Situational Awareness and Communication Are Key to Preventing Personnel Injury and Equipment Damage
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  CH2MHill Plateau Remediation Company (Richland, WA - Hanford Site), Richland, WA - Hanford Site (CHPRC)

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Vehicle Safety, Heavy Equipment

A front end loader and pickup truck collided on the access ramp to the Maintenance area at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF). The front end loader was performing routine road maintenance. The pickup was en route to the Maintenance area. The pickup was pushed approximately 20 feet prior to the Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) realizing the two vehicles had collided. There were no injuries; however, the pickup sustained front end damage.

Lesson Learned: Equipment operators must ensure they maintain constant view of the travel path while moving equipment. Personnel must contact individuals operating equipment before entering the area and ensure their presence and location is clearly known.

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