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WorkSafe warning on tractor and plant hydraulics

A man died on a small holding in West Gippsland after being crushed under a slasher while trying to remove wire that was tangled underneath. The tractor which powered it was turned off, but the implement dropped slowly and caught the man who was trapped underneath for about six hours before he died. At Drumborg, in the state’s south-west, a man lost several fingers when the hammer of a post-driver hit him. Part of two fingers were amputated, but have been re-attached. WorkSafe’s executive director, John Merritt, said the incidents showed how easy it was for life-changing incidents to happen. “You should never rely on the equipment’s hydraulics. Chocks or stands should be put safely underneath so that any failure of the hydraulics does not compromise health and safety. “Maintenance should be carried out according to the manufacturer’s specifications, guarding should be fitted and in good condition. “This is a simple and common-sense approach as the consequences of a hydraulics failure can be devastating. “Often these things are a matter of inadequate maintenance or not taking the time to think through the effects of what you’re doing. Too often people have a sense that they’re invincible and that ‘it won’t happen to me’. “Like many aspects of workplace safety, you don’t often get a second chance. Once the damage is done, there’s no turning back.”



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