WORKPLACE INJURIES / INCIDENT ALERTS FOR AUGUST 2021
The below Serious Workplace Injuries / Incident Alerts for August (Embedded Content Extracts) were taken from WorkSafe QLD at https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au
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In July 2021, a truck driver began feeling very unwell after transporting grain to a feedlot with his semi-trailer. For reasons yet to be established, it appears that during the transportation he was exposed to a fumigant that produced phosphine gas which is commonly used to control insect infestations in grain.
In June 2021, a worker died from injuries sustained while he was using a 9-inch (230mm) angle grinder to cut the base of a structural steel member at a commercial construction site in Brisbane. It appears a small metal shard was violently ejected from the cutting work and struck his neck. No guarding was fitted to the angle grinder at the time.
In June 2021, a worker suffered serious facial and rib injuries when he fell 3.3 metres from a second story sub-floor level to the first story sub-floor level at a construction site. Early enquiries indicate he was attempting to fix a sheet of bracing plywood to a timber frame. It appears he constructed an improvised scaffold and placed it over a void to gain access to the frame, but then fell from it.