Spotted at the AFAC Conference in Melbourne this week, three men in the basket of a fire service aerial work platform – and not a harness or lanyard between them.
The incident is best summed up in the words of our correspondent:
“Emergency management conference and TV cameramen and other person in the work platform without harness systems. Needs a WorkSafe Victoria intervention. They may be inside (indoors), and only elevated to the roof, but there are safe use requirements by WorkSafe Victoria. The emergency services and TV media is NOT immune to prosecution. Apparently, harnesses were available, but NOT used.”
It is surprising that with all the effort to be seen to be wearing a harness and lanyard they were not employed. It is rare to see something like this at an Australian, European or North American construction/work at height related equipment show, so all the more surprising to see this here.
It is true that the risks of a catapult effect here are relatively low, but things have gone wrong at shows before and on at least one occasion in the past year or two the wearing of harnesses and lanyards saved the platform occupants lives. So one for our Death Wish series.