Notices issued after excavator rolls on Canberra work site

WorkSafe ACT has issued a Prohibition and two Improvement Notices following an excavator incident on a Civic construction site on Thursday morning.

WokSafe said notices were issued to both the owner of the excavator as well as the Principal Contractor of the site.

The excavator was moving a three-tonne coil of stressing cable when it tipped onto its side about 11am. No one was hurt in the incident.

WorkSafe ACT said the surface area in which the plant was operating on was not sufficient.

Workplace Protection Director Dan Curtin said it was fortunate that the operator was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident which prevented serious injury from occurring.

“This incident could have caused very serious injuries, particularly considering the size of the plant in operation and the type of work being undertaken,” he said.

“Also of concern was that site access and egress was not to a suitable standard and it was agreed during the time of inspection that the Person Conducting the Business or Undertaking (PCBU) would cease all work activities until this was improved.”

Mr. Curtin reminded employers and workers across the ACT to ensure safety remains a priority on sites and in workplaces.

“My message to workers on this site and others across the city is not to rush to complete deadlines at the expense of safety,” he concluded.

Investigations into the incident are continuing.

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