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  • 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

    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.

  • Incident alert

    Worker sustained fatal injuries when tractor veered over an embankment and rolled

    In March 2023, a worker sustained fatal crush injuries when the tractor he was operating veered off the path over an embankment and rolled. Early investigations indicate that the worker was not wearing a seat belt. For reasons yet to be established, the tractor has veered off the path over an embankment rolling over.

  • Incident alert

    Young worker seriously injured by drop saw

    In April 2023, a young worker suffered serious hand injuries after an incident on a construction site. Early enquiries indicated the worker was operating a drop saw to cut noggins when for reasons yet to be established his hand came into contact with the moving blade, causing significant amputation injuries.

  • Incident alert

    Fatal incident involving semi-trailer tipper

    In March 2023, a truck driver suffered fatal injuries after becoming trapped between the tipper body and chassis of a semi-trailer tipper combination. Early investigations indicated the truck driver appears to have been inspecting one of the tipper trailers at the time.

  • Incident alert

    Fatal fall from shed roof

    In February 2023, a roofer was fatally injured when he fell over 5 metres from the roof of a shed under construction. Early investigations indicated he was installing roof sheeting on a portal framed shed when for reasons yet to be established, he lost his balance near the live leading edge and fell to the ground.

  • Incident alert

    Serious fire and explosion injuries in three hot work incidents

    In October 2022, a worker suffered serious burns to his upper body after being engulfed by a fire at an engineering workplace. Early investigations revealed he was welding a metal plate to repair a leak to a tank, when an explosion occurred which resulted in a fire.

  • 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

    Worker killed in fall from air-conditioning duct

    In August 2018, a worker was killed after falling twelve metres onto a concrete floor. Early investigations indicate he was undertaking scheduled maintenance of air-conditioning ducts and was in the fresh air intake pre-conditioned outside air (PCOA) unit. A co-worker returned to the area and found a void where a floor grate had been. He looked through the void and saw his colleague on the concrete floor below. This particular PCOA is the only vent open to external, often hot and humid air, and as such is a high corrosion area. Investigations are continuing.