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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.

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Ladder platform brackets

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risks associated with attaching ladder platform brackets onto ladders.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Counterweights on mobile plant

    The purpose of this safety alert is to: inform workers about the hazard of falling counterweights when fitting or removing them on mobile plant, and provide guidance on design, fitting, work system and training issues to reduce the risk of anyone being injured or killed by falling counterweights on mobile plant during their fitting or removal.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Safe filling of portable aluminium alloy cylinders

    The purpose of this alert is to inform all businesses and people who fill aluminium alloy cylinders of the risks of death and injury from cylinder explosion.