The importance of safely lifting loads on work sites has been highlighted by an incident which resulted in a $50,000 fine for a Brooklyn company.
The 2015 incident happened when a stone benchtop weighing 182kg was being lifted using a jib crane. The benchtop fell on the worker’s foot, resulting in the loss of 3 toes.
In addition to failing to provide a safe system of work, the company also failed to provide the appropriate training for the worker who had not been formally trained to operate the crane.
WorkSafe gave the following advice for safe movement of heavy loads,
- Workers should never stand in the drop zone of a load
- A safe operating procedure is crucial, it must be implemented, monitored and enforced.
- Workers must be properly trained to safely use plant and machinery to lift heavy objects.
- Check the machinery regularly to ensure it is in working condition
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