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Inflatable water balls - electrical equipment near water

The purpose of this safety alert is to warn owners and operators of inflatable water balls about the risks of using or placing electrical equipment near a pool or body of water where these water balls are used. The large spheres are also known as ‘water walkers’, ‘hamster balls’ and ‘zorb water walking balls’.

Date issued: 04 Apr 2018

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eSAFE Construction - March 2018

Industry: Construction

In this edition: $15,000 fine after bricklayer falls from scaffolding, Get with the program and improve your workplace, New scrutiny for asbestos removalists, Measure and improve your safety culture, Undertaking to deliver $250k of industry benefits following wall collapse, Crystalline silica risks targeted in workplace audits, Best tool for the job? Your skills!

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eSAFE Construction - November 2017

Industry: Construction

In this edition: Multiple reckless conduct charges laid for 2016 Eagle Farm deaths; Changes to work health and safety and right of entry dispute resolution processes; Construction industry prominent at 2017 Safe Work Awards; Industry undertaking to boost construction safety; and much more.

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Do you own or are licenced to operate a vehicle loading crane?

A vehicle loading crane (VLC) is a crane mounted on a vehicle for the purpose of loading and unloading that vehicle.

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Uncontrolled starting of amusement devices

Industry: Tourism

The purpose of this safety alert is to provide information on an incident with a Wave swinger amusement ride with a design feature common to many older amusement devices.

Date issued: 23 Mar 2018

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Excavated wall collapse

Industry: Construction

In February 2018, a worker’s foot and ankle were injured when part of a three metre high near vertical excavation face collapsed. The injured worker was part of a group building a boulder retaining wall. Four workers were gathered at the toe of the excavation when they heard a cracking noise and the excavation face collapsed. Three of them managed to jump out of the way but the fourth was buried up to his knees. Investigations are continuing.

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Worker impaled by starter bar at construction site

Industry: Construction

In February 2018, a worker was impaled by a starter bar after falling into a 1.8m deep excavation at a construction site. Early investigations indicate he was walking on a path close to the excavation when the ground slipped. This caused him to fall onto an uncapped starter bar which was protruding from a footing for a retaining wall at the bottom of the excavation. His injuries were not life threatening or permanent and investigations are continuing.

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Five tips to support the return to work process

20 Mar 2018 | WorkCover Queensland
Topics: Return to work

The return to work journey goes smoothest when all parties work together.

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