A plant operator in Queensland was recently killed when he was struck by the skid steer loader he was using.
Early investigations indicate the skid steer loader was being used to repair a residential driveway and it struck the worker after he fell out of the machine.
In a separate incident in May 2021, another plant operator received lacerations to his head when he was struck by piece of timber.
Initial enquiries indicate he was using a skid steer loader to remove a rubbish pile at a construction site, when for reasons yet to be established the timber was pushed up in the rubbish pile, entering the loader’s cabin and striking the operator.
A subsequent alert put out by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland said operating powered mobile plant at construction workplaces exposes workers to a range of health and safety risks, including:
Powered mobile plant may also present a risk if steps are not taken to prevent uncontrolled movement (for example rolling down a sloping surface), or unauthorised operation.
The alert said effective controls for managing the risks of operating mobile plant are often made up of a combination of controls.
WHS regulation requires the implementation of specific controls for powered mobile plant by the person with management or control. These specific controls include: