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Worker dies after being struck by mobile crane

In August 2021, a worker died after being struck by a mobile crane in pick-and-carry mode (lift and shift). Early investigations indicate the man was acting as a dogger and in control of a load when he was holding a tag (tether) line attached to the load that was being relocated at a workplace. It appears the worker was walking between the front of the mobile crane and the load when he was hit by the crane.

Fit testing for tight-fitting respirators

The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the importance of fit testing for tight-fitting respirators for workers who need to use them, and to reinforce this requirement under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

Fall from construction site scaffold

In October 2021, a worker fell approximately 3.5m from a scaffold bay extension platform (hop up) onto a scissor lift at a construction site, sustaining serious injuries.

Mobile crane rollover at construction site

In December 2021, a 30-tonne slew was set up on the side of the road with the crane jib fully extended when it rolled onto its side. The jib has landed on a new house frame under construction and the fence of the house behind. Luckily, no one was injured.