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May 2020

Farm safety calendar has lessons for all

The Queensland Government’s 2020 farm safety calendar competition has kicked off with Safety Ambassador and proud farmer Shane Webcke urging kids and their families, especially those who live on the land, to get involved!

Working safely with pesticides

Safe Work Australia has published a guide for registered medical practitioners engaged by businesses to carry out or supervise health monitoring for people working around pesticides. It provides practical guidance about requirements under work health and safety laws for health monitoring.

Seasonal workers and harvest season

The Queensland Government has developed a blueprint to ensure seasonal agricultural work can continue during the upcoming picking period, without an increased risk of community transmission.

COVID-19 horticulture guide

A new guide for the horticulture industry will ensure it can maintain production during the COVID-19 pandemic and keep risks to workers at a minimum. The guide has practical tips and advice for keeping workplaces safe, as well as information on the duties of employers under Queensland work health and safety laws.

Fencing contractor fined $25,000

A fencing contractor has been sentenced and fined $25,000 in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court for breaches relating to duty of care after an incident in 2017 when one of his young workers had three fingers badly crushed by a hydraulic post driver.

Health and wellbeing tips for challenging working times

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up challenges in managing work health and wellbeing, with workplaces having to re-assess the way they work, identify the emerging risks and address these risks for their workers and others entering the workplace.

Record fine for rogue labour hire provider in Caboolture

A rogue labour hire provider has received a huge fine and conviction for operating without a licence under Queensland’s Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017.

Overhead powerlines - hierarchy of risk controls

With harvesting continuing or planned across the state and nearly half of recent electrical fatalities involving overhead powerline contact, now is the time to ensure risks are well managed.

Shared responsibilities in shearing in time of COVID-19

Sheep and wool production health and safety responsibilities in shearing sheds must be shared between farmers and contractors.

New electrical safety initiative for rural communities

A joint venture between the Electrical Safety Office and the Queensland Country Women’s Association is paying dividends for rural communities and those working with electricity.

Last updated
28 May 2020

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