Recoil spring snaps and hits wall

WORKERS at a heavy mobile plant workshop in Western Australia had a close call last February when a damaged excavator recoil spring fragment became a projectile and cannoned into the shed wall.

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L: Position of spring in storage yard when event occurred, with wall entry point. R: Spring fragment final position on workshop walkway.

According to a safety release by WA's Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, the excavator's damaged recoil spring assembly had been removed from the track arrangement and stored outside