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SafeWork NSW warns on truck roll-away incidents

Recent events lead to incident report on managing risks


A second serious truck roll-away incident in NSW in the past seven months has prompted an alert from the state’s safety watchdog.

SafeWork NSW reports a 51-year-old man was crushed by his truck in Marsden Park when it rolled down a slope as he was hitching a dog-trailer to it.

Inspectors responded to the incident and began an investigation to determine its circumstances.

SafeWork reminds businesses of their duty to identify hazards and manage risks to health and safety in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Act, including implementing ‘reasonably practicable’ control measures to manage the risks associated with uncontrolled movements of vehicles.

The previous incident references a fatality a waste recycling facility 

It advises operators ensure they:

• park the vehicle on level ground, or be aware of the limitations of the vehicle and what to do when parking on a gradient

• apply the parking brake when you get out of the vehicle

• have the vehicle inspected and maintained according to the manufacturer’s recommendations

• know the limitations of the braking system and what may cause the brakes to release

• consider installing seat-sensor interlocked brakes, a fail-safe braking system or anything that will prevent uncontrolled movements of the vehicle

• install an alarm system, or implement operating procedures or other low-level controls if you can’t use engineering controls

• when acquiring vehicles, consider options that eliminate or minimise the risk of uncontrolled movements

• develop site-specific parking locations and procedures in consultation with workers

• train your workers

• monitor and review control measures.


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