Gas Operators and Dealers

Industry Accident Trends and Controls



LSE200The most prevalent exposures for the Safety Group Program Lone Star Energy are Falls, Strains, Motor Vehicle, Caught In & Struck By.



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*Claims with Accident Dates Between 01/1/2013 and 12/31/2013.

Evaluated as of 12/31/2013.



To Prevent:


Have a policy in place where if a worker gets injured on the job because of not following safety rules the consequence would be to have the injured worker and his supervisor both have to take a refresher training on the policy not followed.



To Prevent:



         Train employees to use the Three Point Contact technique (one hand and two feet or two hands and one foot) for ascending and descending ladders, vehicles and equipment. Post safety signs on equipment.

         Use both hands when climbing ladders-use rope pulley or tool belt to carry tools.

         Ladders should be properly positioned (1 to 4 ratio) and secured or tied off to prevent movement during use.

         Use proper footwear and wear slip resistant boots or shoes. Slip resistant safety footwear is available from various vendors.

         Railings should be provided on stairs and landings to reduce fall hazards. Employees should keep one hand free to grasp handrail in case of trip. Tool belts should be used when climbing or accessing stairways.

         Employees should be instructed to step down and not jump from equipment or trucks.

         All cabs should have driver handholds. Delivery vehicles should be equipped with a second driver step to allow easier access in and exit from the cab.

         Vehicles and Ramps should be routinely cleaned to remove grease and mud from steps and walk areas.





         Safe lifting training should be conducted for all employees. Position close to the load and use leg muscles to lift. Attain assistance if possible.

         Utilize material handling equipment such as dollies, wheeled carts, forklifts and tailgate lifts. Regularly inspect and service equipment.

         Employees should be provided awareness training about precautions to use to avoid being injured during loading and unloading of fuel and correctly handling both empty and full LP gas cylinders.

         Do not pull on hoses if they get caught on obstructions. Remove the obstruction prior to pulling or handling hoses.

         Drivers should be instructed to drop hoses and drag them instead of lifting to reduce weight exposure if possible.


Motor Vehicle:

         Driver Relief-provided for employees driving long trips or following a long shift.

         Mandate seat belt usage and defensive driving practices.

         Develop a cell phone policy and texting policy. Document policies by using employee acknowledgement form.

         Drivers should be trained on specific vehicle & complete vehicle defensive driving training.

         Maintain vehicles and conduct periodic documented inspections.

         Develop a Fleet program which includes a policy statement, driver duties, motor vehicle record policy, driver training, cell/text policies, seat belts, vehicle inspection policy, accident reporting and investigation procedures.

         Use reflective safety tape on vehicles and trailers to improve visibility to other vehicles.

         Conduct yard or field surveys to observe employee compliance with safe driving practices.

         Consider an In Vehicle Monitoring System (IVMS) to monitor vehicle operation.


Caught In:

         Disengage the power take off (PTO) device and make sure all rotation has completely stopped before getting close to the equipment.

         Prohibit employees from making repairs or getting under the vehicles while the power take off (PTO) is engaged.

         Vehicle engine should be turned off and the ignition key removed to prevent the vehicle from accidently moving while checking equipment.

         Install protective guards on the equipment or Lockout/Tagout the equipment.


Struck By:

         Test and purge storage tanks and drums prior to welding or hot work.

         Relieve air or fluid pressure on equipment prior to work.

         All employees should wear personal protective equipment as hard hats, eye protection, safety vests and protective footwear on job projects.

         Develop a Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) program and train employees in safe work practices.






Online Resources (Copy into browser):

         Texas Mutual Safety Resources:

         TMI-Stay Awake, Stay Alive-Toolbox Safety Talk

         TMI-When Employees Get Behind the Wheel

         TMI-Avoid Fall Injuries Decal

         TMI-Coastal-Real Life-Slips, Trips & Falls

         TMI-Truck Driver Gets Caught in Shaft-Tool Box Safety Talk

         Safe Hand Texas safety program.

         OSHA Propane safety:

         OSHA Trucking Industry:

         Trucking Safety

         Tank Truck Cargo Rollover Prevention Video

         OSHA Motor Vehicle Safety:

         OSHA Heat Stress: