation, preparing to install pipe. ...

A safe exit: Make sure you’ve locked out controls before leaving a cab for any reason

A safe exit: Make sure you’ve locked out controls...

Caught In-Between

Posted by Amy Materson on May 14, 2014

The accident: A man stopped to clear debris from a dozer, getting out of the cab. When the dozer started ...

Asphalt paver precautions: These wide machines require the crew’s attention

Asphalt paver precautions: These wide machines require...

Run Over / Back Over

Posted by Amy Materson on May 14, 2014

The accident: One crew member started to move an asphalt paving machine, and struck another laborer, who became trapped under ...

Strap yourself in: Once in the cab, truck safety begins with a seat belt

Strap yourself in: Once in the cab, truck safety begins...

Tip Over / Rollover

Posted by Amy Materson on May 14, 2014

The accident: Operating a truck, an operator lost control as he backed toward a steep embankment to dump a load ...

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