Every businesses should have safe systems of work in place especially in workplaces where vehicles and pedestrians are present.
WorkSafe issued this reminder after a number of recent incidents where people were injured or killed by vehicles or parts of vehicles, including ramps.
WorkSafe Director Joe Attard on Thursday said that looking at the number of recent injuries and fatalities, it is obvious that insufficient attention was being paid to spaces where people and vehicles interacted.
“Wherever vehicles and people interact, strict rules need to be in place to ensure the work environment is kept as safe as possible, and the number of recent incidents indicates that more attention needs to be given to this crucial workplace issue,” said Mr Attard.
Mr Attard cited few of the recent incidents involving vehicles and people, including a bystander who was killed when a truck being manoeuvred in a loading dock crushed him against the wall, and a truck driver and bystander who were killed in separate incidents when the hydraulic ramps of low loader trailers fell on them.
“Where really concerned about the number of recent incidents involving mobile plant and pedestrians,” said Mr Attard.
“There seem to be a number of contributing factors to these incidents, but the bottom line is a lack of management of the movement and speed of vehicles and a lack of segregation of pedestrians and vehicles.
“I urge employers to ensure the movement and speed of vehicles is managed to minimise the risk of injury and that workplaces are designed and maintained to ensure the safety of operators and others.
“In addition, safe systems of work, communication systems and signage need to be in place, and everyone at the workplace needs to be adequately trained in these safe systems.
“Lastly, operators and others should not be permitted to work in the fall zone of ramps or underneath vehicles or mobile plant that is not adequately supported.
“WorkSafe recently published a Safety and Health Alert on its website that contains more detailed information on the factors that contributed to recent incidents, along with advice on the actions required in the workplaces.
“There is also a Guidance Note on safe movement of vehicles at workplaces, and all relevant workplaces should ensure they are familiar with the contents of this publication.”
More information on safe movement of vehicles and the Guidance Note and Alert is available on the WorkSafe WA website.