Fire is bad enough, but when you run away holding the fuel for the fire, it can only lead to bad consequences.
An automotive mechanic had spent much of a day removing and old fuel tank and installing a new one in a truck…
It was a high-rise job, using a skid steer loader to remove demolition debris on the 21st floor of a building. Above a worker, remote-controlled demolition machines punched holes through the floors to start the demolition process.
The worker was 41 years old and a 14-year veteran of the local Laborers International Union. He had been employed by the contractor for two months during the demolition of a 26-story apartment building.
Two excavator operators were using a tandem lift procedure to carry a 128-foot section of 16-inch gas pipeline from a staging area to the installation area at the bottom of a hill. The pipe was secured by two slings about 20 feet from each end of the pipe.
All excavator operators had completed the appropriate training and were considered experts on excavating operations. Although the victim was new to the company, he had 20 years of work experience operating heavy equipment, including excavators, and had been a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers.But according to OSHA, the employer had not established procedures for using two excavators during a lifting operation…
On a cold, rainy, winter morning in the woods of Oregon a worker for a logging and construction firm began started a warming fire using a mixture of diesel fuel and chainsaw gasoline. The worker walked away from the fire for about 15 minutes to make a cell phone call.
Accident investigators believe a mechanic, in an attempt to boost the fire in the coworker’s absence, poured straight gasoline from a 5-gallon container onto the smoldering fire, engulfing him in flames.
After refueling his wheel loader at the top of a hill, an operator began a steep ride down to where the work was taking place. As the wheel loader pickup up speed, the operator hit the brake pedals, but the brakes failed to engage. The loader hit a bump on the descent and began bucking violently back and forth. Other workers at the site reported seeing the operator bouncing inside the cab.
The accident: A veteran heavy equipment operator climbed aboard his dozer and began pushing shale rock into stockpiles. The owner of the equipment was also working nearby, picking up the shale with a wheel loader and placing it in dump trucks for removal. Although functional, the dozer was almost 40 years old.
After lunch, the dozer operator resumed work, but unable to loosen any shale from an embankment, he put the dozer into reverse. After backing up approximately 6 feet, a hydraulic line on the left side of the dozer burst, spraying hot hydraulic uid across the exhaust manifold.
Moments later, flames engulfed the operator.
The accident: Two workers, a laborer and an equipment operator, were preparing an area for a new concrete slab adjacent to a building. The laborer was on foot, assisting the skid steer operator by direct- ing him into position in front of the building. The laborer signaled for the skid steer operator to stop the machine at the edge of the exca- vation and dump a load of gravel and sand. The skid steer rolled forward into the depression and tipped forward, pinning the laborer against the building by the bucket. Emergency medical services were called and transported him to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
It has been said a picture is worth a thousand words, but safety decals on construction equipment are worth more than that – they could save your life. Crucial to preventing injury or even death, these often overlooked cautionary reminders take little time and effort to notice and heed. The following safety pictorials are provided by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
The near accident: A New York State Department of Transportation worker started sand blasting a bridge in preparation for painting. Although it’s a departmental rule that hard hats must be worn, the job circumstances seemed safe. He wasn’t under traffic, nor was he under an overhead hazard. But several feet away from the worker, a steel hatch suddenly blew off the top of the pressure blasting equipment. The 100-pound hatch flew through the air and struck the worker square on the top of his head.