Dock workers have launched a fierce attack on industry bosses for trashing a proposed safety code just eight days after an employee was crushed to death on Melbourne's wharves.
Toll Shipping worker Anthony Attard, 42, was helping load cargo on board a vessel docked at the Port of Melbourne on May 20, when he was run over by a trailer. Paramedics rushed to the waterfront but could not revive him.
In the wake of the death this week of Anthony Attard, a father of three who was killed doing his job on board the Toll RoRo vessel Tasmanian Achiever, the MUA is gearing up for a massive escalation of the Waterfront Safety Campaign.
Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith, National Safety Officer Matt Goodwin and Victorian Branch Assistant Secretary Robert Patchett spent several days on the job supporting and working with members in the aftermath of this tragedy.
The MUA received a letter from the Maritime Union of New Zealand expressing condolences and solidarity regarding the death of Anthony Attard. You can read the letter here.
The Maritime Union of Australia passes on with great sadness the news that an MUA member and delegate has been crushed to death on board a ship at the Toll Shipping facility in Port Melbourne. Anthony Attard, aged in his 40s, was helping load cargo onto the Tasmanian at about 1.45pm on Tuesday when the incident occurred.
Ambulance Victoria said they treated the man at the scene, but he could not be saved.
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There is growing concern in the industry about the practice of basket lifting steel in preference to more accepted alternatives such as either double wrapping, reeving or choking loads.
Basket lifting is not recommended safe practice under national safety guidelines.
Safe Work Australia’s National Guidance Material Working Safety with General Cargo – Steel Products favours double wrapping over basket lifting to ensure a positive grip on entire load throughout loading/discharge (page 23).
These guidelines are still in force and should be followed.