Multiple Hazard Mitigation Results in Trip

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Operations

Maintain situational awareness at all times, especially when working in an areas that have multiple congruent hazards.

Two employees were tasked with changing fuses in a designated high noise area. Mitigation required wearing hearing protection, the "buddy-system", and maintaining constant verbal or eye contact with the "buddy". Due to the requirement of hearing protection, visual contact was the only option left to appropriately mitigate the hazard. In order to make eye contact with his co-worker, one worker, stopped in front of a raised 4-inch pipe which ran across the walkway. Once he made eye contact, he started to walk forward but tripped over the pipe. He fell onto the pipe, his left arm and the side of his face landing on a steel grate approximately 5-feet away. He suffered a laceration to his left shin requiring sutures.

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