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Fixed plant campaign commencing April 2017

From April 2017 to July 2018, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will conduct fixed plant assessments at Queensland food processing, metal and fabricated metal manufacturing workplaces.

This assessment campaign aims to reduce injury rates and fatalities in these manufacturing industry sectors.

A large number of amputations and other serious injuries occur to workers around fixed plant, often during maintenance, cleaning, clearing blockages and power outages.

This campaign will focus on:

  • machine guarding
  • isolation
  • lockout and tag-out
  • safe use and systems of work.

We will write to your workplace to notify you of an upcoming on-site visit. To prepare for the visit, please use the self-assessment fixed plant audit tool (PDF, 1.49 MB) that we will send you to identify hazards and risk related to fixed plant.

All workplaces with fixed plant are encouraged to use this self-assessment tool to help identify risks and modify processes where necessary to improve the safety of their workplaces.

View the self-assessment tool (PDF, 1.49 MB)

SafeWork New South Wales (NSW) has released a new video safety alert Working safely with conveyors.

SafeWork NSW have responded to a number of incidents involving moving conveyors, including one where a worker's sleeve was pulled into the nip point. His arm became caught in the conveyor, resulting in the amputation of his lower arm. This short video is aimed at reducing injuries in the workplace by demonstrating basic measures that any workplace, large or small, can take.

For further information please contact Workplace Health and Safety Queensland via our website or call 1300 362 128.