• Published: 17 Jun 2011
  • Incident ID: 3245

NEAR MISS- Dislodged wooden crate lid

Cause & Consequence

  • Moving, flying or falling object
Incident Consequence

Incident Location

Any Location Type

Incident Activity

Any Activity Type

Incident Info Source

Step change in safety

Specific Incident Equipment

Wooden crates

Lessons Identified

The wooden crate lid HAD been checked for security shortly before the incident.The crate lid was secured by nails, which had partially failed to penetrate the crate side panelsIn general there was a poor understanding of the necessary lifting practices required for lifting wooden crates.The control of personnel working in sheltered open areas during periods of high winds had not been fully assessed for potential airborne debris.Upon inspection of the site several crates full of spare parts were no longer deemed suitable for continued use without the installation of alternative securing devices.Wooden crates were and still are being deployed for shipment of well equipment to and from the installation.

Incident Recommendations

It is recommended that:

Check the security of all wooden crates and their lids prior to and during periods of high winds, ensuring that nails are not the sole securing method.

Ensure there is a lift plan in place for lifting of wooden crates directly using the crane, avoid this type of lift wherever possible.

Prior to authoring work to be performed outside during periods of adverse weather, specifically high winds, assess the liklihood of airborne debris and dropped objects.

Review the long term storage arrangements in an effort to avoid the use using wooden crates and them being exposed to the elements. Plan ahead to ensure that when crates are used there is sufficient indoor storage arrangements.

Avoid using 'pre used' wooden crates to accomodate back loads of equipment.

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