Tag: "Health and Safety Executive"


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. […]


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 […]


Calls For Submissions – Chemicals of Security Concern

Proposed measures to stop chemicals falling into the wrong hands: chance to have your say. Industry and members of the community have until 30 March 2012 to comment on measures designed to reduce the risks of common chemicals getting into the wrong hands and being used to make homemade bombs. There are literally tens of […]


Shift Work – Tips on How to Manage It!

This information bulletin has been produced for workers on nightshift by WorkSafe NT. Understanding the difference shift work makes to the way the body functions can help adjust to a different pattern of life. Why is shift work different from day work?  The basic problem with shift work is having to work at times the […]


Asbestos Prosecution Brings Home Safety Message

Builders, contractors and tradespeople have been urged to familiarise themselves with workplace asbestos handling procedures or face heavy clean-up costs and prosecution. Breathing in asbestos fibres has been linked to three respiratory diseases, all of which can be fatal. •Asbestosis: a chronic lung disease that can lead to respiratory impairment and to diseases such as […]


Incident Alert – Fatality

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating a fatal workplace incident that occurred on Tuesday 14 June 2011 at a residential property in Auchenflower, Brisbane. A roof and guttering worker was killed when he fell around four metres from the roof of a two storey house while removing guttering. It appears he was working alone […]