When will the next fatality happen at Lyttelton Port?

Lance Wiggs

I don’t know when it was taken, but this is a dreadful picture.

The incident happened at Lyttelton Port of Christchurch on Saturday 4th January, 2014. It was a near miss to a fatal injury – the driver is lucky to be alive and was reported to be taken to hospital. Let’s hope that their injuries are minor.

The near miss is more evidence, on top of the two recent fatalities, that the port is not providing a safe work environment.

It’s a situation that needs serious intervention before the next tragedy, which can clearly happen at any time.

Something needs to change, and now.

Two fatalities and this incident are well beyond any normal signalling required for a site to recognise it is in crisis and for major change to occur.

As a postscript – the person just visible in the bottom right of the picture is not wearing gloves, nor hardhat and has their sunglasses (protective perhaps) on their hat, but not covering their eyes.

They also look to be quite close to the incident, and if there is anything flammable being emitted then they are using a device, such as an iPhone, that is not intrinsically safe and could cause a spark.

I would argue that none of this would be acceptable on a true Zero Harm oriented site.

Entrepreneur Lance Wiggs posts at LanceWiggs.com

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Can we leave cell phones alone and focus on the real issues?

Myth statement: Using one's cell phone while pumping gasoline can cause an explosion.

Status: Busted

Notes: After singeing Adam's eyebrow in a scale test, the team attempts to ignite a mock gas can. A properly working cell phone failed to ignite gasoline, even when surrounded by gasoline vapor with the optimum fuel-air mix for ignition. The actual risk comes from an electrostatic discharge between a charged driver and the car, often a result of static electricity buildup from getting into and out of the vehicle. When re-tested in Myths Revisited, the conclusion was validated.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MythBusters_(2003_season)

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