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Audience members injured at stunt car event 21 Nov 2018

In October 2018, members of the public sustained a range of injuries after a stunt car lost control and collided with a perimeter fence at a public event. Early enquiries indicate the car used a ramp in the arena as part of the stunt performance just before it hit the fence. Investigations are continuing. Read more...

eSAFE Rural - September 2018 21 Nov 2018

In this edition: Taking a proactive approach to manage fatigue; Graziers: are you and your livestock at risk from anthrax; Updated guide to classifying hazardous chemicals; $50,000 fine for lychee farm after picker falls from modified EWP; Engaging employees to actively manage workplace hazards; Now is the time to finalise your Safe Work Month activities; and much more. Read more...

Worker fatally crushed by grader 20 Nov 2018

In October 2018, a worker was killed when the grader he was operating moved while he was outside the cab. It appears he attempted to get back into the grader to stop it moving, but slipped and was run over by the rear wheels. He had been operating the grader on his own, clearing areas adjacent to fence lines at a large rural property. Investigations are continuing. Read more...

Company pays for poor fall protection that cost a life 20 Nov 2018

A recent court decision to issue a hefty fine to a housing construction company after one of its contractors fell and died at a worksite is another stark reminder safety must not be compromised.

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Quad bike fatality while back-burning 19 Nov 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. Read more...

Amusement ride gondola dropped during maintenance 19 Nov 2018

In October 2018, a gondola on a drop tower amusement ride detached from the catch-car above it during maintenance. The catch-car lifts the gondola in place to allow workers to carry out inspections of the ride. On this ride, a detent pin (a type of retaining pin also known as a quick release ball lock pin) is used to prevent the inadvertent release of the gondola. Workers insert the detent pin in the catch-car through a hole in the bottom of the catch-car. Read more...

Queensland health expands surveillance of dust-related diseases 15 Nov 2018

Doctors will be required to notify Queensland Health of dust lung diseases such as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis and silicosis under legislation introduced in State Parliament. Read more...

Worker fatally crushed when forklift tipped over 14 Nov 2018

In October 2018, a worker was killed when the forklift he was operating tipped over and pinned him. The experienced operator was moving a load into an industrial shed. The forklift’s mast collided with an overhead steel beam, causing the forklift to tip over onto its side pinning the operator. It appears the operator may not have been wearing a seat belt. Investigations are continuing. Read more...

Allied Health Update October 2018 14 Nov 2018

WorkCover Queensland hosted our quarterly meeting with allied health associations on 24 October 2018. Find out what was shared.

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Workers burned by arc flash in switchboards 09 Nov 2018

In October 2018, an electrical worker received burns to his hand, neck and face from an arc flash while he was terminating cables running to a switchboard. In September 2018, an electrical worker received burns to his hands when his pliers shorted two phases while attempting to fit a three phase circuit breaker to a live switchboard. Investigations into both incidents are continuing. Read more...
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11 April 2016

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