Category Archives: Occupational health & safety

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

A young man has died after workplace accident in Bohle

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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English tourist dies while diving off Hayman Island in north Queensland’s Whitsundays

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.

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Pre-inquest hearing to be held into electrocution of Jason Garrels in Clermont

ABC News Jonathan Hair 13 Feb., 2015

A pre-inquest hearing will be held in Mackay today into the death of a central Queensland man.
Jason Garrels, 20, was electrocuted on a construction site in Clermont in February 2012.
In November, company Daytona Trading was fined $80,000 over the incident but no conviction was recorded.
Coroner David O’Connell is investigating the death and will hold a pre-inquest hearing in Mackay, in north Queensland today.

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Treadmill desks offer limited benefits, pose challenges in the workplace, study shows

(Oregon State University 9 February 2015) Treadmill desks can help overweight or obese office workers get out of their chairs and get moving, but a 12-week study by an Oregon State University researcher found that the increase in physical activity was small and did not help workers meet public health guidelines for daily exercise.

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Drug tests at Immigration a waste of time and money, says expert

Brisbane Times Noel Towell 14 January 2015

The Immigration Department is wasting its time and taxpayers’ money on forced drug tests for thousands of public servants, according to a leading workplace drug and alcohol expert.

The tests will be no deterrent, enormously expensive and might even make matters worse by forcing drug users in the department on to harder substances, according to AOD workplace testing’s Dr Donna Bull.

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Top 5 under 40 – giving a voice to science thinkers

University of NSW 3 December 2014

UNSW and ABC Radio National today launched Top 5 under 40, an exciting initiative to discover a new generation of science thinkers and give them a voice.

Applications are now open for outstanding early-career researchers under the age of 40 who are working in Australian universities and research institutions across science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical research.

Apply now: Early-career researchers who meet the scheme’s criteria have until Friday 16 January 2015 to  apply online.

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Ebola lapses show lab safety protocols should factor in human error

LA Times Gavin Huntley-Fenner 2 January 2015

Christmas Eve brought the unwelcome news that a lab worker at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. It was the latest in a series of similar lapses.  The lapses reported so far have not involved serious injuries or fatalities. But is the lack of serious harm evidence that current safety measures are effective, or are the lapses early warning signs of systemic problems?

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