On 7 August 2017, two workers in an uninsulated elevating work platform contacted an 11 kV powerline with the six metre aluminium sail track they were reinstalling on a billboard. Both workers suffered a severe electrical shock and burns from contacting the high voltage lines.
There have been several recent falls from height at the Gold Coast which are being investigated by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.
Wiring Rules update: new requirements for sleeving of conductors and segregation of different services
The Australian Standard AS/NZS3000 (the Wiring Rules) is being updated and due to be published later this year. It will include some changes to the requirements of sleeving of conductors and clarification on the segregation of different electrical installations.
Electricity Safety Week (4-8 September) will shine the spotlight firmly on electrical safety with a host of events tailored specifically for electrical contractors and workers.
Date issued: 04 Sep 2017
Thirty Queenslanders and businesses are being recognised for their exceptional health and safety initiatives and getting injured employees back on the job in the annual Safe Work and Return to Work Awards.
Date issued: 01 Sep 2017
The Queensland Government will implement Australia's first whole-of-government Drones Strategy to address the business opportunities and regulatory challenges for this growing industry.
Date issued: 31 Aug 2017
In this edition: Queensland Government seeks new offence of industrial manslaughter; Supply chain and subcontractor safety masterclass; Safe Work Month event tickets and sponsorships available; Poor machine guarding amputations lead to hefty fines; Expert group to shape state's safety leadership and culture; Time's up to renew your WorkCover insurance policy; and much more.
Disciplinary action can be taken against electrical licence holders who perform unsafe, negligent or incompetent electrical work. Action incudes licence cancellation or suspension, fines, or orders for faulty work to be corrected.
- Last updated
- 29 May 2017