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February 21
Statement - Workplace incident at Palmerston Police Station construction site
  • ​NT WorkSafe has commenced an investigation into the workplace incident that occurred yesterday at the Palmerston Police Station (20 February 2019).

  • A 31 year old electrician received serious crush injuries after he was pinned by an electrical switch board weighing approximately 1.5 tonnes.

  • The injured worker and two other workers were manoeuvring the switchboard into position for installation when the incident occurred.

  • A non-disturbance notice has been issued preventing access to the switchboard room while the investigation continues.

Background for journalist

Non-disturbance notices

A non-disturbance notice is issued to:

  • preserve the site at which a notifiable incident has occurred
  • prevent the disturbance of a particular site or plant, substance, structure or thing associated with the site.

A non-disturbance notice does not prevent any actions to:

  • assist injured people or remove a deceased person at the direction of the coroner
  • make the site safe or prevent a further incident
  • assist with a police investigation
  • which an WorkSafe Inspector has given permission

A non-disturbance notice can only apply for a maximum of 7 days.

Section 198 Issue of non-disturbance notice – Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011


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