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Free-standing and unsafe storage of tyres can be deadly

Published: May 7, 2021

Industries that use heavy vehicles face the risk of people being injured while storing, fitting, moving, using or disposing of tyres and wheels.

A particular risk is that of free standing tyres (FST) which can pose a serious risk to workers and others if they tip over from an upright position. When such incidents occur, the consequences can be severe and even fatal.

To guard against this risk, all workplaces need to ensure that tyres are safely positioned and secured in the workplace when not in use. This is especially relevant in workplaces where home and work activities overlap, such as in the agricultural sector (on family farms), and in other businesses which are accessible by children and members of the public.

These type of work areas definitely should not be part of a child’s play area. The risk of heavy tyres toppling over and causing death or serious injuries poses a higher risk to children than adults.

Helpful tips for safe storage of tyres in your workplace:

  1. Heavy tyres and wheels should be placed lying down and not balancing upright in a precarious and potentially lethal position.
  • A parent or guardian must directly supervise a child in any workplace, including a family business, where heavy tyres and wheels are located.
  • Hazardous work areas should be secured to prevent entry by unsupervised children or unauthorised persons.

For more information about making your workplace safe, visit worksafe.qld.gov.au

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