Below is the latest safety video from WorkSafeBC. It is included not only as an important indication of a hazard that can be readily controlled or avoided but as a terrific example of how generic safety alerts can be given currency by using the available technology.
It is one thing for text-based safety alerts to be circulated, or for media releases to be broadcast, but this type of safety alert has more influence and provides a clearer understanding of the hazard than text ever could.
Yes, the video is Canadian and may not reflect the work practices in other countries but the hazard is usually the same. In this case, it was the location of the spotter, the level of communication between the workers and overall a clearly inadequate system of work.
WorkSafeBC should be applauded for its efforts in communicating safety to a broad audience in an effective manner.
A spotter working in blind conditions was struck by a grapple. Confirm spotters are in the clear before throwing a grapple.