Worker Suffers Serious Head Injury in Workplace Incident

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Truck safety has been in the spotlight lately and another incident has taken place in Queensland’s south-east involving a truck.

Ambulance paramedics were called to a workplace in Clarendon where it was reported that a worker had fallen from the back of a truck and suffered serious injury.

The worker was treated at the scene for a serious head injury.

Paramedics transported him to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious condition.

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Man Killed in Workplace Incident

A 63 year old man was killed on a work site in South East Queensland recently after being crushed to death by machinery.

The man was working at a business at Cobalt Street in Carole Park when it is believed he became trapped between machinery.

Workplace Health and Safety is investigating the incident which happened early on a Saturday morning, before 1:30am.

Police and emergency services were called to the scene, where the man was declared dead.

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Man Falls from Tower to his Death

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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

 

 

Company fined for Workplace Incident involving Hydraulic Ram

A horrific accident has taken place on a construction site in Ballarat during which a worker’s face was crushed by a hydraulic arm.

Although the incident happened at a brick company and not on a building site, it could easily have occurred within the construction industry because there are many similar hazards shared between the 2 industries.

The accident happened when the worker in question dropped some bricks. A machine ram came down on the worker’s shoulders. This caused his face to be forced into the fallen bricks that he was trying to recover.

The man suffered a broken scapula, broken jaw as well as multiple fractures to his right elbow and face.

This was the second serious incident for the employer who was fined $55,000 six years earlier but had still failed to implement the necessary safety precautions to ensure workers were safe by providing safe operating plant and procedures, let’s hope they have finally learnt their lesson.

This excerpt from an article on SafetyCUlture.com.au explains what happened:

worksafe-vic-logoA brick company has been given a fine of $90,000 for a workplace incident where the face of a worker was crushed by a hydraulic ram.

The ram came down on the shoulders of the worker and forced his face into the fallen bricks that he was attempting to recover.

He was transported to hospital with a broken right scapula, broken jaw, and multiple fractures to his right elbow and face and needed surgery.

The employer’s lawyers pleaded guilty in the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court to one charge under sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

The court heard that the same company was fined $55,000 and convicted in 2007 for a similar accident where a worker received significant injuries; it was found that they had failed to provide and maintain a safe operating plant.

The WorkSafe prosecutor said that the worker had been working alone in the packaging area when he had turned off the “strapping machine” the clear bricks that had fallen underneath the hydraulic ram.

Another worker turned it back on not realising that he was retrieving the bricks.

Read more at: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/09/brick-company-fined-for-workplace-injury/

This incident is a reminder to employers that they have a duty to provide a safe work environment and safe system of work to employees.

Employers also have a responsibility to ensure that all operating plant and procedures are safe. They need to do this by first identifying the hazards associated with these plant and procedures and attempting to eliminate them.

Employers need to assess all the risks involved. If the hazards cannot be removed, the risk involved must be minimised as much as possible. Employers need to plan and develop safety control measures to handle plant and machinery hazards and implement these on site.

Workers should be adequately trained on safety procedures and on general construction safety in order to remain safe while working on the hazardous construction site.