It was recently reported by SafeWork SA that a worker sustained fractures and a minor amputation of his finger due to the failure of a pipe bender under hydraulic pressure!
The pipe bender was imported from China.
It is highly recommended anyone working with plant imported from overseas understand that some items may not meet the Australian standards and design requirements.
To avoid potential risk to workers’ health and safety, businesses need to:
- Check that all plant complies with Australian Standards
- Ensure the plant is designed for the intended use
- Carry out an appropriate risk assessment on all plant prior to it being commissioned for use
- Ensure appropriate controls are in place to eliminate or, where not reasonably practicable, minimise the risk to any workers using the plant
- Ensure the safe working pressure is known for all pressure equipment and put in place appropriate safety controls including pressure release valves
- Test and maintain plant as required by the manufacturer, or at least annually
- Provide training for staff in the use of the plant.
- For further information please refer to SafeWork SA’s Code of Practice by clicking here.
The MTA works with a number employers assisting them with risk assessments and managing their plant registers. Should you need any assistance in setting up a plant register please contact the MTA’s Workplace Relations Team by clicking here.