SAFETY ALERT - INJURY TO THE WELDERS EYE - INCORRECT USE OF FAULTY EQUIPMENT

    SAFETY ALERT – INJURY TO THE WELDERS EYE – INCORRECT USE OF FAULTY EQUIPMENT

    On 20/05/2023 during blockade works at Newtown for SRSA a Welder was using a weld trimmer.

    During the operation the hydraulics on the trimmer failed, the handle slipped and made contact with the corner of the operatives eye causing a minor laceration and slight bruising.

    FINDING:

    A bolt connecting the hydraulics had sheared during the previous weld.

    The Welder had made the site aware and a fitter was en-route to make repairs.

    Whilst waiting for the fitter, the Welder decided to make a quick fix using a piece of wire.

    The wire snapped during the operation and the handle flung back hitting the operative on the corner of his eye.

    This incident could have resulted in a significant eye injury and is fortunate to have suffered minor a cut below the eye.

    ALL:

  • If any equipment/powered tools break down or become unsafe – quarantine or stop use and arrange a repair.
  • Only ever use tools and equipment as designed.
  • Don’t make repairs to the equipment unless you’re trained, competent and have the correct tools.
  • Always wear the correct PPE for any tools or equipment you are using.
  • Undertake daily checks before using any equipment.
  • If equipment breaks or the task becomes unsafe stop and inform site supervision.


    MANAGERS:

  • Cascade briefing and raise awareness throughout your teams on the potential outcomes of this accident.
  • Make sure all staff are trained and competent to use tools and equipment for the task they are assigned.
  • Ensure all daily inspections on tools and equipment are undertaken and recorded.
  • Undertake assurance checks on all equipment.
  • Brief during PDRs and whiteboard meetings.

  • SRSA-Safety-Alert-Incorrect-Use-of-Faulty-Equipment.pdf

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