Weather conditions often affect roads and pathways around site, rain and other precipitation can create muddy and slippery conditions along the project’s roads.
A common result of these conditions is that vehicles and equipment can become stuck in mud or in sink holes. There have been several incidents of damage from towing activities resulting from attempts to assist vehicles and equipment that have been stuck. Two major root causes of these incidents have been the use of improper equipment for towing such as pick-up trucks or loaders and the use of improper rigging such as chains.
Although our intentions are noble, we are really creating a risk of injury and property damage. In addition, assisting other contractors with towing creates a liability for Pipeworx Ltd.
The correct practice regarding the towing of vehicles is:
- Report to your Supervisor when our equipment becomes stuck, do not attempt to tow with our equipment or use other contractors equipment
- Supervisor must assess situation and report to Management and Safety Team. Do not attempt to tow equipment!
- Towing with vehicles such as loaders or pick-up trucks will most likely result in property damage, as these types of equipment are neither designed nor appropriate for the tow. A stationery tow truck with slow winch device suitable for the load should be used
- Chains are only allowed for securing loads; they are not the best
practice to be used for hoisting or towing!
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