Summary: A worker suffered crush injuries and bruising to his arm when he was removing pipework in an elevated work platform (EWP). The pipe he was undoing suddenly released and fell, hitting his arm against the handrail. A second EWP was required to recover the pipe and release the worker.
Recommendations to industry: Risk assessments for operation of EWPs should consider the risks associated with a requirement to retrieve or rescue workers from heights. Procedures must be in place, and suitable equipment must be available to facilitate rescue or recovery during working at heights tasks..