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  • Incident alert

    Scaffold related incident

    In July 2021, a spectator at a local sports ground in Brisbane was crushed by a tower frame scaffold. Initial enquiries indicate the scaffold appears to have blown over because of possible wind gusts, fatally crushing the man. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Incident at Public Swimming Pool

    In November, a young child was submerged underwater for less than two minutes at a supervised public pool. On-duty lifeguards administered CPR until QAS officers arrived and took over. The child was taken to hospital and later passed away.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Zip line terminations

    The purpose of this alert is to inform zip line owners, operators, engineers and riggers of the risk of failure of zip line terminations and to provide guidance to help prevent the failure of zip lines.

  • Incident alert

    Fatal fall at tourist attraction

    In October 2019, a patron died, and another was seriously injured while using a zipline attraction as part of a rainforest adventure tour.

  • Incident alert

    Fatal fall from height while working on air conditioning system

    In August, a man died after falling approximately 6m while working on an air conditioning system at a civic centre. It’s believed he may have fallen from a ladder. Investigations are continuing.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Sign collapse

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risk of collapse of self-supporting signs, and to raise awareness of the need to properly design, maintain and inspect sign structures.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    High ropes adventure courses

    The purpose of this alert is to highlight the risk of strangulation when participating in high ropes adventure courses.

  • Incident alert

    Young worker injured by exploding tyre rim

    In May 2019, a young worker suffered serious facial injuries when the split rim that he and another worker were performing maintenance on, exploded. For reasons yet to be established, it appears the tyre exploded while the workers were removing a tyre from a split rim on an earthmover. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Operator severely injured by skidder winch

    In May 2019, an operator of a forestry skidder at a rural property became entangled in the cable winch mechanism at the rear of the machine.

  • Incident alert

    Audience members injured at horse racing event

    In March 2019, spectators were injured when they were struck by a mobile starting barrier at a harness racing event (a form of horse racing).

  • Incident alert

    Worker fatally crushed by skid steer loader

    In February 2019, a worker was killed while repairing a skid steer loader. Early investigations indicate the safety prop was not engaged to ensure the bucket arms could not be lowered. The worker inadvertently activated the controls and was crushed by the arms. It appears the mechanisms which enable the hand controls to be isolated were inoperative due to general wear and tear on the machine. Investigations are continuing.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Land-borne inflatable devices becoming airborne

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risk of land-borne inflatable devices (such as a jumping castle or slide) becoming airborne if they are not adequately anchored. This alert provides guidance to owners, suppliers, hirers and those supervising the operation of the inflatable about minimising the risk of the device becoming airborne.