According to MSHA, on March 27, a 64-year-old foreman with 32 years of experience was seriously injured when he was struck by a section of plastic water pipe as it was being moved by an excavator. The incident took place at a Virginia aggregates operation.
The victim was transported to a hospital where he died on March 30, as a result of his injuries.
MSHA has identified the following best practices to prevent similar accidents.
- Establish and discuss safe work procedures before beginning work. Identify and control all hazards associated with the work to be performed and the methods to properly protect persons.
- Task train all persons to recognize all potential hazardous conditions and to understand safe job procedures for elimination of the hazards before beginning work.
- Wear suitable hard hats where falling objects may create a hazard.
- Stay clear of a suspended load.
- Attach taglines to loads that may require steadying or guidance while suspended.
- Implement measures to ensure persons are properly positioned and protected from hazards while performing a task.
- Monitor persons routinely to determine safe work procedures are followed.