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November 2017

    Multiple reckless conduct charges laid for 2016 Eagle Farm deaths

    Nine complaints and summonses have been issued to four people and one business for their alleged involvement in the deaths of two workers at Eagle Farm Racecourse on 6 October 2016.

    Changes to work health and safety and right of entry dispute resolution processes

    From 13 November 2017, the processes for right of entry and work health and safety dispute resolution have changed in line with legislative amendments passed by State Parliament last month.

    Roof falls lead to significant fines

    An inadequate ladder set up resulting in a life-changing fall for a maintenance worker, and an apprentice fall from a roof have led to multiple sizeable fines following recent hearings in the Wynnum and Maroochydore Magistrates Courts.

    Construction industry prominent at 2017 Safe Work Awards

    Queensland's construction industry continues to shine in work health and safety excellence, taking out major prizes at this year’s Safe Work Awards.

    Industry undertaking to boost construction safety

    Improved communication, safer work practices and a range of industry benefits, including targeting worker mental health and working in heat, are among conditions included in an enforceable undertaking entered into by construction company McConnell Dowell.

    Questionable insert anchor installations create risk

    Insert anchors are being used in a growing range of applications to provide a quick and effective anchorage system. However if they are not installed correctly, their effectiveness and their safety are dramatically compromised.

    Why tackle musculoskeletal disorders in the construction industry?

    The impact of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), otherwise known as sprain and strain injuries, in construction is far reaching. MSDs account for half of all workers’ compensation claims and $60 million in compensation payments last year.

    Existing wiring dangers at construction and demolition sites

    Old wiring where construction or demolition work is planned must be considered to be energised until proven otherwise by inspection and testing.

    Focus on safety: Queens Wharf Project

    The Queens Wharf Redevelopment is a major construction project in the heart of the Brisbane CBD, involving the demolition and refurbishment of a number of buildings in the precinct bounded by Alice, George and Elizabeth Streets.

    Currumbin construction company safety collaboration brings cultural change

    Currumbin Construction Formwork, which provides a range of commercial and domestic formwork services throughout Queensland, has seen positive changes to safety awareness since it participated in Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s Injury Prevention and Management Program.

    Safety Leadership Challenge reaches halfway point

    The Safety Leadership Challenge is an innovative project in which two construction companies have given an open commitment to improving work health and safety over one year by focusing on safety culture and leadership.

    Construction dust exposure targeted

    Occupational exposure to dust from cement or quartz-based materials is a significant health risk to workers. They contain respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and exposure to them can result in serious respiratory diseases, including silicosis, cancer, chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

    Toowoomba construction business fined $75,000 over electrical incident

    A Toowoomba construction business was recently fined $75,000 in the Dalby Magistrates Court after a worker suffered a serious electrical shock in 2015. The company pleaded guilty to failing to operate in an electrically safe manner, exposing individuals to risk of death or serious injury.

    Last updated
    08 December 2017

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