Heavy equipment moving tragedy: 6 tons fell on worker

by on June 24, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network
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A tragic fatal accident in Washington state serves as a disquieting reminder that moving heavy equipment raises safety risks in the workplace.

David King, 58, Tacoma, WA, a warehouse worker for Gensco in Fife, WA, was killed while attempting to move a nearly six-ton metal-bending machine. The machine tipped over and landed on him, crushing him to death. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Any times heavy loads are out of balance, those loads are going to “want” to fall unless something stops them. Properly using hoists, levers, industrial trucks, and the like requires trained personnel to follow safety procedures.

Moving a multi-ton machine should include a pre-move huddle with shift supervisors or forepersons to discuss the appropriate gear and procedures, including discussing how to keep people out of harm’s way as much as possible.

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