Monthly Archives: March 2017

Roadway Safety

car-accident-3629240The accident happened mid-morning just before lunch.  The sunny spring day was being used to fill roadway potholes.

The roadway being fixed was Broadway, a street with a 40 mph speed limit.  The big yellow truck had its’ yellow lights on.  And the workers had their reflective vests donned.

Bob was scooping asphalt off the back of the truck which had the tailgate down.

Bob probably never saw it coming.  There was no sign that the driver ever saw Bob either, because there was no sign that he tried to stop.

The impact into the tailgate almost cut off the lower part of Bob’s body.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bob’s accident should serve as a reminder to all roadway workers, including firefighters.  Establishing a vehicle as a blocker is a key to roadway safety.

Haverhill & 30th Street

Haverhill2Early this evening El Dorado Firefighters were dispatched to Haverhill & 30th Street for a wild land fire.

The first arriving crew knew right away that help was needed.   Crews from Burns and Towanda were requested.

The three departments made a fast attack and quickly controlled the fire.   Forty-five minutes later the fire was under control.

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Trench Collapse – Somebody Should Have Stopped It

trenchThe trench was down the middle of the busy streets of Crawford Street and ended at the intersection of Santa Fe Street in Salina.  The depth of the hole along Crawford was approximately ten feet.  Deep enough that you could just make out the bobbing of the worker’s hard hats as you drove along the street.

The problem with this trench was there was no shoring.  Many – including yours truly – knew the company was violating OSHA requirements, but nobody stepped forward and said the work should stop until shoring was in place.

Back to the trench.

The Crawford Street trench was bad, but the intersection at Santa Fe was worse.  Various piping went numerous directions.  The hole at this point was approximately thirty feet wide by fifteen feet deep.

On this particular day there were two workers working at the Santa Fe / Crawford intersection.  A couple full sheets of plywood were haphazardly propped up against the southeast wall of the trench.

It was just this point where the plywood sheets were that the collapse occurred.  The two workers were both trapped under the plywood and the dirt.  The one was deeper under than the other.

Firefighters quickly responded to the scene, but the time it took to get one out was good and the time it took to get the other one out was bad.  The one worker died that day.

The hole would’ve been very difficult to shore up with the multiple number of pipes, but regardless it should have been done.

Many people learned a valuable lesson that day.