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July 2019

    Nation’s first dust-related disease register starting in Queensland

    Queensland workers, including coal workers and stonemasons, will have better workplace health and safety protections, thanks to changes made by the Palaszczuk Government to the Public Health Act 2005 and Public Health Regulation 2018.

    Builder fined $75,000 over worker’s life-changing injury

    A Toowoomba builder has been fined $75,000 following a workplace incident that left a young worker with serious physical and psychological injuries.

    New inspectors ready to boost construction safety

    Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is ready to roll out a new crop of construction inspectors to ensure workers can go home safely at the end of each day.

    Preventing tower crane load free-fall

    There have been four recent free-fall incidents on tower cranes in Queensland, each where the load fell to the ground. Thankfully in all cases no-one was injured, but the potential for tragic consequences was very real.

    Joint agency blitz targets high rise construction safety breaches

    A two-day operation in June on the Gold Coast by ten local, state and federal government agencies found a significant number of work safety breaches at construction sites.

    Best practice procurement ensures highest safety standards

    Are you using best practice procurement principles for quality, safe workplaces? If you are involved in a major construction project valued at more than $100 million for the Queensland Government, it is highly likely the Best practice principles: Quality, safe workplaces procurement policy applies to you.

    Are you set for Safe Work Month?

    Have you started planning your own Safe Work Month workplace event to demonstrate to your workers you’re serious about safety?

    Abrasive blasting small business expanding safely

    When the owners of a small business decided it was time to expand, they knew they needed help with safety management. So, they called in the Queensland Government’s Injury Prevention and Management (IPaM) program.

    Case study: FKG supporting workers’ health and wellbeing

    The FKG Group delivers a wide variety of building and engineering projects in Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. The company has a strong family-friendly culture and an established health and wellbeing program, Wellness Matters.

    Who are your health and safety representatives?

    Have you told us who your health and safety representatives (HSRs) are? If your workers have elected HSRs, you must notify Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

    Respirable crystalline silica update: dust extraction and respirators

    With Australian governments, safety regulators and health authorities acting to target unsafe work practices where respirable crystalline silica may be present, you must ensure your workplace is compliant with requirements for dust extraction and other health risk preventative measures.

    Vehicle loading crane (crane truck) audits extended

    Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and the Department of Transport and Main Roads will extend an audit campaign to improve safety for vehicle loading cranes after a significant number of breaches were identified.

    Last updated
    26 July 2019

    Lend Lease reaps benefit of helping motivated injured workers recover at work

    Property and infrastructure group, Lend Lease is giving injured workers a new lease on life and rehabilitating them back to work sooner through WorkCover Queensland's Recover at Work host employment program.


    Lend Lease and Recover at Work

    Solar farms subsidised training

    Find out about subsidised training for workers to upskill and comply with the Construction and operation of solar farms Code of Practice 2019 at


    Solar farms subsidised training