The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risks of hoist rope and brake failure on tower cranes. Employers, builders, workers and crane operators should apply the principles in this alert to any crane with a hoist rope.
Date issued: 21 Mar 2019
The Palaszczuk Government has announced the appointment of Aaron Guilfoyle as Queensland’s first independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor.
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Anthony White who worked in the engineered stone industry and suffered from an advanced stage of silicosis.
A Queensland tourism operator has been fined $40,000 by a Magistrates Court after a woman received serious pelvic injuries following a zipline tour that went wrong in July 2016.
In December 2018, a worker died when he was crushed by a steel pipe which fell off the back of a truck. The worker and two others were unloading two 12m steel pipes, each weighing 1.8 tonnes, one at a time with a forklift. After the ratchet straps were released, it appears one of the pipes rolled, striking the stanchions and causing them to fail. The pipe continued rolling and fell off the truck, landing on and crushing the worker’s chest and head.
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.
Queensland amusement rides and theme parks will be subject to tougher safety requirements that set world-class, best practice safety standards.
- Last updated
- 29 May 2017