Serious Incident

Location: 
Dump Site Raza Island
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-09-05
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

After using a pickup truck to pull start another vehicle, a worker went in between the two pickups to disconnect the chain. The pickup on the hill rolled back crushing the worker between the vehicles, resulting in a broken collarbone, 6 broken ribs and punctured lungs. There was a similar incident in January 2000 that resulted in a fatality.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Pull starting / Push starting and Roll starting Vehicles
- Warning: Due to the increased hazards when pull, push or roll starting a vehicle, this should only be done when there is no other option available and should NOT be used as a standard practice. It is preferred to park the vehicle and have it repaired. Operators are expected to note any starting difficulties on their pre-trip inspection form and have the necessary repairs made prior to having to resort to jump starting.

Hazards:
-Crushed or trapped between the vehicles,
-Chains breaking and whipping out or pieces flying off,
-Run over by vehicle,
-Shrapnel from breaking chains or parts.
 

Safety:
Communication
•Make a plan,
•One person in charge to direct actions and ensure every one is in the clear,
•Ensure all signals are clear and understood,
•Utilize vehicle or hand held radios when ever possible.

Pull Starting:
1.Assign one person to take charge (preferably the person who will be connecting and un-connecting the chain).
2.Create a plan and communicate the plan so every one knows what is about to happen and what their job is.
3.Ensure area is clear before pulling vehicle. Take charge of the area –other people are in the area they must be told what is about to happen and directed to a safe location until the task is complete.
4.Give signal to drivers to pull.
5.Stand well clear of the vehicles until both drivers have signaled that the vehicle has started and the chain can now be unhooked.
6.Person in charge to direct vehicles so chain is slack,
7.Drivers to put transmission in Neutral, let out clutch, have breaks applied and give a clear signal this has been done.
8.If on a steep hill caulk wheels of both vehicles,
9.Once signal has been given from both drivers and permission has been given to go between vehicles person can go and undo chain. Never go between two vehicles unless clearance has been given.
10.Vehicle drivers are not to release their brakes or put the vehicle into gear and move until the person in charge has given the all clear signal that the chain has been removed and everyone is in the clear.

Roll / Push Starting:
-Warning: Many vehicles require the engine to be running in order for the brakes to fully function. Do not attempt this on long steep grades. Check to ensure the emergency brake works before attempting.
1.If more than one person on site – assign one person to take charge,
2.Create a plan and communicate the plan so every one knows what is about to happen and what their job is.
3.Ensure area is clear before attempting to roll or push start the vehicle. Take charge of the area – if other people are in the area they must be told what is about to happen and directed to a safe location until the task is complete.
4.Never try to push the vehicle by yourself to get it to roll. The risk of tripping and getting run over by your own vehicle is too high.
5.Never try to chase down and get into a moving vehicle.

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