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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 eess.gov.au.

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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.

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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.

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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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