WorkSafe ACT investigating truck rollover on Denman Prospect worksite

Released 24/01/2019

The incident occurred at about 1pm when a medium rigid truck was delivering building supplies at a building site.

During the unloading of materials via a vehicle loading crane (attached to the truck) the truck rolled onto its side.

No one was injured in the incident.

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones said a non-disturbance notice had been put on the site by WorkSafe ACT as investigations into the incident continue.

“It is very fortunate that no one was seriously injured in this incident and that the vehicle loading crane was being operated by remote control away from the immediate vicinity of the truck,” he said.
“The site is a residential building site that is under construction by an owner/builder and WorkSafe inspectors are currently undertaking further inquiries and investigations to determine the cause of the rollover.”

Mr Jones reminded industry to make sure safety remained a key priority as we head towards a long weekend and also continue to experience high temperatures.

“Safety incidents can happen quickly as seen today and it is critical that everyone on a worksite, or in a workplace, including those delivering goods or services, prioritise safety,” he said.

“My message to all employers and workers is to make sure safety is at the forefront of all activity – be that related to supporting workers in industries impacted by the heat – or not rushing as we head towards a long weekend.
“In terms of heat – employers should look for ways to reduce high energy or heavy work during the heat of the day and ensure workers have adequate sun protection and breaks to cool down and rehydrate. Workers should also keep an eye on their own health and safety and that of your mates.”

Excess heat is not only an issue for those working outside but is also relevant for those working inside such as in kitchens, laundromats and where sheds or buildings are not air conditioned or properly ventilated.

“Finally for those in the construction sector, please ensure sites are left safe and secure for the long weekend and the site – including scaffolding and equipment, is thoroughly checked for any movement or issues before work recommences on Tuesday.”

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