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December 2017

New health and safety representative requirements

Amendments passed earlier this year require PCBUs to provide Workplace Health and Safety Queensland with a list of health and safety representatives (HSRs) and deputy HSRs for each work group, and copies of provisional improvement notices issued by their HSRs.

$150,000 fine after fall leaves worker a paraplegic

A workplace incident in which a maintenance worker fell six metres and was left paraplegic has resulted in a $150,000 fine for the height safety company involved.

Mentally healthy workplaces toolkit published

A mentally healthy workplaces toolkit has been published by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland - the first holistic mental health toolkit developed by an Australian safety regulator.

Workplace injury rate declines significantly in Queensland

A preliminary serious injury dataset for 2015-16, compiled by Safe Work Australia for publication in Part 2 of its annual comparative performance monitoring report, shows a significant fall in workplace injuries in Queensland over the last 15 years.

First prosecution under s46 – failure to consult with other duty holders

A geotechnical advice provider to a major construction site has pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to breaching section 46 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 which required it to act on its "duty to consult with other duty holders".

Keeping your site safe over holiday lockdown

It's the time of the year for construction site Christmas and New Year holiday lockdowns - and a few common-sense measures to limit risks to public health, especially to prepare for summer storms and cyclones, can pay big safety dividends for businesses and the public.

Jurisdictional confirmation for scuba operators in Queensland

From time to time Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is called upon to enquire into workplace activities or incidents that occur at sea or in Commonwealth waters, with jurisdictional issues and possible confusion for operators often arising.

Look out for young workers starting their first jobs in the New Year

Young workers starting their first ever job these holidays or in the New Year must be properly inducted, trained and supervised to minimise the risk of injury.

Identify and manage the risks of heat stress this summer

An early heatwave across parts of Queensland has brought concerns that workers across the state need to prepare for a long hot summer. Media reports on the recent death of a Belgian backpacker working on a watermelon farm in North Queensland suggest the incident could be linked to heat stress, although our investigation is ongoing.

Restricted electrical work licence update

Restricted electrical work licences allow people to do electrical work incidental to a particular trade or calling. If you have changed employers, or the type of work performed by your employer has changed, make sure the work you are performing is still permitted under your licence.

Return to work comparison of psychological and physical injury claims

Return to work rates are substantially lower for workers recovering from a psychological issue than those who experienced a physical injury, according to a new Safe Work Australia report. In addition, psychological injury claimants report lower rates of contact from the workplace, more disputes, and lower levels of support.

Asbestos care during storm season

Businesses are reminded to treat asbestos materials safely in the aftermath of storms and floods this summer.

Heads of Work Safety Authorities Inspector Forum

The impact of future technologies and new economies from a work safety perspective was the focus last month when more than a hundred delegates from Australian work safety authorities met on the Gold Coast for the 2017 Heads of Work Safety Authorities (HWSA) Inspector Forum.

Last updated
18 December 2017

Incident alerts

Serious incidents under investigation, with considerations for preventing a similar incident.


Safe Work Month 2017 presentations now available

Speaker presentations from 2017 Safe Work Month forums including futurist Charles Brass, Joanna Horton, John North, Roy Carey, Jason Vella, Sharron O’Neill and Nigel Collin.


Safe Work Month 2017 presentations now available