Unpacking glass and heavy materialsSafety Alert | 01/02/2017
This safety alert reminds people who unpack glass and heavy materials not to rely on the packaging to support the contents.
In December 2016, a glazier suffered fatal crush injuries while using an overhead crane to move packaged sheets of glass. Failure of the packaging was a contributing factor to this incident.
An increasing number of products are being received from overseas, where the methods and quality of packaging may vary considerably.
- Never assume the packaging will support the contents.
- Don’t rely on steel strapping to support a load.
- Use appropriate restraints when removing packaging, or where there is a risk of the load shifting.
- Ensure the work area is appropriate to perform the work – it should be a sufficient size without obstacles, allowing workers to move freely.
- Ensure no-one is working under a suspended load, or wherever there is a risk should a load fail.
- Keep suspended loads as close to the ground as possible.
See glass and glazing for more information on hazards and tips to stay safe, plus a video on storing and handling glass sheets.
The Guide for unpacking shipping containers has detailed information about hazards and control measures when unpacking shipping containers.