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 […]

Ladder safety alert updated

WorkCover Queensland has updated its safety information around preventing falls from fixed ladders with cages. The updated alert comes after investigations into a June 2017 accident where a worker was seriously injured when he fell down a caged ladder and over the guardrail of the landing below. He was carrying tools and fell approximately eight […]

Fine for Airtasker worker posing as “electrician”

A man who posed as a qualified electrician to get work in homes around south-east Queensland has been fined $100,000 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court. Amilcar Appel posed as a qualified electrician on the online marketplace Airtasker and advertised electrical services to households in the greater Brisbane area between November 2015 and June 2017. However, […]