As a driver, not all work related incidents happen when you’re driving. Drivers need to be aware of the risks associated with loading and unloading vehicles, particularly on public roads.
A company in Victoria received a conviction and fine of $275,000 for an incident in which a worker loading a boom crane into a stationary truck was struck and injured by a van. The man died a couple of days later in hospital.
The company, after pleading guilty to one charge of failing to provide a safe system of work, and failing to ensure that non-employees were not exposed to risks arising from the employer’s undertaking. The company was originally ordered to pay costs of $12,000.
The company failed to implement a traffic management plan or train its drivers on the risks of loading and unloading machinery on public roads.
As WorkSafe Victoria’s executive director pointed out, the risks associated with loading and transporting machinery are familiar, especially for companies that specialise in this kind of work, so there is no excuse not to have systems in place to manage risks.