The safety of workers, particularly new and young workers should take precedence on a work site and the evidence of what could happen if it doesn’t was brought into the spotlight by an incident that happened at a Melbourne work site recently.
A 20 year old apprentice worker was killed while working inside an open ended tank at a Cranbourne West business. It is believed the man was overcome by fumes while working in the confined space.
WorkSafe Victoria is investigating the incident however this death brings the number of workplace fatalities for the year to 21.
Apprentice workers should be properly trained before being instructed to undertake high risk work such as work in confined spaces or solitary work and should be properly supervised.