WorkSafe Victoria has issued a safety alert following the recent death of a worker who was crushed by stone slabs she was unloading in a shipping container.
There have been a number of similar crushing incidents in Victoria this year.
WorkSafe Victoria says the risk of crushing or entrapment while unpacking shipping containers is increased when the following occurs:
- activities are carried out within the ‘fall shadow’ of an unrestrained object or where there is potential for restraints to fail (the ‘fall shadow’ of a slab is the region swept by a slab during its toppling movement from vertical to when it stops falling);
- people attempt to physically restrain or stop an object while it is falling;
- objects moving more than expected or in an unintended way during handling, which often causes the object to fall;
- inappropriate packing of shipping containers;
- damage or loads shifting in transport;
- incorrect use of plant, such as overloading forklifts and using lifting attachments not specifically designed for the task; and
- mass, speed and force applied is underestimated when an object is moved by a crane or forklift.
Click here for further information on controlling risks associated with unloading objects from shipping containers.