Heavy Machinery Accident causes Man’s legs to be crushed

A council worker from southern Tasmania is in hospital following a serious accident between him and piece of heavy machinery on a road construction site in Claremont. The workers leg was seriously injured after he was run over by heavy machinery. Abc.net.au reported briefly on the incident,

4931694-3x2-340x227A council worker is in hospital in southern Tasmania with serious leg injuries after being run over by heavy machinery.


Workplace Standards is investigating the accident which occurred yesterday afternoon.


Glenorchy mayor Stuart Slade says the man was working on the road at Battesby Drive in Claremont when the accident happened.


Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-03/council-worker27s-legs-crushed-in-accident/4931710?section=tas

This is the latest in a series of accidents on construction sites in the state. On road construction sites, this is the most common cause of safety incidents – ie. struck-by heavy machinery incidents.

Struck-by injuries are produced by forcible contact or impact between the injured person and an object or piece of equipment and are one hundred per cent preventable.

Workers on site, especially those on foot, should remember to stay away from heavy equipment when it’s operating – In fact, be alert to the location of all heavy equipment whether in use or not. Also listen for reversing beepers and be cautious when proceeding. Watch for reversing vehicles and look around you often.

Stay clear of lifted loads and never work under a suspended load on any site. Also be aware of unbalanced loads.

Workers should confirm and receive acknowledgement from the heavy equipment operator that they are visible. Most struck-by incidents happen as a result of operators not being aware of the presence of a worker in the path of the machinery.

Also be aware of the swing radius of cranes and backhoes and do not enter that zone.

Workers, do not put yourself at risk of being struck by a vehicle and do not get caught in a situation where there’s no escape route. Remain alert and attentive at all times on site. On a road constructions site, do not direct traffic unless you are the flagger.  Ensure that the necessary warning signs are posted and that the “exit” and “entry” worksite traffic plan is being adhered to. Workers on foot and those operating machinery should be kept separated as much as possible. Workers should never cross the path of a reversing vehicle or piece of machinery.

Also ensure that those people tasked with the operation of heavy machinery are trained to do so and are in possession of a high risk licence.

Workers who direct vehicle traffic should have received proper training and adequate written and oral instruction.

Signallers and traffic control persons must not perform any other work while directing traffic and should always wear appropriate high-visibility clothing that meets regulatory standards for retro reflectivity.

Workers who may be endangered by vehicular traffic should also wear high-visibility clothing that meets regulatory standards for retro reflectivity and ensure that they are can be seen not only by vehicles driven by members of the public, but operators and drivers involved with the construction work as well.