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  • Incident alert

    Falling object from tower crane

    In July 2021, WHSQ was advised of a tower crane incident where a climbing frame guide roller assembly, four bolts and two shim plates fell to the ground.

  • Incident alert

    Worker seriously injured in fall from roof

    In August 2021, a worker was seriously injured after falling approximately 6m from a roof through a polycarbonate skylight. It appears he was removing and installing polycarbonate sheeting from the warehouse roof during ad-hoc maintenance.

  • Incident alert

    Worker killed by piece of metal ejected from unguarded angle grinder

    In June 2021, a worker died from injuries sustained while he was using a 9-inch (230mm) angle grinder to cut the base of a structural steel member at a commercial construction site in Brisbane. It appears a small metal shard was violently ejected from the cutting work and struck his neck. No guarding was fitted to the angle grinder at the time.

  • Incident alert

    Worker seriously injured in construction site fall

    In June 2021, a worker suffered serious facial and rib injuries when he fell 3.3 metres from a second story sub-floor level to the first story sub-floor level at a construction site.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Palfinger stabiliser locking system

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risk of unintentional extension of stabilisers on vehicle loading cranes (VLCs) and, in particular the operation of the stabiliser locking system on some models of Palfinger vehicle loading cranes (VLCs).

  • Incident alert

    Worker suffers electric shock forming concrete slab

    In May 2021, a worker received an electric shock while he was preparing to form up a concrete slab next to an existing structure.

  • Incident alert

    Mobile crane rollover at residential construction site

    In April 2021, a mobile crane tipped over at a residential construction site falling onto three houses. No one was injured. The mobile crane was a hydraulic slewing crane with a maximum rated capacity of 80 tonnes.

  • Incident alert

    Skid steer loader incidents

    In April 2021, a worker was killed when he was struck by the skid steer loader he was operating. Early investigations indicate the skid steer loader was being used to repair a residential driveway and it struck the worker after he fell out of the machine.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Diving tower edge protection

    This safety alert highlights the risk of falls from diving tower structures and provides guidance on risk controls. It applies to parts of diving towers where there is a risk of someone falling onto a solid structure below. It does not apply to parts of diving towers directly above water.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Failures of concrete pump delivery pipeline end fittings and hoses

    This safety alert highlights the risk of failure of concrete pump delivery lines including failures of end fittings.

  • Incident alert

    Worker seriously injured after fall from roof

    In March 2021, a worker suffered serious injuries when he fell approximately six metres through a roof after walking on an old skylight panel that had previously been covered. It appears the void cover plate was held in place by pop rivets.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Fake disposable respiratory protective equipment

    The purpose of this safety alert is to assist businesses in identifying fake (non-certified) respirators and highlight the risks associated with using them.