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05 Dec 2013

Death toll climbs again

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Notifiable work-related fatalities have climbed to 23 in the latest monthly report from Safe Work Australia.

The July figures reveal that seven more people died in work-related incidents than in June.

In July, vehicle incidents figured prominently. Ten of the fatalities involved crashes on public roads, while one person was killed in a vehicle incident not on a public road.

Two pedestrians were also killed: one was hit by a vehicle on a public road and the other was hit by a vehicle not on a public road.

In other fatalities, two people were killed in each of the following incidents: trapped in machinery, hit by a falling object and hit by a moving object other than vehicle.

One person was also killed in each of the following incidents: electrocution, drowning, a fall from a height and being hit by an animal.

For more details, see the fatality figures.

Published on 5 December 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

07 Nov 2013

Crashes claim more lives

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A greater proportion of workers are killed in vehicle collisions than in other work-related incidents, says the latest workplace fatality figures.

Of the 223 workers killed in 2012, 39 per cent died in vehicle collisions, says Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2012.

Vehicles were also involved in a majority of the incidents in which workers were killed when hit by a moving object. This accounted for 10 per cent of worker deaths.

A further 3 per cent were killed when hit by a moving object but without a vehicle being involved.

Falling from a height accounted for another 13 per cent of workers killed on the job.

Being hit by a falling object caused the death of 12 per cent of workers.

The remaining 23 per cent of fatalities were due to a number of causes, including being trapped between stationary and moving objects, contact with electricity and rollover of a non-road vehicle.

The transport, postal and warehousing industry recorded the highest proportion of deaths among all industries (29 per cent).

The road freight sector recorded a death rate 15 times the all industries rate, the study said.

For more details, see the report .

Published on 7 November 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released preliminary findings into the death of a man who fell from a safety harness while being winched into a helicopter.

The 65-year-old man had injured his ankle at Macs Cove in Victoria’s northeast in late August, and an Air Ambulance Victoria helicopter was called to rescue him, as reported in an earlier e-bulletin.

The man was being winched to safety in a rescue/retrieval harness (known as a strop) in a double-lift extraction with a paramedic, when the incident occurred.

Despite the helicopter crew’s efforts to prevent the man from slipping out of the strop, he fell to the ground and died as a result of his injuries, according to the ATSB’s preliminary investigation report.

It also stated the winch and rescue equipment were in working order and the crew qualified to perform the task.

The investigation is ongoing and will assess the rescue strop’s design and potential limitations, potential medical issues associated with winching patients in strops, the operator’s rescue procedures and protocols and certification procedures for helicopter winching rescue equipment.

For more details, visit the preliminary report.

Published on 24 October 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

WorkSafe Victoria is investigating the death of a man who fell from a rescue helicopter while being winched to safety.

The 65-year-old man injured his ankle at Macs Cove in Victoria’s northeast in late August, and an Air Ambulance Victoria helicopter was called to rescue him.

However, while he was being winched to safety he fell from the safety harness.

An ABC News report quoted Ambulance Victoria chief executive Greg Sassella, who said the man fell approximately 30 metres to his death.

“I understand he was at the door of the helicopter and they were attempting to get him into the helicopter,” he said.

“This is devastating for the crew, they spend their whole lives putting themselves at risk for patients and in this instance something’s gone astray.”

Counselling was offered to the Air Ambulance personnel, the report added.

WorkSafe said its inspectors and investigators attended the scene and are continuing their investigations.

For more details, visit WorkSafe and ABC.

Published on 12 September 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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