Al reviewed the WCB reports and completed the investigation remotely by interviewing management and workers via the telephone, text message, and email. The clients also provided videos of the equipment in action, which Al compared to online videos on different manufacturers’ websites, to determine if manufacturer’s standards were being met. Finally, Al checked to determine if there were upgrades or new technologies available to prevent injuries.
Al’s final report included a written “safe job practice” that can be used for training and re-training, recommendations for training of all employees, identification of equipment upgrades and accessories, development of engineered controls to assist in injury prevention (i.e., painted lines on the ground or on the machine to remind staff where to stand) and an action plan for implementation. Finally, Al suggested that a next step could be for the operation to develop a critical task list and hazard assessment to ensure they have procedures in place for all of their high-risk activities.