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  • Incident alert

    Worker burned while lighting furnace

    In January 2018, a worker received second degree burns while trying to pour fuel into the vent pipe of a furnace used for drying woodchips. The worker was attempting to light the furnace and spilled the fuel which then ignited resulting in burns to his hands, arms and legs. Investigations are continuing.

  • Incident alert

    Worker burned in pump room explosion

    On 11 January 2018 a worker was seriously injured in an explosion at a waste treatment plant at the Townsville golf club. Early investigations indicate this may have involved an explosive gas or substance in the pump room, but the ignition source has not been confirmed. The worker received extensive burns requiring hospital treatment. Investigations are continuing.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Guards and discs on angle grinders

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risks associated with removing guards and using incorrect discs on angle grinders.

  • Incident alert

    Worker struck in head by portable hydraulic jack

    In September 2017, a worker sustained serious head injuries while operating a portable hydraulically powered jack. He was using the jack to expand a semi-circular shaped metal bracket when it dislodged and struck him in the face. He was found unconscious sometime after the incident occurred.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Roof collapse

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight that sudden roof collapse can occur without warning. This alert provides guidance for building owners, schools, local government, building managers and body corporates about minimising the risk of roof collapse.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Impact protection for LPG cylinders

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the importance of adequate impact protection for LPG cylinders and to remind gas work licence holders and LPG delivery network operators of their responsibilities.

  • Incident alert

    Billboard workers overhead powerlines electric shock

    On 7 August 2017, two workers in an uninsulated elevating work platform contacted an 11 kV powerline with the six metre aluminium sail track they were reinstalling on a billboard. Both workers suffered a severe electrical shock and burns from contacting the high voltage lines.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Stability of stacked material

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risks associated with stacked materials and to ensure a safe system of work is followed.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Access hatches

    The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risks associated with removable access hatches.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Explosive conditions: grinding, cutting and welding (including pre-heating) from the inside or outside of confined spaces

    The purpose of this safety alert is to provide practical guidance to minimise health and safety risks associated with the danger of grinding, cutting and welding in, on and around confined spaces and compartments such as tanks, containers, vessels and other enclosed structures, which have contained flammable or combustible liquids.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Truck mounted forklifts

    To alert all persons conducting a business or undertaking (whether as employer, self-employed person or worker), of the risk of failure of the "top mounting kit" when loading or unloading a Manitou forklift to and from the tray of trucks or trailers.

  • Workplace health and safety alert

    Non-compliant vehicle stands

    The purpose of this alert is to highlight the risks associated with using non-compliant vehicle stands.