A 72 year old man died from head injuries he received after he was allowed to remove timber from a home being demolished by a contractor with whom he was friends. The man was not a worker and should not have been allowed onto the site.
Demolition sites are extremely dangerous and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland urges people with management or control of them to ensure members of the public are excluded from these areas at all times.
Roundtable considers impact of new WHS laws
On Wednesday 29 August, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Jarrod Bleijie, chaired a roundtable discussion with key stakeholders to examine the national model work health and safety laws introduced in Queensland earlier this year.
Class exemption granted - Class B asbestos removal work clearance inspections by an independent competent person
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has granted a class exemption for circumstances where it is not reasonably practicable for a competent person to be independent for a clearance inspection after Class B asbestos removal work at a workplace. This may include situations where Class B asbestos removal is undertaken by a business in rural and remote areas and there is no competent person outside of the business available.
Competency of earthmoving or particular crane operators
Earthmoving or particular crane (EPC) certificates are not required under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. However, persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) have an obligation under the Act to ensure operators of earthmoving equipment are competent.
Prosecutions highlight need for diligence on construction sites
Following two recent serious incidents involving falls on construction sites, a review of prosecutions by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland for the first six months of 2012 shows that basic safety planning and adhering to safety guidelines and specifications could have prevented at least three serious falls from heights on building sites.
Enforceable undertakings boost workplace health and safety
A program backing Queensland's workplace health and safety laws looks likely to feature significantly in the construction industry over the next few years as seven companies in the sector are currently negotiating terms of proposed enforceable undertakings with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.
Regulators target musculoskeletal injuries
In Queensland, recent statistics show that musculoskeletal disorders continue to dominate serious non-fatal injuries in the construction industry, at 50 per cent of serious claims. Forty-two per cent of serious claims (or 84 per cent of serious musculoskeletal disorder claims) were for body stressing injuries.
Plenty of time to get involved with Safe Work Week
The WHS Symposium in Brisbane will launch Safe Work Week 2012 events in just a few days time and Safety Ambassador Mal Meninga has urged businesses to get involved.
Harm index: where the construction industry fits in
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has published a new resource showing at a glance the level of injury risk faced by workers in each industry sector, based on statistical workers' compensation records.
Recognising the warning signs of a heart attack in the workplace
The death of a 52 year old man working on a Coorparoo construction site last month has prompted a warning from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland on recognising the early warning signs of a heart attack and establishing procedures for dealing with medical emergencies.