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It's a big wake up call when an accident happens

Maralyn Kastel - Sunday, March 17, 2013

One of our clients recently had a new worker sustain an injury when a glass panel they were removing shattered after accidentally being bumped during the removal process.  The young worker sustained a deep laceration to his hand that required a visit to a hospital and surgery. In conducting the accident investigation, it was identified that:

  • the new young worker had received induction training
  • he had been shown how to do the job safely
  • personal protective equipment had been issued and was used

What he didn't have was experience.  The experience to recognise the sound of the glass panel crackling before it shattered.  The experienced workers knew the sound and in seconds were able to move away.  The reaction of the young worker was fractionally slower after being warned by the experienced workers. Therefore he was less able to escape as it shattered.

What we did do was to examine existing procedures and make an improvement plan that included the following activities:

This accident information is included with the permission of the business owner as in their words: “It’s a big WAKE-UP call” to better manage their health & safety system.

Accident facts in the glass industry
Over the three years to 2011, there were two deaths and 431 injuries and illnesses in the glass and glass product manufacturing industry at a cost of $7 million to the NSW Workers Compensation Scheme.

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