Incident alert

LOCATION:
QUARRY
ACTIVITY:
TRANSPORT / DELIVERY
SUB ACTIVITY:
MOBILE PLANT
ALERT STATUS:
Normal
DATE ISSUED:
11/07/2007
INCIDENT No:
00131

TITLE
Neck strain sustained whilst descending from loading shovel
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
United Kingdom
ACCIDENT / INCIDENT DETAILS
Whilst descending from a Komatsu W480 loading shovel, an operative ‘jarred’ his neck and shoulder as he strained to find his footing.
ACCIDENT / INCIDENT IMAGES
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Steps leading down from loading shovel


LEARNING POINTS / ACTIONS TAKEN
The investigation found that although the driver descended in the correct manner, the flexible step moved and caused him to strain while attempting to find his footing. The step had also suffered some damage and the bracket was bent as a result. Additional findings show that mudguard sizes differ and in some cases are absent. This increases the likelihood of the step becoming muddy \ wet and further underlines the importance of daily \ operator plant checks.

A hydraulic step system has been ordered for the loading shovel. All personnel should be aware of this type of ‘flexi’ step and where possible, a new step system should be discussed and fitted, similar to the one shown below.

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LEARNING POINTS / ACTIONS IMAGES
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Hydraulic Flexi Step


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