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Staying safe around machinery
« 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.
old age and treachery will always overcome youth and enthusiasm

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Re: Staying safe around machinery
« Reply #1 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. 
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Re: Staying safe around machinery
« Reply #2 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.


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Re: Staying safe around machinery
« Reply #3 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.

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