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Worker burned while lighting furnace

Industry: Manufacturing

In January 2018, a worker received second degree burns while trying to pour fuel into the vent pipe of a furnace used for drying woodchips. The worker was attempting to light the furnace and spilled the fuel which then ignited resulting in burns to his hands, arms and legs. Investigations are continuing.


Mobile crane rollover onto four lane road

Industry: Construction

In January 2018, a 25 tonne articulated crane (a ‘pick and carry’ type mobile crane) overbalanced and fell across four lanes of a major arterial road while it was lifting a sign. Three lanes of traffic were closed at the time and there was no traffic in the open lane. The crane was removing a signage structure 15m in height, 3.9m wide and weighing approximately 4.5 tonnes. While manoeuvring, it appears the load caught on a structure then swung toward the road. Nobody was injured and investigations are continuing.


Why return to work matters

13 Feb 2018 | WorkCover Queensland
Topics: Return to work

Getting back to work after a work-related injury is an important step in a person’s recovery, and research shows that the sooner that step can be taken safely, the better.


Company fined $200,000 after death of employee in kiln explosion

An environmental services company has been fined $200,000 after pleading guilty in the Gladstone Magistrates Court today to breaching the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 following the death of worker Mark Chapelhow in 2015.


Allied health table of costs review

08 Feb 2018 | WorkCover Queensland

WorkCover Queensland is inviting allied health associations and providers to submit their feedback on the current allied health table of costs.


Worker burned in pump room explosion

On 11 January 2018 a worker was seriously injured in an explosion at a waste treatment plant at the Townsville golf club. Early investigations indicate this may have involved an explosive gas or substance in the pump room, but the ignition source has not been confirmed. The worker received extensive burns requiring hospital treatment. Investigations are continuing.


New snorkelling and diving Code of Practice now in force

Industry: Tourism

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace announced in Cairns that a new recreational snorkelling and diving Code of Practice for Queensland tourism operators was now in force.


Two workers die inside agriculture tanker

In January 2018, two men were found dead in the bottom of a fibreglass tank on a trailer. The tanker/trailer is a purpose built tri-axle trailer built for the transport of dunder and molasses.

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