Serious Injury – Drill Steel Crushed Operators Foot

Serious injury | SinNot 2018/00815

Summary: An operator suffered a fractured toe and lacerations requiring stitches when a drill steel crushed his foot. The operator was installing a cable bolt. The third drill rod extension was being installed when the timber jack was lowered, punching the drill steel through his boot and injuring his foot.
Recommendations to industry: Tools and equipment should have designated secure storage areas incorporated in the work area. Supervisors should routinely monitor worker compliance with routine storage and housekeeping requirements.

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