INEXPERIENCE & FAILURE TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTION LEADS TO INJURY
When a contractor’s tipper trailer became stuck in the raised position while delivering to a quarry site, the contractor called their repair agent. The repair agent then contracted the work out to another company, who arranged for their fitter to attend site. After inductions and a Permit to Work were completed by the site manager, the fitter inspected the trailer, before calling his company to inform them of the problem.
The fitter was told to “stand down” by his company in order for the trailer manufacturer to attend site to review the defect. In the meantime, the trailer manufacturer phoned the truck driver and also spoke to the fitter. The fitter then took it upon himself to try and remove a valve to drain the hydraulic fluid, which was stopping the trailer ram from descending. Because the body wasn’t propped, as the fitter released the valve, the pressure caused it to eject with force and strike his arm, causing significant soft tissue damage. This resulted in the fitter not being able to return to work for nearly three weeks.
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