JUNE & JULY INCIDENT ALERTS

JUNE & JULY INCIDENT ALERTS

WORKPLACE INJURIES / INCIDENT ALERTS FOR JUNE & JULY 2021

The below Serious Workplace Injuries / Incident Alerts for June-July (Embedded Content Extracts) were taken from WorkSafe QLD at https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au

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Mobile crane rollover at residential construction site

In April 2021, a mobile crane tipped over at a residential construction site falling onto three houses. No one was injured. The mobile crane was a hydraulic slewing crane with a maximum rated capacity of 80 tonnes.

Worker suffers electric shock forming concrete slab

In May 2021, a worker received an electric shock while he was preparing to form up a concrete slab next to an existing structure.

Contractor seriously injured by wetting auger

In April 2021, a contractor suffered multiple fractures, degloving and severe lacerations to his arms when he was trapped in a wetting auger at a feedlot.

Skid steer loader incidents

In April 2021, a plant operator was killed when he was struck by the skid steer loader he was using . Early investigations indicate the skid steer loader was being used to repair a residential driveway and it struck the worker after he fell out of the machine.

JUNE & JULY INCIDENT ALERTS

Workplace Injuries & Incidents April & May

WORKPLACE INJURIES / INCIDENT ALERTS FOR APRIL & MAY 2021

The below Serious Workplace Injuries / Incident Alerts for April-May (Embedded Content Extracts) were taken from WorkSafe QLD at https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au

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Diving tower edge protection

This safety alert highlights the risk of falls from diving tower structures and provides guidance on risk controls. It applies to parts of diving towers where there is a risk of someone falling onto a solid structure below. It does not apply to parts of diving towers directly above water.

Worker seriously injured after fall from roof

In March 2021, a worker suffered serious injuries when he fell approximately six metres through a roof after walking on an old skylight panel that had previously been covered. It appears the void cover plate was held in place by pop rivets.

Fake disposable respiratory protective equipment

The purpose of this safety alert is to assist businesses in identifying fake (non-certified) respirators and highlight the risks associated with using them..

Incident Alerts February 2021

Serious Workplace Injuries Incident Alerts

WORKPLACE INJURIES / INCIDENT ALERTS FOR FEBRUARY

The below Serious Workplace Injuries / Incident Alerts for February (Embedded Content Extracts) were taken from WorkSafe QLD at https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au

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Tractor rollover incidents

In January 2021, a farmer died when the tractor he was operating struck a log and rolled. The farmer had been using the tractor to pull out a bogged car and do some spraying. He was thrown from the tractor when it rolled and was trapped underneath the rear mounted chemical tank.  Just a day earlier, two workers suffered significant injuries when the tractor they were using rolled down the side of a hill. The contractors were spraying weeds on a farm..

Worker killed in industrial shredding machine incident

In January 2021, a worker was killed while operating an industrial shredding machine used to process bulk waste building materials. Initial enquiries indicate he was attempting to remove a blockage from the shredding machine. Investigations are continuing and include scrutiny as to why the machine became operational.

Worker falls from forklift

In December 2020, a worker suffered serious injuries when he fell from a forklift. Early investigations indicate he was attempting to repair a jammed roller door. The man was working from a stillage container being used as a makeshift work box and had been lifted on the tines of a forklift. It appears that as the worker moved to one side of the crate it overbalanced causing him (and the crate) to fall almost 5 metres.

JUNE & JULY INCIDENT ALERTS

Incident Alerts January 2021

WORKPLACE INJURIES / INCIDENT ALERTS FOR JANUARY

The below Serious Workplace Injuries / Incident Alerts for December (Embedded Content Extracts) were taken from WorkSafe QLD at https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au

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High risk work licensing for lifts and escalators.

New guidance has been published in conjunction with industry groups, consultants, unions and worker representatives to clarify licence requirements in the lift and escalator industry.

Inspectors to target consultation and incident notificationWith a recent rise in businesses failing to notify of serious incidents and consult with workers and their representatives appropriately, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors are auditing businesses to ensure compliance with these duties.

Person falls from tank

In November 2020, a man sustained serious head injuries after falling from a water tank that had just been put in place by a vehicle loading crane. It appears he was standing on the tank close to the crane.

Falling building materials

In November 2020, glass balustrading from a high-rise balcony shattered and fell onto a ground level building access way. Initial enquiries indicate building rectification work was being done on the balcony at the time. No injuries were reported.

Incident Alerts December 2020

Serious Workplace Injuries Incident Alerts

WORKPLACE INJURIES / INCIDENT ALERTS FOR DECEMBER

The below Serious Workplace Injuries / Incident Alerts for December (Embedded Content Extracts) were taken from WorkSafe QLD at https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au

Latest work-related fatality statistics show more needs to be done

According to new statistics, annual workplace fatalities in Queensland increased from 39 to 41, while the fatality rate remained at 1.6 per 100,000 workers. The figures are below the five-year average for both fatality number (44) and rate (1.8). Although most other states have seen bigger increases in both numbers and rates, Queensland continues to record the second highest number of worker deaths in Australia after New South Wales. Queensland’s annual fatality rate is equal highest with South Australia, although Queensland and Victoria were the only jurisdictions not to record an increase in the fatality rate.

Falling building materials

"In November 2020, glass balustrading from a high-rise balcony shattered and fell onto a ground level building access way. Initial enquiries indicate building rectification work was being done on the balcony at the time. No injuries were reported. Objects have the potential to fall onto or hit people at the workplace or adjoining areas if precautions are not taken.

Workers caught in conveyor belt system

"In October 2020, a worker suffered serious arm injuries when he was caught in a conveyor belt system. In a separate incident, a young worker received significant degloving injuries to both hands after being pulled into a conveyor system.

Fatal quad bike incidents involving farm workers

"Fatal quad bike incidents involving farm workers"Two tragedies on farms in the past six months have again highlighted the dangers of quad bikes. In both incidents, the farmers died after appearing to lose control of their quads. In the most recent incident (December 2020), the man was traveling along a farm road when for reasons yet to be established he lost control of the quad bike. A similar incident occurred in July.

Worker struck by moving truck

"In November 2020, a worker was seriously injured when he was run over by a truck while clearing debris caught underneath it. Investigations are continuing.