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Dropped load (bottled water) during lifting operations

What happened?

During a routine lifting operation, a pallet laden with about 1 tonne of bottled water, slid off the pallet lifting forks and fell around 8 metres to the quayside area below.  The banksman had to run clear of the area to avoid being struck by falling items.

How did it happen?

Inattention, complacency and failure to follow company lifting procedures with regards to lift team size.

What must you do in that situation?

  • Follow company procedures and standards with regards to lifting operations;
  • STOP THE JOB if worksite controls are not being followed or if work is not safe;
  • Ensure sufficient barrier management is in place for lifting operations.

Members may wish to refer to:

Safety Event

Published: 16 July 2019
Download: IMCA SF 17/19

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