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.


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 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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Mosquito Spread (arboviral) Diseases

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, December 09, 2016

Following the recent sustained wet weather and high river levels, an increased number of mosquitoes has been noted in the region.

In addition, the recent storms left a lot of debris that allowed water to collect, which has created a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

There are a number of mosquito-borne disease that are well established in SA and for which we should be taking preventive measures.

It is always best to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, by following the strategy of ‘Exclusion, Restriction and Destruction’ similar to ‘Slip, Slop and Slap’ for sun protection.

The strategies used to reduce this risk can include the following ...

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SAFETY ALERT: Vehicle recovery using ‘Snatch straps’

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, November 24, 2016

Recently a DEWNR employee attempted to recover a bogged contractor vehicle using two snatch straps joined with a shackle. The weight of vehicles involved (a DEWNR 4WD truck and the contractor’s semi-trailer) exceeded the rated capacity for the snatch straps and as a result a strap broke and the shackle recoiled into the DEWNR vehicle breaking the towing hitch.

The breaking and uncontrolled recoil of a snatch strap and shackle is a very dangerous occurrence with the potential to cause serious injury or even death to members of the recovery team.

Key factors in this instance were the use of snatch straps of insufficient rating for the task at hand and the use of a shackle to join the two snatch straps.

Forthwith, staff and managers must adhere to the following requirements when undertaking vehicle recovery using snatch straps.

1. The snatch straps minimum breaking strength must be at least double the gross vehicle mass (GVM) of the lighter of the two vehicles (plus its load) used in the recovery.

2. A recoil damper must be used in conjunction with the strap. All recovery equipment must be of a known and sufficient rating or strength for the intended recovery.

3. Snatch straps must only be joined by looping together. Under no circumstances are any other devices such as shackles or similar to be used. Only snatch straps can be used together to increase length.

4. Only the manufacturer’s recognised hitching points are to be used (ensure you identify these prior to driving your vehicle). Under no circumstance should any other attachment be used e.g. Tow ball, roo bars etc.

5. Bystanders must be at a safe distance, approximately 1.5 to 2 times the length of an unstretched snatch strap, from the vehicles.

6. Prior to any attempt, staff must be trained and competent in vehicle recovery practices.

While helping others to recover their vehicle(s) staff must not place DEWNR assets, staff, contractors and/or members of the public in jeopardy. Staff should be familiar with any relevant risk assessment and safe work practices, and apply a dynamic risk assessment approach.

If correctly rated and suitable equipment is not available, staff are not to attempt recovery of a vehicle. Under no circumstance should safety be compromised.

DEWNR Contractors should be aware of the foreseeable hazards associated with their work prior to entering into a contract and be able to satisfy DENWR that they have a reasonable capacity to control them. In this case they should carry appropriate equipment to recover their vehicles.

A generic Vehicle Recovery Risk Assessment is available (through DEWNR) but all business units with local procedures or risk assessments are requested to consider this advice and amend any non compliances.

Should you have any questions please contact the Workplace Safety and Wellbeing Unit.

Prepared by:Peter Bercys,
Snr Safety Projects Officer,
Workplace Safety and Wellbeing Unit.

Authorised by:
David Wearing,
Manager Workplace Safety and Wellbeing Unit.

Date Issued: November 2016

Remove from Notice Boards: January 2017