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Primary school student hit by golf buggy

In February 2018, a six year old primary school student was seriously injured by a golf buggy being driven on the school grounds. Early investigations indicate the student came out of the toilet block and ran into the path of the golf buggy. The student sustained leg and skull fractures and bleeding on the brain. Investigations are continuing.

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Workers injured by glass sheets

Industry: Construction

In February 2018, three workers received severe lacerations when one of several large glass sheets in a racking system fell to the ground and shattered. It appears that one of two workers trying to restrain the glass sheets by hand was unable to support the weight of one of them. Another worker came to his assistance but was unable to prevent the sheet from falling. Investigations are continuing.

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Mango grower fined $35,000 after workers suffer electric shock

01 Mar 2018 | Electrical Safety Office

A Gilbert River mango grower has been fined $35,000 for a 2015 incident where two of his pickers suffered an electrical shock.

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eSAFE - February 2018

In this edition: New snorkelling and diving Code of Practice now in force; First aid officer fined over prank burning to workmate; Bitumen and asphalt plant audit finds safety is a priority; Queensland's commitment to safety highlighted by successful CWP forum in Mackay; Fixed plant compliance campaign starts in April; and much more.

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How to safely install swimming pool and spa bonding

26 Feb 2018 | Electrical Safety Office

There are specific requirements for equipotential bonding of steel reinforcing when working on concrete swimming pools and spas. If an electrical fault occurs, even at low voltage, while the pool is in use, it may lead to electrical shock which can cause muscle spasms and potential drowning

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Generator fuel explosion in back of truck

In February 2018, two workers received severe burns to their legs, upper body and face when fuel ignited in the back of a truck. A generator in the back of the truck had tipped over while being transported, spilling fuel. On arrival the workers opened the back of the truck and noticed a strong smell of fuel. They were in the truck and had uprighted the generator ready to unload it when the fuel vapours ignited.

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Vehicle stabilisers and outriggers

Industry: Construction

In February 2018, a truck fitted with a vehicle loading crane was driven along a road with its stabiliser extended. The stabiliser struck a parked vehicle and a worker standing behind this vehicle was crushed and killed. It is not yet known why the stabiliser was unsecured and investigations are continuing.

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Young worker injured by nail gun

An apprentice was injured by a nail fired from a nail gun which went through the piece of timber he was holding and into his chest. The worker was holding the timber while his supervisor was fastening it. The worker underwent minor surgery to remove a small piece of bone. Investigations are continuing.

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