Multiple Fracture to Leg

Safety Alert Type: 
Manufacturing
Location: 
Somass Division
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-06-22
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Employee was assisting a millwright and welder in cleaning up the metal storage racks. A maintenance person would remove the metal plates by the use of overhead hoist and plate clamp and the employee would clean the debris in the rack. All three were doing this in between other jobs. About 3:25 pm the welder had called the millwright to come back with service crane to assist them further. At this time the welder had taken a small plate with the fork lift to storage area on the south side of shop. While both trades’ people were away, the cleanup employee removed three checkered metal plates (3/8 x 4 ft x 8 ft) out of the rack by using overhead crane and plate clamp. The metal plates came out of the clamp and fell toward the operator. He tried to step back but fell over the pallet of chains that were behind him. The metal plates landed on his right leg causing multiple fractures to his lower leg.

Upset Conditions:
1.Lack of training
2.Lack of knowledge
3.Congestion
4.Inadequate grip or hold
5.Inadequate awareness of surroundings

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1.Ensure employees are trained and competent in the job tasks they are assigned to perform
2.Use RADAR, assess the risks around your work area, remove congestion if possible
3.Ensure hoist pendants are long enough so operators can stay from danger areas
4.Communicate to all employees that they are not to do job they have not been trained to do.
5.Ensure proper instructions are available to employees on the use of metal clamps such as lift only one plate at a time. Safe lifting procedure

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Randy Sall or Mike Shewchuk

File attachments
2007-06-22 metal plate falls on leg.pdf
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