A scientific approach to evaluating OH&S, Manual Handling & Risk
WORKPLACE INCIDENT INVESTIGATION & ANALYSIS
Hindsight Forensic Engineering provides a wide range of consulting services related to injuries and incidents occurring in the workplace. Hindsight has a thorough understanding of Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Regulations and Acts specific to each Australian State and Territory. Hindsight produces and audits risk assessments, job safety analysis (JSAs), Safe Work Method Statements (SWMSs), and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). We will work tirelessly in order to determine cause and possible prevention for a particular workplace incident. Contact us to find out how we can assist you with an expert opinion today.
Elevated Work Platform (EWP), Cherry Picker & Scissor Lift Incidents
Working from heights is one of the leading causes of injury and fatality at work. Hindsight Forensic Engineering has expertise in analyzing incidents involving Elevated Work Platforms (EWPs), which typically involve either a fall from height or the tipping of equipment. Tipping events most often occur because outriggers are not properly positioned or because the EWP is parked on a non-level surface. Call us now to discuss the most likely cause of your specific EWP case.
Heavy Machinery Incidents
Falls from height can take place from almost any elevated location - including falls from roofs, scaffolding, and ladders - are a leading cause of injury in the industrial sector. Hindsight Forensic Engineering has expertise investigating the specific reason for a fall. We compare the incident circumstances with the requirements of OH&S and Australian Standards. We also provide expert biomechanical analysis of the fall mechanism and causation. If you have a case involving a fall from a roof, scaffold, ladder, or other height - please call us for a free review.
Crane, Hoist & Winch Incidents
Cranes, Hoists, and Winches are innately capable of applying considerable force to workers if a mechanical or systematic failure occurs. Hindsight Forensic Engineering has the expertise required to break down each component of the specific failure in order to assess the cause. We also have the biomechanical experience required to scrutinize human movement and interaction with the relevant machine. This typically involves a detailed OH&S audit as well as a mechanical engineering appraisal of the failed system compared to applicable Australian Standards. If your case involves an injury sustained by a crane, hoist or winch, please call us to discuss how we can assist you.
According to WorkSafe, “a medium sized forklift weighs about the same as your average dump truck – and can cause just as much damage and injury.” To be effective, a forklift is engineered to be manoeuvrable and is therefore designed to be compact. When heavy loads are being lifted, the centre of gravity can shift rapidly, making the forklift unstable. This is why a large majority of forklift incidents involve tipping or overturning. In addition, since 1985, over half of forklift-related fatalities have involved pedestrians. The staff at Hindsight Forensic Engineering have investigated dozens of forklift incidents and have the experience required to conduct a robust mechanical engineering evaluation. Please inquire now if you would like to learn more about forklift incident analysis.
Warehouse & Manual Order Picking Incidents
In Victoria alone, over 280 claims from manual order picking injuries occur each year, at a cost of $11.5 million. At Hindsight Forensic Engineering, we understand the general principles of manual order picking and the work practices, workplace layout, and equipment needed to meet Occupational Health and Safety requirements. The biomechanical assessment of a manual handling case involves evaluation of the height at which the load is presented to the employee as well as other risk factors including picking frequency; the weight of the object; the shape of the object; and the effects of over-reaching. Some cases involve assessment of pallet racking, while others involve the assessment of traffic management plans or other processes. Hindsight Forensic Engineering has a thorough knowledge of Manual Handling Regulations and how to apply them to a particular case. Call us today to find out more details.
Roof, Scaffolding, Ladder & Fall Incidents
Falls from height - including those from roofs, scaffolds and ladders - are a leading cause of injury in the industrial sector. We are experts at investigating falls from height. We will compare the injury-producing circumstances with the required OH&S rules and regulations as well as with Australian Standards. We can also provide a biomechanical analysis in order to determine the most likely injury and fall mechanism. If you have a case involving a fall from height from a roof, ladder or scaffold, please call us today.
Machine Guarding Incidents
Machines are used in workplaces to perform a wide range of functions which include cutting, drilling, punching, grinding, pressing, forming, hammering, joining, moulding, combining, mixing, sorting, packaging, assembling, knitting and weaving materials. The moving parts of this large machinery generally perform with rotating, sliding or reciprocating motion; all of which have the potential to cause injury to workers and those in the vicinity of the machine. Hindsight Forensic Engineering has the required understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety (Plant) Regulations and can investigate a wide range of machine guarding incidents. Please contact us to discuss details of your specific incident.
Fence, Wall and Hoarding Collapses
Structural failures of temporary site structures at construction sites -- including site sheds; temporary awnings; hoardings; site fences; temporary covered walkways; and signage -- have the potential to cause death or serious injury not only to workers, but also to the general public. Many temporary structures fail as a result of wind, which can reach gusts of over 120 km/h in many parts of Australia. The staff at Hindsight Forensic Engineering has the knowledge of applicable Occupational Health and Safety Regulations as well as a myriad of Australian Standards in order to effectively assess a specific temporary structure collapse or failure. If you have a case involving a fallen wall, fence or hoarding, please call us to see how we can help you.
The investigation of a mining incident requires the deployment of a highly organized investigation and strategic plan of attack. Hindsight Forensic Engineering has the experience and tools required to ensure that you will be in the best position should such an unfortunate incident occur. Hindsight Forensic Engineering's Director has experience investigating mining incidents since 2006, including working with some of the largest mining companies in the world to evaluate and document large, complex, and catastrophic machinery failures. Our expertise includes investigating incidents ranging from hydraulic hose failures to haul truck collisions and rollovers. Hindsight Forensic Engineering also has experience auditing and helping develop successful traffic management plans and assisting with the selection of innovative delineation techniques. We are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to begin your investigation.