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Date PostedDecember 29, 2013

Working Safely Around Heavy Machinery

A workman on a construction site in Perth was trapped under his machinery and had to be rescued by emergency services. The man sustained injuries as a result of the incident, however the full extent of his injuries have not yet been revealed.

Read what happened according to a post on Perthnow.com.au

922800A WORKMAN who was trapped under machinery has been freed and is being airlifted to Perth for treatment.

The worker was trapped under machinery at Coolup, about 100km south of Perth.

A DFES spokesman said the man had been freed from under the machinery and would be airlifted to Perth for treatment.

The helicopter landed at RPH just after 1pm.

St John Ambulance received the call for help just after 10am today.

Firefighters from Mandurah and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters from Pinjarra and Waroona attended the accident scene.

The extent of the man’s injuries is not yet known.

Read more at: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/injured-worker-trapped-under-machinery-in-south-west/story-fnhocxo3-1226720121021

One of the most common hazards associated with machinery on construction sites is caught between and struck-by injuries. Caught between injuries occur when workers are caught between the machinery and something else or 2 pieces of machinery. Sometimes workers become trapped in the cab of the heavy machinery after an incident occurs and is unable to escape with outside assistance. Often workers can become pinned by machinery and are unable to move or are seriously injured as a result.

Struck-by injuries are another common cause of injuries involving heavy machinery. Workers are commonly struck by machinery and moving vehicles on construction sites and there are various measures that need to be implemented to avoid these events.

Machinery that has unguarded moving parts or that is not lockedout during maintenance; heavy equipment that tips over and working between moving materials and immovable structures, vehicles, or equipment are just some of the working conditions that contribute to caught between hazards.

Virtually every site uses machinery that has moving or rotating parts or that requires maintenance or repair at some point during construction. If machinery is not adequately guarded or de-energized during maintenance or repair, injuries from caught- between hazards may result. Injuries that may occur range from amputations and fractures to fatalities.

Operators also need to be aware that they or other workers on site can be trapped and crushed under heavy equipment that tips, especially if they are thrown from the equipment.

Another hazard that you need to be aware of involves being pinned between equipment and a solid object, such as a wall or another piece of equipment or between materials being stacked or stored and a solid object. Workers could also be pinned between shoring and construction materials in a trench. Some of the types of injuries that can result include multiple broken bones, asphyxiation and/or death.

These types of hazards and the prevalence with which they occur highlight the need for general construction safety training. This general safety training in Oz should take the form of the White Card Course. For more information on how to complete the course online visit our homepage.

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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