Truck and industrial plant operators urged to prioritise safety
The Queensland Government is urging employers to ensure safe work practices
are in place for moving industrial plant and when using vehicles following
a spate of court cases highlighting dangerous incidents throughout the
Queensland Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said recent
prosecutions by Workplace Health and Safety Qld highlighted the importance
of appropriate training and risk management in preventing injuries and
"The last few months have seen a spate of prosecutions resolved, with very
heavy fines of up to $120,000 imposed," Mr Dick said.
"One of these prosecutions resulted from a fatality at a Mackay scrap metal
yard where a 56-year-old worker died from crush injuries.
"Another involved a grader running over a worker at an Atherton
construction site and another five prosecutions, related to serious
injuries, involved mobile scaffolding or trucks being loaded and unloaded."
Mr Dick said the fatality and injuries were all the more tragic because
they were preventable.
"Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has clear guidelines for preventing
incidents of these types," he said.
"Checklists are available for employees or contractors working with moving
plant, scaffolding and vehicles. There are checklists for noise; driver
fatigue; slips, trips and falls; falls from trucks; access to truck cabins;
loading and unloading; lighting; and other risks.
"Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors are active throughout
the industry, auditing workplaces across the state, often targeting these types
of operations. But inspectors can't be everywhere, and ultimately employers are
responsible for ensuring workplaces are safe for employees."