Vehicle Accident

What Happened?

While driving a company vehicle on site, an employee crashed into the Sewage Treatment Building. The driver’s cell phone had fallen to the floor and he attempted to recover the device while continuing to drive the vehicle. The driver subsequently lost control of the vehicle and drove directly into the building. The employee was not injured, but both the vehicle and the building were damaged.

Contributing Factors

In this case, the employee should have stopped and placed the vehicle in a safe condition prior to retrieving the device.

What Can We Learn?


A Questioning Attitude may have lead the driver to evaluate the worst thing that could happen if he tried to retrieve the phone without stopping.


The employee was attempting to focus on multiple tasks at once. (Multi-tasking)

The worker may have allowed Time Pressure to prevent him from stopping the vehicle first.

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?

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