Falls Not Falling
Since the beginning of 2022, Signal Mutual in the USA has experienced 10 fall injuries resulting in severe injury. This alert lists the ten incidents and includes guidance on fall prevention. We know that falling from height is a significant risk in the cargo industry and that huge effort is put into managing this risk. The information here from Signal Mutual is a valuable and timely reminder to keep ‘fall from height’ firmly on any cargo organisation’s radar.
- Evaluate work areas together for fall hazards, acting immediately on any identified significant risk and providing an ongoing review of the work areas
- Manage the risk of falls – start at the top of the hierarchy of controls, eliminate the hazard where practicable, and put into place suitable and sufficient controls where the hazard cannot be eliminated
We are grateful to Signal Mutual for providing details. We acknowledge their commitment to sharing learning to benefit others. If you have similar operations, please share this information with managers, operatives, and any potentially affected third parties as appropriate. Please also review any of your relevant operations for similar hazardous conditions, risks, and controls. Learning content like this is highly valuable as it is based on real-world experience. We encourage everyone with publishable information about incidents to send it to us so that we can raise awareness across the whole industry. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org; sharing your insight could save a life or prevent injury.”