Employee Sustains Laceration to Leg while Manually Moving 800-pound FireKing Filing Cabinet
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Fluor BWXT Portsmouth, Portsmouth, OH (Fluor BWXT)

Published As:  Public

Date: 

Topics:  Operations, Work Management/Planning, Material Handling/Storage

Movement of office furniture or equipment in excess of 250 pounds requires the use of walk downs, hazard controls, and proper team size and roles.

A Laborer crew of four were assigned to relocate debris and disassemble and exercise equipment. As two of the crew members were working on the exercise equipment, the other two started preparing the new location. A Fire King filing cabinet needed to be moved so a piece of exercise equipment could be moved to its location. While attempting to move the cabinet, which weighed in excess of 750 pounds, it became unbalanced and slid off the dolly. The weight of the cabinet pushed the dolly and worker backwards; the dolly struck the worker in the shin causing a laceration requiring 12 stitches.

Lessons Learned: A similar incident occurred 18 months previous to this but the previous incidents corrective actions were not formalized and the lessons learned was not reviewed. Therefore, actions taken for the previous event were not shared with the workers prior to performing this task or a similar task performed two days prior, which also required movement of FireKing filing cabinets.

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