June 21, 2013 An employee was operating a wire rope winding machine. As he finished up winding the spool he went to secure the end of the wire rope with a staple. The staple came loose allowing the spool to unwind. The end of the wire lacerated the employees temple and forehead.
A face shield was required while performing this task but was not worn.
What Can We Learn?
Using a Questioning Attitude would have helped the worker consider the worst thing that could happen and also driven him to obtain the appropriate PPE for the task.
The Procedure states a face shield is required while performing this task.
The employee was a tenured employee who had done the job a hundred times before. His complacency allowed him to fall into the Overconfidence trap.
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