Worker badly burnt in LPG work incident

Date: May 19, 2014

Workers in the logistics and automotive industry have been warned about the dangers of fitting the wrong type of LPG vessel to a forklift.

WorkCoverNSW issued a "safety alert' to employers and workers after a NSW employee was badly burnt while driving a forklift. According to the industry authority, the machine was fitted with an automotive vessel that had been removed from a decommissioned taxi.

The plan was to use the remaining LPG in the vessel before disposal. The fuel line leaked and this resulted in a major fire where the employee suffered serious burns. The workplace was left seriously damaged and the forklift was completely destroyed.

This highlights the dangers of workers using LPG vessel with vehicles and equipment for which they are not designed. Any workers injured at work in this way could be eligible for compensation, so as soon as you are well enough you should contact a compensation lawyer that can discuss your situation and check the validity of your claim.

Employers with workers operating machinery and vehicles are obligated under work health and safety legislation to ensure that it is carried out without undue risk to anyone. If business executives don't comply, there could be major ramifications either through public or private prosecution.  

Employees working under these conditions all need education and direction to carry out tasks like handling LPG. WorkCoverNSW states that sufficient information should be given to persons who install, operate or maintaining plant.

The industry safety authority also recommends that the plant is only used for what it was designed for. A competent person should supervise the employee and determine the given risk. This person is then liable for any accidents that occur as a result.

WorkCover NSW urges employers to review current processes and training schemes with employees who are exposed to hazardous chemicals such as LPG. 

It is suggested that any modifications to forklifts or plant should comply with Australian Standards and the manufacturer's requirements. It also should be carried out by someone with intimate knowledge of the subject.

This worker could be eligible to claim compensation back for their injuries suffered and subsequent loss of income. This would depend on circumstances which lawyers can discuss in more depth.

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