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- Complete task analysis to systematically identify all significant hazards in the workplace.
- Design fit for purpose anchor points to attach the chain to the digger bucket;
- To use a chain and hook that would be compliant with BS EN 1677-5.10, namely that the hook is fitted with a safety catch; and/or alternatively, to use a hand winch system (which in this case, had been previously used).
The employee was holding a hammer for the purpose of the job, standing on a hydrala at the height of 1.8 metres. During the process of the operation, a chain become unhooked from the bucket, flicked back and hit the victim. Either the chain or the hammer the employee was holding was forced into his head by the retracting chain resulting in the injury.