Cable Pulling Incident

Safety Alert: Cable Pull Incident

Safety Alert No: 49

Date: 4 February

During a cable pull on site the stands holding a number of cable drums moved causing the drums to fallforward towards the EGT apprentice. Unfortunately, the EGT apprentice was unable to move out of the line-offireand sustained a serious knee injury when struck by the cable drum.

Contributing Factors

Recommendations

To ensure the recurrence of a similar incident is avoided, the following guidelines for the set-up of cable drumsand the conducting of cable pulling operations should be considered:·

Note: If a powered winch is being used additional planning and hazard controls will be required including butnot limited to task SWMS, load calculations, rated equipment and training for correct operation.

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