Many trees native to Western Australia (such as various species of Eucalyptus trees) produce nuts and fruit, which drop onto the ground.
These nuts can create a slip, trip, and fall hazard for your community. Indeed, your LGIS WorkCare Scheme has the following statistics around honkey nuts contributing to workers' compensation claims:
- 12 injuries over past four years
- Average age of 55 years
- Two female and 10 male
- Body parts injured include ankles, knees, lower back, shoulder, upper limbs, and face
- Total amount paid for these claims is $510,033 to date
- One claim cost $235,712 (claim now closed), and another cost $193,978 (claim still open)
What can you do?
To reduce the risk of injuries arising from slips, trips and falls, your local government can enact the following measures:
- Where possible trees should be pruned back to ensure the nuts don't fall on pedestrian access areas such as walkways and car parks
- Where the trees cannot be pruned, consider alternative parking locations and designated walkway that is outside the area of fallen nuts
- Ensure adequate lighting in the areas where the hazards are likely to exist
- Ensure adequate housekeeping and clean up regime, especially after windy weather conditions and rain
- Install adequate signage to warn employees/pedestrians of the impending hazard
For more information on how to manage these risks, contact the LGIS risk and governance team on 9483 8888.