Worker injured moving cargo in box of truck under cold, slippery conditions

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
Campbell River, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2014-02-17
Company Name: 
Dennis Dystant Trucking
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

It was shortly after 7:00 a.m. when an employee was trying to move an empty spool in the back of a pickup. The conditions were cold and icy. When he placed his left foot on the edge of the box rail to get a better stance, it slipped causing him to lose his balance and fall backwards. He did not have enough time to put his hands out to cushion the fall and landed on his neck and back, causing extreme pain and the wind to be knocked out of him.

Another employee was outside opening a gate nearby and watched as this happened. He immediately secured the injured employee and a call was made to 9-1-1 for an ambulance. The injured employee was immobilized in case of a broken neck or head injury until medical aid arrived and was then transported to hospital.

It was determined the worker suffered a fractured rib and that there would be a 4 to 6 week recovery period before he would be able to maneuver normally again.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Use a forklift or crane to load/unload cargo instead of climbing into the back of the truck, whenever or wherever possible. Using equipment such as this is more effective and creates less exposure of the worker to possible injury and/or risk.

• Proper placement is important when moving anything, no matter if it is heavy or light.

• Three point contact should always be used when climbing on or off equipment. When it’s cold and freezing, traction and footing are not as effective.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Chris Dystant (250) 287-0329

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