UK HSE: Poor control of work – worker suffered serious injuries
An individual supervisor – not the company – has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker became entangled in a conveyor belt sustaining serious injuries to his hand and arm.
A worker was working on a conveyor belt when it became damaged and needed repair. The worker started work to repair the conveyor line, when it started moving and his arm became entangled, which caused muscle and tissue damage.
What was the cause?
Investigation found that the site supervisor, who had control of the site in the absence of the site manager, was responsible for completing a Permit to Work for the repair work and isolating the line. However, on his way to complete the Permit to Work he became distracted by another matter and the Permit to Work and isolation were not completed. This meant that the conveyor belt restarted during the repair work injuring the employee.
The inspector said: “The site supervisor failed to implement company policy and procedure in respect of Permits to Work and isolation. This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.”
Members may wish to refer to:
- IMCA “Are you prepared to work safely?” short video – Permit to Work
- Near miss: engine room hatch left open without barriers [A crew member who was on the deck left the area for an urgent task forgetting to implement the control measures identified.]
- Electrician fatally electrocuted [Inadequate risk assessment, the electrician was in a hurry and distracted, there were no competent personnel reviewing and approving electrical Permits to Work.]
- Electrician suffered flash burn to hand [the need for improved control of work was a clear lesson]
Published: 28 February 2022
Download: IMCA SF 05/22
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