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Date PostedMay 2, 2013

Man Dies at Perth Construction Depot

According to a report on the Yahoo News website an employee at a construction depot in Perth died recently after becoming caught in machinery. WorkSafe is investigating the incident which claimed the life of a worker.

Read what was reported about the incident by Yahoo News:

Update, 12.20pm: Worksafe is investigating the death of an employee at a construction depot in Perth’s eastern suburbs last night.

An ambulance was called to BGC office and depot on Bushmead Road in Hazelmere about 8pm.

They could not revive the worker, who died at the scene.

It is believed the man died after he became caught in machinery.

BGC today released a statement saying the company was gravely concerned about the incident and was carrying out a full investigation.

The statement said the company was deeply saddened by the man’s death and offered its condolences to his family, friends and work colleagues.

“We are providing whatever assistance is necessary to the family and work colleagues at this difficult time,” it said.

Source: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/16768820/man-dies-at-construction-depot/

In the construction industry in particular, approximately 100 construction site workers deaths occur every year related to plant and machinery. That is why only trained and certified workers who are in possession of the correct licence should be allowed to operate certain equipment. Another important factor is supervision because operation of machinery can be such a dangerous task.

The actual cause of the incident above has not yet been discovered but most instances where workers are caught in machinery occur because machines are not properly guarded.

Every workplace using machinery needs to implement the appropriate guarding. Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their workers on site and according to the law part of that protection involves providing appropriate machine guards. These need not be elaborate or complicated and should not interfere with productivity in any way but they must not be overlooked.

Employers should look at the safety characteristics of machines when purchasing new equipment and try to get suppliers and manufacturers to fit guards to your specifications.

They should also attempt to identify the hazards or events that could give rise to a potential injury or fatality including the types of injury or illness they can cause such as lacerations, crushed fingers or limbs caused through inadequate machine guarding.

Employers should conduct a separate risk assessment for each machine and any associated system of work used with that machine to determine the risk the operation of these machines can pose to workers, including those involved in its operation and those in the vicinity.  (Note:  Risk assessments are covered in the White Card Online course in considerable detail. ) 

Consultation between employers and employees is an important step in evaluating the effectiveness of implementation of control measures such as machine guarding. Employers input is valuable and should not be ignored.

If an employer has determined that a hazard cannot be eliminated or replaced with a less hazardous option, the next preferred measure is to use an engineering control.  Examples of engineering controls that can be introduced to minimise the risk of machine injury is introducing guarding, using enclosures, automating a process.

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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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