04 Mar 2019

The purpose of this safety alert is to inform workers, employers, builders and designers of the risk of sideways collapse of narrow concrete wall panels. Purpose The purpose of this safety alert is to inform workers, employers, builders and designers of the risk of sideways collapse of narrow concrete wall panels. Background In January 2019 a two-tonne pre-cast concrete wall panel fell s...

04 Feb 2019

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has published comprehensive online guidance on managing Hendra virus risks, offering a user friendly catalogue of tips and advice about working safely with horses.Hendra virus is a sporadic disease of horses that can cause very serious illness in horses and humans. The natural hosts of Hendra virus are flying foxes.Human infection results from c...

30 Jan 2019

Increasing cases of North Queenslanders being bitten or scratched by bats has prompted the Townsville Public Health Unit to warn people to avoid contact with the animals.Public Health Physician Dr Steven Donohue said 135 people in North Queensland had been treated last year after contact with bats, mainly flying foxes.Dr Donohue said all bat scratches and bites required treatment, in...

21 Jan 2019

In November 2018, a concrete pump operator has sustained serious injuries when his arm was caught in moving parts within the receiving hopper of a concrete pump. Early investigations indicate the worker was in the process of cleaning inside the concrete pump hopper when a moving component activated and seriously injured his arm.Investigations into this incident are continuing. Preventi...

14 Jan 2019

In this article from Vegetables Australia magazine, AUSVEG Biosecurity Adviser Dr Kevin Clayton-Greene discusses how a robust on-farm biosecurity system can protect Australian vegetable growing operations from the threat of pests and diseases, particularly those that seem inevitable to spread or arrive on our shores.I have heard it often said that it is inevitable that pest ‘X’ will ar...

11 Jan 2019

A Queensland abattoir has been fined in the Maryborough Magistrates Court after it failed to ensure the health and safety of a worker and exposed him to the risk of death.The company was fined $200,000 for the death of a worker who suffered fatal injuries in 2017 when he was struck by a ramp while unloading a triple-deck truck laden with pigs.Colin Chivers, who initially suffered cri...

10 Jan 2019

As we start the New Year it is a good time to remind all electrical workers to always test before you touch. Treat every circuit or piece of electrical equipment as live until tested and proven not to be live.When you correctly test before you touch, you can identify any faults that exist with the circuit connections of the installation or electrical equipment, before you commence work...

08 Jan 2019

In November 2018, a man died when he fell from a boat on a hardstand area at a marina. Early investigations indicate he landed on the ground after falling from the rear of the boat near portable stairs used to access the boat while in dry dock. Investigations are continuing. Preventing a similar incident People accessing vessels on hardstands can be exposed to serious risks of falls. Fal...

07 Dec 2018

In October 2018, a quad bike operator suffered fatal injuries while managing a back-burn on a rural property. He was last seen driving up a road and was found deceased about 20 minutes later underneath the quad bike. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. There were no witnesses and we continue to work with the Queensland Police Service to determine the cause. Preventin...

30 Nov 2018

Construction wiring is the term used for temporary electrical installations on construction sites that supply power to and around the premise. While the wiring may be temporary, the installation requirements are not, and electrical workers must ensure construction wiring complies with the Wiring Rules, AS/NZS 3000, and AS/NZS 3012 Electrical Installations – Construction and Demolition si...