A worker in Queensland was recently run over by a vehicle while servicing it on sloping ground, according to WorkCover Queensland.
Early investigations indicate the worker was underneath the vehicle while the driver was sitting in the cab with the engine running, and it appears the vehicle has then moved forward unexpectedly and run over the mechanic.
The injured man was then transported to Rockhampton Base Hospital for treatment, while the vehicle involved has been seized and investigations into the incident are continuing.
WorkCover Queensland said a number of workers have been seriously injured or killed due to a vehicle not being effectively immobilised while work is being done underneath it.
The risk of the vehicle moving in an uncontrolled or unexpected manner must be managed by ensuring appropriate controls are put in place.
These include, but are not limited to, the following:
Ensure the hand brake is on.
Wheels are chocked on both sides of the vehicle using serviceable purpose-built chocks.
The keys are removed from the vehicle’s ignition and secured.
Vehicle is raised on a pillar hoist with all wheels off the ground.
Work takes place on a flat even surface that is able to bear the general load of the vehicle and is able to bear the point load of jacks/lifting equipment.
A lockout system or warning sign is in place to prevent the vehicle from being started, or the vehicle or any part of it being inadvertently moved.
The driver is fully aware of the mechanic’s presence and requirements.
Install a handbrake warning system to alert drivers when the handbrake has not been applied (these can be easily retro-fitted).