After several unsuccessful attempts to clear a jam with a pole, a supervisor climbed down from a work platform onto a sawdust conveyor and got his foot caught in the conveyor. He had failed to lock out and de-energize the equipment.
A supervisor came into contact with a 600-volt energized electrical panel causing an arc flash resulting in secondand third-degree electrical burns to both hands, and first- and second-degree burns to the neck and face.
A supervisor risked a fall by carrying out work he felt was unsafe for his workers to do because there was no fall-arresting equipment on site. “It was only supposed to be a five-minute job.”
The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act places legal obligations on supervisors to ensure that all employees perform their work safely. We recognize that supervisors face a difficult job balancing the pressures to ensure work is done on time and within budget, without compromising quality and safety. However, by carrying out the work unsafely themselves, supervisors are not relieved of their responsibilities under the OHS Act. Not only do these supervisors risk injury to themselves and others, they set an example for unsafe work practices that could lead to more injuries, or even death.
A supervisor must be competent in order to:
Revised February 2011