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  • Incident alert

    Snorkelling fatality

    In October 2020, a woman was on a guided snorkel tour when she apparently panicked and needed to be taken back to the main vessel. However, on the rescue tender she lapsed into unconsciousness.

  • Incident alert

    Worker injured in side-by-side vehicle rollover

    In September 2020, a worker was seriously injured when the side-by-side vehicle he was using at an industrial workplace overturned.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Fall-arrest systems for continuous vertical ladders on tower cranes

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight that specific fall-arrest systems are required if a continuous vertical ladder is in place for accessing the total length of a crane tower. The Tower crane Code of Practice 2017 (the Code) sets out these requirements.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Fibreglass ladder failure

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the potential for degradation of fibreglass ladders that can lead to a structural failure.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Snorkel and dive safety for Lunar New Year

    Lunar New Year is one of the busiest times of year for Queensland's dive and snorkel industry. Many people are visiting the Great Barrier Reef and other destinations to dive or snorkel, often for the first time.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Minimise shark bite risks as diving and snorkelling activities peak

    With holiday-makers heading to our waterways in droves, dive and snorkel tour operators should ensure their safety systems and processes are up to date and staff are briefed on how to minimise the risk of shark bites.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Incident alert

    Older tourist snorkelling death

    In October 2018, an older male tourist was pulled from the water unconscious and later died at a snorkelling site, during a day tour with a tour operator. The tour operator had identified him as an at risk snorkeler. Investigations are continuing.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Vehicle loading cranes

    VLCs can be dangerous when they are not operated in accordance with the manufacturers' instructions. The purpose of this safety alert is to alert operators of vehicle loading cranes (VLCs) of the need to follow the manufacturer¿s operating instructions and to provide safety guidance for owners and employers.