Incident Notice 2015-04

Incident Notice 2015-04

Type: Fatality

Industry: Mobile Equipment Operation

Incident Summary:

Using an overhead crane a worker suspended a heavy load using rigging attached to the load’s lifting lug. The worker positioned their body under the suspended load to perform maintenance work. The lifting lug failed, causing the load to fall, striking the worker. The worker sustained fatal injuries.

Safety Reminders:

  • Ensure equipment is installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturers specifications
  • When workers are required to rig loads, ensure workers are competent to assess the weight of the load, the rigging limitations, and the integrity of the lifting equipment
  • Whenever possible, perform maintenance work without suspending the equipment
  • Thoroughly inspect rigging prior to use

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: 2017-02-17
PID: 15587

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