Incident alerts, recent news & monthly toolbox

Here you will find the latest Incident alerts, recent news & monthly toolbox.

Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) incident alerts

An OSH incident alert is used to communicate key lessons learnt from an incident investigation that impacted Water Corporation.

Find below details of recent incident alerts: 

Faulty trigger on Yoke hooks – January 2017

Near miss fall from heights – December 2017

Fall prevention breach – December 2016

Confined space breach – December 2016

Working at height on scaffolding breach – November 2016

MVA – Car hit tree – November 2016

Unsafe work from ladder – October 2016

Prevention of falls breach – September 2016

Chlorine risk: Water Corporation personnel and public – August 2016

Main sewer coring work, potential hazardous gas event – July 2016

Vehicle rollover – June 2016

Excavation unsafe access egress – May 2016

Excavator struck overhead powerlines – May 2016

Biosolids truck rollover – May 2016

Chlorine cylinder trailers placarding requirements – May 2016

Cluster investigation – Battery rupture incidents – April 2016

Samson Brook Dam load failure – February 2016

Truck rollover – February 2016

In October 2015 we became aware our employees and contractors working on the Minnivale Reservoir refurbishment project did so without the necessary safety measures in place for working with asbestos containing materials (ACM).

We’ve now completed our investigation and found that:-

There were multiple opportunities for asbestos to be identified on the Minnivale Reservoir site, but contractors were not informed during the planning, design and construction phases of the refurbishment project.

The investigation also established that the asbestos containing material removed from the Minnivale Reservoir was contained either at a landfill facility or on site. Extensive sampling of the Minnivale Reservoir site has not identified any asbestos fibres.

In addition to the externally reviewed investigation, an independent expert in asbestos risk management was engaged to conduct a re-enactment of grinding work undertaken during refurbishment of the Reservoir.

The results of the re-enactment show that asbestos was not present at a concentration exceeding the Workplace Exposure Standard, set by the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission.

To prevent this situation from ever occurring again, we’ve started a project to ensure that appropriate governance, processes and accountabilities for asbestos management are in place across the organisation. This includes steps to ensure our project delivery process has multiple check points for asbestos identification and management.

Below is a copy of the investigation and other related documents:

Employee fact sheet

Incident Investigation – summary and full report

Re-enactment results

Asbestos Management Project

Media release

If you have any questions or concerns and would like to talk to someone at the Water Corporation, please call (08) 9420 3611.

Monthly Toolbox

The Monthly Toolbox provides a consolidated aggregate of Safety, Environment and Aboriginal Affairs (SEAA) awareness topics to be shared within work groups. Each Toolbox will include at least 4 topics that are to be delivered over the month. Each topic will be no greater than 10 minutes in length.

The delivery of the Monthly Toolbox is to disseminate work related information that can develop employee and contractor personal awareness of safety, health, environmental, aboriginal affairs and technical issues.

March 2017

February 2017

November 2016

Contractor Forum

Thank you to all contractors that attended our OSH Contractor Forum on 25 October 2016.

A copy of the presentation and contractor prequalification FAQs are now available. 

OSH Contractor Forum presentation

Contractor prequalification FAQs

If you have any questions about the forum, email osh@watercorporation.com.au.