WorkSafe Victoria recently issued a safety alert about the use of plant or equipment, following an incident involving the death of an employee who inadvertently activated a bridge crane remote control.
The worker was killed after a bridge crane collided with a raised mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) that the employee was working from, when the remote control for the bridge crane was inadvertently operated by the employee, resulting in the MEWP overturning.
The safety alert said remote controls or transmitting units, including those configured through smartphones and associated apps, are regularly used to operate plant in many industries including construction, logistics, mining, agriculture and forestry.
The operation of these items can bring plant or the items that the plant is handling in close proximity to persons.
Should a remote control device be inadvertently operated or activated it can place persons at risk of serious injury or death.
The alert said employers and self-employed persons should: