WorkSafe WA recently issued a safety alert following an incident in which an employee was fatally injured after being struck in the head by a 48 inch pipe wrench spanner.
The spanner was attached to the rotating drill rod at the drill table section of a rock drilling truck.
The worker and a co-worker were performing maintenance work on the drill at a remote workshop.
Preliminary evidence indicates the rotating drill’s shaft rotated under power causing the spanner to spin in the direction of the worker.
When planning to conduct maintenance on plant of this nature, the safety alert said to:
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