A dedicated contractor operator and his colleague were preparing an aggregate train for departure in the early hours of the morning. He placed the locomotive in position, isolated the locomotive and then proceeded to place the wagon handbrakes on.
It was dark, ground conditions were wet and lighting in the area was limited. The operator slipped and fell to the ground injuring his ankle. He managed to get back on his feet and carried on with his duties until the end of the shift when he went home. He went to bed, but when he awoke his ankle was causing a lot of discomfort, so he went to hospital where an X-ray confirmed a fracture to the lower leg.
The images below show the damaged leg before the X-Ray and the location of the fall.
Housekeeping - The area by the rail shed was uneven, hidden by the wet conditions and poorly illuminated. There is a cleaning regime in place, but it didn’t extend to this area.
Lighting - Head torches are issued by the contractor and should be used where required. General lighting in the area is good but potential for improvement opportunity in and around the loading shed.
PPE - Good condition safety boots were worn and the IP states they were laced up correctly.
Control of contractors - IP had not signed in and reported to site correctly.