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  • Incident alert

    Falls from height result in serious injuries

    Two recent incidents where workers have suffered serious injuries have highlighted the dangers of falls from height. In August 2020, a man sustained serious injury when he fell approximately 2m from a ladder while working at a residential property. Early enquiries indicate he was using a ladder to access the roof area. In a separate incident a month late, a worker fell approximately 3.4m at a construction site. It appears he was helping unload building materials from an elevated position of a partially built structure.

  • Incident alert

    Worker injured in side-by-side vehicle rollover

    In September 2020, a worker was seriously injured when the side-by-side vehicle he was using at an industrial workplace overturned.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Mobile concrete placing boom stability

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the need to follow the manufacturer's operating instructions, provide safety guidance for workers, owners and employers.

  • Incident alert

    Dead trees and working solo remotely are a dangerous mix

    In August 2020, a property owner sustained fatal injuries from a falling tree branch. Initial investigations indicate he was burning off on a remote part of the property alone. It appears he parked his quad bike under a dead tree when a branch broke and struck him across the legs. Alone, and with no communication equipment, the 61 year old attempted to treat himself but was later found dead at the scene.

  • Incident alert

    Worker seriously injured after fall from roof

    In October 2020, a worker suffered serious injuries when he fell through an open void in the roof of a warehouse. The worker was employed by a contractor engaged to replace roof sheeting.

  • Incident alert

    Worker injured after angle grinder ‘kick back’

    In August 2020, a worker suffered a chest laceration when the angle grinder he was using ‘kicked back’. At the time, he was apparently cutting timber and fibre glass with a 125mm angle grinder fitted with a multi-cutter blade.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Fall-arrest systems for continuous vertical ladders on tower cranes

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight that specific fall-arrest systems are required if a continuous vertical ladder is in place for accessing the total length of a crane tower. The Tower crane Code of Practice 2017 (the Code) sets out these requirements.

  • Incident alert

    Worker seriously injured falling from trailer

    In August 2020, a truck driver suffered serious injuries falling from his trailer. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Fall from earthmoving machinery

    In August 2020, a man suffered serious injuries after falling from an earthmoving machine he was apparently doing maintenance on. Early investigations indicate the man fell while exiting the machine.

  • Incident alert

    Worker’s arm crushed by excavator

    In June 2020, a worker suffered crush injuries to his arms and hands after an excavator bucket collided with waste oil drums while he was preparing to attach lifting equipment.

  • Incident alert

    Worker struck by grader

    In June 2020, a grader was doing road works at a construction site when it struck a worker who suffered serious leg injuries.

  • Incident alert

    Young worker injured by lifting hook

    In April 2020, a young worker was injured after being struck by a lifting chain hook while helping a colleague move equipment. They were using a crane in a storage yard.