Type: Lessons Learned
Publisher: Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (Princeton NJ), Princeton, NJ (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory)
Published As: Public
On October 3, 2017, a subcontract worker was in a rush to move a pickup truck owned by another company. The worker asked the owner to move the pickup truck, but the owner was in a discussion and offered to move it in five minutes. The worker, being impatient, said they could move it themselves, jumped in the truck and started to pull forward. At that point, the front of a small flatbed trailer that was hitched to the truck knocked over a propane tank that had been placed on the ground between the truck and the trailer and wedged it underneath. The worker then tried to correct their mistake by taking a nearby forklift, also owned by another company, to lift the trailer off of the tank. At that point, the owner of the vehicle immediately stopped work.
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