Workplace Health and Safety Queensland recently issued a safety alert after a young worker was killed after being struck by the road roller he had been operating.
For reasons yet to be established, it appears the young worker has hopped off the road roller and was then struck by it.
In November 2022, a worker was also killed on an agricultural property. Initial investigations indicate the worker was operating a frontend loader, when for reasons yet to be established, they were ejected from the cabin and run over by the plant, suffering fatal injuries.
For hazards similar to these incidents, the alert said PCBUs must first consider controls that most effectively eliminate the risk or, where not reasonably practicable, that minimise the risks associated with mobile plant, including the risk of plant operators being struck by mobile plant such as road rollers and front end loaders they operate.
Before operating any powered mobile plant, the person with management or control of it must ensure that:
PCBUs must ensure workers are provided with information, training, instruction or supervision that is necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety including but not limited to:
There are some special characteristics of young workers for PCBUs to consider when managing workplace health and safety. For example, young workers may not make mature decisions about how to work safely, so PCBUs employing young workers should: