BULLETIN

 

Bulletin No:          063                                     Volume:  20                        Friday 21 March 2014

To ALL CFA UFU MEMBERS

 

IMMINENT THREAT TO HEALTH AND SAFETY IDENTIFIED

STAND PIPES

Members are advised that an imminent threat to health and safety has been identified with the stand pipes that are commissioned on the CFA Scania Heavy Pumper.

We have written to the Chief Officer regarding this situation and now attach below the letter that has been sent to ensure our members are aware of this potential and imminent threat.

Dear Mr Ferguson,

Re: Imminent threat to Health and Safety – Stand Pipe Failure

I respectfully write to you to bring to your attention an immediate threat to the health and safety of CFA personnel who are required to utilise the stand pipes that are commissioned on the CFA Scania Heavy Pumpers.

In particular, I refer to the failure of this equipment at Ballarat City Fire Station. The circumstances involved the head of the stand pipe displacing while under pressure/being used. There was no warning of this impending failure.

The consequences of the failure could have been catastrophic as it came off its mounting, and could have become a missile if it was not caught by the spindle handle. This could have potentially either severely injured a firefighter or persons in the nearby vicinity. Additionally the water supply that was being drawn upon via the stand pipe for operational and/or training activities was interrupted, causing a potential threat to persons on the end of a branch and/or indeed the pump operator.

As can be seen by the above, the Health and Safety Representative has identified this as an immediate threat and the failed equipment has been removed from service at Ballarat City Fire Station.

However to ensure a safe working environment for all employees until the problem and causation is clearly identified, Health and Safety Representative has recommended that they be withdrawn from service via a safety alert and temporarily replaced with older equipment that is known to be reliable.

We have respectfully disseminated this letter in a bulletin to members to ensure that members are aware of this potential and immediate threat.

In addition to the abovementioned safety alert and temporary withdrawal, the UFU believe that the best course of action would be for the appliance/equipment subcommittee to convene and an investigation equivalent to a near risk be implemented.

Please contact me at the UFU office should you wish to discuss this matter.

Yours faithfully,

VET update

Peter Marshall

Branch Secretary “

Any queries regarding this matter, please contact your delegate or Industrial Officer Michelle Baldini on 0417 839 549.

Strength in Unity

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary