A large number of amputations and other serious injuries to workers are caused by fixed plant, often during maintenance, cleaning, clearing blockages and power outages.
From April 2017 to July 2018, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) conducted fixed plant assessments at food processing, metal and fabricated metal manufacturing workplaces.
The campaign focussed on:
- machine guarding
- lockout and tag-out
- safe plant use and systems of work.
- Manufacturing industry fixed plant compliance campaign report: phase one (PDF, 1.24 MB)
- Workplaces with fixed plant are encouraged to use the self-assessment tool (PDF, 1.49 MB) to help identify risks and modify processes where necessary to improve the safety of their workplaces.
- SafeWork New South Wales’ safety alert video Working safely with conveyors is aimed at reducing injuries in the workplace by demonstrating basic measures any workplace can take.
Where to get help
Take advantage of the tailored, face-to-face advice provided by our Injury Prevention and Management (IPaM) advisors. IPaM advisors can assist you assess your fixed plant systems and advise you on how to make improvements. IPaM is free for Queensland businesses. Register for IPaM now to talk to an advisor or email for more information.