During a pre-job walk down to further identify work scope, a worker lifted a manhole cover using the handle of a pair of channel locks. When he returned the cover to its original position he inadvertently pinched and fractured his right middle finger. Removal of the manhole cover was not considered during the initial work planning process. Upon discovery that the manhole cover would require removal, a new evaluation of the changed work scope and potential associated hazards was not performed.
The worker chose channel locks and not a Hook or Hole Key because they had been used successfully in the past and he did not have a Hook or Hole Key at the job site.
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