Dangerous incident: pump

November 7, 2017 Tara
Summary: As a worker was attempting to lift a pump that was fitted with a wire safety cage surrounding it, the pump moved sidewards and cut through the worker’s glove resulting in a laceration to his right hand. A grinder had damaged the pump cage two days before, leaving sharp edges, which caused the laceration.
Hazard1: Gravity.
Risk: Harm to people from sharp edges.
Recommendations to industry:
  • Plant should not have sharp edges in areas where people may make contact with the plant.
  • Repairs to equipment should be assessed at their conclusion for the introduction of any new hazards. In this case, sharp edges were left after grinding and when the pump was relocated exposed the person to the hazard.
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