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Discussion in 'Safety Issues' started by Spangles, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. Spangles

    Spangles Well-Known Member

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    I had no idea there's so many in this day and age....



    Truely shocked.

    Spangles
     
  2. old-iron-habit

    old-iron-habit Senior Member

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    Every day there are new ones. Every day some family ends up hurting or losing loved ones.
     
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    Note: Looks like most of accidents took place in countries that were part of the former Soviet Union including Russia, Asia including India and maybe South America.

    Consider just how many job sites there are around your local area. Now think of how many are active just in the US. Now expand that to the entire world. Many of those job sites are in countries with few if any safety regulations nor agencies to enforce them. Russia, China, most of Asia including India, the Middle East, Africa and South America have terrible track records. Most often no one is held accountable unless someone "important" is killed or injured or there is mass causalities. They often use substandard safety equipment if they use any at all. The equipment may be in poor shape. Operator training is most likely nonexistent. The only people who care are the families of those injured or killed. No fines levied, no one goes to jail, they just hire someone else.

    Most of western Europe, Canada, the US and Australia have pretty tuff safety regulations/laws for work place safety.

    Rick
     
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    And to add to that list of reasons, a lot of those places are JUST NOW being mechanized, there isn't the history of growing up running a tractor, hoe, dozer, then crane or whatever. Instead, it's "you can drive a truck, a loader's not much different"
     
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    A whole lot of ignorance with some stupid thrown in!! Loading/unloading tracked eqpt. on an icy steel deck is just asking for disaster
    Mike
     
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    It's amazing how so much is on video. Not everything in that video is an accident but sure some stupid people. The last one with the long reach excavator, I was expecting the guy half way out the door to fall in the hole.
     
  7. Spangles

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    That long reach excavator made me cringe so much. I'd hate to imagine what would happen if the edge gave way...
     
  8. DMiller

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    We had licensed crane operator master riggers screw up MAJOR league Luckily they caught the issues before a bad lift. They were raising a 50 ton squirt boom truck crane on straps, three times they began the lift and the strapping cut, they almost lost it twice. Finally our weld shop built softeners of steel plates and pipe so the straps would not pull to a hard 90 degree on a edge.

    That was Just 9 years back.

    Same time we hire Mammoet to do our Steam Generator exchanges, they set up a crane on top of our internal reactor building crane, first try the cabling dropped to the floor. The lift mechanism used a jacking mechanism that locked, lifted, relocked and dropped to re-bite. They had connected the hydraulic drive hoses backward. could have had 480,000 lbs hanging on it.
     
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    I've seen a brand new nylon strap break by sliding along a wet painted 4x6 tube. Looked like someone cut it with a knife. Really opened my eyes. They are very handy and I still use them, but I will never trust them as much as chains or cable. ISZ
     
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    Accident really happens beyond our control and we should be careful and stay focus most of the time.
     
  11. Spangles

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    Beyound our control? hmm I tend to think when one is careless or does not think things through first before putting themselves at risk or have not been taught any health and safety for heavy equipments.

    I've started to notice a pattern in those videos...the people or person recording the video has got a clue somehow that something bad is very likely to happen. They are absolute scum to not stop or warn the operator of the danger/risks
     
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    I agree. Almost everything can be prevented if people take the time to do it right and stay focused on the task. When we get rushed, that seems to be when things start to go sideways.
     
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    The thing that gets me is when I am doing things a certain way to protect people on the ground, and the very same people criticize me because they think their way is faster.
     
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    My kids like to watch some of those videos on utube, I use some as a not-what-to-do teaching moment. But its pretty obvious that in some of them people are getting seriously hurt or even killed. I turn them off.

    And I agree that >90% of the time accidents can be prevented. Usually the wrong tool, in a hurry, or not thinking the plan through.

    ISZ
     
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    Not so much an accident but something that would NOT and could NOT fly today!! In 1979 while working in SLC UT I was second jobbing selling Military surplus trucks/equipment from a slightly less than admirable(SOB stole our last checks as well ALL the SSI and income taxes supposedly paid to the state and fed and ran out on us), was working a contract with UT Power and Light for heavy tracked gear for off normal pipeline service, sold them a series of M88 US tank retrievers for 'Ballast' machines. Third job was part owner of a 1979 K100C but that was another life!!

    They then had me as sales rep come out and demonstrate on a steep site. They had been using and tying up three D9 crawlers with winches for the duty they needed elsewhere. Set up the machines two M88 with restraint blades down, extra counterweights had been described and installed and using onboard winches then fed the cables over the road edge to the machine the Cats had been tied to, a Cat excavator hanging on a 45 degree slope cutting trench. Worked fine so they bought the equipment, and I sat there in amazement to watch a Native US Indian(no idea what tribe but suspect Ute), suck down a full bottle of hooch, climbed down the cable to the machine tied in and went to work. At Noonish he came up relieved himself, had a bite of something then sucked down another bottle of hooch and back down. When I asked, the foreman stated OFF THE RECORD, that the guy(un-named) did this everyday, had been for years, only way he could get nerve up was to be one step away from tea totaled.
     
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  16. Sterling Callahan

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    Hi "Spangles,"

    I'm a huge fan of the sugar candy "Spangles" made in your place. It's unfortunate to say that the YouTube link you shared has been lost. From the recent comments, I find it related to the safety at the workplace. Workers should familiarize themselves with all potential fall hazards on a worksite.

    Last month was National Safety Month and I got an opportunity to conduct a seminar explaining a few construction site safety tips for workers and employers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, loading dock levelers are the most prone out of all warehouse areas for injury. Workers should be able to recognize the hazards of falling and know the procedures to follow to minimize accidents and prevent falls.
     
  17. DMiller

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    What anyone really needs is to be situationally and conditionally aware of their surroundings when working. Simple and plain, no big need of seminars or training 'Camps' where it is impossible to actually teach but to impress on anyone. Knowing you are in a fall area, knowing you are working near to high voltage, or any other hazard is general situational awareness, lose sight of that and none of the remaining games played will help.

    Distractions, cell phones, radios, other machines or other personnel doing foolish things even repetitious work tend to pull attention to detail away from individuals and they step in a hole or off a platform not looking.
     
  18. ianjoub

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    Perhaps they tried to say something only to be told 'mind your own business', then got the camera. Personally, I let the Darwin theory work its magic.
     
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