25 January 2019

Truck rollover on Denman Prospect worksite sparks WorkSafe investigation

| Lachlan Roberts
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Work safety

WorkSafe ACT is investigating an incident at a Denman Prospect construction site.

A truck rolling onto its side at a construction site in Denman Prospect on Thursday afternoon (24 January) has sparked a WorkSafe ACT investigation.

Around 1 pm, a truck delivering building supplies at a building site rolled onto its side while unloading the materials via a vehicle loading crane, which was attached to the truck.

No one was injured in the incident.

A non-disturbance notice has been put on the site by WorkSafe ACT as investigations into the incident continue.

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones said it was very fortunate that no one was seriously injured in this incident.

“The vehicle loading crane was being operated by remote control away from the immediate vicinity of the truck,” he said. “The site is a residential building site that is under construction by an owner/builder and WorkSafe inspectors are currently undertaking further inquiries and investigations to determine the cause of the rollover.”

Mr Jones reminded the industry to make sure safety remained a key priority.

“Safety incidents can happen quickly as seen today and it is critical that everyone on a worksite, or in a workplace, including those delivering goods or services, prioritise safety,” he said.

“My message to all employers and workers is to make sure safety is at the forefront of all activity – be that related to supporting workers in industries impacted by the heat – or not rushing as we head towards a long weekend.”

Mr Jones urged Canberrans to be careful in the extreme heat, not just for those working outside but also for those working inside such as in kitchens, laundromats that are not air-conditioned or properly ventilated.

“Employers should look for ways to reduce high energy or heavy work during the heat of the day and ensure workers have adequate sun protection and break to cool down and rehydrate,” he said. “Workers should also keep an eye on their own health and safety and that of your mates.

“Finally for those in the construction sector, please ensure sites are left safe and secure for the long weekend and the site – including scaffolding and equipment, is thoroughly checked for any movement or issues before work recommences on Tuesday.”

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