Safety Alert – Traffic Controller Fatally Struck

What Happened

On Tuesday 27 February 2024, a road worker died after being fatally struck by a ute that rolled backwards, pinning her between two vehicles in Dandenong North, Melbourne.

Police said the incident happened just after 7.30am, the worker, a 55-year-old woman, was crushed when she became pinned between the ute and a truck.

She was taken to hospital with serious injuries, however later died.

The truck driver, a 51-year-old man from Boronia, was uninjured.

“The exact circumstances surrounding the collision are being investigated,” police said.

WorkSafe is also investigating what happened.  To read further media article 7News click here.

Immediate Actions

Please note that these are generic actions for all to consider in relation to this critical risk (and are not reflective of this specific incident):

  • Ensure risk assessments have been conducted to assess each working environment.
  • Ensure all workers are aware of site layout and pre-start covers appropriate escape routes.
  • Ensure safe procedures for worksite setup and pack down are in place and being followed.
  • Ensure processes are in place to look out for, and warn workers of, errant vehicles.


It’s essential for all involved in traffic management and related fields to prioritise safety and awareness to prevent similar accidents in the future.

Vigilance and adherence to safety protocols are key to protecting both workers and the public on our roads.

AusQ Training offer a range of courses that assist and educate your workforce  in the traffic management or construction industry, in Bunbury, Perth and all over WA – to view our range of public training courses [click here] or view our calendar here.

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