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  • Incident alert

    Bridge and gantry crane serious incidents

    In September 2023, two young workers were injured when a bundle of steel lengths weighing over one tonne fell from a bridge crane (overhead travelling crane). Initial investigations indicate a lifting chain slipped off one end of the bundle of steel while it was being moved using a dual hoist bridge crane inside a warehouse. The bundle fell, striking a worker and a second worker was injured while assisting the first.
    In October 2023, a worker suffered serious leg and foot injuries after being struck by a gantry crane wheel. Initial enquiries indicate he was using a jackhammer close to the crane’s rail system when the crane began operating and one of its wheels struck him.

  • Incident alert

    Worker’s foot injured in auger incident

    In October 2023, a worker sustained significant injuries to his foot when it became trapped in an auger. Initial enquiries found that the worker was clearing a blockage in a blasting cabinet return system (consisting of conveyors and an auger) when his foot came into contact with the auger.

  • Incident alert

    Worker injured while inflating truck tyre

    In October 2023, a worker sustained head and chest injuries when an inflated truck tyre exploded. Preliminary information suggested a truck tyre exploded when the worker was fitting a re-inflated tyre to the truck. It appeared the inside of the tyre wasn’t inspected prior to inflating and inflation didn’t occur inside a tyre cage.

  • Incident alert

    Young construction worker impaled by crowbar

    In June 2023, a worker sustained serious head injuries when he was operating a stand on pallet mover. Initial investigations indicated the worker was operating the pallet mover in a large storage freezer travelling beneath a low-lying pallet racking system. It appears his head collided with the steel rack cross supports.

  • Incident alert

    Heat related illness incident

    In April 2023, a farm worker was found deceased at a rural property. The worker was conducting outdoor labouring work at a property on a hot day.

  • Incident alert

    Injury to young worker caused by racking system failure

    In June 2023, a worker sustained serious head injuries when he was operating a stand on pallet mover. Initial investigations indicated the worker was operating the pallet mover in a large storage freezer travelling beneath a low-lying pallet racking system. It appears his head collided with the steel rack cross supports.

  • Incident alert

    Worker injured operating a stand on pallet mover

    In June 2023, a worker sustained serious head injuries when he was operating a stand on pallet mover. Initial investigations indicated the worker was operating the pallet mover in a large storage freezer travelling beneath a low-lying pallet racking system. It appears his head collided with the steel rack cross supports.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Fall risk with ring lock type scaffolding

    This safety alert discusses the need for scaffolders to take additional precautions while erecting, dismantling or altering ring lock type scaffolding and for employers to provide additional training and supervision.

  • Incident alert

    Four workers injured in gas explosion

    In July 2023, four workers were injured in a workplace gas explosion and fire. Early enquiries indicate they were clearing a gas line by purging a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) boiler line, creating a flammable atmosphere in the room. For reasons not yet known, a brazing torch ignited the atmosphere, resulting in an explosion and fire.

  • Incident alert

    12-year-old jumps from amusement ride when safety harness releases

    In May 2023, a 12-year-old sustained fractures to her foot when she jumped from the seat of an amusement ride.

  • Incident alert

    Amputation and crush injuries from fixed plant and machinery

    In May 2023, a worker’s hand was injured while he was repairing a knocking box (used to stun livestock). Early investigations indicate his hand contacted the cradle and was partially amputated. In July 2023, another worker suffered a crush injury to her arm while working on a foot-operated de-nailing machine that removes the nails of the beast from the hock. At this stage of the investigation, it’s unclear what the worker was doing when her arm was drawn between the rollers and crushed. Also in July 2023, a worker’s hand was crushed in a plate rolling machine. The worker was using the plate roller to roll metal rings when, for reasons yet to be established, their hand was drawn into the cylinder rollers.

  • Incident alert

    Worker trapped in overturned dump truck

    In May 2023, a worker sustained crush injuries when they were trapped in the cabin of an overturned dump truck. Early investigations suggested a worker was operating a nine tonne dual view dump truck that rolled over an embankment.