A person was pushing a shopping trolley on an upward travelling moving walk when the trolley moved backwards.
The shopping trolley rolled onto the person pushing it, who then fell onto a second person, causing them to sustain fatal injuries.
Above: Shopping trolley wheel correctly located in the groove of the moving walk with brake engaged.
- missing or damaged brake pads on the external braking system (e.g. from collision damage)
- loose locknuts holding the castor assembly preventing the wheels from sitting in the grooves
- damaged grooves on moving walk plates
- lack of emergency stops or related signage.
- shopping trolleys that are required to travel on moving walks must have an effective braking system to prevent them from rolling once they are on the moving walk
- inspect and maintain shopping trolleys regularly, particularly in relation to the wheel wear and the braking system. Replace worn or missing components
- tighten locknuts on the castor
- inspect and maintain moving walks regularly and replace plates with broken edges
- clearly identify emergency stops on moving walks.
For information, advice and support from a work health and safety advisor, call 1300 365 255.