The Coroners Court of Victoria has investigated an incident that occurred in Victoria on 26 August 2008, in which an experienced workshop foreman died while conducting repairs on a bus that had broken down on the road.

Maintenance staff used their own discretion regarding the use of wheel chocks to secure the bus when undertaking roadside repairs. Wheel chocks were not used in this instance.

The workshop foreman was working under the bus when it moved unexpectedly. This incident highlights the risks associated with conducting repairs in, on or under a bus that has not been secured.

Bus operators should note this advice and consider it in relation to their own operations. For further information in Victoria, please contact Transport Safety Victoria on 1800 223 022.

This advice is effective immediately. Approved by Chris McKeown 11 August 2010