On 9 January 2018, a worker was run over by a vehicle while servicing it on sloping ground. Early investigations indicate the worker was underneath the vehicle while the driver was sitting in the cab with the engine running. It appears the vehicle has then moved forward unexpectedly and run over the mechanic. The injured man was then transported to Rockhampton Base Hospital for treatment.
Queensland will establish a mandatory labour hire licensing scheme from 16 April 2018 to protect labour hire workers and safeguard labour hire providers that are ethical and responsible.
In December 2017, a 22 year old worker was killed while operating a boom elevating work platform (EWP) on a construction site. The EWP basket was approximately 8-10 metres in the air being lowered when it caught on a steel support beam, causing two wheels of the EWP to lift off the ground.
With holiday season upon us and DIY tasks underway, this is a timely reminder that you must be aware of electrical shock risks if you enter a ceiling space. Contact with damaged or exposed live wiring or equipment can lead to serious injury or death.
A Gold Coast builder was fined $65,000 after a carpenter fell three metres through a staircase well and suffered a fractured skull.
In this edition: New health and safety representative requirements; $150,000 fine after fall leaves worker a paraplegic; Mentally healthy workplaces toolkit published; Workplace injury rate declines significantly in Queensland; First prosecution under s46 – failure to consult with other duty holders; Keeping your site safe over holiday lockdown; and much more.
In November 2017, a worker was killed when a forklift fell from the loading ramps of a flatbed trailer while it was being unloaded, crushing him. At this stage, it is not clear what caused the forklift to fall off the ramps and investigations are continuing.
In December 2017, a worker on a Tamborine Mountain avocado farm was killed when a single seat ride on mower being driven by another worker rolled over on a steep slope and crushed her. A few weeks before, a worker was killed when the tractor he was driving went over the edge of a steep embankment on a banana farm in North Queensland.
- Last updated
- 29 May 2017