Air Bag (suspension) Strikes Employees Arm Fracturing Bone

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Consolidated Nuclear Security - CNS - Bechtel, Leidos, Orbital ATK SOC Booz Allen Hamilton (Various Locations), Oak Ridge, TN (Consolidated Nuclear Security - CNS - Y12 National Security Complex)

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Vehicle Safety, Heavy Equipment

Two employees were in the process of replacing air springs on the rear suspension of a semi-trailer. The existing air spring was removed, and the new air spring was being installed when the air spring shifted and dislodged from its mounting position. The air spring struck the employee in the arm above the elbow. When replacing air springs to suspension of a vehicle, the airbag/spring should be secured before any pressure is applied to prevent air spring shift or dislodge from the mount and cause injury.

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