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WorkSafe’s investigation is ongoing. Information contained in this significant incident summary is based on evidence at the time of writing.
WorkSafe is investigating an incident, which resulted in a worker sustaining fatal injuries after being struck by a truck at a workplace. At the time of the incident, the worker was in close proximity to the front of the cab of the truck. The driver of the truck did not see the worker prior to setting off.
The truck involved in this incident had a non-original, reflective foil visor installed at the base of the windscreen.
From inside the cab, trucks generally have restricted visibility (‘blind spots’) of some areas around the vehicle. These blind spots, which are much larger than in other vehicles, are a hazard to truck drivers and other people in close proximity to the trucks.
The installation of a non-original visor at the base of a truck’s windscreen increases the size of existing blind spots immediately in front of a truck. This increases the risk of exposure to the hazard of a moving vehicle to other people in the immediate vicinity.
WorkSafe’s investigation into the incident has established that similar non-original visors are widely used by drivers of heavy vehicles operating on public roads in Western Australia.
Under the Road Traffic Code 2000, a driver is required to have an uninterrupted and undistracted view [r. 263].
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety