Aussie Legends Killed at Work

As we sit back in disbelief over the death of Steve Irwin and Peter Brock we are reminded that even famous somewhat invincible workers still face the risk of injury and possible death at work.

Both were at work at the time of their death, both were experienced operators, both were prepared to take the risks they did everyday to do the thing they loved most.

This leads to a question in the quest for an injury free workplace: If all accidents are caused by act or omission, and the employer is responsible for ensuring the safety of their employees while they are at work – what went wrong with Peter Brock and Steve Irwin’s risk assessments.

Could both of these tragedies have been avoided? According to thousands of investigations, accidents can be foreseen so if they can be foreseen why didn’t someone stop Steve and Peter from going to work that day. 

As details of the incidents unfold in the coming months we will find out was it human error, was it a mechanical malfunction, was it improper training or supervision ???

One thing is for sure – Both men will be sadly missed, not only by their families but by millions.

About the Author

Joanne Wallace is our resident "Safety Guru". Joanne has provided advice on safety management for the past 10 years and written hundreds of articles on safety issues and tips. Joanne has experience in many industries ranging from manufacturing, food processing, timber milling, retail, office and wholesaling providing her with knowledge and experience managing risk and injuries in these industries.

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