A Major Crane Accident

A Crane Accident The photo shows evidence of a major crane accident which occurred on a construction site in the Pilbara Western Australia - can you spot it and explain what happened? Look at the crane on the right hand side of the picture. The…

Confined Space - Gas Testing - Believe your gas meter

We (the construction contractor) had to do a cut-in to the client’s tank and enter the tank under a confined space entry permit drafted by the client. The vessel had been cleaned out by the client - but still had some residual and deemed…

Confined Space - A hydrogen gas explosion

Our construction team was conducting Confined Space  “Hot Work" - Oxy cutting, welding and grinding” inside a vessel when there was a very sharp and loud bang “Explosion” type of noise. The vessel was constructed of an external…

Grid Mesh Clip - A Fatality in Hiding

  A Grid Mesh Clip is a clip which is used to hold a piece of grid mesh flooring by clamping the mesh to the supporting structure – the mesh is held in place by the clamping force – friction. The style of the clip I am talking…

A Flexible Load and Over Centre Scissor Clamps - A Dangerous Combination

Dropped Load - A Rail Tale Back at the beginning of my safety career  I investigated a dropped load incident where a 25 metre length of rail line fell whilst the rail was being lifted by a crane into position as a replacement item for…

Fatality - Fall from Height – Lots of Talk and No Action

A Fatal Fall This story describes a “Fall from Height” incident at a Queensland construction site A 30 metre diameter by 13 metre high tank was being fabricated and installed on site. The slightly dome shaped tank roof consisted…
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The Power of Water - Commissioning a Piping and Pumping System

Commissioning – Allowing for an unlikely scenario The task was to commission a 600 mm diameter and 500 metre long rising main process water line and associated supply tank, pump and control valves. The main purpose of the commissioning…

A haul truck training accident – A good operator is not always a good trainer

  Training - good , bad or dangerous A trainee operator was undergoing live training to drive a haul truck on an active open cut mine in the Pilbara -Western Australia. The trainees’ previous experience was driving coaster busses. He…
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An Isolation (LOTO) Incident - People are creatures of Habit

Role of the Witness - Isolation Permit Many hazardous energy Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) procedures have a witness to verify the nominated point on an Isolation permit is the correct point that has been locked out and isolated by the authorised…

Bolt Failure - How not to remove bolts and components from a structure

A large iron ore screen bin had been assembled in China and shipped to a construction site in the Pilbara – Western Australia. The bin was one of several bins that were craned into position onto a steel frame structure and bolted in on…

Officers’ Due Diligence : A glimpse of the future Western Australia

Officers’ Due Diligence: Is a proactive duty and is part & parcel of leadership, Is a duty imposed on officers personally, It is a duty to put in a corporate governance regime and can be breached for merely failing to do so. Primary…

A Latent Electrical Hazard - An arc flash incident

A team of electricians was removing redundant electrical cables from a 440 volt switchboard at a Pilbara Iron Ore Mine. The task was to remove “Dead – Non-Energised” redundant electrical cables from the switchboard by externally pulling…