May 31st 2022
Safety alert issued after construction worker struck by steel post
WorkSafe Queensland has issued a safety alert after a worker was seriously injured after being struck by a steel post in March this year.
WorkSafe Queensland says the worker was installing a retaining wall at a residential construction site when the incident occurred.
“The steel post had been stood upright, using a sling attached to an excavator in close proximity to the worker. It then appears the steel post has slipped off the sling, striking the worker,” WorkSafe said in the alert.
Investigations into the cause of the incident are ongoing.
To prevent similar incidents, WorkSafe says PCBU’s should develop a safe system of work when using plant that lifts or suspends loads. Additionally, they should ensure mobile plant operators receive adequate training and instruction on the use of the equipment.
See the full safety alert here.
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