Victorians were recently urged by WorkSafe Victoria to be aware of potential dangers during post-storm clean-up and recovery work.
Unstable or partially collapsed structures, fallen or damaged trees, fallen powerlines and floodwaters are among the common health and safety risks following the destructive weather across the state.
Many property owners and volunteers will also be using potentially hazardous equipment that they may be unfamiliar with or use infrequently, such as power tools and ladders.
It was critical to fully consider how each task could be done safely before getting started, said WorkSafe Victoria executive director of health and safety Julie Nielsen.
“It is not just those who are working on the clean-up who could be at risk but also friends and family, emergency service workers, vehicles, neighbouring properties and public infrastructure,” Nielsen said.
“People will understandably want to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, but rushing and taking shortcuts could potentially only make the situation even worse.”
WorkSafe Victoria said there were a number of important considerations during storm clean-up and recovery: