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  • Incident alert

    Worker sustained fatal injuries from tractor rollover

    In November 2022, a worker sustained fatal crush injuries when he was ejected from a tractor and trapped underneath as it rolled over. Early investigations indicate that the worker was not wearing a seat belt when driving the tractor along a road while hauling an empty sugar cane bin. For reasons yet to be established, the tractor has overturned and rolled onto its roof. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Operators killed by mobile plant

    In October 2022, a young worker was killed after being struck by the road roller he had been operating. For reasons yet to be established, it appears the young worker has hopped off the road roller and was then struck by it.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Zip line anchorage failure

    This safety alert highlights the recent failure of a zip line anchor (termination). The information applies to a specific type of zip line anchorage system.

  • Incident alert

    Fatal incident involving the unloading of construction materials

    In September 2022, a person was killed after they were struck by a piece of steel during the unloading of construction materials from a semi-trailer.

  • Incident alert

    Workers injured by front-end loader bucket

    In July 2022, two workers were injured, one seriously, after being struck by a front-end loader bucket while working as part of a road maintenance team. Early enquiries indicate the two workers were attaching an aggregate spreader or ‘cockerel box’ to the rear of a tipper truck. The aggregate spreader was being manipulated into place using chains attached to the bucket of the front-end loader. After the workers attached the aggregate spreader to the truck, the front-end loader’s bucket unexpectedly detached striking both workers.

  • Incident alert

    Serious fire and explosion injuries in three hot work incidents

    In October 2022, a worker suffered serious burns to his upper body after being engulfed by a fire at an engineering workplace. Early investigations revealed he was welding a metal plate to repair a leak to a tank, when an explosion occurred which resulted in a fire.

  • Incident alert

    Workers injured in formwork collapse

    In June 2022, several concreters were injured after falling between three and four metres when a formwork deck collapsed at a construction site. Initial investigations indicate they were pouring a concrete slab for a mezzanine floor when for reasons yet to be established, the formwork system failed.

  • Incident alert

    Worker’s leg crushed by steel sheet dropped from crane

    In August 2022, a worker’s leg was crushed by a steel sheet weighing approximately four tonnes. Investigations found he was attempting to move the sheet of steel from the back of a flatbed truck with an overhead travelling crane and lifting magnet attachment. For reasons not yet established, the sheet of steel became dislodged from the crane and dropped.

  • Incident alert

    Young worker struck by heavy timber sheets

    In September 2022, a 17-year-old work experience student’s pelvis was fractured when a pack of heavy timber sheets fell onto him. The sheets were stacked on their edge and leaning against a wall. Early investigations found the boards weighed approximately 30kg each and the student was retrieving a cover board from the rear of the pack.

  • Incident alert

    Incidents involving contact with overhead powerlines

    In September 2022, a worker was electrocuted when the metal frame he was holding contacted a high voltage overhead powerline at a construction site where a shed was being built. Initial enquiries indicate the metal frame was being moved onsite by a pick-and-carry mobile crane, when the worker attempted to prevent the metal frame striking a nearby vehicle. It was not known that the metal frame had made contact with an overhead powerline at the time.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Immersion pulmonary oedema risk when diving and snorkelling

    The purpose of this safety alert is to inform businesses that provide diving and snorkelling activities of the risks of participants suffering from immersion pulmonary oedema.

  • Incident alert

    Snorkelling fatalities

    In August 2022, a member of the public died while snorkelling. Investigations show he had been snorkelling from a tour operated vessel when the lifeguard spotted he was not moving. In September 2022, a member of the public became unresponsive and was declared deceased during a swim with the whales activity. Early investigations show she was snorkelling with a tour operator and holding onto a long rope. Also in September 2022, a member of the public became unresponsive and was declared deceased when she collapsed and lost consciousness after snorkelling. Early investigations show she had returned to the platform while snorkelling.