RAILINGS/FALL PROTECTION

113a_Railings_Guarding_Issue

ARCCA was asked to investigate an accident where the victim fell into a vat of boiling liquid at a cardboard recycling center. Our safety engineer inspected the scene and found a vat approximately 15 feet in diameter at floor level with 75% of it covered by a railing. The cardboard was pushed into the boiling vats by a Bobcat, as well as workers with brooms, through the area where no railing exists. The engineer determined that the entire vat should have been guarded by a railing and access to the vat should only have occurred via a latching mechanism.