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Safety warning after kids fall into septic tanks in the NT

Aug 12th 2022

Safety warning after kids fall into septic tanks in the NT

NT WorkSafe reminds workplaces to ensure that septic tank lids on their properties are safe and secured after a four-year-old child fell into a full septic tank in the Barkly Region last week.

“Unsecured or fragile septic tank lids are a major hazard if access to the lid is not limited or controlled,” NT WorkSafe said on Wednesday.

In December 2021, an 18-month-old child fell into a septic tank in the Katherine region.

“There is a risk of a fatal incident occurring if someone falls into a septic tank, this risk is significantly higher if the person is a young child. Unfortunately, incidents of young children dying after falling into septic tanks have been reported in Australia and around the world,” NT WorkSafe said.

The safety agency lists a number of safety measures that workplaces with septic tanks on their properties need to follow.

For more on this story, go to the NT WorkSafe website.

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