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  • Incident alert

    Four injured in workplace explosion

    In November 2021, one worker was seriously injured while three other workers received minor injuries following a workplace explosion and fire. Early enquiries indicate an “extractor” has exploded. This machine is used to extract rosin and turpentine from pine wood chips by spraying hot turpentine over the wood chips in a process known as solvent extraction. For reasons yet to be established, an explosion has occurred. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Quad bike fatality on a rural property

    In November 2021, a rural property owner died after appearing to roll his quad bike. Initial enquiries suggest the man was in all likelihood mustering cattle on his own in a slopey area that also appeared to be sodden and boggy at the time. Investigations indicate the quad bike had been fitted with an Operator Protection Device (OPD) by the manufacturer. For reasons unknown, it appears the OPD had been removed with the upper mounting bracket remaining.

  • Incident alert

    Worker seriously injured by dough mixer

    In November 2021, a worker suffered serious hand and arm injuries after becoming entangled in a dough mixer they were operating. Early enquiries indicate the worker attempted to retrieve a glove from the mixing bowl while the machine was still operating. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Mobile crane rollover at construction site

    In December 2021, a 30-tonne slew was set up on the side of the road with the crane jib fully extended when it rolled onto its side. The jib has landed on a new house frame under construction and the fence of the house behind. Luckily, no one was injured. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Fatal incident involving garbage truck

    In November 2021, a mechanic died after being trapped in the back of a rear-loading garbage truck.Early investigations indicate the man had climbed into compacting section of the garbage truck to fix a problem when for reasons yet to be established he was trapped and suffered fatal injuries. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Worker burned following chemical explosion

    In November 2021, a worker suffered burns to his shoulders, knees and face following an explosion at a marine maintenance facility. Early enquires indicate he was doing fibreglass repair work inside the hull of a boat using acetone. It appears a nearby heat gun has potentially ignited vapours generated by the acetone resulting in an explosion. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Safety at swimming pools

    In December, a young girl was pulled from a local swimming pool unresponsive. Thankfully though, she quickly recovered. The girl was at the pool for school-based activities.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Fit testing for tight-fitting respirators

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the importance of fit testing for tight-fitting respirators for workers who need to use them, and to reinforce this requirement under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

  • Incident alert

    Overhead powerline incidents

    In October 2021, a man suffered electric shock and severe burns while installing gutter guarding on the roof of an industrial shed. For reasons yet to be established, the worker came into contact with a nearby 11kV single wire earth return (SWER) while he was on the roof. In November 2021, a worker suffered serious burns and another minor injuries when a mobile concrete placing boom contacted an 11kV overhead powerline at a residential construction site. Initial enquiries indicate the mobile concrete placing boom was operating at the time of the incident.

  • Incident alert

    Fall from construction site scaffold

    In October 2021, a worker fell approximately 3.5m from a scaffold bay extension platform (hop up) onto a scissor lift at a construction site, sustaining serious injuries.

  • Incident alert

    Worker seriously injured by wood chipper disk

    In September 2021, a contractor suffered multiple fractures and a severe laceration while repairing a chipper disk weighing around two tonnes. For reasons yet to be established, the unrestrained chipper disc (part of a large wood chipping machine) has fallen from an upright position striking the contractor’s leg as it fell.

  • Incident alert

    Worker dies after being struck by mobile crane

    In August 2021, a worker died after being struck by a mobile crane in pick-and-carry mode (lift and shift). Early investigations indicate the man was acting as a dogger and in control of a load when he was holding a tag (tether) line attached to the load that was being relocated at a workplace. It appears the worker was walking between the front of the mobile crane and the load when he was hit by the crane.