New South Wales WorkCover has recently released a safety video which it hopes will help businesses ensure greater safety of heavy vehicles on our roads.
As with most of WorkCover’s initiatives, the need for the video became evident after a number of incidents were taking place because of split rims.
The safety video advises businesses on the risks associated with failure to take necessary safety precautions when dealing with split rim wheels.
An article on PrimeMoverMag.com.au detailed the motivation behind the video and even posted the video itself.
On the website, Acting General Manager of WorkCover NSW’s Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy explained that a few simple procedures and safety equipment can actually prevent an injury or fatality from occurring. There is the chance that split rims can explode and cause a crash. Dunphy was quoted as saying:
“Split-rim or multi-piece wheels can be dangerous. Incidents can occur when split rims explode, sending debris flying at extreme speeds or when tyres are not deflated prior to removing wheels from vehicles,” he said.
“Workers should always deflate a tyre before trying to take a wheel apart and use a safety cage or other restraint when inflating a tyre to prevent injury if a blowout occurs. Before putting a wheel back together, also check the tyre and rim components for correct fit, wear and any damage.”
The wheels, which are used on heavy vehicles such as trucks, forklifts, tractors and other vehicles often utilised in the transport industry have caused a number of accidents, a few of which have been fatal. In fact 2 people have been killed and 20 others have been injured over the last decade in the state.
As Dunphy points out, what makes these incidents even more tragic, other than the impact on the worker’s lives and their families, is that they are avoidable. Incidents involving split rims aren’t only costing people their lives, they also carry a heavy cost to the economy – more than $2 million in workers compensation claims according to WorkCover.
Dunphy went on to encourage businesses in the automotive, transport, manufacturing and agriculture industries, in fact anyone using these wheels, to be aware of the risks and ensure that their workers are also educated on the issue.
Videos are useful visual tools for employers because it helps workers better understand the risks, rather than simply explaining the risks verbally.
Dunphy suggests employers take time during their next talk to show the video to workers and discuss how incidents can be prevented. They are also encouraged to share it with others who also work with them. Dunphy went on to explain:
“The video safety alert can be viewed on a computer, smart phone or tablet device and provides practical tips that can be easily implemented in the workplace,” he said.
Watch the video now: