Incident Notice 2014-25

Incident Notice 2014-25

Type: Fatality

Industry: Mobile Equipment Operation

Incident Summary:

Workers were undertaking sewer line up-grades using a pneumatic system. An issue arose regarding the operation of the system, and a worker entered the system area in an attempt to help correct the issue when a pneumatic ram released, striking the worker. The worker sustained fatal injuries.

Safety Reminders:

  • Hazard assessments should address all real and potential hazards, have necessary controls identified and be reviewed with all workers before starting work.
  • Equipment is operated and adjusted in accordance with the equipment manufacturer specifications. Modified specifications are certified by a professional engineer.
  • Workers are familiar with the equipment specifications and they are readily available to the workers responsible for the work.

Safety Resources:

This incident notice is provided for information purposes only to notify industry of an occupational health and safety incident.  It has been issued as an educational resource with the goal of preventing similar incidents. The information contained in this notice is based upon preliminary information that has not been confirmed through investigation.  This notice should not be interpreted as identifying any contraventions of OHS legislation or as laying blame against any party.

Modified: 2015-06-03
PID: 15181

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