A contract tipper vehicle was overloaded with asphalt and the driver had to tip off a small amount in the designated area. After doing so, the rear door was prevented from closing by product loaded towards the back of the vehicle body. The driver used a tool / bar, which should only be used to open the tailgate if it fails to open automatically, to try and force the tailgate shut; the bar slipped and his hands momentarily came into contact with the hot asphalt below. First aid was administered on site and the driver went to hospital later in the day. He was able to carry out restricted duties the next day and returned to full driving a few days later.
- The overloading of the vehicle wasn’t an isolated incident.
- The driver self loaded the material too close to the tailgate.
- The tip-off area is located in a busy part of the site, with limited space for the driver to move the vehicle forward after discharging the materials on to the floor.
- This particular vehicle had an unusual / bespoke tailgate and the driver used a tool / bar that wasn’t suitable.
- The driver was not wearing gloves during this activity.
- The quick actions of the site staff to administer first aid reduced the severity of the driver’s injuries.
Image above shows where driver inserted tool to try and close tailgate