A construction worker was seriously injured following an incident on a construction site. The man was hit in the chest by a cement truck chute, which unexpectedly swung from the truck causing him to become unconscious and be admitted into hospital in a serious condition. The accident highlights the risk associated with vehicles and machinery on construction sites. Read what happened according to a post on Ottawasun.com:
A construction worker was hurt Monday after being hit in the chest by a cement truck chute.
Paramedics were called to the intersection at Bronson and Gladstone avenues just after 1 p.m.. Crews were laying cement in the area when the chute swung from the truck, striking the 47-year-old in the chest and pinning him against the truck.
Co-workers were able to free the man, who briefly lost consciousness but was awake when emergency crews arrived on scene, said paramedic spokesman J.P. Trottier.
The man suffered a fractured sternum as well as back injuries and is in serious condition in hospital.
Chute safety is an issue often not addressed during site safety training because many employers do not deem it as a big enough threat, but no matter how seemingly “small” the risk, every hazard needs to be identified and addressed.
When working with a cement truck which has a chute ensure everyone involved with work with the chute has been instructed and trained on its safe use. Also check that ground conditions are acceptable for cement truck use. If the conditions are too muddy or slippery, inform the person in charge and consider rescheduling if possible.
Before discharge find an open area to do so. Also watch out for people andequipment on the truck’s blind side. Never allow a person to stand inthe path of an unfolding chute. Ensure you have adequate footing before untying and lifting thechute.
Remember to keep your hands, arms and loose clothing clear of the pivot points when folding or unfolding the chutes because these can cut your fingers or severe them right off.
Also exercise extreme caution when carrying the chute. Hold it close to your body and keep a firm footing.
When fresh concrete is being discharged wear the appropriate protective equipment and clothing to avoid skin or eye contact because this concrete can cause burns and other injuries such as eye injury. Also prolonged exposure to wet concrete or the moisture in the concrete cancause severe skin burns.
When the cement is being discharged from the chute, do not allow anyone under the chute and always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Once the pouring of the concrete has been completed, move the truck to an area designatedby the contractor that is clear of construction activity and truck traffic.
Ensure that water spray is directed away from workers and keep them away from the truck when not in use as well as when it is in use, to avoid accidents such as the one above.
Also ensure that the chutes are thoroughly cleaned after use and stowed in a way that will avoid dropping concrete or stones on the roadway.