I was on a major construction project that involved heavy machinery, equipment and a lot of man power. The site that was chosen for this project was unique as it was the former site of a massive steel mill. As was the case in the late 70's early 80's during the shutdown boom of the steel belt, the company simply closed the doors, demolished the building and put all of the rubble in the ground and capped it. Sweep it under the carpet right? On this job a contractor was using a hydraulic hammer bit on an excavator breaking apart all of the old rubble. Chipping away one-by-one it seemed like a task that was relatively safe, until one morning where it all changed.
The inspiration for this week's safety blog topic was a result of an accident I witnessed on my way in to work recently. I was almost to the Thruway entrance and was nearly cut off by an electrical contractor's truck; which a minute later failed to yield right of way and made a left turn directly into the driver's side of an oncoming pickup truck. The pickup truck was pushed nearly 20 feet, and the explosion of glass was so incredible I was sure that the driver was going to need medical assistance. As I pulled to the side of the road and dialed 911 I saw both drivers exit their vehicles; the pickup truck driver was crawling out of the passenger side of his. I crossed the street to make sure everyone was ok and I heard the electrical contractor state to another witness "I guess I was just distracted by the thoughts of all I had to do at work today."