A man was working at a transport yard and had been transferring an elevated work platform (EWP) from the trailer of one truck to another, when the ramp that was used suddenly collapsed while he was driving.
The man fell with the elevated work platform (EWP), which was about more than a meter from the ground level. He was taken to the hospital and it was reported later he died as a result of his injuries.
Ramps were placed (which were not designed for this purpose) across the gap between the two trailers (as shown in the above photo) and for a number of reasons, one ramp has failed or collapsed and the elevated work platform (EWP) rolled over the edge, causing a fatal to the operator.
- ALWAYS plan the work flow with the crew, (a job safety analysis or JSA) ensure that you have the correct equipment for the job and every member of the crew understands how the work will be carried out.
- In case for some specific reason you do need to deviate from the Job Safety Analysis (JSA), then STOP the work, discuss, agree and then continue or proceed.
- NEVER take any short cut methods with the Job Safety Analysis (JSA) or the equipment required for the work.
- Ensure that all members of the workforce are qualified and competent for the work they going to carry out or assigned.
"Drivers & operators involved must be trained and competent. Risk assessment must be carried out to determine the risk involved to that specific task. Safe system of work should emerge from carrying out the Risk Assessment. Competent supervision must be in place and available to supervise any high risk task."