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Fatal falls on work sites

Industry: Construction

In December 2018, the owner of an industrial workplace was killed when he fell through a roof on an unapproved structure. The man was attempting to dismantle and remove the structure, which consisted of an open steel awning with tin roof panelling. In January 2019, a man was killed when he fell from height at a construction site. Early investigations indicate he could have fallen from the roof or other equipment set up onsite including a ladder and A-frame trestles with planks. Investigations into these incidents are continuing.

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Tougher regulations for Queensland amusement rides

Queensland amusement rides and theme parks will be subject to tougher safety requirements that set world-class, best practice safety standards.

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Unterminated cables can cause electric shock

28 Feb 2019 | Electrical Safety Office
Topics: Electricity

Live unterminated cables are a serious risk to everyone, not just electrical workers. These cables are often the result of someone failing to ensure all electrical equipment in an installation has been connected. Live unterminated cables can often remain undetected as the usual electrical tests may not always identify them. This is why your visual inspection is essential, and why the Wiring Rules requires it to be performed before conducting further tests.

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eSAFE - February 2019

In this edition: Quad bike safety urged ahead of peak holiday period, Queensland abattoir fined $200,000 following death of labourer, New snapshot throws a light on serious injury claims, New code to protect power station workers from coal dust, National return to work survey report released, Court urges employers to take care of young workers, Heat stress warning for Queensland workplaces, and much more.

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Narrow precast wall panel collapse

Industry: Construction

The purpose of this safety alert is to inform workers, employers, builders and designers of the risk of sideways collapse of narrow concrete wall panels.

Date issued: 26 Feb 2019

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Two people electrocuted on a rural property

In December 2018, a mother and her daughter were electrocuted on a rural property after contacting a length of electric fencing type wire that was energised. The electric fencing wire was run from the bull bar of a truck to a tree stump on the property.

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Priority infringement notice offences (on-the-spot fines)

21 Feb 2019 | Electrical Safety Office
Topics: Electricity

Electrical contractors, workers, business owners and others with health and safety duties should make themselves familiar with a new policy outlining how inspectors enforce safety laws – and the issues on which they will particularly focus.

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Workplace exposure standards open for public comment

Safe Work Australia is currently evaluating the Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants to ensure they are based on the highest quality evidence and supported by a rigorous scientific approach.

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