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Health and Safety => Health and Safety => Topic started by: sawguy21 on May 13, 2018, 09:50:59 PM

Title: Staying safe around machinery
Post by: sawguy21 on May 13, 2018, 09:50:59 PM
The road in front of my home is being dug up for sewer line replacement. I keep an eye on the proceedings while walking the dog and saw something that disturbed me. A bored worker was scraping the mud from the blade of a small excavator while the operator had her back to him, I have no idea if she knew he was there. I voiced my concern to a crew member but he didn't say anything, later I reported it to city hall.
This is a contractor on a municipal project, I have to wonder if they hold the required safety meetings or if anybody pays attention. It is all too easy to get complacent around machinery. A cousin was killed when he jumped into a trench to retrieve some tools, the excavator swung pinning him against the wall.
Title: Re: Staying safe around machinery
Post by: Southside on May 13, 2018, 10:19:50 PM
You did the right thing, even if the crew disagrees.  It only takes a second to ruin a couple of lives. 
Title: Re: Staying safe around machinery
Post by: dgdrls on May 17, 2018, 09:22:23 PM
We have been coached at work to speak-up anytime and always even when a "perceived in my view" safety issue arises.  U may have saved someone from an accident or worse today.

D


Title: Re: Staying safe around machinery
Post by: Hilltop366 on May 18, 2018, 08:31:47 AM
You did the right thing.

Even if the operator knew the other person was there it is still not safe, out of sight out of mind.