June 16, 1986
The Seattle Regional Office has brought to our attention a potentially serious safety hazard related to the use of hydraulic tractor/semi-trailer dumper platforms. To illustrate the type of equipment used, we are attaching a copy of a photograph of a typical truck dumper system.
During a recent inspection conducted in Region X excessive wear in the hydraulic ram universal joint and numerous cracks in the platform beams were verified. Additionally, seven nonfatal collapses of this type of platform have een documented. The problem has the potential of causing fatalities. Generally, one to three workers are involved in activities related to this operation unless the establishment adheres to a strict policy which prohibits employee exposure.
The results of the field inspection conducted in Region X and the hazard evaluation of the system are outlined in the following points:
We recommend that compliance and consultation personnel be aware of the hazards addressed in this memorandum. Please disseminate this information to Area Offices, State Plan States, and Consultation Projects.Back to Top
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