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New Video on Zero Harm

Here is a new video created by Worksafe Queensland to promote zero harm in the workplace. We love the fact so many well respected business leaders have contributed and given their time. This is a great message about the importance of workplace safety and one that we hope others share.

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Securing Loading Ramps for Mobile Plant

Securing Loading Ramps for Mobile Plant Purpose The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risks associated with not effectively securing loading ramps for mobile plant. Background In October 2011, a worker was killed after being crushed by a forklift that toppled while being unloaded from a trailer. In the same month, an […]

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Safety Alert – Safe Use of Nail Guns

Safety Alert – Safe Use of Nail Guns

Safety Alert – Safe use of nail guns This alert reminds nail gun users to prevent their guns from inadvertently discharging when they’re using them. It also reminds them to prevent nails from inadvertently ricocheting and hitting persons or penetrating other surfaces. Background Nail guns are a high risk tool widely used in the residential […]

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Company Fined $50,000 over Electric Shock Incident

A Mulgrave sign installation company has been convicted and fined $50,000 over an incident that left a worker with severe burns to his body after he suffered an electric shock. Southern Ultimate Sign Installations Pty Ltd (Southern USI) pleaded guilty at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court this week to one charge of failing to provide a […]

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Storing Gas Cylinders in Vehicles

Storing Gas Cylinders in Vehicles

Background Workers have died or sustained serious injuries after their work vehicles exploded. These explosions occurred when gas from leaking portable gas cylinders ignited inside the vehicles. In many cases, the ignition source was the vehicle’s electrical system. Flammable gas cylinders include those containing oxygen, acetylene, liquefied petroleum gas and propane or butane throwaway-style cylinders. […]

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Mobile Cranes With a Free Fall Feature

Mobile Cranes With a Free Fall Feature

Purpose The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the importance of correctly locking out the free fall controls on mobile cranes fitted with this feature. Background A worker was fatally injured by a falling load while erecting a transmission tower west of Dalby inQueensland in March 2012. A 20 tonne rough terrain mobile […]

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Safe Systems Of Work When Using Vehicle Lifting Devices

Safe Systems Of Work When Using Vehicle Lifting Devices

Purpose The purpose of this alert is to highlight the importance of safe systems of work when performing maintenance on plant, following a fatality that occurred when a worker was replacing parts on a vehicle lifting device. Background A worker was killed when he was crushed by the lifting device while replacing one of the […]

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Change To The Requirements For High Risk Work Licences

Change To The Requirements For High Risk Work Licences

Under the new work health and safety laws that commenced on 1 January 2012, high risk work licences are no longer required for earthmoving equipment or remotely operated bridge and gantry cranes. However, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) that includes the use of plant must ensure the safe use and operation of […]

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The Invisible Army

The Invisible Army

Marissa Deeble from WorkSafe’s Prevention Strategy Division focuses on the safety of workers who perform cleaning tasks. Have you ever thought about the safety of the workers who clean your workshop or office and why are they referred to as the invisible army? Often we focus on the workers who perform ‘high risk’ tasks such […]

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Top Five Things You Need To Know About New OHS Laws | health and safety

Top Five Things You Need To Know About New OHS Laws | health and safety

New work health and safety laws commenced in the Commonwealth, New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, and the Northern Territory on 1st January 2012. Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania have deferred the implementation of these new laws for a further 12 months and South Australian parliament have voted to adjourn the debate on the WHS Bill until 14 […]

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