WorkSafe WA issues warning about floor mats in vehicles

WorkSafe WA has warned of the danger of using unsecured floor mats in vehicles, after an incident where a worker was seriously injured. A floor mat in a truck being maneuvered by a colleague became jammed in the accelerator pedal, causing the truck to move forward and strike the worker, pinning him against another vehicle.

In this case, the floor mats were rubber and the truck floor was vinyl. The mats were loosely fitted and were able to move around on the floor.

WorkSafe has recommended employers review the use of vehicle floor mats, and not use them on vehicles with vinyl flooring unless they are properly secured.