Dan the melon gets his head mushed in interests of safety

BECHTEL has released a safety video featuring a watermelon that graphically demonstrates the dangers of falling tools.

A number of watermelons were harmed in the making of the video, filmed during a series of sessions on the QCLNG site on Gladstone's Curtis Island.

The Melon Heads safety program is used on Bechtel's construction sites to demonstrate the importance of securing equipment when working at heights.

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg earlier this year called on employees to help the company in every way possible to improve its safety record, despite the company having a better record than the Australian average.

"Because our injury rate isn't absolute zero across all of our operations here in Gladstone, we are not satisfied with our performance," Mr Berg said.

"For us, zero is the only acceptable number."

In September a worker lost the top of his finger after he was moving structural steel on the eastern side of train 2 on the QCLNG site.

And in August, two men were injured when they were moving a crane rail along a structural steel beam.

One of the men was flown to Rockhampton Hospital where it was determined he had received fractures to bones in his foot.

Topics:  bechtel curtis island editors picks qclng workplace health and safety

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