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September 2017

Rural workplaces up for accolades in Safe Work and Return to Work Award

Agriculture workplaces across Queensland have taken the Safe Work and Return to Work Awards by storm, with several businesses in the running for major honours.

Transporting and working with cattle safely: transporters, manufacturers and graziers working together

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has been working with the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland, cattle crate transporters, crate manufacturers and graziers to make loading, unloading and cross loading of cattle safer.

Rural producers benefit from drone technology

Rural and regional producers are making the most of rapidly evolving drone technology on farms and other remote Queensland properties - and they're seeing reduced costs and improved worker safety.

Fines for no seatbelts in tractor rollover

A mobile plant supplier and a business growing and harvesting bananas were both fined recently in the Tully Magistrates Court for their part in a potentially serious incident involving a backpacker from the Netherlands.

Submersible water pump safety warning

Consumers, especially those in the agriculture industry, have been warned of a safety issue with the KASA Deep Diver model water pump which is being sold online to businesses across Australia.

Meat processing industry kicking major safety goals

There's been a huge decline in incidents, complaints and dangerous events of 46 per cent in Queensland’s meat processing industry in the eight years from 2008 to 2016.

Ride ready adverts promote quad bike safety

Looking to curb the upward trend in hospital presentations for injuries involving quad bikes, the Queensland Government ran another phase of the Ride ready advertising campaign and online competition during the September school holidays.

New on the spot fines for powerline safety breaches

Tree lopping and other agriculture businesses should be aware that two new electrical safety on the spot fines are now in effect for work around powerlines.

Controlling spills and leaks from fuel stores

While many rural workplaces store fuels on site to power their machinery, a leak from a bulk storage tank of fuel can create a significant workplace hazard and may be expensive to clean up, particularly if it enters the soil or ground water.

Health assessments target rural worker risks

Rural workers have been urged to more actively pursue basic health goals, following a health assessment survey conducted in Barcaldine recently as part of the Westech Field Day.

Labour hire laws target unscrupulous operators

All labour hire providers operating in Queensland will need to pass a fit-and-proper person test and comply with workplace laws, including workers' compensation, wages and superannuation, under new laws passed recently in Queensland Parliament.

Farm safety calendar now available!

Twelve Queensland primary school students have had their winning entries in a drawing competition printed in the 2018 Farm Safety Calendar – and you can now order free copies!

Last updated
11 October 2017

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