30 Jan 2018

Public consultation on the draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry is well underway with Animal Health Australia currently seeking feedback from the broader community. The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) is supporting farmers and industry members Queensland Chicken Growers Association (QCGA), Queensland Chicken Meat Council (QCMC) and the Queensland Unit...

30 Jan 2018

On 9 January 2018, a worker was run over by a vehicle while servicing it on sloping ground. Early investigations indicate the worker was underneath the vehicle while the driver was sitting in the cab with the engine running. It appears the vehicle has then moved forward unexpectedly and run over the mechanic. The injured man was then transported to Rockhampton Base Hospital for treatment...

26 Jan 2018

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has announced its intention to cancel sham security or security-related qualifications and statements of attainment issued by the now de-registered training provider Sage Academy Training Pty Ltd (RTO number 41505, Sage Academy). ASQA cancelled Sage Academy’s registration as a provider of vocational education and training (VET) in 2017 beca...

25 Jan 2018

Restricted electrical work licences allow people to do electrical work incidental to a particular trade or calling. If you have changed employers, or the type of work performed by your employer has changed, make sure the work you are performing is still permitted under your licence. For example: refrigeration and air conditioning technicians can do electrical work on refrigeration and...

24 Jan 2018

An early heatwave across parts of Queensland has brought concerns that workers across the state need to prepare for a long hot summer. Media reports on the recent death of a Belgian backpacker working on a watermelon farm in North Queensland suggest the incident could be linked to heat stress, although our investigation is ongoing. In the last five years, there have been over 200 report...

23 Jan 2018

A mentally healthy workplaces toolkit has been published by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland - the first holistic mental health toolkit developed by an Australian safety regulator. The benefits of a mentally healthy workplace include increased productivity and lower rates of absenteeism, as well as cuts in workers’ compensation claims and improved engagement and job satisfaction f...

22 Jan 2018

A workplace incident in which a maintenance worker fell six metres and was left paraplegic has resulted in a $150,000 fine for the height safety company involved. The company, which pleaded guilty recently in the Wynnum Magistrates Court to breaching s.32 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, installed, maintained and inspected working at height fall arrest anchorage systems. The def...

19 Jan 2018

Amendments passed earlier this year require PCBUs to provide Workplace Health and Safety Queensland with a list of health and safety representatives (HSRs) and deputy HSRs for each work group, and copies of provisional improvement notices issued by their HSRs. Although the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 already established a framework for health and safety representatives to actively a...

18 Jan 2018

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) welcomes the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle announcement. QFF President Stuart Armitage congratulated Queensland MP and member for Maranoa, David Littleproud on his appointment as Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. “It is great to see a Queenslander, particularly a member in a very important agricultural region such as Maranoa, el...

17 Jan 2018

This is a reminder that you must be aware of electrical shock risks if you enter a ceiling space. Contact with damaged or exposed live wiring or equipment can lead to serious injury or death. A number of serious incidents have occurred in ceiling spaces over the past five years, including a licenced electrician who died when he made contact with electrical wiring in the ceiling space of...