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PLANT OPERATOR SAFETY
A tracked excavator overturned during a routine task when the operator lost control after a loose bottle in the cab caused the travel control pedals to be jammed in an active position. Fortunately nobody was injured and the operator was protected by wearing his seatbelt and the Rollover Protective cab, both of which were of fundamental importance to his safety.

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  • 1. SA 13/07 PLANT OPERATOR SAFETY A tracked excavator overturned during a routine task when the operator lost control after a loose bottle in the cab caused the travel control pedals to be jammed in an active position. Fortunately nobody was injured and the operator was protected by wearing his seatbelt and the Rollover Protective cab, both of which were of fundamental importance to his safety. Cause Effect Bottle wedged under travel control pedal which resulted in loss of control of the excavator There are three key lessons to be learnt from this event and they relate to operators and drivers of all types of vehicles & equipment, whether plant, cranes, LGVs, vans or cars: • Seat belts save lives – anything other than 100% compliance in wearing is unacceptable. • All drivers or operators must be extremely vigilant in ensuring loose objects are stored in a way that they could not interfere with control pedals or levers. • Task Supervisors and Managers have an important role to play in the maintenance of discipline and must not accept anything other than the highest standards and disciplinary action should be taken against operators who do not meet these requirements. Please ensure that your drivers and operators are reminded of these requirements Paul Lynchehaun Director HS&E 3rd June 2013 Ref: LOR: SA 13/07