Working at height. Fall from trailer bed - dislocated ankle

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Working at height. Fall from trailer bed - dislocated ankle

Scottish Woodlands - Toolbox Talk

An operator working on a landscaping site loaded a lawnmower onto the tilted bed of a plant trailer. After he had lowered the trailer bed back into the level and locked travel position, he climbed back up onto the trailer bed to adjust and secure the mower. While standing in the bed of the trailer, he took a step backward and tripped, falling over the side of the trailer. As he fell his right foot became trapped under the mower. He landed on the road and lacerated his head. His trapped foot wrenched under the mower and dislocated at the ankle.

Learning points:

  • equipment selection
  • three-point contact
  • safety footwear

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