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Driver killed after being hit by stabilising arm on container truck

Monday, 20 January, 2020 - 15:45
Incidents & prosecutions

A garbage truck driver was recently killed in Victoria after a rear crane stabilising arm on another vehicle hit his truck while he was driving.

The arm was protruding from a container truck approaching from the opposite direction.

Stabilising arms and outriggers should be stowed and secured when in transit, according to WorkSafe Victoria.

Plant fitted with stabilising arms or outriggers (such as mobile, vehicle loading and side loading cranes) can cause serious injuries or death to operators or other road users (such as drivers of other vehicles and pedestrians) if the arms or outriggers aren’t stowed or secured correctly.

In a subsequent safety alert, the regulator said employers and self-employed persons are required to control the risk associated with vehicles, including securing plant and loads.

Employers and self-employed persons should ensure:

  • Warning and indicating systems are fitted to alert or remind the driver that the outriggers or stabilising arms are deployed
  • Mechanical or hydraulic locks are fitted to prevent extension of the outriggers or stabilisers during transit
  • Manual (non-powered) stabilisers or outriggers incorporate a secondary latching or locking mechanism to reduce the likelihood of the outrigger or stabilising arm extending during transit
  • Drivers are trained in the use of plant including how to secure/stow the plant for transport
  • Plant is used in line with the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Plant, including warning and indicating systems, is regularly inspected and maintained to ensure it is operating as intended
  • Fatigue risks are controlled and drivers are fit for work