A 40-year-old male employee's right foot has been amputated while he was conducting mechanical works on a dual car, single mast personnel and materials hoist. Two hoists run up and down the single mast, which is attached to the outside of a high-rise building under construction.
The incident occurred while the employee was conducting works associated with a 'jump' of the hoist, while on the structure of the mast. The second hoist car (which remained in operational use) traveled into the employee's work zone and his foot became trapped, resulting in the amputation.
WorkSafe is currently investigating this incident. MORE INFO LINK: www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/safetyalerts/employees-foot-amputated-while-conductingmechanical-works-mast-dual-car-personnel