[Hallb-engineering] Fwd: Lesson Learned "Safety Tips for Material Loading and Working around Trucks - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory"

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	Safety Tips for Material Loading and Working around Trucks - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 
Statement of Lessons Learned 
Follow safety guidelines when loading, unloading, entering or exiting trucks. 
Discussion of Activities 
In Washington State, between 2000-2010, there were 38 deaths due to activities related to the loading and unloading of trucks; and injuries most often occurred when workers jumped down from the flatbed, used improper lifting techniques, and did not practice situational awareness. 
Working in and around trucks and other material handling vehicles requires constant situational awareness. The DOE labs and their contractors had more than 200 ORPS-reportable events since 2010 caused by incorrect material handling. Some of the events were due to improper worker training, some were due to inadequate planning and incomplete pre-job briefings, others were due to moves that were categorized incorrectly (e.g., should have been treated as hazardous).  No one was killed in these events but serious injuries occurred (including an ORNL worker whose legs were crushed).

Some PNNL staff members have been hurt in the past few years in the following incidents.
* A staff member tore a tendon after trying to restrain a large freezer being unloaded from a flatbed truck that had shifted as it neared the ground.  
* A staff member broke his wrist after jumping off a truck liftgate. 
* A scientist at APEL picked up a bucket of clay and carried it to a storage area. As he held it away from his body and walked around the end of the workbench, he twisted and hurt his back. 
* A staff member seriously injured two fingers while attempting to move a heavy desk to a temporary storage area at PDLW. 
* A staff member tore a tendon after picking up an empty pallet in the 300 area to move it. 
Recommended Actions 
Most accidents involving the loading and unloading of trucks are preventable by assuring that safety guidelines are followed.  Plan ahead, hold a pre-job briefing, and maintain situational awareness.

Work Teams
* Use the load ladders - Load the truck so you have access to the build-in ladder. Ladders provide the safest way to exit a truck or flatbed along with a non-skid step and easy access. Many injuries occur as a result of jumping down out of a truck or off a flatbed.
* Use situational awareness. Be aware of your surroundings. Watch for obstructions, grade changes, gaps, drop offs and moving vehicles.
* Get in and out of the truck the right way. The impact force of jumping from a truck is equivalent to seven or more times your body weight. Repeated jumps can cause long-term injuries. Use the ladder mounted to the truck to safely exit the truck or flatbed.
* Communicate with others. Go over roles and responsibilities with others. Review the following: Is the scope of work clear? What are the critical steps or phases of this task? At what point can we make a mistake? What is the worst thing that can go wrong? What barriers or defenses are needed?
* Use safe lifting techniques. Lift comfortably and smoothly while bending your knees, avoid twisting and bending, and turn your feet in the direction you want to move the load. Keep objects close to the body and get help with heavy objects. 
JLab Preventive Measures 
PNNL submitted this Lesson Learned as a reminder of good work practices.  It is being provided to Jefferson Lab as a good work practice reminder. 
12/22/2016 11:33:34 AM by Bailey, Mary Jo 
Submitted to Forklift Operators 
Summary 	Lesson ID: 	983 
	Status: 	OK 
	Doc ID: 	2016-JLAB-983 
	Priority: 	Info 
	Safety Related: 	YES 
	Originator: 	Bailey, Mary Jo 
	Issued: 	12/22/2016 11:32:25 AM 
	Approved By: 	Bailey, Mary Jo 
	Approved On: 	12/22/2016 11:33:34 AM 
	Source: 	DOECRD 
	Location: 	PNWL 
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	Contact: 	Patti Ammonet - Lessons Learned/Operating Experience Program Manager, (509)375-2275 
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Hazard Issues 

    * Material Handling Equipment 


    * *Division Safety Officers (DSOs) 
    * *Safety Wardens 
    * *DOE Notification 
    * *ESH&Q Liaisons 

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