Fatal loss in race against falling bucket lift

by on September 10, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

In the time it takes to recognize something is falling and react, precious seconds may have been lost. That’s why it’s crucial that safety precautions are in place so that things won’t fall.

Two workers in Christiansburg, VA, were using a bucket lift to perform work along a road in town. In the bucket was an unidentified 22-year-old worker, and in the cab was 50-year-old Robert J. Tucker. The vehicle became unstable, and started to fall. Tucker exited the cab and started to run away, but was struck by the falling bucket. He was pronounced dead by emergency responders at the scene. The worker in the bucket survived the fall, but was flown to a trauma hospital with serious injuries.

Take home: Properly anchor and secure lifts. A small change in grade can alter the center of gravity of the vehicle when the bucket is extended. If the vehicle is moving, making sure the center of gravity will keep the vehicle upright gets even more complicated. Key safety idea: As a worker, do you really want to know if you can outrun a falling lift?

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