• Published: 23 May 2012
  • Incident ID: 3429

Crush injury leading to loss of tip of thumb

Cause & Consequence

  • Handling, lifting or carrying
Incident Consequence

Incident Location

Any Location Type

Incident Activity

Lifting, crane, rigging, deck operations

Lessons Identified

Review mechanical handling aids suitability & fitness for purpose – especially trolleys of a similar design

Ensure issues are reported, not accepted just because “that is what is available”.

Undertake routine audits on manual handling operations and equipment

Ensure management of change process is carried out – especially revisit risk assessments when the task changes

Walk the route prior to transportation and evaluate any situational restrictions/constraints

Incident Recommendations

  • Review current mechanical handling aids around the platform formanoeuvrability and use through the use of PUWER assessmentthereby ensuring suitability and fitness for purpose
  • The reporting of difficult work conditions or equipment must be encouraged within existing systems. i.e. STOP ,PSI .
  • Communication of lesson learnt from this incident occur via the use of STEP CHANGE safety alert database
  • Ensure that Incident lessons learnt and specifically restrictions in the use of the barrows are communicated to supervisors and work teams through toolbox talks/TOFS and safety meetings
  • Review and consider increasing focus on audits of manual handling operations by line supervisors by adding into weekly audit schedule
  • Communicate the importance of the Management of Change and the need to revisit risk assessments even where minor changes occur

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