25 Sep 2018
Safety Incident Alerts: 26 September 2018
The following safety incident alerts have recently been released. Please click where relevant for further details.
- Fatality involving an articulated dump truck: an operator of an articulated dump truck was working at a quarry with his last load of the day. Moving fully loaded down the access ramp, it appears he lost control of the vehicle. At the bottom of the ramp the vehicle overturned, partially pinning the operator under the cab. He later succumbed to his injuries. Click here for more details.
- ADT body rolls onto its side: While reversing to tip his load on a stockpile, the driver of an ADT was partially blinded by sunlight and reversed up onto the edge of the stockpile. This made the loaded body unstable and it tipped onto its side. Click here for more information.
- Fires on mobile plant: Several significant fires have occurred in the second quarter of 2018, including three fires in underground metalliferous mines. Fires on mobile plant in underground mines represent a risk to all workers who may be exposed to the products of combustion and the loss of safe egress from the underground parts of a mine during a fire. In one event, a 60 tonne underground mine dump truck caught fire, blocking a main decline and contaminating the ventilation in the mine. This resulted in an emergency evacuation and mines rescue response. Click here for further information.
- Crushed finger – pile breaking: 2 workers were engaged to break back pile caps. The work process used a pneumatic saw to insert cuts to the concrete then the use of jack hammers to remove the excess concrete. During the jack hammering process, a worker sustained a crush injury to his thumb when the jack hammer punched through the concrete and dropped rapidly causing his had and the top of the jack hammer to collide with the reo bar. View the CPB Safety Alert for more details.
- Use of telehandlers with suspended loaders: Due to varying gradient of terrain on construction sites this requires a greater level of planning to ensure that the plant remains stable during “pick and carry” operations involving suspended loads. See the Next Gear Safety Alert for more information.
- Transportation risk of horizontally mounted fire extinguishers on plant and equipment: A Safety Alert has been issued to highlight the risk of horizontally mounted fire extinguishers detaching during transportation and causing a hazard to other road users. Click here for more information.
- Tamper collision with ARTC vehicle: an ARTC vehicle navigating a passive level crossing was severely damaged after colliding with an ARTC tamper. There were no reported injuries as a result of the collision. Click here for more details.
- Potential Class 1 – Contact With 600V DC Overhead Supply: a linesmen was working from a Hi-rail EWP on an overhead gantry structure adjacent to the Kooyong Station level crossing. Works were being constructed during a full track occupation. An Electrical Access Permit had been issued for works in the area. Whilst installing a bracket on the gantry structure the worker received an electric shock from a live 600V DC Tram supply feeding the tram overhead lines at the level crossing, which arced from the structure to a bracket he was installing. The service was not identified as part of the Electrical Access Permit issued for the works and the structure and services attached were understood to be electrically isolated. Access the Next Gear Safety Alert for further information.
- Leading/sharp edge fatality: A 25 year craft foreman was fatally injured after falling from a pier cap while setting girders with his night shift crew. During the fall, the personal self-retracting lanyard (SRL) was cut by a leading edge / sharp edge (LE / SE), causing the fall arrest system to fail. View the Exxon Mobil Fall Restraint Fatality Alert for more details.
- Cementitious Exposure Injuries: A L/H fitter working in the area of a Roadheader gearbox change has been contacted by a passing EWP resulting in fractures to his leg. See the HSEQ Lessons Learnt Alert for more information.