12 Oct 2017

Purpose The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risks associated with single hand operated hock cutters used in the meat processing industry. Hock cutters are hydraulic or pneumatic (air) powered mechanical scissors used to cut off the limbs of carcasses during meat processing. These handheld units tend to have very sharp blades to ensure a clean cut and are capable of exer...

11 Oct 2017

This report documents a two-year research project funded by the Office of the Chief Scientist to improve student participation in STEM-related disciplines by encouraging school and industry collaboration. The report also investigated the need to improve teacher and student understanding of the demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in the workplace, and...

10 Oct 2017

This article was published in www.worksafe.qld.gov.a on 25 September 2017. Purpose The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight that sudden roof collapse can occur without warning. This alert provides guidance for building owners, schools, local government, building managers and body corporates about minimising the risk of roof collapse. This alert focuses on roofs with trusses that...

09 Oct 2017

Tree lopping and other agriculture businesses should be aware that two new electrical safety on the spot fines are now in effect for work around powerlines. Contact with powerlines can cause death or serious injury through electric shock, explosion and fire. Plant and equipment can also be damaged. Even going too close to powerlines can lead to electricity arcing over from a powerline. ...

06 Oct 2017

Agriculture workplaces across Queensland have taken the Safe Work and Return to Work Awards by storm, with several businesses in the running for major honours. Australian Country Choice has been named as one of the finalists for developing new cattle handling yard facilities designed to minimise direct contact between stock handlers and the animals. The new yard design separates the wor...

05 Oct 2017

Rural workers have been urged to more actively pursue basic health goals, following a health assessment survey conducted in Barcaldine recently as part of the Westech Field Day. Rural and remote communities across the state have chronic disease rates higher than the major cities. Confirming earlier studies, the Barcaldine survey showed that a range of factors hindered workers from focus...

04 Oct 2017

A mobile plant supplier and a business growing and harvesting bananas were both fined recently in the Tully Magistrates Court for their part in a potentially serious incident involving a backpacker from the Netherlands. On 4 September 2015, the overseas worker was driving a tractor when it veered off a farm road and into a drainage ditch. He was thrown from it and sustained minor injuri...

03 Oct 2017

With the significant technological, economic, demographic, environmental and social changes impacting the way we work, recent labour market research focuses on the skills current and future workers will need to successfully navigate the future of work. It's not just technical and digital skills that will ensure a successful career for years to come, but also 'soft skills' and access to r...

02 Oct 2017

It is October and it is time for the Safe Work month. Safe Work Month is about committing to improving work health and safety and remembering our most important reasons for staying safe at work. Events tailored to health, safety and return to work professionals are now open for registrations. With a range of events being held around the state this October, you’ll be sure to find the p...