10:36 am, Friday 6 July, 2012
WorkCover reminded businesses across New South Wales to stay vigilant about workplace safety following a spate of incidents in the past week.
General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson, said there were two fatalities involving forklifts, death of a grain farmer and two serious falls where workers involved are critically injured.
“A 48-year-old man fell around four metres from the roof of a construction site in Canley Heights earlier today while on Monday, a 26-year-old plumber was critically injured when he fell around eight metres from a skylight to a concrete floor in a Byron Bay warehouse,” said Mr Watson.
“Yesterday a 39-year-old worker received fatal crush injuries while unloading steel beams from a forklift in a manufacturing plant in Tamworth.”
A 40-year-old man was killed at Flemington Markets in Sydney when a forklift he was operating rolled on top of him. A 62-year-old man also died after being trapped in a grain auger on a property near Albury.
“These tragic events serve as a stern reminder that there is no room for complacency when it comes to workplace safety,” said Mr Watson.
“It is paramount to assess risks and develop safe work methods to reduce the possibility of an incident occurring.
“WorkCover provides a range of free services and guidance material to help businesses achieve the best possible safety outcomes.”
Investigations are being conducted over these incidents.