Workplace Health and Safety Queensland recently issued a safety alert following an incident in which a worker was killed while operating an industrial shredding machine used to process bulk waste building materials.
Initial enquiries indicate he was attempting to remove a blockage from the shredding machine, and investigations are continuing and include scrutiny as to why the machine became operational.
The alert said fixed plant, including industrial shredding machines, often have several different types of moving parts and hazards associated with fixed plant include:
Workers performing tasks such as maintenance, repair, installation, service and cleaning on machines in all industry sectors are highly vulnerable and have a higher risk of being seriously injured or killed through inadvertent operation of machinery and equipment they are working in, on, or around.
Engineering controls include modifications to tools or equipment. Examples of engineering controls include:
Risks can be further minimised by implementing administrative and personal protective equipment (PPE) controls. Examples include: