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16 Jun 2014

Death toll driven higher

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Nineteen more people have died at work this year, with vehicle incidents continuing to claim many of these lives, according to the latest official figures.

These latest fatalities bring the death toll to 30, says the Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Report for February 2014, which was released last week.

Of the 19 people killed, 10 were in vehicle crashes on public roads, one was hit by an unattended moving vehicle not on a public road and one pedestrian was hit by vehicle on a public road.

Three other workers were crushed to death, two were hit by falling objects, one was burnt and another was affected by a chemical or substance.

In the January report, seven of the 11 deaths were vehicle related.

The preliminary estimate for the number of people killed at work as at 27 May stands at 72, says Safe Work Australia.

For more details, visit the notified fatalities report and the preliminary statistics.

Published on 5 June 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Thirty per cent of workers’ deaths over the past decade have been due to truck-related incidents, says the latest Safe Work Australia report.

Between 2003 and 2012, 787 workers were killed in these incidents, according to the report, ‘Work-related fatalities involving trucks, Australia, 2003 to 2012’.

The report’s key findings state that 80 per cent of the incidents on public roads involved the death of the truck driver or passenger.

It also notes that 39 per cent of fatalities involved single-vehicle truck crashes while incidents that occurred while loading or unloading a vehicle accounted for 15 per cent of the fatalities, and repair and maintenance activities accounted for seven per cent.

Half of the truck-related fatalities occurred in the transport, postal and warehousing sector.

For more detail, visit the report.

Published on 22 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Vehicle crashes were the most common notifiable work-related fatalities in 2013, says the latest Safe Work Australia figures.

Vehicle crashes on public roads accounted for 69 fatalities.

In addition, vehicle incidents off public roads accounted for 24 fatalities, pedestrians hit on public roads accounted for 9 fatalities, pedestrians hit off public roads accounted for 5 fatalities, being hit by a moving unattended vehicle off a public road accounted for 4 fatalities and being hit by a moving unattended vehicle on a public road accounted for 1 fatality.

Meanwhile, the number of all monthly notifiable work-related fatalities fluctuated markedly across 2013, jumping to 26 deaths in March 2013, then dropping to 11 deaths in August, and then climbing to 24 deaths in December.

Safe Work Australia says all these figures are preliminary.

For more details, visit the number of fatalities.

Published on 27 March 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

A UK company has been fined £130,000 and gone into liquidation after one of its workers was run over by a van.

The worker was hit and killed as the van was reversing outside a cinema in Ashton-on-Ribble in July 2010, says the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

He had been working on a fit out of a new coffee shop inside the cinema for EMC Contracts on the day of the incident. An EMC employee was driving the van when it hit the worker.

A HSE investigation found the company had no system in place to separate construction traffic and pedestrians.

“The company had written a method statement for the work, which identified the risk of pedestrians being injured by vehicles as a main hazard. However, they failed to state what measures should be taken to reduce or eliminate the risk,” the HSE said.

Last week EMC Contracts Ltd, of Faraday Court in Fulwood, was prosecuted and found guilty of breaching UK health and safety laws.

It was fined £130,000 and ordered to pay £52,790 in costs.

The company has gone into voluntary liquidation.

For more details visit the HSE.

Published on 13 March 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Three John Holland entities face action in the Federal Court of Australia following a fatal workplace incident in Perth.

According to Comcare John Holland Pty Ltd, John Holland Group Pty Ltd and John Holland Rail Pty Ltd are alleged to have breached Commonwealth work health and safety laws when an employee of John Holland Group Pty Ltd was hit and killed by an out of control hi-rail vehicle in December 2011.

The incident happened at a John Holland Pty Ltd workplace and the hi-rail vehicle had been manufactured by John Holland Rail Pty Ltd.

“We have a collective need to address the protections afforded to workers to prevent such terrible loss in the future,” Comcare Regulatory Operations General Manager, Neil Quarmby said.

John Holland Pty Ltd and John Holland Rail Pty Ltd have been penalised for work health and safety breaches in the past, Comcare says.

For these latest allegations, each entity faces a maximum penalty of $242 000.

For more details, visit Comcare.

Published on 13 March 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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