Background

A truck driver has died after being run over by the truck he was operating. The incident occurred while he was collecting a full 10-tonne rubbish skip bin off the road at a workplace.

Recommended ways to control risks

WorkSafe is investigating this incident and reminds duty holders – employers, contractors, self-employed persons and other persons who have management or control of a workplace – of the risk control requirements that are applicable while operating vehicles.

WorkSafe urges everyone to ensure that vehicles are regularly serviced, properly maintained and comply with all manufacturer's specifications, including being equipped with appropriate safety equipment such as tailgate lifters and trolleys.

WorkSafe also urges everyone to reduce the risk of drivers exiting vehicles without having first applied the parking brake by installing a parking brake alarm system. Parking brake alarm systems are readily available and can be retrofitted to most trucks.

WorkSafe has seen an increase in workplace incidents involving vehicles, with another vehicle injuring members of the public on the same day as this fatality. To reduce the risks associated with operating vehicles in the workplace, WorkSafe reminds all to:

  • minimise in-cabin distractions (eg loud music) and vibration (eg uncomfortable seating)
  • ensure drivers are not impaired by drugs, alcohol or fatigue
  • discourage bad driving behaviors such as speeding and tailgating

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