2009-08-18 Lifting eye pulls out of concrete bridge component

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Barren Creek Bridge Job Site
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Surespan Construction Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Crew was to rig, lift and install precast concrete ballast wall into place for new bridge being built using excavator.

At the time of the lift, the signalman cued the excavator operator to begin lifting the component. The tag line operator was a safe distance away. As soon as the rigging chains began to tighten as the excavator hoisted, the right “birk” cast-in-place lifting eye pulled out of the ballast wall concrete.

Fortunately, no workers were injured. Equipment, precast ballast wall and lifting chains were not damaged as a result of this near-miss.

Learnings and Suggestions: 


- Always inspect precast concrete components used for bridge construction upon
- Inform the manufacturer of the precast concrete components that there was a failure to the lifting eye as soon as possible.
- Always conduct pre-use inspections of excavator and rigging prior to the commencement of work. Record entires in log book.
- Assess hazards around working area prior to lifts, educate workers and correct asap.
- Tag line operators should stay a safe distance away when controlling load at the time of lift.  so in the event of a lifting eye failure, worker' feet do not get caught under the component.
- Review safe work practices and safe job procedures for installing precast concrete bridge components with crew on a regular basis.


For more information on this submitted alert: 


Angela Bester, Manager of Health & Safety, Surespan Construction Ltd.
Tel. 604-998-1133


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