In this edition: New Safety Advocates join the campaign for quad bike safety; Workplace fatalities bring confined spaces warning; Authorities warn against handling bats as Lyssavirus concerns rise; New industrial manslaughter laws in Queensland; Farm safety report card reveals rise in farm work deaths in 2017; and much more.
On 9 January 2018, a worker was run over by a vehicle while servicing it on sloping ground. Early investigations indicate the worker was underneath the vehicle while the driver was sitting in the cab with the engine running. It appears the vehicle has then moved forward unexpectedly and run over the mechanic. The injured man was then transported to Rockhampton Base Hospital for treatment.
Queensland will establish a mandatory labour hire licensing scheme from 16 April 2018 to protect labour hire workers and safeguard labour hire providers that are ethical and responsible.
In December 2017, a 22 year old worker was killed while operating a boom elevating work platform (EWP) on a construction site. The EWP basket was approximately 8-10 metres in the air being lowered when it caught on a steel support beam, causing two wheels of the EWP to lift off the ground.
With holiday season upon us and DIY tasks underway, this is a timely reminder that you must be aware of electrical shock risks if you enter a ceiling space. Contact with damaged or exposed live wiring or equipment can lead to serious injury or death.
A Gold Coast builder was fined $65,000 after a carpenter fell three metres through a staircase well and suffered a fractured skull.
In this edition: New health and safety representative requirements; $150,000 fine after fall leaves worker a paraplegic; Mentally healthy workplaces toolkit published; Workplace injury rate declines significantly in Queensland; First prosecution under s46 – failure to consult with other duty holders; Keeping your site safe over holiday lockdown; and much more.
- Last updated
- 29 May 2017