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Ekka safety a priority as Brisbane’s big show opens

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has completed a safety audit of amusement rides and equipment at this year’s Ekka, Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace announced.

Date issued: 09 Aug 2019


Safety audits of plumbing businesses performing electrical work

20 Aug 2019 | Electrical Safety Office

Plumbers who perform electrical work under their QBCC trade contractor licence are deemed to hold an electrical contractor licence. The Electrical Safety Office is auditing plumbers performing restricted electrical work as part of their business to ensure they are meeting their electrical safety duties.


Segregation of telecommunications and electrical cabling

19 Aug 2019 | Electrical Safety Office

Electrical contractors, electrical workers and metering providers involved in the roll out of smart meters must ensure that antenna/communication wiring systems are suitably segregated from electrical wiring in accordance with the Wiring Rules.


Worker injured by collapsed roof

Industry: Construction

In July 2019, a 35 year old man was seriously injured while doing demolition work. At the time, workers were manually demolishing the roof frame and external walls of a single storey home. The truss top plate (also called an upper wall plate) was cut. The top plate is a horizontal load-bearing member secured to the top of the wall studs that supports the roof structure. The roof and external wall frames skewed and fell, trapping the injured worker underneath. Investigations are continuing.


Fatal forklift incidents

In July 2019, a person was fatally crushed by a portable generator being unloaded from a truck by a forklift. In a separate incident in May 2019, a worker was fatally crushed between a reversing forklift and a truck at a transport yard. Investigations into both are continuing.


Worker seriously burned in vehicle gas tank fire

In April 2019, a worker was seriously burned while attempting to decommission a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank from a motor vehicle at a workplace. It appears he was removing screws on the LPG tank using a battery-operated screwdriver which created an ignition source and started a fire.


Farmer fatally injured by fallen hay bale

In July 2019, a farm worker was fatally injured when a bale of hay weighing approximately 720kg fell onto him. Early indications are he was unloading bales of hay using a front-end loader with fork attachments. It appears he exited the loader and approached the trailer to remove a strap. A hay bale that had become unstable fell from the trailer, fatally crushing him. Investigations are continuing.


Switchboard arc flash burns prompt urgent safety warning

05 Aug 2019 | Electrical Safety Office

Following yet another arc flash injury caused by failing to test a circuit before work started in a switchboard, the Electrical Safety Office is issuing an urgent callout to electrical workers - it’s time to reset your safety focus and test before you touch.

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