Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
NOOMAS RAILWAY BRIDGE – Half way between Woss and Port McNeill, BC.
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-04-11
Company Name: 
Surespan Construction Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

During the removal of the bridge’s decking, Worker was looking for
extra dunnage which would be used for the collection of the remaining timber ties on the
bridge. Worker went to the west side of the north abutment and underneath the girders
to look for spare dunnage. He found one piece, approximately 5ft long (40lbs or more),
and proceeded to rest it vertically against the outside girder on the west side of the north
abutment. When the Worker was just about to go back underneath the girders to look for
more dunnage, the newly-found piece suddenly started falling south towards the
Worker’s location. Fortunately, the Worker was able to get out of the way in time. Had
the Worker been unable to get out of the way, the Worker would have sustained injuries
to his neck and back.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Remind workers not to rush tasks;
• Remind workers to not lean/store items on terrain that is uneven, it will
increase the chance of the item falling over;
• Review Safe Work Practice for Materials Handling and Storage;
• Have toolbox meeting to discuss near-miss and corrective action;
• Discuss near-miss incident at the next OHS Committee Meeting.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

angie@surespan.com
www.surespanconstruction.com

File attachments
2007-04-11 close call with dunnage.pdf
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