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  • Incident alert

    Four workers injured in gas explosion

    In July 2023, four workers were injured in a workplace gas explosion and fire. Early enquiries indicate they were clearing a gas line by purging a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) boiler line, creating a flammable atmosphere in the room. For reasons not yet known, a brazing torch ignited the atmosphere, resulting in an explosion and fire.

  • Incident alert

    12-year-old jumps from amusement ride when safety harness releases

    In May 2023, a 12-year-old sustained fractures to her foot when she jumped from the seat of an amusement ride.

  • Incident alert

    Electricity meter contractor fatally attacked by dogs

    In December 2022, a contractor was fatally injured when he was attacked by a number of dogs. Preliminary investigations found he was attending a residential address to check an electricity meter. It appears that the dogs attacked after he opened the first gate and entered the property.

  • Incident alert

    Serious fire and explosion injuries in three hot work incidents

    In October 2022, a worker suffered serious burns to his upper body after being engulfed by a fire at an engineering workplace. Early investigations revealed he was welding a metal plate to repair a leak to a tank, when an explosion occurred which resulted in a fire.

  • Incident alert

    Electrical worker fatality

    In February 2022, an electrical worker died in a home ceiling space. It’s believed he was working on the air conditioning system at the time. Investigations are continuing.

  • 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

    One worker killed and six injured when powerline arced to harvester

    In July 2021, one worker died and six others received electric shocks when a harvester came close enough to an overhead powerline to cause an electric arc. Initial investigations found the powerline had dropped approximately 3.6m from its original height because the stay wire on one of the poles had broken, potentially due to corrosion.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    DC isolators – consequences of cancellation of a number of certifications

    Direct current (DC) isolators used in photovoltaic solar systems in household installations are classified as high risk (level 3) electrical equipment in the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS). They are required to be registered on the EESS national database before they are supplied in Queensland. This registration requires using a valid certificate of conformity.

  • Incident alert

    Arc flash incidents

    In January 2021, two electrical workers suffered burns following an arc flash. They were working in a switch room with an LV main switchboard. Initial enquiries indicate electrical work was being done on the switchboard metering when the incident occurred.

  • Incident alert

    Person falls from tank

    In November 2020, a man sustained serious head injuries after falling from a water tank that had just been put in place by a vehicle loading crane. It appears he was standing on the tank close to the crane.

  • Incident alert

    Falls from height result in serious injuries

    Two recent incidents where workers have suffered serious injuries have highlighted the dangers of falls from height. In August 2020, a man sustained serious injury when he fell approximately 2m from a ladder while working at a residential property. Early enquiries indicate he was using a ladder to access the roof area. In a separate incident a month late, a worker fell approximately 3.4m at a construction site. It appears he was helping unload building materials from an elevated position of a partially built structure.

  • 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.