Historically, as part of the casting process for our beam production, in several of our shops the removal of the stop ends required the operator to stand on top of the bed and manually push the stop ends out. This process is referred to as “pogoing”. Whilst the bed itself is a stable working platform, it offered no edge protection, therefore resulting in a potential for an operative to fall from height. This was also one of the most manual processes in the department and very demanding physically especially in the hotter months of the year.
The requirement to eliminate the need to work at height is one of the Fatal 6.
Whilst this process had not resulted in any accidents being reported, it had been raised via hazard spots, near hits and was of focus in the Building Safety Together meetings.
Please click on additional pdf to see how they addressed this issue.