The accident: A construction crew working on a rooftop demolition project was making chainsaw cuts to the roof’s planking to ease removal. One of the workers moved to close to an opening, and fell 26 feet to a waste heap below.
The accident: A construction crew was preparing to close one lane of travel on a two-lane highway to repair damaged guardrails. A flagger stepped out into the road with his back to oncoming traffic. The driver, blinded by early morning sun, failed to see the flagger and struck him while traveling approximately 55 mph.
The accident: A paving company employee was transporting a compactor to a jobsite. After parking the tilt bed trailer, he unloaded the compactor by backing the machine down the ramp. The compactor slid off the edge of the ramp and then tipped over. The driver jumped from the machine, but was struck by the ROPS and pinned to the ground.
The accident: An operator was using a hydraulic excavator with a lifting attachment to remove concrete slabs from a bridge. He raised the arm to clear the guardrail, causing the excavator to become unbalanced, tip to the edge of the bridge deck, fall over the side and land 60 feet below in a river.
The accident: Three construction workers in a scissor lift were shoveling dirt and gravel from a planter box mounted to the exterior wall of a parking deck, in an attempt to make the box lighter prior to removal. When the workers tried to pull the box from the wall, the box struck the lift, knocking it over. One of the workers fell 20 feet to the ground below.
The accident: A backhoe operator was moving fill dirt, after which other workers spread and compacted the fill. The operator positioned his backhoe too close to the edge of the excavation, and his machine toppled over, striking a compactor operator.
The accident: A backhoe operator jumped off his machine to assist another crewmember. The strap of his fall protection harness became entangled on the control levels, moving the loader bucket. The bucket crushed another worker between the bucket and a concrete building.
The accident: Crews were working at night to replace aging cast-iron water pipes in an intersection. One worker was standing in the street, guiding the operator of a wheel loader as he backed out into the intersection. After the loader stopped backing up and started moving forward, the worker decided to hitch a ride, and grabbed the loader’s side ladder.
The accident: Crews started working on a gas station renovation in an older residential section of a small town. The plans called for a new water run-off drainage line to be installed from the existing structure to a nearby sewer, but there were no existing prints of the service station’s original utility lines.
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.