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  • Media release

    $40,000 fine over workplace amputation in Crestmead

    A sheet metal fabrication business and a company director have both appeared before Beenleigh Magistrates Court this week over a workplace incident in which a young work experience student had the tip of his finger amputated.

  • Media release

    Builder fined $50,000 after worker falls from height

    A Queensland builder has been fined $50,000 over an incident in which a worker sustained multiple rib fractures and a fractured wrist after falling from a makeshift work platform.

  • News article

    Charges laid in Dreamworld referral

    The independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor, Mr Aaron Guilfoyle, has laid charges against Ardent Leisure Limited regarding the tragic incident at Dreamworld in October 2016 where four people lost their lives on the Thunder River Rapids Ride.

  • News article

    Centacare Community Services hazardous manual tasks risk

    Centacare Community Services (Centacare) provides a variety of support to disability and aged care clients, employing over 1,900 employees who provide support to 7,800 clients in over 200 locations across South East Queensland. These services range from assistance with community participation, in-home support and respite care.

  • News article

    Serious Resources Safety and Health Prosecutions now sit with WHS Prosecutor

    From today, serious Resources Safety and Health (RSH) prosecutions will be referred to the independent Work Health and Safety (WHS) Prosecutor, Mr Aaron Guilfoyle.

  • News article

    Independent WHS Prosecutor secures $3M fine in first industrial manslaughter conviction

    On 11 June 2020, in the Brisbane District Court, Australia’s first conviction and sentence for industrial manslaughter was handed down. The defendant, Brisbane Auto Recycling Pty Ltd, had on 3 April 2020 entered a guilty plea to one offence contrary to s34C of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 ("the Act").

  • News article

    Formwork industry compliance audits

    Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will conduct compliance audits in the formwork sector of the construction industry commencing in June 2020.

  • Media release

    Unsafe electrical work leads to $30,000 fine

    An electrical contractor has been fined $30,000 for unsafe electrical practices after a recent hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

  • News article

    Availability of disposable respirators during the COVID-19 pandemic

    There is currently a shortage of disposable particulate respirators in Australia due to an increase in demand from health care workers and from the public and because many Chinese manufacturers have temporarily shut down.

  • Media release

    Small business and its director fined more than $40,000 for unsafe electrical practices

    After a hearing in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court recently, a small concreting business and its sole director have been fined a total of $42,500 for unsafe electrical practices, exposing people to risk of serious injury or death.

  • News article

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace risk management

    A novel (new) strain of coronavirus which originated in Hubei Province, China in 2019 can cause a respiratory disease called COVID-19.It doesn’t matter if you’re a worker or someone who is responsible for workers, you must identify and manage work health and safety risks including the exposure to COVID-19. Businesses should also plan to respond to cases of COVID-19 at work in line with advice provided by Queensland Health www.health.gov.au.

  • Media release

    Edge protection company and its director fined $55,000 for exposing workers to risk of serious injury or death

    After a hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court last Wednesday, an edge protection company has been fined $50,000 for failing to comply with its primary safety duty under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, exposing workers to risk of serious injury or death from roof falls.