Each accident, incident and unsafe practice will be addressed on an individual basis. The following are some examples of incidents which have required a different instigative approach.
Slips and Trips
One of the largest contributory factors to workplace accidents. Statistics show that “Slips & Trips” are the most common cause of major injury in the UK workplaces.
Review & implement initiatives. The following were identified and recommended.
- Undertake a review of all slip and trip accidents
- Address all hazards identified by risk assessments. Include the PPE being worn including footwear
- Write a “tool box talk” which can be delivered by on site staff and a brief “five-minute talk” that can be delivered on a more regular basis
- Introduce an annual housekeeping audit and other check sheets which can be used throughout the year
- Include housekeeping on all inspection reports
- Make housekeeping a focal point during all Visible Felt Leadership (VFL) tours
All levels of staff were required to participate in the action points identified and it resulted in a change of behaviour of all employees with some very positive results.
Mobile Plant Incident
A telehandler operator stopped to talk to a pedestrian and in doing so ran over his foot, fracturing it.
An Accident Investigation, including Root Cause Analysis was carried out with the following areas identified
- No daily inspection was carried out by the operator.
- No assessment had been undertaken of all traffic routes to ensure that all pedestrians and vehicles were segregated and no formal traffic management plans and rules were in place
- No rules were in place for employees, contractors or visitors to approach any vehicle
- No rules or procedures were in place for operators/drivers when approached by a pedestrian
- Whilst all operators were competent there was no refresher training in place to ensure that all operators remain aware of their health and safety duties and good practices
- A daily inspection/defect reporting book was introduced. This identifies any problems with all round visibility which can be rectified
- All traffic routes were assessed and a formal system put in place ensuring the safety of pedestrians
- Rules were put in place requiring all vehicles to be parked before being approached by a pedestrian
- All operators were required to undergo refresher training