Worker falls in trench (21 October 2019)
Date of incident: 21 October 2019
While putting pickets and bunting around an excavation on a construction site in Marsden Park, a 30-year-old labourer fell three metres into the trench, suffering fractures to his leg.
- SafeWork NSW inspectors responded to the incident.
- SafeWork NSW commenced an investigation to determine the cause and circumstances of the incident.
Consider ‘reasonably practicable’ control measures to manage the risks of falling into an excavation at a workplace, including:
- developing a plan – in consultation with your workers and before work begins – on managing the risks of falls in and around excavations
- considering barrier fencing to further minimise accidental encroachment – perimeter barriers should be effective
- considering a suitable location for inspection, and access and egress for emergency situations
- consulting with an engineer to determine distances where shoring, benching and battering should be used – and monitor distances, particularly after rain
- using a landing platform – or scaffold towers for big excavations – to ‘in-fill’
- preparing a safe work method statement when there is a risk of falling more than two metres – and ensure workers are inducted and supervised in its implementation
- backfilling or covering the excavation.
- Code of practice for excavation work
- Code of practice for managing the risk of falls at workplaces
- SafeWork NSW falls from heights action plan