A farm supply store was using a cube van to deliver heavy-duty
livestock panels to a customer. The panels were strapped
together with metal banding. A forklift loaded the bundle
of panels into the back of the truck, placing it upright
and close to one side of the cargo compartment. A worker
then secured the bundle with a chain to a side rail to prevent
the panels from tipping over while being transported.
At the farm, the worker removed the chain that had secured
the panels so that they would not tip over. He tied a rope
through the top of the panels to hold them together temporarily
and then cut the metal banding. The worker was standing
in front of the panels as he then removed the rope. The
panels were unstable and tipped over. They pinned the worker
against the inside wall of the cargo compartment, causing
fatal crushing injuries.
Safe work practices:
- Stack materials in a stable and secure manner. If possible,
place loads flat so they cannot fall over.
- When adjusting or releasing loads, do not stand in the
fall zone of the load.
- Provide written procedures for loading and unloading
heavy or awkward materials.
- Ensure that workers are trained and follow written procedures
for loading and unloading materials.
- If the materials or equipment change, reassess the
hazard and adjust the procedures if necessary.
- Use the right equipment for the task.