White Card Update: Beware Truck Incidents on Construction Sites

A truck driver recently died after a serious accident on an industrial work site according to reports. The 37 year old truck driver suffered gruesome injuries when the drill rods he was loading fell from a forklift knocking him to the ground.

Read the post below by theHerald.com.au for more details about the incident:

WORKCOVER and Central Hunter detectives have launched investigations after a 37-year-old Aberdeen truck driver was killed in an industrial accident at Rutherford yesterday.


Emergency services were called to J & S Engineering in Racecourse Road about 3.40pm after reports of a serious workplace accident.


As information about the gruesome nature of the injuries was relayed from witnesses to a triple-0 operator, Central Hunter police made the decision to call off all but a handful of senior officers.


When paramedics arrived they found the body of a truck driver who had been killed, police said.


Police believe the man was loading drill rods onto his vehicle when one of the rods fell from a forklift and knocked him to the ground.


The drill rod then fell on top of the man, killing him instantly.


A WorkCover spokesman confirmed that investigators examined the scene last night.


Central Hunter detectives were also summoned to the Rutherford industrial estate and will investigate the incident.


Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/379772/man-killed-in-industrial-accident/

Trucks on construction sites are a firm fixture and a useful, irreplaceable asset however they can also be dangerous. Trucks serve a crucial purpose but also present a hazard on a building site. The biggest concern for trucks of this size is crashing into people or vehicles or toppling over and crushing people or other vehicles.  But there is also the risk of being crushed or injured by the actual load of the truck rather than the truck itself. Also trucks are continuously loading and unloading building materials, debris and other equipment.

Due to the fact that trucksload and unload several times a day onto the same area to create elevated surfaces known as stockpiles, there is the chance of them tipping over.When drivers load and unload their trucks on these elevated or uneven surfaces it is very risky as the vehicle can topple or roll over. This is done by a dump truck which if operating on the unstable ground created by a stockpile can cause serious incidents.

Adverse weather conditions can make ground even more unstable and wet conditions can cause landslides on stockpiles. Pedestrians should stand clear of stockpiles while trucks are dumping as drivers cannot always see what’s happening behind the truck.

It is also important on a construction site that workers and truck operators do not engage in dangerous tasks without the proper supervision.

When loading and transporting goods to and from a construction site:

  • Drive cautiously on a construction site looking out for pedestrians. Especially when carrying a load beware that the load may shift during transportation so offload carefully.
  • Reduce speed in poor travelling conditions and stick to the site’s speed limits.
  • Beware of pedestrians and remain in the correct zoned areas. Vehicles should have their own zones while vehicles have a separated area. These areas should be barricaded and marked with signage.
  • Abide by Truck Load limitations.