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Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Incident Alert
MTA Queensland encourages members working within the wheel and tyre industry to become familiar with the latest Workplace Health and Safety incident alert which features advice to avoid potentially fatal wheel and tyre incidents.
The alert was issued after a worker was killed in October this year, after being struck in the face by an exploding tyre which was still pressurised when attempting to weld a small leak.
In an effort to prevent a similar incident, if you are a person conducting a business or undertaking where workers are required to repair, maintain or change heavy vehicle tyres, you must ensure that:
- an appropriate safe system of work is in place;
- workers are suitably trained and competent to perform the task;
- tyres are deflated prior to removing from vehicle;
- the wheel is inspected for damage and corrosion prior to refitting of tyres;
- tyres, whether new or used, are inspected for defects;
- tyre and rim assemblies are adequately secured in a safety cage or other portable restraint device prior to inflating the tyre;
- potential trajectory paths from a failure and exclusion zones have been identified;
- workers stand outside of the exclusion zones when inflating tyres above 35 kPa or 5 psi;
- tyres are only inflated to the recommended pressure;
- the air hose between the clip-on valve nozzle and the remote gauge and trigger is long enough for workers to stay outside of the exclusion zone; and
- a remote dump valve is also fitted that is capable of rapidly deflating the tyre in an emergency.
Currently laws are allowing for Workplace Health and Safety fines to be issued of up to $10 million for a corporate offender and 20 years imprisonment for an individual.
For more information view the Workplace Health and Safety eSAFE Incident alert