Category Archives: Occupational health & safety

Laboratory safety | Relevant workplace accidents/incidents including those where fatal injuries and investigations occur.

Granite Gorge Nature Park a ‘clear and present danger’: Coroner

Brisbane Times Cameron Atfield October 31, 2014

A coroner has recommended activities at a far north Queensland tourism operator be suspended until a safety audit was undertaken, following the death of a German tourist in 2011.
In a damning assessment, coroner Jane Bentley said the Granite Gorge Nature Park, about 15 kilometres south-west of Mareeba, posed a “clear and present danger” to public safety.
Nineteen-year-old Navina Friedericke Villinger, from Hamburg, drowned on January 10, 2011, after she was caught in a current at a Granite Gorge creek and swept into an underwater cave system known as the “Bat Cave”.

Ebola crisis: Second Texas nurse tests positive for virus one day after taking commercial flight

ABC News 15 October 2014

US health authorities are trying to track down more than 130 passengers who shared a domestic flight with a woman who has now become the second person in the US to contract the Ebola virus.
Amber Vinson, a 29-year-old nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, and a fellow Texas nurse tested positive to the virus after treating Liberian man Thomas Duncan, who later died.
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Second Texas nurse with Ebola to be transferred to special facility
The Guardian 16 October 2014

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Ebola Spread Shows Flaws in Protective Gear and Procedures

Scientific American Larry Greenemeier 10 October 2014

Physicians, nurses and other medical staff who are the first line of defense against the spread of Ebola are not always adequately protected from the virus, a situation that has contributed to more than 200 health worker deaths in west Africa since the outbreak began in December 2013. As the virus spreads outside of Africa, so do reports that problems with procedures, protective equipment and training for using that equipment are putting health workers at risk.

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Public service compo culture in government’s sights

Sydney Morning Herald Noel Towell 29 September 2014

The Abbott government is planning a fresh assault on its public service’s compo culture with more sweeping reforms planned for the Commonwealth workers’ compensation schemes.

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Public servant’s soy milk sojourn

Brisbane Times Noel Towell 19 September 2014

A Canberra public servant told her boss she needed longer breaks than her colleagues, saying she had to find a café that served organic coffee with soy milk.  After her appeal was dismissed, the Executive Level 1 public servant went on stress leave and claimed workers compensation, arguing that her ATO supervisor’s approach left her with “adjustment disorder”.

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TWO Queensland men have died in separate worksite accidents within a four-day stretch

The Courier Mail 16 September 2014

A 29-year-old Surfers Paradise man died at Origin Energy’s Reedy Creek site at Yuleba North about 8.45am on Monday.

It is understood the man, who worked for WDS Limited and was a subcontractor for Origin Energy, was found with a bad gash to his head following a possible crash and could not be revived.

WDS Limited confirmed the death in a statement. CEO Terry Chapman said he was shocked and saddened by the death of the man and appropriate steps would be taken to investigate the incident.

“Nothing is more important to WDS than the safety of its workers and we will work with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland to thoroughly investigate all aspects of this tragic event,’’ he said.

The mining site was temporarily shut down following the incident.

The tragedy follows the death of a worker in unknown circumstances at Eurombah Creek on Friday.

New Tracking Technologies Aim to Prevent Sloppy Handling at U.S. Biolabs

Scientific American Dina Fine Maron 15 September 2014

The CDC is piloting cameras and tablets in high-level biosafety spaces in an effort to avoid future infectious disease botch-ups

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