Wednesday, September 28, 2016

"truck driver got out ... to inspect it and it then rolled back crushing him."

The most dangerous individual(s) at your plant may not even be a company worker. It could be a contractor, supplier, visitor or even a trucker. Truckers represent a group of plant outsiders who scare the Aluminium Plant Safety Blog. Why? Because truckers are typically concerned with getting in and getting out of your plant as fast as possible. Which results in numerous incidents involving injuries, and fatalities. Here is a recent story

The man, who was rescued by the fire service’s specialist equipment, is believed to have suffered serious injuries after the incident at aluminium foundry in the United Kingdom.

An investigation has been launched after a man was crushed between a HGV and metal caging in a horror accident.

It will look at claims from witnesses that the driver got out of the HGV to inspect it and it then rolled back crushing him.

The man was taken to a local hospital in a stable condition, following the incident at the aluminium foundry at about 8am on one day during the week of September 11, 2016.

An employee at the company told the news media the man had been driving the truck, but got out to inspect the back of the vehicle.

They added that he was injured because the handbrake had not been applied properly.

The man, who was rescued by the fire service’s specialist equipment, is believed to have suffered serious injuries, but his condition is not thought to be life threatening.

Emergency services were at the scene for most of the morning as investigations into the incident continued.

The truck was towed away from the site at about 12.30pm and the police cordon was lifted.

A fire service spokesman said: “Firefighters have freed a man trapped between a lorry and metal racking ….”
“Fire and Rescue Service was called at 7.54am to the incident near. Two fire engines and a technical response unit attended, alongside colleagues from a local Ambulance Service.

“Firefighters used Turfor Chocks, specialist cutting equipment and battery tools to free the man. He has now been taken to a local hospital.”

A police spokesman said: “Shortly after 7.45am police received reports that a man was trapped between a lorry and a skip at a premises

We pray that this worker fully recovers from his injuries.

On our visits with plant managers we talk about the hidden hazard of truck drivers. We state that many truck drivers operate safely in our plants. But, there are many truck drivers who are “first timers” into our plants. Their lack of knowledge toward your individual plant requirements results in an undo hazard to themselves as well as your plant workers. We recommend that if possible truck drivers should either be required to stay in their cab or physically restricted (e.g., fenced in areas, office, etc.). Controlling where the truck drivers are when in your facility can greatly reduce the possibility of an incident occurring.

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