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Tragic reminder of dangers of working near powerlines

31 Jul 2019 | Electrical Safety Office

Sunday's incident at Mulgrave in North Queensland in which a worker lost his life and two others ended up in hospital is a tragic reminder of just how dangerous it can be working around powerlines.


Risk from battery powered devices mounted near electrical equipment

30 Jul 2019 | Electrical Safety Office
Topics: Electricity

Battery powered devices such as energy monitoring systems, timeclocks or communication equipment, if not maintained, can leak an alkaline substance onto equipment located below, creating a potential electric shock hazard and damaging equipment.


eSAFE Construction - July 2019

Industry: Construction

In this edition: Builder fined $75,000 over worker’s life-changing injury; New inspectors ready to boost construction safety; Preventing tower crane load free-fall; Joint agency blitz targets high rise construction safety breaches; Best practice procurement ensures highest safety standards; Are you set for Safe Work Month?; and much more.


Student burned in science experiment

In March 2019, a student sustained serious burns and a staff member minor burns during a school science experiment when methylated spirits was applied to an open flame. A second student’s uniform caught fire, but it was extinguished without causing injury. It appears the experiment being undertaken was a soda snake experiment, in which carbon dioxide produced by hot baking soda pushes carbonate out from burning sugar.


New Electrical Equipment Safety System website

08 Jul 2019 | Electrical Safety Office
Topics: Electricity

The Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS), which regulates the safety of household electrical equipment in Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania, has a new website at


Fine imposed for high-pressure clean of asbestos roof

A ruling in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday has again highlighted the dangers of cleaning asbestos roofs and that codes of practice must be followed.


Court reaffirms young workers need appropriate training

A recent ruling in the Maryborough Magistrates Court has reaffirmed that employers must provide young workers with appropriate training and not direct them to perform work above their skills and ability.


Four new appointments to Queensland Industrial Relations Commission

Topics: Legislation

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has announced the appointment of four new commissioners to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).

Date issued: 05 Jul 2019

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