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Put a dump site under powerlines and what do you expect happens to dump truck drivers?

By johnboy - 26 March 2012 10

The ABC has a story on trouble at a Turner building site which has put a dump truck driver into hospital in Sydney:

“There was a dump site which the worker was dumping material into and that dump site was directly under overhead powerlines,” he said.

“So clearly a key part of our investigation will be to work out why was the dump truck situated below powerlines, how was the worker allowed to take material to such a site if it was unsafe?”

The site was closed on Saturday and will not reopen until it is declared safe.

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Put a dump site under powerlines and what do you expect happens to dump truck drivers?
Bussie 11:04 pm 29 Mar 12

LSWCHP said :

A man is dead. A son, perhaps a brother, husband or father. Dumping on him for making a mistake that resulted in him dying horribly isn’t OK.

Where does it say he died?

OpenYourMind 10:41 pm 29 Mar 12

still doesn’t compete with that decision to allow a Ferris Wheel at the end of a runway near Taree:
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/why-was-a-ferris-wheel-in-planes-path-20111001-1l2qw.html

LSWCHP 9:11 pm 29 Mar 12

Havok said :

Not that I don’t feel very sorry for this gentleman and his family but EVERY dump truck driver KNOWS to check for powerlines before they raise their tipper. The bloke in question should have taken more care

A man is dead. A son, perhaps a brother, husband or father. Dumping on him for making a mistake that resulted in him dying horribly isn’t OK.

I-filed 7:43 pm 29 Mar 12

Havok said :

Not that I don’t feel very sorry for this gentleman and his family but EVERY dump truck driver KNOWS to check for powerlines before they raise their tipper. The bloke in question should have taken more care

Simply breathtaking insensitivity – up there with Germaine Greer at her worst.

dungfungus 7:08 pm 29 Mar 12

The video from the news indicated the dump site was on ACT Government land so someone in the appropriate section would have allocated the area to be used perhaps (not the contractor’choice)?
Also, the powerlines seemed to be obscured by large trees so maybe ACTEW should have been a bit more proactive with the pruning.
How come the CFMEU didn’t check the site out initially? They seem to claim responsibility for every other little thing. They were asleep at the wheel this time.

Gerry-Built 6:52 pm 29 Mar 12

grump said :

of course this will be because employer was irresponsible and didn’t look out for his workers….

The Employer has an obligation to provide a safe working environment. Locating a temporary tip under low powerlines can’t be all that safe, surely?

cranky 5:52 pm 29 Mar 12

Havok said :

Not that I don’t feel very sorry for this gentleman and his family but EVERY dump truck driver KNOWS to check for powerlines before they raise their tipper. The bloke in question should have taken more care

Thank you. Worksafe and the CFMEU seem to automatically deposit all blame on the employers. Self preservation has lost its currency. Stupidity can only be laid at the bosses door.

I am sorry for this man’s death. It should not have happened. But was Mr Kennoss standing there directing him to raise the tip tray?

I can certainly appreciate that companies tendering for construction work can do it a bit cheaper than if they employ a person as the OH&S officer. A decent salary for a person to sit and fill in the mountain of compliance statements, the safe work statements, and the safety inspections. ALL designed to ensure that the buck stops somewhere, so someone can always be blamed. The greatest buck-passing scheme invented.

But virtually no responsibility required by the accident prone employee.

Havok 5:24 pm 29 Mar 12

Not that I don’t feel very sorry for this gentleman and his family but EVERY dump truck driver KNOWS to check for powerlines before they raise their tipper. The bloke in question should have taken more care

ThatUniStudent 9:21 am 29 Mar 12

grump said :

of course this will be because employer was irresponsible and didn’t look out for his workers….

That’s what Workcare seem to think, along with most media reporting on it.
Poor guy.
🙁

grump 1:13 pm 26 Mar 12

of course this will be because employer was irresponsible and didn’t look out for his workers….

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