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Unsafe design accounts for 36 per cent of work-related fatalities, says a new study.

The Safe Work Australia study found that 188 of 523 fatal incidents that occurred between 2006 and 2011 involved design problems with machinery, plant and powered tools.

Inadequate guarding was one of the most common problems, accounting for 21 per cent of fatalities. Lack of rollover protection accounted for 15 per cent of fatalities, lack of residual current devices accounted for 12 per cent, lack of interlocks accounted for 8 per cent, and driver-obstructed vision accounted for 8 per cent.

“A number of the incidents highlighted in this report involved old machinery and plant, some of which may remain in use for many years,” the study says.

“This is a recognised issue and has been the subject of an intervention campaign carried out among selected manufacturing groups by Australian WHS jurisdictions under the administration of the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities.”

For more details, visit the study

Published on 20 November 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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