WA’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) recently issued a safety alert following an incident in which an employee suffered a fatal head injury after falling from a colleague’s private boat that was being stored at the workplace.
The employee had climbed aboard the boat to have a look at it, when they lost their balance and fell to the ground. The owner of the boat had been given approval from management to temporarily store it at the workplace prior to the incident.
The alert said there were a number of possible contributing factors:
The alert recommended a number of required actions and said employers should ensure systems, such as policies and procedures, are in place to provide guidance about storing and using any items of personal property at the workplace, including: