Three Women Involved in Fall at Flemington Construction Pit

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Three women are lucky to be alive after the car they were travelling in plummeted 30 metres down a construction pit in Flemington.

Rescue workers expressed amazement that the 3 women survived the accident near Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse.

According to reports the driver lost control of the sedan while travelling on Ascot Vale Road in Melbourne’s inner north-west. It crashed through temporary fencing and plunged over the edge of the excavation pit before landing on its roof.

A passenger in her twenties had to be winched from the pit to ground level and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

The driver and other passenger weren’t injured and were able to walk away from the crash.

 

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-25/three-women-survive-construction-pit-fall-flemington/7198032

Man Falls from Tower to his Death

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Source: DailyTelegraph.com.au

Another workplace incident has taken place, this time in Adelaide River in Northern Territory, claiming the life of a worker.

According to reports a man died on Wednesday after falling from a communications tower, he was working on the tower at the time.

The incident is currently being investigated by authorities and brings to 11 the number of Australians killed on the job this year.

Let’s make sure we have safe systems of work in place for work from heights so that these types of preventable incidents are avoided.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/worker-falls-tower-death/#.Vr0CG_l97IV

 

 

Accident Claims Man’s Life

ns st johnsAn incident on a New Zealand work site in Huntly has claimed the life of one worker.

According to WorkSafe, the accident happened at Metrapanel, a company responsible for producing pre-cut construction panels for the construction industry.

Although the cause of the accident is yet to be known, an investigation currently underway is expected to provide more information.

St John Ambulance arrived at the scene but found the man dead on arrival.

This is a particularly bad time of the year for workplace incidents as many people are still in holiday mode, making light of safety which can prove fatal.

Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/75797094/One-dead-after-workplace-incident-in-Huntly

Scaffolding Safety Update

Can you spot the problem here?

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Source: www.safetyservicescompany.com

Can you imagine putting your life at risk by climbing this scaffold? Not only are workers lives placed at risk, but so are the public.

We can never underestimate the importance of complying with safety standards and regulations especially when it comes to equipment, tools and machinery used in construction which could present a potential threat not only to workers on site but to the general public as well.

We have specific regulations that apply to scaffolding erection and dismantling in Australia, wherever scaffolding is in use, companies need to know these regulations, even if they are hiring contractors to undertake the scaffolding work.

Find out more about scaffolding safety here.

 

Avoid These Mishaps in Construction

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If you’ve been in the construction industry long enough, you are probably aware by now of the hazards associated with this type of work. Regardless of where in the world you work or what type of trade you’re involved in, there are just certain incidents that seem to keep popping up time and again on the construction site.

Try to avoid these common mishaps on a construction site.

1. Slips, trips and falls

All over the world, this hazard seems to be the most common on all work sites, not just construction sites. Slips and trips can be minimised by paying particular attention to housekeeping, cleaning up spills immediately, not leaving tools, equipment and debris lying around and posting signs wherever there is a risk of a slip, trip or fall.

The first employee to discover a slippery surface should report it immediately to their manager, who must ensure the hazard is dealt with – don’t assume that any reported issue is not important enough to attend to immediately

2. Falling from a height

A common yet unavoidable part of construction work is working from heights. Falling is a common cause of fatalities on construction sites and even if you survive, serious, debilitating injuries can result from falls even from a relatively low height.

Builders fall off scaffoldings for a number of reasons, but the most common cause is a lack of guardrails being in place. Site controllers need to ensure workers aren’t being placed at risk because of failure to provide a safe work environment and system of work.

Scaffolds need to be solidly built and guardrails should be placed wherever necessary. In addition workers should be equipped with appropriate fall protection such as harnesses and rope grabs.

3.Electrocutions

Unfortunately these accidents are 100 per cent avoidable, yet they claim so many lives every year.  Common causes of death and injury involve contact with exposed wires, defective machinery and electrically charged metal objects.

Another problem is that workers are often unaware of the minimum clearance distances from power lines, causing further unnecessary deaths.

4. Vehicle related accidents

In Europe 1 in 3  fatal construction site accidents involve vehicles. Although these accidents aren’t as common here in Australia, they do still occur. The most common accident is when people are hit by reversing vehicles and equipment.

Another major concern is when pedestrians are struck by forklift trucks. Another serious cause of vehicle accidents on a construction site is a lack of training and poor vehicle maintenance have often been cited as major causes of these accidents.

Those in control of the site need to ensure they review the site’s traffic plan and routes in order to minimise the risk of these incidents. For example site controllers should consider keeping pedestrians and vehicles on separate routes. They should also design the site in a way that removes the need for vehicles to reverse.

Employers should never skimp on vehicle maintenance. Vehicles need to always be checked before use, especially the brakes and reversing lights/beepers.

 

Electrical Safe Office Issues Warning on DIY Repairs on Electrical Equipment

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Source: WorkSafe.Qld.gov.au

The Electrical Safety Office (ESO) is asking electrical contractors to remind customers not to attempt their own electrical repairs.

An investigation is currently underway into the death of a man last week where a vacuum cleaner was found disassembled, exposing live parts.

The tragedy is an reminder of the serious risks of working with electricity.

Read the warning here.