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January 2018

New Safety Advocates join the campaign for quad bike safety

In 2018, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland welcomes two new Safety Advocates, Jodie and Mario Cocco, who are passionate about quad bike safety, especially where children are involved.

Workplace fatalities bring confined spaces warning

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is continuing its investigation into an incident at Sarina earlier this month when two men were found dead inside a tanker.

Authorities warn against handling bats as Lyssavirus concerns rise

As Queensland swelters through the summer, some of our wildlife is suffering, and in some areas this means a sharp increase in dead or dying bats and flying foxes. Queensland Health is urging the public not to touch or pick up them up, even if the animals are injured or appear to be dead.

New industrial manslaughter laws in Queensland

New industrial manslaughter laws are now in place across the state. The laws make it an offence for a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), or a senior officer, to negligently cause the death of a worker.

Farm safety report card reveals rise in farm work deaths in 2017

A new farm safety report card compiled by Sydney University shows there were 68 farm deaths reported by the Australian media in 2017, a slight rise from the 63 in 2016.

Plant registration due for renewal now

Plant registration must be renewed each year by 31 January, and remember that to complete a renewal, the application must be lodged and fully paid.

Poultry producer leading the way in return to work initiatives

A Queensland poultry producer’s efforts to boost safety training and communication with its workers is paying dividends with a significant fall in its workers’ compensation premiums.

Cleaning up after summer flooding

With the Bureau of Meteorology predicting a wetter than usual January-March quarter, rural workers are once again set to face unique challenges cleaning up after flooding. Taking a few simple precautions will keep workers safe as you get your business back on track.

Ergon Energy targets powerline danger for planes

Ergon Energy is targeting safety around powerlines as part of a new campaign to get warning markers installed on powerlines where low flying aircraft operate in rural areas.

Last updated
25 January 2018

Enter the Safe Work and Return to Work Awards 2019!

Be recognised for your work health and safety achievements by entering the 2019 Safe Work and Return to Work Awards.

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Get ready to renew your policy from 1 July

WorkCover Queensland’s accident insurance policies are due for renewal from 1 July–31 August each year. Read up on everything you need to know to get ready for policy renewal.

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