Category Archives: Occupational health & safety

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

Coal miner black-lung disease resurgence in Queensland to face Senate inquiry

ABC News Jonathan Hair 12 February 2016

A Senate inquiry will investigate the sudden reappearance of the deadly coal miners’ disease known as black lung.
Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, or black lung, is a condition caused by breathing in excessive levels of coal dust.
Until recently, it was thought to have been eradicated from Australia. But late last year, the ABC revealed the disease had made a comeback.
Six Queensland coal mine workers have recently been diagnosed with the deadly condition.
Several of these victims worked in mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
The Senate select committee on health will probe the issue by holding public hearings next month in Brisbane and in the north Queensland city of Mackay.
Committee chairperson senator Deborah O’Neill said they had been tasked with investigating why the disease had re-emerged.

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Driver error did not cause death of UK racer Sean Edwards who died in Willowbank crash, Queensland coroner finds

ABC News Donna Field 5 February 2016

An unknown mechanical failure caused the 2013 crash of a Porsche that killed British race driver Sean Edwards at Queensland Raceway, west of Brisbane, a coroner has found.
Handing down the coronial inquest findings today, deputy state coroner John Lock ruled out driver or trainer error as possible causes of the crash.
However, Mr Lock recommended risk assessments be performed on tracks and the information passed on to drivers.

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Man dies after grinder accident

Brisbane Times February 4, 2016

A 70-year-old man has died after a workplace accident at the Sunshine Coast involving a grinder.
About lunchtime on Thursday the man was operating a grinder at a business on McCarthy Road in Maleny when it is believed the disc exploded, impacting his chest.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/man-dies-after-grinder-accident-20160204-gmm226.html

Pilot’s role in fatal Tiger Moth crash on the Gold Coast in 2013

Gold Coast Bulletin

‘FREQUENT aerobatics’ may have contributed to a fatal Tiger Moth crash on the Gold Coast which claimed two lives, an air safety investigation has found.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau today released a final report into the December 2013 crash in which pilot Alex ‘Jimmy’ Rae, 26, and passenger, French national Taissia Umenc, 21, died.
The 1930s de Havilland DH82A biplane crashed into the ocean off South Stradbroke Island during a joy flight after its lower left wing snapped off.
In its report, the ATSB found that found that both of the aircraft’s fuselage lateral tie rods, which assist in transferring flight loads through the fuselage, had fractured.

Read more: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/gold-coast/pilots-role-in-fatal-tiger-moth-crash-on-the-gold-coast-in-2012/news-story/5cd11acd78c33ba4e758b7c52cf9b17c

Brisbane Times Update: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/stunt-contributed-to-tiger-moth-crash-off-queensland-coast-20160121-gmb884.html

Gold Coast paramedics protest against rise in violence against them

The Courier Mail January 21, 2016

DOZENS of ambulance officers and their families have rallied outside a Gold Coast court calling for an end to violence against paramedics.
The rally came as a man faced Southport Magistrates Court charged over the brutal bashing of a paramedic at Coomera last month.
Matthew Thielmans-Stirling, 25, was charged with assaulting paramedic Brad Johnson in a frenzied attack in the back of an ambulance last month.

Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/gold-coast-paramedics-protest-against-rise-in-violence-against-them/news-story/b3f71d5582ca66723e9ff3048212a451

Legionella found at Princess Alexandra Hospital

Brisbane Times January 20, 2016

Legionella bacteria has been found at a second Brisbane hospital in three weeks.
A strain of the bacteria was found in two ice machines at the Princess Alexandra Hospital during testing on Monday, according to a statement.
This month, a palliative patient at Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital tested positive for the deadly legionella pneumophila disease.
The bacteria found at the PA was not the deadly legionella pneumophila strain and poses no risk to patients or the public, the hospital said.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/legionella-found-at-princess-alexandra-hospital-20160120-gmae76.html

Matthew Barclay inquest: Coroner says SLSA should mandate helmets, lifejackets for U17 competitors

ABC News 15 January 2016

Junior surf lifesavers competing in national championship events should be made to wear helmets and lifejackets, a coroner has said at the inquest into the death of 14-year-old Matthew Barclay.
Matthew died after he went missing during a board race at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Kurrawa Beach on the Gold Coast on March 28, 2012.
The coroner heading the inquest made five recommendations, including that Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) mandate that surf events are not to start unless a crewed IRB or jet ski is on the water in the competition area to rescue an unconscious person from the water.
He had been looking into the adequacy of the policies and procedures in place at the 2012 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships relating to the postponement or abandonment of competition for the safety of competitors.

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Gold Coast Bulletin AAP 15 January 2016: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/crime-court/queensland-coroner-delivers-verdict-on-matthew-barclays-death-at-the-aussie-surf-titles/news-story/983843f9d031e42959c05b98f49273cf