Work platform warning

The Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) has released a Significant Incident Report after a worker was crushed in a pinch point of fixed Elevating Work Platform (EWP), resulting in the worker’s death.

The Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) has released a Significant Incident Report after a worker was crushed in a pinch point of fixed Elevating Work Platform (EWP), resulting in the worker’s death.

While undertaking a pump change and repair work on a fixed scissor lift EWP, an engineering tradesperson was crushed in a pinch point sustaining fatal injuries.

According to the DMP, the deceased put himself unwittingly in a position where he was exposed to a hazard while reaching into the scissor lift when it came down unexpectedly.

According to the alert there was a lack of safe work procedures, job safety analysis and supervision for the repair work being undertaken.

In accordance with Section 9 of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994, employers are required to ensure that a safe system of work is developed for any work being undertaken.

Where procedures are not available, employers should use Job Safety Analysis (JSA) mechanisms to document the task, identify the risks and specify the safety controls to be used prior to the work being undertaken.

The DMP recommends that, in accordance with Australian Standard AS 1418 Cranes, hoists and winches, all fixed EWP equipment and any external auxiliary pump, when used to operate an EWP, must be fitted with check valves on the lift ram circuit to prevent a rapid descent of the EWP due to any failure of the hydraulic circuit components.

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