Alert 14 – 28 Fall from Equipment onto a Trailer Results in a Laceration
Once loaded onto a trailer for transport to a new location, the “toe” extension on the Driller side substructure base was removed due to it extending too far off the trailer because the driver was concerned about maneuvering the load to the new location. With the extension secured, two employees climbed up inside of the substructure to remove the pins. After the extension was removed, the employees then climbed down. While descending, one employee slipped off of a tool box, which was fabricated into the substructure. He fell approximately 5 feet (1.5m) to the ground and landed on his right side. Shortly thereafter, he noticed a laceration in his arm pit that required sutures to close. It appears that the employee may have struck a keeper pin as he fell from the substructure.