Pankow Incident Summary

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On one of Pankow’s job sites, we had a Pankow Carpenter fracture his ankle by stepping into a three foot trench. As the carpenter stepped into the trench, his right ankle landed underneath of him; causing a fracture to his right ankle. There were four key lessons learned that the team came up with during the Project Level Incident Review. 1. The caution tape was wrapped around two pylons, and the pipe stubbing up from the hole. This creates a triangle perimeter leaving two corners of the trench exposed. The employee stepped into the part of the trench that was poorly secured. If the trench was fully perimetered with caution tape it may have prevented the incident. 2. The Project Team directed the Subcontractor to backfill the trench 11 days
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