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  • 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.

  • Incident alert

    Four injured in workplace explosion

    In November 2021, one worker was seriously injured while three other workers received minor injuries following a workplace explosion and fire. Early enquiries indicate an “extractor” has exploded. This machine is used to extract rosin and turpentine from pine wood chips by spraying hot turpentine over the wood chips in a process known as solvent extraction. For reasons yet to be established, an explosion has occurred. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Quad bike fatality on a rural property

    In November 2021, a rural property owner died after appearing to roll his quad bike. Initial enquiries suggest the man was in all likelihood mustering cattle on his own in a slopey area that also appeared to be sodden and boggy at the time. Investigations indicate the quad bike had been fitted with an Operator Protection Device (OPD) by the manufacturer. For reasons unknown, it appears the OPD had been removed with the upper mounting bracket remaining.

  • Incident alert

    Worker seriously injured by dough mixer

    In November 2021, a worker suffered serious hand and arm injuries after becoming entangled in a dough mixer they were operating. Early enquiries indicate the worker attempted to retrieve a glove from the mixing bowl while the machine was still operating. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Mobile crane rollover at construction site

    In December 2021, a 30-tonne slew was set up on the side of the road with the crane jib fully extended when it rolled onto its side. The jib has landed on a new house frame under construction and the fence of the house behind. Luckily, no one was injured. Investigations are continuing.