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June 2019

Serious injuries from errant sugarcane burn-off lead to $35,000 fine

A Burdekin sugar cane harvester has been fined $35,000 after a cane burning incident left a worker with serious burn injuries requiring multiple skin grafts.

Fine imposed for high-pressure clean of asbestos roof

A ruling in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday has again highlighted the dangers of cleaning asbestos roofs and that codes of practice must be followed.

Lowest workers’ compensation rates providing stability for Queensland employers

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has announced WorkCover Queensland will maintain its current premium rate for another 12 months, the sixth straight year that the rate has remained the same.

Rogue labour hire provider convicted

Queensland Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has welcomed an Australian-first conviction of a labour hire provider who supplied workers to a business without a licence to do so. A & J Group Services Pty Ltd was found guilty and fined $60,000 in the Stanthorpe Magistrates Court for operating without a licence under the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017.

Poultry producer fined $90,000 over workplace injury

A Nerang poultry producer has been fined $90,000 after a worker was run over by a forklift that had its reverse warning beepers switched off because of noise complaints.

Safe Work Month registrations now open!

You can register now for Safe Work Month events coming to Queensland this October! Safe Work Month is a time for employers and workers to recommit to safer, healthier workplaces, free from physical and psychological harm.

Worker hospitalised after drinking cement hardener from unmarked bottle

The importance of chemical labelling has been highlighted when a worker ended up in intensive care after drinking a hazardous chemical that had been decanted into a drink bottle.

EJ Australia: safety focus paying financial dividends

A determined safety focus by Brendale manufacturer EJ Australia Pty Ltd (EJ) has seen the company achieve a 48 per cent reduction in its workers’ compensation premiums and go 58 months without a lost time injury.

Mentally healthy workplaces workshops

Responding to demand, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will hold more Mentally healthy workplaces workshops over the next six months.

Adapting to the needs of Australia’s ageing workforce

People are living longer and life expectancy in developed countries has increased by more than half over the past century. As a result, there are more older Australians in the workforce, but a new study suggests much more is needed to support those who choose to stay employed longer.

The future of work: an Australian perspective

Safe Work Australia has published a film about the future of work in Australia, featuring a presentation CEO Michelle Baxter gave at an international workplace health and safety conference.

Sponsor a Safe Work Month event

Sponsorships are now open for this year’s Safe Work Month events in October.

Simple vaccine can protect workers against Q fever

Q fever is a bacterial infection that spreads to people from animals, commonly causing a flu-like illness that can be severe. In some people it can cause ongoing and potentially serious health issues such as chronic Q fever, post Q fever fatigue syndrome and pregnancy complications.

Last chance to comment on proposed workers’ comp for gig workers

There are still a few days left to comment on the Queensland Government’s proposal to include some gig economy workers in Queensland’s workers’ compensation scheme.

It's time to renew your WorkCover accident insurance policy

Your accident insurance policy with WorkCover Queensland—which covers your business for the cost of any work-related injuries to your workers—is due for renewal by 31 August.

Improving truck safety with virtual reality

Each year, there are 4,500 general workplace injuries in transport, affecting one in every 30 transport workers, with one in every 60 transport workers suffering a serious injury.

Input sought over new chemical classification

From July, you can have your say on the proposal to adopt an updated edition of the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace hazardous chemicals.

WorkCover’s RTW services panel tender

In 2014, WorkCover Queensland conducted a tender for return to work services to transition from the pre-qualification process, to a contracted panel arrangement. This reduced the number of suppliers under management and allowed WorkCover to be more efficient in monitoring supplier performance.

Consultation Regulation Impact Statement

Safe Work Australia released a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement on 24 June 2019, seeking comments on the recommendations of the Review of Model WHS Laws. 

Last updated
27 June 2019

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