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Young man’s leg crushed by approx a tonne of falling pallets from a forklift in NSW

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A tradesman has been crushed by a stack of pallets weighing about a tonne in a horror worksite accident west of Sydney.

A tradesman was crushed by a falling stack of pallets weighing an estimated one tonne in a horror workplace accident this morning. Several ambulance and police crews rushed to the Bond Crescent building site in Wetherill Park, west of Sydney, just after 10.30am.

The 24-year-old man suffered a serious leg injury and was briefly pinned beneath the debris, before paramedics cleared the pallets, which had fallen from a forklift.

The CareFlight rescue helicopter was called and landed in a vacant field near the site, with a specialist doctor and critical care paramedic providing treatment to the worker.

“Observation was continued by the CareFlight medical team as he was transported by road ambulance to Liverpool Hospital in a stable condition,” a CareFlight spokesperson said.

SafeWork NSW will now investigate the incident.

Author:  Shannon Molloy

Edited:   Kati Carr


New campaign to improve work health and safety in NSW launched

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SafeWork NSW has launched a new campaign to ensure workers and employers are safe while doing their jobs.

The $.32 million campaign, “Safety starts with you” has been developed to improve workplace safety and reduce injuries and illnesses among NSW workers.

SafeWork NSW Group Director, Regional Operations and Sector Initiatives, Tony Williams said the new campaign aims to encourage workers and businesses to tackle safety in the workplace.

“No matter your occupation, industry or background, safety is everyone’s responsibility,” said Mr. Williams.

“When you are injured at work, it doesn’t just affect you, it affects your family, friends and can also have an impact on your community.

“Through the campaign, we want workers to think about what might happen if they’re injured at work and look at changing their behaviour.”

The campaign features TV, print and radio ads focusing on high-risk industries and work activities.

The campaign is part of SafeWork NSW’s Work Health and Safety Roadmap for NSW 2022

Author:     Haydee


A must read – Racking Collapses on man

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A Wodonga company has been ordered to pay $10,000 to the court fund and been put on to a 12 month undertaking to be of good behaviour after a customer was hurt when shelves collapsed on to him in February last year.

A man went to a Wodonga premises to buy some angle iron and was told by a worker to “help yourself” and was directed into a storage yard.

WorkSafe told the Wodonga Magistrates Court today he could not reach the top of the rack which contained the angle iron, so he climbed up a short distance and was reaching for a piece of metal when the rack began to move away from the shed wall.

The customer fell to the ground and the rack and its contents fell on him.

The 63-year-old man was taken to hospital where he was operated on and was in intensive care for five days. He suffered six broken ribs and fractures to the ribs, and cuts and bruising to both legs and other parts of his body.

The court was told:

  • The company did not ensure pallet racking was secured sufficiently to prevent it breaking away from the wall or from collapse;
  • signs designating the safe work load was not fixed to the pallet racking;
  • There was no adequate safe work procedure in place for loading and unloading racking;
  • Unaccompanied visitors were permitted to access all areas of the yard; the pallet racking and conduct loading or unloading of the racking without supervision;
  • Visitors were not made aware of the safe working load limits of the pallet racking;
  • Visitors were not prohibited from standing on the pallet racking.

The Court took into account the company’s good corporate standing, no prior convictions in its 40 years of operation and that it took prompt and remedial action in response to the incident.

The company addressed the above issues after the incident and has also been ordered to pay WorkSafe’s costs.

The director of WorkSafe’s Manufacturing, Logisitcs and Agriculture Division, Ross Pilkington said maintaining high safety standard was essential for any business.

“Whether you’re a CEO, supervisor or worker, making safety a priority is essential. If you’re a business leader getting involved in safety but understanding what’s going on in your operation is vital.”

He urged all business leaders to look at WorkSafe’s new online safety campaign, the Skeleton Project which targets musculo-skeletal injuries.

“These injuries, caused by poor manual handling practices, inadequate equipment and slips, trips & falls account for 60% of all Victorian workers compensation claims and cost the community more than $1-billion a year in treatment and rehabilitation costs.”

Find out more about the skeleton project at

Facing similar issues? WorkSafe’s Guidance Note for pallet-racking provides information on the safe operation and maintenance of static pallet racking.

The charges:

Section 21 (2) (a) Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004: this section requires employers to provide or maintain plant or systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health.

Section 23 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004: This section requires employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons other than employees are not exposed to risks to their health or safety arising from the conduct of the business.

Author:    Unknown

Edited:     Katie Carr