Struck by Slider Rails (KV82)


What Happened?

May 22, 2017, an employee, after retrieving his welding helmet, turned around and walked into a load of slider rails being transported by a lift truck. 

The employee hit the slider rail with enough force to knock the rail off the forks of the fork lift and onto his foot. He received multiple injuries: broken nose, cut lip, broken tooth, and dislocated toe on his left foot.

Contributing Factors

If he would have performed a 2-Minute Drill he would have completed a 360 degree look around, therefore, noticing the oncoming lift transporting the slide rails.  

What Can We Learn?


If the employee had used his Questioning Attitude along with a Self Check before entering a traffic area he would have avoided running into the forklift.


Overconfidence caused the employee to enter a traffic area without stopping, thinking nothing would enter his path.

Distractions caused the employee to not notice his surroundings resulting in his walking into the slider rails.  

Ask the Right Questions

How does this relate to our work?

Where do we have similar traps?

What Tools can we use to avoid a similar incident?

Was a stop work point missed?