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  • Incident alert

    Mobile concrete placing boom overturn incidents

    In December 2021, a concreter suffered serious injuries including a cervical spinal fracture and lacerations to his head and body after being struck by a mobile concrete placing boom at a residential construction site. The concreter was part of a team pouring a house slab.

  • Incident alert

    Worker struck in abdomen with stun gun

    In February 2022, a worker suffered serious injuries after being struck in the abdomen by a loaded captive bolt stun gun (also known as cattle gun, bolt gun, stun gun or stunner). Early investigations revealed the worker was part of a maintenance team and was cleaning the loaded captive bolt gun when it fired.

  • Incident alert

    Electrical worker fatality

    In February 2022, an electrical worker died in a home ceiling space. It’s believed he was working on the air conditioning system at the time. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Worker fatally crushed after car falls off jack

    In December 2021, the sole director of a rent-a-car business was crushed to death when the vehicle he was working fell on him. Early investigations revealed the man was repairing the vehicle after it had broken down a few days earlier. It appears the man had removed the front passenger wheel when the car slipped off the bottle jack and crushed him.

  • Incident alert

    Apprentice killed by hydraulic hook lift system

    A young apprentice was killed after being trapped under part of the hydraulic hook lift system on a heavy rigid truck at a mechanical workshop.

  • Incident alert

    Three serious forklift incidents – one fatal

    In February 2022, a worker suffered serious leg injuries after being struck by a forklift. Early investigations suggest the man was walking next to the forklift to prevent a load of glass panels from swinging. In March 2022, a worker suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a forklift, which early investigations indicate was moving and carrying a load. In May 2022, a worker suffered serious injuries to his lower legs when he was struck by a counter-balanced forklift. Early investigations show the worker was walking behind the loading dock area of the warehouse when the forklift reversed out of a truck into the warehouse and struck him. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Recreational diving fatality

    In February 2022, a man was participating in a recreational scuba dive with a dive tour operator. Not long into the dive, the man was unresponsive and sadly died. Investigations are continuing.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Mobile and tower crane hoist limits

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risk of hoist rope failure and loads dropping from mobile and tower cranes, which can occur when the hoist limit is disabled or does not function correctly. Employers, builders, workers and crane operators should apply the principles in this alert to any crane with a hoist rope.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Concrete water tank catastrophic failure

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risk of catastrophic failure of concrete water tanks made with steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC). This information may be applied to concrete water tanks at workplaces, schools, homes and public areas. However, not all concrete water tanks have a similar construction.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Safety of moving walks and escalators

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risks of missing pallets/steps on moving walks and escalators.

  • Incident alert

    Man seriously injured when elevating work platform overturned

    In January 2022, a man was operating a self-propelled scissor lift which overturned leaving him with serious head injuries. Early investigations found the worker was alone, replacing rivets on metal flashings in an indoor sports facility.

  • Incident alert

    Workers struck by moving vehicles

    In January 2022, a man died after being hit by a truck a worksite. The worker was part of a crew laying out power lines on the side of the road. Early investigations indicate the man may have been talking on his mobile phone when hit by the reversing truck. In December 2021, a worker was seriously injured by a reversing road roller during asphalt laying operations at a road work construction site. Initial enquiries indicate the worker was testing the asphalt near the roller which struck him while compacting the road surface. In November 2021, a worker also lost his life after being hit by an unmanned truck which he may have been warming up.