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  • Published: 15 Mar 2024

Operating Mobile Plant - Person in Line of Fire

Operating Mobile Plant Person in Line of Fire
Operating Mobile Plant Person in Line of Fire

Description of Incident

A crew was installing electrical cable in a trench using specialist equipment (a ‘Cable Crawler’). As they reached the end of a cable the crew began to remove the cable drum from the rear of the Crawler so that they could load a new drum. The Leading Hand moved between the Cable Crawler and its hydraulic arm that lays the cable into the trench, to disconnect cable clips. While this was occurring the arm was activated remotely. The Leading Hand was pinned between the Cable Crawler and its arm, resulting in multiple fractured ribs.

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