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A worker was injured during hydrovac operations due to inadequate foot protection and equipment. In excavating frozen soil, the worker's foot became stuck in mud causing a surface laceration and minor burn. The rubber steel toe boots failed to protect against hot, high-pressure water.
Ask yourself and your crew:
- How can something like this happen here (e.g. on our site)?
- What safety measures (i.e. procedures, controls/barriers) do we have in place to mitigate the risk?
- How do we know the risk controls/barriers are working?
- What improvements or changes should we make to the procedures, controls/barriers or the way we work?
Original material courtesy of Energy Safety Canada