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July 2017

Minister welcomes Darius Boyd as inaugural Mates in Construction ambassador

Industrial Relations Minister, Grace Grace, has welcomed the appointment of Broncos captain Darius Boyd as the inaugural Mates in Construction ambassador.

Emerald company fined $75,000 over collapsed trench

An Emerald earthmoving company has been fined $75,000 after a trench collapsed and trapped a worker, causing serious injuries.

An organisation was fined $175,000 for serious asbestos exposure

An organisation has pleaded guilty and been fined $175,000 for breaching its work health and safety duties and exposing six workers to asbestos.

Gold Coast falls from heights prompt warning to ensure safety

Several recent falls from height at the Gold Coast serve as a sharp reminder for employers that this is the leading cause of death in the construction industry. It is three times more common than in any other industry, with 1.03 deaths per 100,000 workers.

Industry welcomes new tower crane code of practice

A new code of practice has commenced in Queensland for tower crane use, following an industry review which recommended several changes, including for independent third party inspections of tower cranes to be undertaken at the commissioning stage.

Case study: Sencova Steel Fabricators boosting safety

Sencova Steel Fabricators is a Brisbane-based steel fabricator involved in commercial, industrial, defence, mining and infrastructure projects. For years, it had experienced higher than average workplace injuries and its senior management were firmly committed to making significant changes across the company to improve production, quality and safety.

New on the spot fines for safety breaches around powerlines

Prompted by nine serious electrical incidents in the past 12 months, two new electrical safety on the spot fines have been introduced to make sure employers take steps to keep workers safe around powerlines.

Roofing company exposed workers and public to asbestos

A Brisbane roofing company has been fined $100,000 and convicted in the Brisbane Magistrates Court for failing to handle and safely dispose of asbestos.

Industry forums explore effective safety with subcontractors

Two recent forums held in Brisbane and the Gold Coast looked at the challenges faced by principal contractors and subcontractors while developing systems and strategies to ensure site safety.

MATES in Construction charity lunch

The 8th annual Queensland MATES in Construction Charity Lunch will be held on Thursday 12 October at Hillstone, St Lucia in Brisbane.

Book a safety advocate for your Safe Work Month event now!

Queensland construction businesses can arrange for a Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Safety Advocate to visit their workplace, and it’s free.

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31 July 2017

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