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School student injured by storage box lid

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.


eSAFE Rural - May 2019

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.


Court dismisses rogue grape ‘slip and fall’ claim

29 May 2019 | WorkCover Queensland

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.


Builder fined $75,000 over worker’s life-changing injury

Industry: Construction

A Toowoomba builder has been fined $75,000 following a workplace incident that left a young worker with serious physical and psychological injuries.


Worker fatally trapped in conveyor

In March 2019, a worker was fatally injured after becoming trapped in a conveyor belt system at a recycling facility. It is not clear at this stage what caused the incident. Investigations are continuing.


Falls from fixed ladders with cages

Industry: Construction

The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risk of falling from a fixed caged ladder and over the guardrail of the landing below.

Date issued: 22 May 2019


Research students receiving a stipend are considered to be workers

22 May 2019 | WorkCover Queensland
Topics: Insurance

WorkCover Queensland recently considered whether higher degree university students who are paid a living allowance (stipend) are covered for injuries sustained while they are on university premises conducting research that is required to complete their PhD.


Rockhampton workers’ compensation forum held for black lung sufferers

Industry: Mining

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has met with current and former coal workers in Rockhampton to discuss the range of programs and services available to people affected by coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP).

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