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Workplace fatality - Port Augusta

Incident Alert
21 February 2018

We are investigating an incident where a worker has been fatally injured when using an Orteco HD 1000 hydraulic pile driver crawler. A part has dislodged from the mast and struck the worker.  The plant was being used to install supports for solar panels at the Bungala Solar Photovoltaic (PV) project near Port Augusta, South Australia.

SafeWork SA reminds everyone that plant and equipment must only be used in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and that all hydraulic pile drivers are adequately maintained and inspected. Operators must be provided with adequate information, instruction and training and consulted in Safe Work Method statements/Job Safety Analysis used for tasks operating the plant.

Pre-operational inspection, including visual inspection and functional testing, should be completed by the operator before the commencement of each work shift and noted in the logbook.

The WHS legislation requires a person who conducts a business or undertaking to manage all work health and safety risks, so the health and safety of workers and other people are not affected by an organisation's conduct.