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  • Media release

    Arc flash safety film reminds sparkies of high voltage danger

    A case study film launched through video conference today by Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office (ESO) highlights just how dangerous arc flash can be.

  • 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.

  • Media release

    ESO warns unlicensed electrical work is potentially lethal

    With household budgets squeezed at the moment, Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office is reminding everyone not to take risky and illegal shortcuts with home electrical jobs.

  • 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.

  • Media release

    Wholesale bakery fined $90,000 for breakdown of safety procedures

    Darra wholesale baker Wild Breads has been sentenced and fined $90,000 in the Richlands Magistrates Court for breaches of s.19 and s.32 of the WHS Act. The breaches relate to an incident at its Kiln Street factory where a maintenance worker received serious crush injuries.

  • News article

    Coroner’s findings into Dreamworld tragedy

    Coroner James MacDougall conducted an exhaustive inquest following the tragic deaths of Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld on 25 October 2016.

  • News article

    Statement on Coroner’s findings into Dreamworld tragedy

    The Queensland Government accepts the coroner’s findings. The matter has been referred to the independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor to decide whether action will be taken against Dreamworld’s owner, Ardent Leisure, under the Work Health and Safety Act.

  • Media release

    Fencing contractor fined $25,000 after teenage worker suffered serious hand injuries at Camooweal

    A sole trader operating as a fencing contractor, has been sentenced and fined $25,000 in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court for breaches relating to duty of care under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

  • News article

    Premier’s Statement on Coronavirus

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has conducted another meeting of Queensland’s Disaster Management Committee, the third in as many days. The group, including Queensland’s Chief Medical Officer, is co-ordinating the state’s Coronavirus response.