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Lowest workers’ compensation rates providing stability for Queensland employers

Topics: Insurance

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has today announced that WorkCover Queensland will maintain its current premium rate for another 12 months, the sixth straight year that the rate has remained the same.

Date issued: 14 Jun 2019


Safety observers essential for live electrical work

14 Jun 2019 | Electrical Safety Office
Topics: Electricity

A safety observer must be used when there is no reasonable alternative to performing energised electrical work (live work). The only exception to not requiring a safety observer is when the live work consists only of testing and a risk assessment shows there is no serious risk associated with the proposed work.


Billboard company fined $250,000 over powerline shock to worker

A Queensland billboard company was recently fined $250,000 after a worker received an electric shock from a powerline that the company knew was a hazard and which was closer than the three-metre exclusion zone required under state law.


Poultry producer fined $90,000 over workplace injury

A Nerang poultry producer has been fined $90,000 after a worker was run over by a forklift that had its reverse warning beepers switched off because of noise complaints.


Submissions invited – possible extension of workers’ compensation coverage for certain gig economy workers, and bailee taxi and limousine drivers.

Topics: Legislation

As part of its commitment to fair and transparent government, this Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) will inform the Queensland Government’s investigation into a possible extension of workers’ compensation coverage to certain gig economy workers (for example ‘work on demand’ including ride share driving and food delivery).


Audience members injured at horse racing event

In March 2019, spectators were injured when they were struck by a mobile starting barrier at a harness racing event (a form of horse racing). The mobile starting barrier consists of a motor vehicle with gates mounted on either side and that fold inward towards the vehicle. When the gates fold up, the race commences and the vehicle then accelerates away from the horses.


High-pressure water blaster used on asbestos roof

In February 2019, a painting contractor used a high-pressure water blaster on a corrugated asbestos cement roof, commonly known as a super six roof. Asbestos contaminated dust and debris (ACD) was distributed throughout the grounds of the domestic residence and onto two neighbouring domestic residences.


Hazards of using load skates

This safety alert has been issued to highlight the risk of serious injury or death when using load skates to move top-heavy loads. Load skates are also referred to as machine or machinery skates, load trollies, heavy load dollies and load rollers.

Date issued: 31 May 2019

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