05:25 pm, Tuesday 27 July, 2010
WorkSafe is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Dandenong on Thursday.
It is reported the 51-year-old-man was crushed to death while performing repairs on a 4WD.
The front of the vehicle was suspended on a ramp while the rear was jacked up with a hydraulic trolley jack. The vehicle apparently dropped and rolled back, crushing the man in the process.
It is the 14th workplace fatality for 2010, and the second fatality involving hydraulic jack in eight days.
A 41-year-old worker was crushed to death by a 2.7-tonne steel beam as it was being lifted by a crane on July 14. The beam’s collapse was a result of the failure of the device’s hydraulic jacks to operate in unison.
“Given the nature of this kind of repair work, there’s always a risk of severe injury or fatality,” Manufacturing and Logistics Director Ross Pilkington said.
“However, there’s a number of ways to stay safe while working under a suspended vehicle.
“If you’re using a lifting device, make sure it’s suited to the work you’re trying to perform.
“Always put backup measures in place so that if something goes wrong, you’ll be safe.
“For example, if you’re using a jack to raise a vehicle, put a vehicle stand in place as a backup. Where possible, always use chocks to prevent wheels rolling or moving.
“Finally, remember to regularly inspect equipment and make sure the safe working load is clearly displayed.”