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When we are walking around on the job, particularly when
handling material, we are subject to many dangers. Think about the following
scenarios and see if you have ever been in a similar position:
An employee was inside a truck removing empty drums onto the
truck's elevator tail gate and lowering it. Another employee was removing the
drums and sending the elevator tail gate back up. The employee inside the
vehicle had his back to the tail gate as he pulled the next drum towards the
tail gate - which he thought was even with the bed of the truck. As he swung the
drum into place and stepped onto what was now open space, he fell off the truck
onto the lowered gate. Following him down was the drum he was moving and he
sustained additional injuries.
Two errors in judgment caught up with the victim. First, he
ASSUMED that the tail gate had been returned to a safe position. And despite the
fact that he was moving a heavy, bulky item, he did not check to make sure of
his safe positioning. Second, he was working in an unwise manner: He moved
backwards with a heavy object. There is always the danger that the load may get
out of control and cause an injury. A load should always be in front so you can
see where you are going, and so you will be in the clear if the load gets away
In another incident, an employee was walking backwards
directing a vehicle into an aisle-way inside a warehouse. He did not see
material on the lower rack sticking out into the aisle. He backed into and fell
over the protruding object. The truck continued to back up and pinned him
against the rack before it could be stopped. A cut on the leg and a badly
bruised elbow was his reward for this unsafe act.
The employee was not watching where he was going. Making
matters worse was an unsafe condition of an object protruding into an aisle-way.
When you are on foot, it is always dangerous to move backwards, particularly when handling materials. It is quicker and safer to move in a forward direction. Avoid moving backwards whenever you can. If you must move in a backward direction, check your path before you move and as often as possible while moving.
BE SAFE OUT THERE!!
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