Risk Management:Victorian Dies in Garbage Truck Mishap

An elderly man has died after being hit on the head by a garbage bin while walking through a Melbourne fast food restaurant car park.

The man and his wife were both hit on the head by the bin as it was being lowered and emptied by a garbage truck.

The couple was walking through the restaurant’s car park in Melbourne’s northeast when the accident occurred last Friday, a WorkSafe spokesman said.

The South Morang couple both suffered head injuries and were taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The 86-year-old man died later that night.

His 83-year-old wife remains in a stable condition.

WorkSafe Victoria chief executive Denise Cosgrove said the authority was investigating the tragedy.

“It serves as a reminder of the dangers of vehicles operating close to pedestrians,” Ms Cosgrove said in a statement on Thursday.

The death takes the number of fatal Victorian workplace accidents to five in 2013, compared with four at same time last year.

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Source:  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/vic-man-dies-in-garbage-truck-accident/story-fn3dxiwe-1226597467094

Coroner Calls for Covered Quarry Trailers

Risk Management TrainingThe Coroner has called upon the Northern Territory Government to introduce legislation demanding that all trucks carrying quarry loads must cover their trailers.The recommendation follows an investigation into the road death of a Queensland woman south of Darwin, last year.

Rosalyn O’Neill, a senior, was a passenger in her husband’s vehicle on the Arnhem Highway when a large rock smashed through the windscreen and killed her instantly.The coroner’s investigation was launched to determine whether the rock fell from a mining truck or was already on the road.

The findings released by Coroner Greg Cavanah revealed that there was no evidences that quarries operating near the accident site were responsible for the rock being on the highway.Cavanagh stated that the prospect of another car striking and subsequently propelling the rock on the highway into a victims path was “an extraordinary coincidence”

Scott Basnett of Darwin, was in a car in front of the vehicle being driven by Mr.O’Neill.

He told the investigators that he had hit a rock and when he looked behind him he saw it careen across the road and strike the windscreen of another vehicle.Cavanagh said that no individuals were to blame for “this terrible tragedy”

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Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-10/rock-road-death-inquest-finding-coroner/4190676?section=nt

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