Sadly we suffered a lost time injury last week.It involved an employee and came at the end of a run of 33 weeks employee LTI free. The employee slipped and fell in an aggregate skip room on a Concrete Plant, dislocating his left ankle. A root cause analysis investigation is being carried out so that we can identify and share the learning points, however, in the interim it should be noted that 5 out of 10 of our total recordable injuries (TRIs) this year have resulted from slips, trips and falls, with 4 of these occurring in the last 6 weeks. It is essential we all take care and consider where we are walking:
- Do we always follow designated pedestrian routes?
- Are these routes in good condition, with suitable housekeeping, drainage and lighting?… If not, do we raise a near miss/hazard alert card?
- Do we avoid taking short cuts?
- Are we wearing suitable footwear, is it in good condition?
- Do we always Get a Grip and maintain 3 points of contact, holding handrails on steps and stairways?
- Do we avoid any tendency to rush?
- Finally, do we Step In if we see someone not following the Safety Essentials?
There was also a recurrence of another type of incident last week that we have seen too many times recently where a loaded contract cement tanker overturned en route to a customer’s site when it encroached onto a soft roadside verge. Fortunately the driver avoided injury.