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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.


Return to work services panel tender now open

02 Aug 2019 | WorkCover Queensland

WorkCover is establishing a new return to work (RTW) services panel via an open tender process. The tender is now open.


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.


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.


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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