WorkSafe Victoria has warned against working in close proximity to mobile plants after a worker was struck by the bucket of an excavator, breaking his leg.
The man was carrying out maintenance work at the bottom of a three-metre deep pit when the incident occurred.
WorkSafe’s construction and utilities director Chris Webb said working near mobile plants was a high risk activity, particularly when in confined spaces.
“If something goes wrong there is little margin for error and the consequences, as in this case, can be serious.”
It took several hours to rescue the injured man because of safety concerns. The CFA set up a tripod and winched rescuers down to help him out.
“Most deaths and injuries occur where people are doing what are, for them, routine tasks,” Webb said.
“WorkSafe’s experience is that the incident that kills or leaves a permanent injury is not much different from one you can walk away from.
“Surviving a day at work should not be a matter of luck, but the result of consistent good practice and job-planning.
“Safe workplaces are created and maintained as a result of regular safety reviews, discussion about known and potential hazards and the implementation of safety management plans,” he said.
“Employers, including labour hire firms, sub-contractors and primary contractors have obligations, as do individuals and those who commission work.”
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