Shipping container incident (25 September 2019)
A 67-year-old man suffered fatal injuries when crushed between containers at Port Botany. He was working near a forklift carrying a 12-metre long shipping container, when the container hit a stationary container, causing it to slide and trap the man between it and a nearby stack of containers.
- 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 risk of lifting and transporting shipping containers.
- the site has adequate space and light to operate plant safely around the containers
- the environmental conditions – heat, cold, rain, wind, ventilation – don’t hinder safety
- exclusion zones are established and maintained around containers and mobile plant, to protect workers from falling objects and moving plant - as set out in your traffic management plan
- plant and equipment is fit for purpose, inspected and properly maintained, in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations
- operators are competent and hold the relevant high risk work licence for the work they are doing, such as the operating reach stackers, forklifts or cranes.
- AS 3711.10 - Freight Containers – Handling and storing standards
- Workplace Traffic Management – general guide
- How to manage work health and safety risks - code of practice
- SafeWork NSW Code of practice – Managing the risks of plant in the workplace