Scottish Woodlands Tool Box Talk - January 2018
A machine operator was fitting the ‘thumb’ attachment into place on the boom of his excavator.
The operator was driving the fixing pin into the housing on the main block holding the ‘thumb fitting’ in position. The operator caught the third finger on his left hand with the edge of the hammer as he was driving the pin home. He was wearing heavy leather gloves.
The operator is of the opinion that his heavy leather gloves greatly reduced the extent of the injury he received. The extremely cold temperature reduced his ability to hold and work the tools.
We have a number of accidents reported to us this time of year, when weather conditions are extreme and daylight hours are short. Understandably, operators look to maximise daylight time for productivity and sometimes push maintenance, servicing fuelling or mobilisation works, into the work times before or after daylight.
Undertaking these works in these extreme conditions is when our operators are most at risk. Please bear this in mind when planning out your working day.