• Published: 29 Apr 2019
  • Incident ID: 4236

In the line of fire (includes film clip)

Cause & Consequence

  • Moving, flying or falling object
  • Contact with something fixed or stationary
  • Handling, lifting or carrying
  • Moving machinery or material being machined
  • Trapped or crushed

Contributing Factor

  • Communication
  • Complacency
  • Competence
  • Control of work
  • Commitment
  • Culture

Description of Process

A crew were handling caissons (approx. 10 ton each) on an offshore installation.

The workparty consisted of a crane operator, a banksman and two load handlers.

Description of Incident

During the lift, a caisson swung uncontrollably, crushing and breaking the pelvis of one of the load handlers.

Good Practice Guidance

Assurance of competence (task verification by site leadership and external)

Stop the job empowerment and visible safety culture

Company specific procedures – effective and reviewed

Effective toolbox talk (Step Change in Safety)

Tubular handling guidelines (Step Change in Safety)

Lifting and mechanical handling guidelines (Step Change in Safety)

Safe packing and handling guidelines (OGUK)

Banksman slinger pocket handbook (e.g. NSL, Sparrows)

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