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Incorrect accident alert noted by Skyjack

Skyjack Several different alerts pertaining to Skyjack aerial work platforms have been recently circulated through ...


Skyjack Several different alerts pertaining to Skyjack aerial work platforms have been recently circulated through a variety of distribution channels, reports Brad Boehler, P.Eng, director, product safety & quality assurance for the Guelph, Ont., based company.

“The referenced alerts, which link a fatal accident to the failure of a Skyjack lift,
are incorrect and offer inaccurate information about Skyjack equipment,” he says. “The incident described in no way related to, nor did it in any manner involve, any Skyjack equipment.”

The originating alert was published by Bechtel, Mining and Metals GBU ES&H Alert, as Mining and Metals Safety Alert Number 11. This alert was based on a poorly worded initial report, linking Skyjack equipment to a completely unrelated fatal incident.

Bechtel made no attempt to verify this report with Skyjack prior to publishing their alert, which was intended to be an internal document. After Skyjack informed Bechtel that the fatal incident alleged to involve a Skyjack SJM 3219 never incurred, Bechtel agreed to issue a complete retraction of their original alert.

As a result, the Bechtel, Mining and Metals GBU ES&H Alert, Mining and Metals Safety Alert Number 12 was issued to retract, rescind and declare null and void, their Alert Number 11.

Further information including the Bechtel retraction, and a complete Skyjack clarification letter, can be found at www.skyjackinc.com.