Employee Sustains Broken Leg Manually Moving Drum Container
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Consolidated Nuclear Security, Oak Ridge, TN

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Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Operations, Work Management/Planning, Material Handling/Storage

A material clerk was using a "tilt and roll" method to manually move a 300 pound plus drum-type container from the front of a cargo truck to the rear of the truck when the container caught on the edge of the dock ramp and became unstable. While attempting to stabilize the drum, the employees left foot stepped backward off the side of the ramp and descended into a gap between the ramp and the truck. This caused the employee to lose control of the drum and it fell on the employees right lower leg which had landed on the floor of the truck. When the drum fell on the employees leg, he sustained multiple leg fractures. Lessons Learned: Use handling equipment to the maximum extent possible when moving drum containers. Know and work within your limits to avoid injury. The use of "spotters" to identify hazards can prevent accidents and injuries. Clearly identify when manual movement of drum containers is permitted.

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