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January 2019

Multiple fines a warning for agriculture industry to put safety first

A spate of prosecutions in the agriculture industry is a timely reminder to make 2019 a safer year for agriculture industry workers, particularly young and inexperienced workers.

Dairy farm audits find nearly half have no safety policy in place

Audits of Queensland dairies have found forty-three per cent have no written WHS policy in place and fifteen per cent have only a verbal policy.

Queensland Health warns North Queenslanders of bat risk

Increasing cases of North Queenslanders being bitten or scratched by bats has prompted the Townsville Public Health Unit to warn people to avoid contact with the animals.

Growers urged to check labour hire licence credentials

With the strawberry season in full swing on the Granite Belt, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has been meeting with growers to remind them they must only use licensed labour hire providers.

Case study: Thornby Premium Lamb targeting worker wellbeing

Thornby Premium Lamb is a mixed farming business in South Australia which provides fresh premium lamb from paddock to plate and cereal cropping for lamb feeding and their breeding property.

Hendra virus risk management guidance published

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has published comprehensive online guidance on managing Hendra virus risks, offering a user friendly catalogue of tips and advice about working safely with horses.

Clean up safely during storm and flood season

As the summer storm season reaches its peak, rural workers may still face challenges if heavy rain occurs, so a few simple precautions are best followed in the event of flooding. Localised flooding can bring unique risks for rural workers - not least from snakes and other animals displaced by flood water.

New report confirms agriculture safety rate needs to improve

The agriculture industry workers’ compensation claim rate for 60 or more workdays has increased over the past five years, sitting above the claim rate for all Queensland industries.

Free farm safety calendars still available – just!

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland still has a few copies of the 2019 farm safety calendar, featuring the winning drawings of primary school students in rural and regional Queensland.

Last updated
22 January 2019

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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