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  • Incident alert

    Arc flash incidents

    In January 2021, two electrical workers suffered burns following an arc flash. They were working in a switch room with an LV main switchboard. Initial enquiries indicate electrical work was being done on the switchboard metering when the incident occurred.

  • Incident alert

    Tractor rollover incidents

    In January 2021, a farmer died when the tractor he was operating struck a log and rolled. The farmer had been using the tractor to pull out a bogged car and do some spraying. He was thrown from the tractor when it rolled and was trapped underneath the rear mounted chemical tank.

  • Worker killed in industrial shredding machine incident

    In January 2021, a worker was killed while operating an industrial shredding machine used to process bulk waste building materials.

  • Person falls from tank

    In November 2020, a man sustained serious head injuries after falling from a water tank that had just been put in place by a vehicle loading crane. It appears he was standing on the tank close to the crane.

  • Incident alert

    Worker struck by moving truck

    In November 2020, a worker was seriously injured when he was run over by a truck while clearing debris caught underneath it.

  • Incident alert

    Workers caught in conveyor belt system

    In October 2020, a worker suffered serious arm injuries when he was caught in a conveyor belt system. In a separate incident, a young worker received significant degloving injuries to both hands after being pulled into a conveyor system.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.