11:30 am, Tuesday 13 December, 2011
“Make safety improvements today, because tomorrow may be too late.” This was the message of WorkSafe’s news release in relation to yesterday’s fatality from gas explosion.
WorkSafe appealed to all Victorians to take immediate action in making all workplaces and equipment as safe as possible. General Manager for Operations, Lisa Sturzenegger said that WorkSafe is conducting an investigation on the incident which claimed the life of a refrigeration mechanic.
“Gas bottles stored in a vehicle appear to have exploded, but at this stage why that has happened is not clear,” said Ms Sturzenegger.
“WorkSafe will try and determine which product has exploded and whether the van had a special box in which products like acetylene, refrigerant and LPG can be stored safely.
“Our deepest condolences go out to this young man’s family and friends, but also to others who, as a result of this incident are remembering loved ones who did not come home from work.”
This is the third major incident which happened in Melbourne in five days.
Last Sunday, fuel escaped from a tanker at a service station in Rowville and was ignited threatening a nearby hotel. A truck exploded and its driver suffered burns and is in the hospital.
Last Thursday, a 100 metre long awning fell from an uncompleted warehouse at Keysborough just after workers had their lunchbreaks. No one was hurt from the incident.
“The entire community must not only reflect on these incidents but take immediate action to ensure the workplaces they control or work in are safe as reasonably practicable. Do it today because tomorrow might be too late,” Ms. Sturzenegger said.
“For those working with, or transporting dangerous goods, ensure they are properly secured and that those who use them know how to secure them.
“For tradespeople, gas products must be stored in a sealed box which vents outside the vehicle if there is a leak or failure of valve.”
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