Health & Safety-Related Alerts
Plant-related Safety Alerts received from bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or from construction employers, plant-hire organisations or from manufacturers can be downloaded from this page.
Latest alerts commence from the top.
A fatality occured during a lifting operation where during the initial stage of the lift, the load became snagged on an obstruction, resulting in the sling being overloaded and breaking and the load falling on the Slinger / Signaller.
The Principal Contractor has issued a safety alert outlining how the incident occurred. They have also issued a Technical Briefing Note (TBN) titled ‘Hands off, Step back 5 Paces’ to provide learning material to mitigate future incidents of the same nature.
The safety alert can be downloaded below.
TheTBN can be downloaded at: https://www.cpa.uk.net/safety-and-technical-publications/mobile-and-crawler-crane-guidance
Dropped Radio in Shaft
Whilst a member of the site team was entering a hoist to travel down a shaft to access a deep excavation power tunnel, their two-way radio which was clipped into their bottom jacket pocket, became caught and fell through a gap (approx. 75mm) between the enclosed platform and the lift. The radio fell 42 metres to the bottom of the pit shaft, but fortunately there were no persons at the shaft bottom at the time.
The alert can be downloaded below and provides some preventative actions to be taken.
Lorry Loader Operator Fatality
A delivery driver operating a lorry loader was preparing to leave site, having offloaded a storage unit, when they became trapped by one of the vehicle’s stabiliser legs during the retraction procedure. They sustained very serious injuries and sadly passed away in hospital.
The Principal Contractor, Skanska UK PLC, wishes to share information of this unfortunate incident to help spread learning of the incident as widely as possible within industry to help prevent any reoccurrence in the future. The Association of Lorry Loaders and Manufacturers (ALLMI) has issued guidance on preventing re-occurence of the incident.
The safety alert and the guidance document can be downloaded below.
Loading Shovel Safety Alert
An operator of a loading shovel suffered a severe laceration to a finger, which resulted in over 7 days lost injury time due to the failure of a CAT 980 arm rest unit.
More information on the incident and how it was caused can be viewed at: https://www.safequarry.com/IncidentReports/IncidentView.aspx?kincident=3599
Quick Hitch Detachment
In February 2019, a 13-tonne 360 excavator with a hydraulic breaker attached to an automatic quick hitch was breaking out ground. The breaker detached unintentionally from the quick hitch and landed on a worker in the vicinity, landing on their foot, which resulted in their right leg needed to be amputated below knee level. The HSE investigation found that the employer had not set up an exclusion zone in the working area and that there were no marshallers present to ensure the excavator was isolated before others could enter the work zone. There was also no dedicated attachment changing area. The company was fined £34,000 and ordered to pay £1,935.84 in costs.
The HSE commented that “This incident could have easily resulted in a fatality and could have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices. There should be suitable, defined safe systems of work so that persons who need to work in close proximity to excavators can do so safely.” Despite improved equipment and methods of working, unintentional detachment of equipment using quick-hitch couplers still occur.
The Construction Industry Plant Safety Group have produced a good guidance practice for the safe use of quick hitches on excavators and a good practice guidance on reducing unintentional movement of plant, which outlines the need for exclusion zones and appropriate control measures. Both publications can be downloaded free of charge from the Construction Industry Plant Safety Group publications page in the Publications section of this website.