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  • Incident alert

    Worker crushed by tractor

    In May 2022, a worker was crushed to death by a tractor. Early investigations indicate the man was operating the tractor (with slasher attachment) by himself. It appears he either got off the tractor while it was moving or fell from the tractor and it struck him.

  • Incident alert

    High-pressure cleaners on asbestos roofs

    In May 2022, a worker suffered serious de-gloving injuries when his hand was trapped in a ‘curtain coating roller’ machine. At this stage of the investigation, it’s unclear exactly what the worker was doing, but it appears his hand was drawn in between the machine’s two rollers.

  • Incident alert

    Fixed machinery incidents, including two fatalities

    In May 2022, a worker suffered serious de-gloving injuries when his hand was trapped in a ‘curtain coating roller’ machine. At this stage of the investigation, it’s unclear exactly what the worker was doing, but it appears his hand was drawn in between the machine’s two rollers.

  • Incident alert

    Fatal roadside incident

    In April 2022, two motor mechanics were repairing a broken-down bus on the roadside. Tragically, the bus was struck by a passing vehicle and both men were killed. Investigations are continuing.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Mobile crane boom failure and major inspections

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risk of a potential catastrophic failure of corroded bolts on amusement rides. During inspection of teacup (cup and saucer) rides the bolts attaching the patron carriage (teacup) were found with severely corroded bolts. The severely corroded mounting bolts cannot be identified without being removed for inspection. The information in this alert applies to bolted joints on any amusement devices that have limited access for inspection.

  • Incident alert

    Young worker suffers cryogenic burns

    A young worker at a heavy engineering maintenance facility suffered serious cryogenic burns after dunking his hands in liquid nitrogen whilst attempting to shrink a brass bush to put into an excavator boom arm. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Mobile crane wire hoist rope failure

    In May 2022, a worker suffered facial injuries when a steel beam fell from a mini-crawler crane at a construction site. Early investigations indicate the mini-crawler crane was lifting the beams while the worker was using a tag line when the crane’s wire rope failed. As a result, the steel beam fell approximately 5m hitting several precast props before striking the man’s face. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Worker fatally crushed unpacking shipping container

    In April 2022, a worker was crushed to death after being trapped between a triangular stacked (set of three) semi-trailer axels (weighing approximately 1 tonne) and the side of a shipping container. Early investigations show the man was unpacking product from the shipping container when for reasons not yet established the axels moved and trapped him.

  • Incident alert

    Forklift gas bottle ignites injuring two workers

    In April 2022, two workers suffered burns when gas ignited while they were refilling a forklift gas bottle. Early investigations indicate a worker was refilling a forklift gas bottle from a larger tank when it appears they had difficulty with a nozzle. Another forklift operator came to assist. For reasons yet to be fully established, the gas ignited causing minor burns to one worker and 2nd and 3rd degree burns to the other. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Falls into ground level holes

    In March 2022, a landscaping trainee suffered serious foot and spinal injuries when he fell approximately 7m into the opening of a sewer access pipe. Initial enquiries indicate several trainees were doing a landscaping course that involved using hedgers, whipper snippers and mowers. The work area the trainees were preparing to clear was overgrown with grass. After a site inspection, the trainees commenced clearing the area when for reasons yet to be established one of them fell into the pipe. In April 2022, a worker was left with bruises and abrasions after falling into a pile hole around 4m deep. Early enquires suggest several workers were inspecting the holes dug as part of the construction of a sound barrier when one of them removed a plywood cover to take a closer look. The worker then fell into the open hole. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Worker’s hand partially amputated by a saw

    In April 2022, a worker suffered a partial amputation of his hand after it contacted a moving saw blade approximately 1m in diameter. Early investigations revealed it was a breakdown saw used to mill trees. It appears the worker was cutting a large timber log on the saw when he has accessed another blade to clear or dislodge an obstruction. Unfortunately, his hand has come into contact with the moving operational blade, causing significant amputation injuries. Investigations into the incident are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Worker seriously injured when struck by hay bale

    In May 2022, a worker was seriously injured when he fell through a ceiling panel, approximately 3.5m onto the concrete floor. Early investigations indicate the worker was removing a ceiling panel that had broken away from the remaining fixtures possibly due to rust and corrosion. It appears he plummeted with the panel, which broke most of his fall. Investigations are continuing. Investigations into these matters are continuing. Early indications are the trolley appears to have failed. Investigations are continuing.