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eSAFE - December 2018

In this edition: Queensland abattoir fined $200,000 following death of a labourer, new snapshot throws a light on serious injury claims, new code to protect power station workers from coal dust, national return to work survey report released, court urges employers to take care of young workers, heat stress warning for Queensland workplaces, and much more

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Quad bike safety urged ahead of peak holiday period

Heading into the Christmas/New Year period, there’s always a surge in the use of quad bikes with holidaymakers enjoying a break in the bush or on the beach.

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Worker fatally run over by tractor he was operating

In November 2018, a worker on a rural property died when he was crushed by the wheels of the tractor he was operating. Initial findings suggest he was spraying herbicide on a sugar cane crop and got out of the tractor to re-fill the spray tanks which had been retro-fitted underneath the tractor. It appears the tractor rolled forward over him while he was under it re-filling the tanks. Investigations are continuing.

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Fatal fall from boat in marina yard

In November 2018, a man died when he fell from a boat on a hardstand area at a marina. Early investigations indicate he landed on the ground after falling from the rear of the boat near portable stairs used to access the boat while in dry dock. Investigations are continuing.

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Tower crane strikes powerlines

In November 2018, lifting equipment attached to a tower crane servicing a construction project contacted live overhead powerlines next to the site. This caused the power supply within the local area to automatically shut off. There were no injuries and it appears the crane unintentionally rotated over the powerlines under its own power. Investigations are continuing.

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Multiple fines issued over teenager’s workplace death in 2016

Two farming companies and a sole director have been fined a total $475,000 after the tragic death of a 14 year old boy at a large property in Goondiwindi on 1 April 2016.

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Worker struck by reversing forklift

In November 2018, a worker sustained minor crush injuries after beingwhen he was struck by a reversing forklift that was reversing within in the a factory packing room of a factory. The workerHe has walked up to a a forklift operator on their forklift to have a conversationspeak with its operator, when they and was were struck from behind by another forklift that which was reversing in the vicinity, crushing him the worker between the two forklifts.

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Scaffold collapses onto neighbouring home

Industry: Construction

In November 2018, a segment of scaffold approximately 17 metres long and 8 metres high on a housing construction site collapsed onto a neighbouring residential house. The house was occupied at the time of the incident. Early investigations suggest the scaffold may have been free standing at the time and had not been tied back to the building or other structure. No one was injured as a result of the collapse. Investigations are continuing.

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