Alerts

SAFETY BULLETIN: Trailer Tailgate Ramp

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, July 11, 2020

In keeping with the importance of ensuring National Parks & Wildlife Service staff and volunteers are advised of safety matters, please find attached a Safety Bulletin on ‘Safe use of Trailer Tailgate Ramps’this particular edition was provided by the Limestone Coast Region in consultation with the NPWS WHS Committee and the Workplace Safety and Wellbeing Unit.

Aidan Laslett

(Chairperson, NPWS Division WHS Committee)
Mt. Gambier | National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia
Department for Environment and Water P (08) 8735 1112 | M 0429 685 401

SAFETY BULLETIN: Trailer Tailgate Ramps SAFETY BULLETIN: Trailer Tailgate Ramps (716 KB)

SAFETY BULLETIN: Operating chainsaws

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, March 05, 2020

The chainsaw is a vital piece of equipment for park operations and is used for a variety of purposes from fire management activities, to road clearance and trail maintenance.

When handled by a competent operator, and with the right size chainsaw, even large trees can be felled and cross-cut with minimal risk to the operator or bystanders.

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SAFETY BULLETIN: Operation of Power Boats and Kayaks

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, January 17, 2019

This particular bulletin has been produced by the staff from the SA Murray Darling Basin Region and their WHS Committee on behalf of the Group’s Workplace Health and Safety Committee.

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SAFETY BULLETIN on ‘Tyre Pressure’

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

In keeping with the importance of ensuring Parks and Regions staff are advised of safety matters, please find attached a Safety Bulletin on ‘Tyre Pressure’ – this particular edition was provided by the SA Arid Lands region.

The Parks and Regions Group WHS Committee meets quarterly, at which a Safety Bulletin is provided by a region/branch.

I ask that you note the attached bulletin and ensure you and your staff/colleagues take any action required to ensure safety awareness around the correct Tyre Pressure on vehicles.

Thanks.

Stuart Paul

A/Director Regional Programs

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SAFETY BULLETIN: Using Snatch Straps

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, September 22, 2018

In keeping with the importance of ensuring Parks and Regions staff are advised of safety matters, please find attached a Safety Bulletin on ‘Snatch Straps’ – this particular edition provided by the Eyre Peninsula region.

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SAFETY ALERT: Dog Bite Prevention

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, April 01, 2018

Do you or your volunteers:

- Come into contact with unknown dogs?

- Enter landholder properties?

- Undertake work on parks, reserves or beaches?

If so, there is an increased risk of being bitten by a dog.

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SAFE DRIVING : The importance of Communication

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, March 23, 2018

Whenever you use a motor vehicle to facilitate your work you are required to follow DEWNR procedures.

Do you understand the various procedures well enough to differentiate what is required of you under different circumstances?

Can you explain to someone else what communications are necessary when travelling on a day of heightened fire danger?

How about when going to work in a remote or isolated area?

Working alone?

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SAFETY ALERT: Ford Ranger exhaust system

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, December 23, 2017

FORD RANGER (post July 2016 Models) EXHAUST SYSTEMS – ELEVATED RISK OF FIRE

Ford Motor Company of Australia advise “that when driven over long grass affected vehicles may accumulate vegetation under the vehicle near the exhaust system of these vehicles. The exhaust system in that area may reach a high temperature. If sufficient grass or other combustible material has accumulated, they may be ignited by the exhaust system, causing smoke or flames to appear from under the vehicle.”

Details of the related safety recall can be found here.

While a known risk in our operations can drivers pay particular attention to this hazard when using Ford Ranger vehicles (post July 2016 models) and avoid driving them in areas of long grass given the elevated risk.

Managers and drivers are to implement checks of the exhaust systems (particularly the area surrounding the Diesel particulate filters) of vehicles to ensure that debris has not accumulated in the manner described above.

16 Ranger vehicles affected by this safety recall have been identified and the Managers of these vehicles have received an email to advise them of the process to have remedial works undertaken by the Ford Motor Company.

Driving in Long grass in these vehicles must be avoided until this problem has been rectified.

Please ensure this Hazard Alert is distributed to all worksites.

Prepared by: Peter Bercys Snr Safety Projects Officer
Issued by: Workplace Safety and Wellbeing Unit
Approved by: Grant Pelton, Chair DEWNR H&S Subcommittee of Executive
Date Issued: December 2017
Remove from Notice Boards: March 2018

SAFETY ALERT: Loss of vehicle control – loose, damaged and broken wheel studs and nuts

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, September 17, 2017

The last few months have seen a number of incidents where DEWNR employees have been put at risk due to the failure of wheel studs or nuts on the vehicles they were driving.

In a number of instances the wheel assembly has separated from the axle and resulted in a serious loss of control and the vehicle leaving the road.

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Quad bikes, motorcycles and light utility vehicles

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, June 15, 2017

Parks and Regions Group – Safety Bulletin

A new procedure was developed in 2016 governing the use of quad bikes, motorcycles and light utility vehicles (LUVs)

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