• Published: 24 Jan 2023

Dropped Object - Pinch bar slipped out of tool bag

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Description of Incident

During shutdown, a work group arrived at a job site to activate a work permit. When arriving, a worker placed their tool bag down on grid mesh which resulted in a 1.5 kg pinch bar slipping out of the tool bag and falling through a pipe penetration in the grid mesh. The pinch bar fell approximately 20m, striking structural steel before landing on the ground near another worker. The area where the pinch bar landed was a thoroughfare for multiple work groups.

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