In March 2019, spectators were injured when they were struck by a mobile starting barrier at a harness racing event (a form of horse racing). The mobile starting barrier consists of a motor vehicle with gates mounted on either side and that fold inward towards the vehicle. When the gates fold up, the race commences and the vehicle then accelerates away from the horses.
In February 2019, a painting contractor used a high-pressure water blaster on a corrugated asbestos cement roof, commonly known as a super six roof. Asbestos contaminated dust and debris (ACD) was distributed throughout the grounds of the domestic residence and onto two neighbouring domestic residences.
This safety alert has been issued to highlight the risk of serious injury or death when using load skates to move top-heavy loads. Load skates are also referred to as machine or machinery skates, load trollies, heavy load dollies and load rollers.
Date issued: 31 May 2019
During March and April 2019, the Electrical Licensing Committee held disciplinary hearings against four licence holders.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has announced that the State Government will lodge an appeal against a Supreme Court of Queensland judgement to invalidate recently introduced regulations relating to solar farms.
In March 2019, a young school student was injured when their head became trapped between two adjacent lids on a storage box in a playground. Each of the box’s heavy timber lids opened and closed independently and were supported by gas struts. The student put their head between a fully-opened lid and a partially-opened lid that was opening, trapping their head.
In this edition: School students get set to design 2020 Farm safety calendar, Spate of serious tractor incidents prompts safety warning, Electrical safety vital on Queensland farm, Locking pin failure leads to $60,000 fine, ACCC seeks comment on quad bike safety review, New powerline safety planning tool and much more.
A Queensland Court of Appeal decision in May 2019 to dismiss a teacher’s ‘slip and fall’ common law claim appeal after slipping on a grape should serve as a wake-up call for employers to be forward-thinking in their approach to assessing workplace safety risks.
- Last updated
- 29 May 2017