Saturday, July 13, 2024

WA workplace fatalities prompt safety reminder

Two fatal incidents in WA workplaces this week have prompted a reminder from WorkSafe to review safety procedures associated with mobile plant.

WorkSafe is investigating both incidents to identify whether any breaches of work health and safety laws have occurred and to determine the causes of the incidents.

Acting WorkSafe Commissioner, Sally North, today advised relevant persons in control of a business or undertaking (PCBUs, ie employers) to review their safety procedures.

“The incidents on Wednesday in O’Connor and Dalwallinu are a tragic reminder of the risks associated with operating mobile plant in workplaces,” Ms North said.

“The incident in O’Connor involved an elevating work platform, while the Dalwallinu incident involved a forklift.

“There’s a large amount of guidance on WorkSafe’s website about plant safety, and I encourage PCBUs to take a fresh look at their safe work procedures in line with that guidance and in consultation with workers,” she said.

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