The Courier Mail Jessica Marszalek March 27, 2015
THE powerful CFMEU wants mandatory drug tests on all work sites in the wake of safety risks posed by people coming to work affected by ice.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, which has been mired in allegations of links with bikies, yesterday announced a policy on blanket drug and alcohol testing for employers and employees.
The union says people turning up to work under the influence were putting lives at risk and a recent near-miss incident involving a crane that is under investigation was the last straw.
In the same week that an Australian Crime Commission report painted the stark picture of the rise of ice among the country’s drug users, the CFMEU estimated as many as 5 per cent of construction workers used the drug.
CFMEU national construction secretary Dave Noonan said the drug posed a threat not seen for other recreational drug users.
“The emergence of ice has caused us to have a serious discussion about the way forward,” Mr Noonan said.
The union was changing its policy because of concerns raised by members who worried about the safety risks involved with working with colleagues who were either addicts, or had taken drugs or alcohol, he said.
The union wants mandatory saliva testing for employers, construction workers, crane drivers and tradesmen on site.
“Our proposal is not punitive – it’s about safety and providing support for people,” Mr Noonan said.
Master Builders said it was surprised by the new policy but welcomed it.
“Master Builders will sit down with the CFMEU if they are genuine and willing to have sensible discussions on practical solutions on how a testing regime can be implemented,” chief executive Wilhelm Harnisch said.
He said the organisation had been a long-term supporter of compulsory random drug and alcohol testing to ensure workers returned home each day safely to their families.
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News.com.au Trenton Akers March 26, 2015
A YOUNG man has been killed south of Brisbane after the excavator he was operating overturned and crushed him.
The incident happened at a Cornubia address just after 6pm.
It’s believed the man, 25, was thrown from the machinery and suffered fatal chest injuries.
Brisbane Times | March 10, 2015
Parts of a Gold Coast hospital have been evacuated while fire crews clean up a chemical spill.
Emergency services officers were called to the Gold Coast University Hospital at Southport at 1pm on Tuesday after receiving reports of a strange smell. Continue reading…
ABC news 5 March 2015
Queensland Health have announced that the influenza shot will be delayed by a month due to a change in the vaccine.
The vaccine will now be rolled out in Queensland during April, with the official vaccination season to begin on April 20.
Queensland Health’s Communicable Disease Unit director Sonya Bennett told 612 ABC Brisbane’s Spencer Howson that it would be four weeks later than previous years.
USA Today Alison Young 2 March 2015
A dangerous, often deadly, type of bacteria that lives in soil and water has been released from a high-security laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Louisiana.
The safety breach at Tulane’s massive lab complex 35 miles north of New Orleans is the latest in a recent series of significant biosafety accidents at some of the most prestigious laboratories in the country where research is performed on bacteria and viruses that are classified as potential bioterror agents.
Townsville Bulletin RACHEL RILEY February 20, 2015
POLICE have confirmed a 24-year-old man has died after a workplace accident involving a forklift at a business on Ingham Road, Bohle.
Earlier, Emergency services are responding to a workplace accident involving a forklift on Ingham Road, Bohle.
It is believed a male worker may have been crushed.
Police had closed the road about 9.30am so an emergency rescue helicopter could land.
The road has since reopened.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland have been notified.
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ABC News Jonathan Hair 18 Feb., 2015
Police are investigating the death of a female diver in north Queensland.
Authorities said the 23-year-old English tourist was diving off Hayman Island, in the Whitsundays, when she died just before 5:00pm (AEST) yesterday.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances of the death.
They said the woman’s family had been contacted overseas.
It is the second diving death this week, after a 68-year-old Chinese tourist drowned while snorkelling off Cairns, in far north Queensland, on Monday.