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  • 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’s lower leg amputated as forklift strikes bollard

    In September 2018, a forklift operator’s lower leg was amputated when the forklift he was driving struck a bollard. Initial investigations suggest he was driving the forklift around a corner of a packing hall onto an exit ramp and his foot may have been outside of the manufacturer’s designated operating position. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Worker severely injured by failed towing equipment

    In September 2018, a truck driver suffered severe abdominal injuries when a chain failed during a semi-trailer recovery operation. The chain was being used with other heavy vehicle recovery equipment including a pulley (snatch block), winch rope and hook to move the jack-knifed semi-trailer.

  • Incident alert

    Worker crushed under his own truck while unloading on a slope

    In September 2018, a worker sustained serious crush injuries to his hand, leg, pelvis and torso, as well as a collapsed lung when he was trapped under the wheels of his truck while delivering timber and plasterboard. He parked the truck on a very steep driveway to unload using a vehicle loading crane which he was not familiar with. There were no witnesses to the incident, but skid marks on the driveway indicated the truck had slid approximately eleven metres before crashing into a retaining wall. It is not clear how the worker became trapped and investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Worker crushed by falling sheets of balustrading glass

    In August 2018, a worker was crushed when multiple sheets of balustrading glass fell from a truck-mounted A-frame. He was standing on the ground beside the truck, holding and balancing the sheets in a near vertical position, while another worker removed a sheet of ply from behind the glass.

  • 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.

  • Incident alert

    Worker fatally crushed by prime mover

    In July 2018, a worker was fatally crushed by a slow moving prime mover. The truck was undergoing modifications and was being moved under cover at the end of the work day. It is unclear at this stage how the worker came to be under the truck. 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

    Vehicle stabilisers and outriggers

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risks associated with stabilisers and outriggers on trucks when travelling on public roads.

  • 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.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Potential for explosion of aluminium alloy oil/water separators fitted to high pressure air compressors

    Workplace health and safety alerts for owners and users of Bauer high pressure air compressors