Legislative Council: Wednesday, July 03, 2019


Scissor Lifts

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (14:53): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before addressing a question to the minister for industrial relations on the topic of elevated work platforms, otherwise known as scissor lifts.

Leave granted.

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: Scissor lifts have been involved in the death of Mr Castillo-Riffo in South Australia and Mr Steve Wyatt. Mr Castillo-Riffo's death led to a Coroner's finding of a range of recommendations for change in South Australia. They have also been responsible for deaths of Australians and South Australians on 5 December 2017, 8 February 2017, 26 October 2016, 30 August 2016, 9 August 2016, 22 February 2016, 15 May 2015, 21 May 2014, 11 September 2013, 15 May 2013, 12 March 2013, 24 May 2010, and that is simply my time in parliament that this machinery has been associated with deaths in the workplace.

My question to the minister is: of the Coroner's quite simple recommendations, which range from including a spotter immediately on all sites where this machinery is used to placing a simple document on a website and placing this agenda before COAG for urgent clarification to investigate standardisation of this machinery, other than placing a document on the website how many of the Coroner's recommendations have now been implemented from that finding in November 2018?

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Treasurer) (14:55): To get a definitive response to all the recommendations of the Coroner, I am happy to take the honourable member's question on notice and bring back a reply. My recollection of the last advice I had from SafeWork SA was, with the exception I think of the two recommendations about which there have been questions asked from an honourable member earlier in this particular session, that they were either implementing or had implemented the other recommendations. But I will take the question on notice and bring back a definitive reply, having received some advice from SafeWork SA.