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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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