Employers, contractors urged to make site-specific assessment before electrical work

A recent electrocution death in north Queensland is a reminder that employers need to conduct a site-specific risk assessment, develop a safe system of work before starting, keep workers and contractors informed about electrical safety. Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office (ESO) and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland are investigating the incident where a crane came into […]

Work on vehicle tyres presents injury risk

Work on vehicle tyres and wheel rims continues to cause injuries, with an average of more than 35 injuries annually being subject to claims for workers’ compensation. In a recent incident, a young worker suffered serious facial injuries when the split rim that he and another worker were performing maintenance on, exploded. Read more on […]

Mobile plant presents safety risk

Mobile plant use continues to be responsible for many worker injuries in the agricultural, forestry and fishing industries. Since 2013, there has been an average of 22 accepted workers’ compensation claims each year for injuries relating to being trapped by mobile plant. Fifty per cent of these claims involve serious injuries with five or more […]

Warning beepers turned off due to noise complaints

A Nerang poultry producer has been fined $90,000 after a worker was run over by a forklift that had its reverse warning beepers switched off because of noise complaints. The company has operated a poultry abattoir and sold poultry products for more than 25 years and recently pleaded guilty in Southport Magistrates Court to breaching […]

Power line incident sparks action from advertiser

An electrocution of a worker on an outdoor billboard has brought a court conviction, $250,000 fine and forced a large outdoor advertising company to take action to improve workplace safety. The company knew the powerline was a hazard near the billboard and was closer than the three-metre exclusion zone required under state law. Read more […]