This page lists plant-related health and safety alerts that have been supplied for public viewing in a bid to share and learn from each incident and prevent re-occurrences.
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Alert 3 - Crushing of mechanic due to falling cab
A mechanic had raised a tailting cab to access the engine area. The configuration of the mast prevented the cab from being safely latched. A leak in the lifting ram caused the cab to lower inadvertantly, trapping and crushing the mechanic who died from their injuries.
The Cadent-issued safety bulletin provides a number of key learning points and actions that should be taken to mitigate future incidents.
Alert 2 - Failure of dipper arm components - Hitachi 360 Excavator
There was a recent failure of a dipper arm on a Hitachi excavator during operation where fracturing due to fatigue occured on the brackets which are fixed to the upper dipper arm and where the cylinder is connected. This lead in this case to the brackets and therefore cylinders becoming separated from the dipper arm, with the arm dropping uncontrollably.
The models affected include:
Zaxis ZX85US-3 ZX85USB-3 all;
ZX85US-5 Serial Number 80030;
ZX85USB-5 Serial number range 100010-100063;
Owners of these machines should carry out inspections of these components and should contact Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK) for further information.
A safety alert from a user can be downloaded opposite.
Alert 1 - Crushing of a worker during vehicle movements
A worker was trapped between a dumper and a delivery vehicle on a Cadent construction site, for which the individual sadly died of their injuries. The Cadent-issued safety bulletin provides a number of key learning points and actions that should be taken to mitigate future incidents.