Category Archives: Occupational health & safety

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

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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Ammonium nitrate still at truck crash scene: explosives examiners

Brisbane Times September 9, 2014  Tony Moore

Highly-volatile ammonium nitrate remains at the scene of a B-Double truck explosion on the Mitchell Highway in south-west Queensland.

The scene will remain under the control of the Department of Natural Resources Mines until Friday.

We need to talk about the sexual abuse of scientists

The Conversation Margaret C Hardy 8 September 2014

The life sciences have come under fire recently with a study published in PLOS ONE that investigated the level of sexual harassment and sexual assault of trainees in academic fieldwork environments.  The study found 71% of women and 41% of men respondents experienced sexual harassment, while 26% of women and 6% of men reported experiencing sexual assault.

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Quad bike deaths: Regulation resisted despite becoming number one cause of fatal accidents on farms

ABC News August 27, 2014 David Lewis

Quad bikes are now the number one cause of fatal accidents on Australian farms, but even families who have lost loved ones in accidents are resisting any proposed reforms to increase safety.

A coronial inquest in Queensland is examining nine recent fatal crashes and a list of recommendations will be released later this year with the aim of making the vehicles less dangerous.  Continue reading…


Hundreds of bioterror lab mishaps cloaked in secrecy

USA Today Alison Young 17 August 2014

More than 1,100 laboratory incidents involving potential bioterror germs were reported to federal regulators during 2008 through 2012, reports show. Details of what happened are cloaked in secrecy.

More than half these incidents were serious enough that lab workers received medical evaluations or treatment, according to the reports. In five incidents, investigations confirmed that laboratory workers had been infected or sickened; all recovered.

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Sloppy practices by CDC scientist cited in lab mishap

USA Today Alison Young 15 August 2014

Sloppy lab practices by an experienced but overworked scientist rushing to get to a noon meeting is likely how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cross-contaminated a specimen of a benign bird flu virus with a dangerous strain that can kill people, according to an internal agency investigation released Friday.

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