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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

    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.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Fibreglass ladder failure

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the potential for degradation of fibreglass ladders that can lead to a structural failure.

  • Incident alert

    High pressure water blaster used on asbestos roof

    In June 2019, two people used a high-pressure water blaster on a corrugated asbestos cement roof (super six roof). As a result, asbestos contaminated dust and debris (ACD) ended up on neighbouring residential properties.

  • Incident alert

    Fatal fall from height while working on air conditioning system

    In August, a man died after falling approximately 6m while working on an air conditioning system at a civic centre. It’s believed he may have fallen from a ladder. Investigations are continuing.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Sign collapse

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risk of collapse of self-supporting signs, and to raise awareness of the need to properly design, maintain and inspect sign structures.

  • Incident alert

    Young worker injured by exploding tyre rim

    In May 2019, a young worker suffered serious facial injuries when the split rim that he and another worker were performing maintenance on, exploded. For reasons yet to be established, it appears the tyre exploded while the workers were removing a tyre from a split rim on an earthmover. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Worker fatally crushed by skid steer loader

    In February 2019, a worker was killed while repairing a skid steer loader. Early investigations indicate the safety prop was not engaged to ensure the bucket arms could not be lowered. The worker inadvertently activated the controls and was crushed by the arms. It appears the mechanisms which enable the hand controls to be isolated were inoperative due to general wear and tear on the machine. Investigations are continuing.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Vehicle loading cranes

    VLCs can be dangerous when they are not operated in accordance with the manufacturers' instructions. The purpose of this safety alert is to alert operators of vehicle loading cranes (VLCs) of the need to follow the manufacturer¿s operating instructions and to provide safety guidance for owners and employers.

  • Incident alert

    Worker fatally crushed when forklift tipped over

    In October 2018, a worker was killed when the forklift he was operating tipped over and pinned him. The experienced operator was moving a load into an industrial shed. The forklift’s mast collided with an overhead steel beam, causing the forklift to tip over onto its side pinning the operator. It appears the operator may not have been wearing a seat belt. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Workers burned by arc flash in switchboards

    In October 2018, an electrical worker received burns to his hand, neck and face from an arc flash while he was terminating cables running to a switchboard.In September 2018, an electrical worker received burns to his hands when his pliers shorted two phases while attempting to fit a three phase circuit breaker to a live switchboard. Investigations into both incidents are continuing.