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First things first - power off before cover off

02 Aug 2018 | Electrical Safety Office
Topics: Electricity

An incident in Victoria where an electrician received a shock after touching live metal parts is a stark reminder to always double check power has been turned off before conducting maintenance, repairs, alterations or adjustments to electrical equipment.


Return to work services panel list now available

31 Jul 2018 | WorkCover Queensland

We have now completed the Return to work services panel tender and the full list of providers on the Return to work service panel is now available.


eSAFE Construction - July 2018

Industry: Construction

In this edition: Safe scaffolding is everyone’s business, Laing O’Rourke hits the next gear for innovative inductions, National snapshot shows why construction industry is a priority, Asbestos clean-up proves costly, New resources target manual construction tasks risks, Onsite traffic management project update, Calty Constructions tackles safety and halves injury claims, Ensure respirators fit properly: that includes bearded hipsters!, Solar farm safety is a priority, Scentre Group joins the movement to improve men’s health, Book in for Safe Work Month breakfast forums.


New safety guide released for renewable energy electrical equipment

25 Jul 2018 | Electrical Safety Office
Topics: Electricity

The Best practice guide: Battery storage equipment – Electrical safety requirements has been released to provide electrical safety guidelines for lithium-based battery storage equipment. It is the result of extensive collaboration between manufacturers, importers, safety regulators and other industry bodies.


Workers foot amputated in screw conveyor

Industry: Manufacturing

In July 2018, a worker was cleaning a decanter when he stepped back through an open grate into an operating screw conveyor, which amputated his foot just above his ankle. Also in July, a worker’s arm was crushed when it became entangled in the chute of a ribbon mixer. Initial inquiries indicate that the machine guarding was inadequate to prevent a person coming into contact with the mixing blades.


Lift motor falls down shaft injuring workers

Industry: Construction

In June 2018, two workers were injured when a lift motor being moved in a shaft fell and dislodged scaffolding they were standing on. One fell approximately three metres injuring his shoulder. Investigations are continuing.


Driver fatally crushed by own truck

Industry: Construction

In June 2018, an owner/operator truck driver was reversing his single deck truck up to a loading ramp to load cattle used in a rodeo as part of the local annual show.


Workers hand crushed by mobile piling rig

Industry: Construction

In June 2018, a worker’s hand was crushed when a mobile piling rig he was operating in crane mode rolled over. The operator was part of a team replacing a wooden railway bridge. Initial inquiries indicate that the piling rig was carrying a load across the tracks when it rolled over on to its side, squashing the cab and crushing his hand. Investigations are continuing.

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