Employees using mobile cranes in their workplace have been urged to read a recent Workcover Queensland safety alert is to highlight the risk of rope sheave failure. Crane owners, crane operators and workers involved in rigging cranes should apply the principles in this alert to any crane with rope sheaves, after a catastrophic failure resulted […]
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 […]
On average each year in Queensland there are 38 accepted workers’ compensation claims for crush injuries involving machinery and fixed plant in the agricultural, forestry and fishing industries. Around half of these are for serious injuries requiring five or more days off work. Since 2013, Worksafe Queensland has been notified of 48 incidents involving machinery […]
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 […]
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 […]
In March 2019, a worker’s legs were severely crushed when he was struck by a reversing forklift in the loading bay of a timber factory. He had entered the loading bay on foot while the forklift was transporting materials. Investigations are continuing. Accordingly WorkCover Queensland has issued an urgent incident alert, calling on businesses using […]
New eligibility requirements for qualified technical persons (QTP) and qualified business persons (QBP) are now in full effect and apply to all new electrical contractor licence applications. For more information, visit the Electrical Licences section of the WorkCover website.
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 […]
In March 2019, a worker was fatally injured after becoming trapped in a conveyor belt system at a recycling facility. It is not clear at this stage what caused the incident. Investigations are continuing. Find out more on safety procedures around belt systems.
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, […]