February 2019 - Velcourt

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Incident:

An employee slipped on ice in the office car park sustaining minor injuries


Incident:

An operator was carting stone with a trailer but misjudged the camber on the road when unloading resulting in the trailer tipping onto its side.

Follow up:

Staff have been reminded to take extra care when tipping trailers and to ensure surfaces are level and secure enough to support the weight of the trailer and load.


Incident:

An operator was exiting a onto a main road, as he was doing to a speeding car caused the driver to turn sharply and not complete a wide turn as is normal practice. The trailer being towed hit the grass verge causing the trailer lugs to break causing the excavator on board to roll off onto its side.

Follow up:

A H&S meeting was held and all staff were reminded to use all securing chains and ratchets provided, excavators should always be secured as demonstrated. Staff were also reminded to take extra care emerging from gateways and ensure all manoeuvres are executed correctly.


Incident:

Pressure had built in a hydraulic hose, a contractor tried to release the pressure with a spanner but this caused high pressure oil to enter into his right eye.


Incident:

Two operators were bedding and feeding heifers using a Teagle straw chopper, they blocked the machines fan with silage and after making the machine safe they decided to unblock the machine. They did not have the correct PPE with them as they had left it behind. They decided to unblock the machine rather than travel 10 mins back to the main farm. As one of the operators was pulling some silage out the rota turned and he slipped cutting the base of his thumb on one of the knives resulting in nerve and tendon damage.

Follow up:

  • This had been raised as a risk at a previous team meeting and cut resistant gloves and arm protectors had been purchased to improve the safety of this infrequent operation. Normal PPE in all tractors are thick leather gloves. Neither tractor at the scene had any gloves in as they had been removed and they had left the cut resistant sets behind.

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  • Staff will be reminded not to cut corners and to always where the correct PPE and to check before starting any operation. A PPE audit will be included on the new auditing app.
  • The bedding machine will have an individual risk assessment written.
  • The bedding machine will be fitted with a storage box so PPE can stay with the machine and in tractors.
  • Further signage will be put on the machine highlighting the risk and reminding of the PPE requirement.
  • We will purchase further cut resistant gloves and normal PPE to ensure it is always available in every circumstance.
  • This will be raised in our next staff meeting for discussion, and at the Estate H&S steering group.