188 Australian Fatalities Caused by Poorly Designed Machinery


188 Australian Fatalities Caused by Poorly Designed Machinery


Safe Work Australia recently published a new report on workrelated fatalities. The report indicates that 188 fatalities could have been avoided between 2006 and 2011 if risks associated with machinery, vehicles, plant and powered tools had been eliminated through safer design.

A breakdown of the machine related fatality circumstances found the main cause is a lack of guarding (see graph based on the report data). Lack of Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) or seatbelts on vehicles was also associated with many deaths.

Vehicles were the equipment associated with the most inadequate guarding deaths (25%), followed by Elevating Work Platforms (EWPs).

Get a copy of the full report here

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