Wrist Injury (KV17)


What Happened?

While exiting the work area, a carpenter fell and fractured his left wrist. At the time of the event, the carpenter was wearing a full body harness with a tool belt, and walking down a steep ramp. The tool belt slipped past his waist, so the carpenter bent over to adjust it, lost his balance, and fell.  When the carpenter caught his fall on the grating, his left wrist took the weight of the fall, causing the fracture.

Contributing Factors

Worker being distracted  and not keeping his eyes on path.

What Can We Learn?


A Self Check could have been used prior to leaving his work area. The use of STAR to ensure his harness was adjusted properly would have made this event less likely to occur.


The Distraction of trying to adjust his fall protection, coupled with walking on an uneven surface (Physical Environment) made this an error likely situation.

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?