An easily preventable accident and the removal of a safety guard that would have prevented a worker from having his fingers crushed, were two contributing factors considered by a Gold Coast Magistrate as he fined a recycler a hefty $160,000.
In March 2019, a worker suffered serious head injuries when a suspension air bag assembly ejected under pressure from a heavy vehicle in a mechanical workshop. Early investigations indicate the vehicle was raised on a hoist and the worker was underneath along with other workers disconnecting and removing suspension parts to allow access to a hard to reach spot in preparation for other maintenance tasks.
Electrical workers and contractors should take care when locating meter wiring and other cables in switchboards. The clearance between hinged escutcheon panels and the neutral and earth links on some switchboards can be quite small.
In March 2019, a worker was killed on a rural property when he was crushed by the wheels of a planting machine that was being towed by a tractor.
Safety has been put first when it comes to Queensland’s booming renewables industry. A new code of practice and electrical safety regulations will be put in place next month to enhance safety in the growing commercial solar farm industry.
A new code of practice and electrical safety regulations will commence next month to enhance safety in the growing commercial solar farm industry. The Construction and operation of solar farms Code of Practice 2019 comes into effect on 13 May 2019.
- Last updated
- 29 May 2017