Category Archives: Occupational health & safety

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

RAAF jet fuel: Defence personnel call for inquiry after reporting wide range of serious illnesses

ABC News 30 June 2015

Current and former Defence Force personnel are calling for a wide-ranging inquiry into whether thousands of servicemen and women have suffered serious illnesses due to exposure to toxic jet fuel.

Man dies at rubbish tip near Bundaberg

Brisbane Times Kim Stephens June 24, 2015

A contractor has died after being run over by heavy machinery at a Bundaberg Regional Council tip.
Workplace health and safety officers are investigating the incident, which occurred at a council-run waste transfer and recycling centre on Potters Road in Qunaba, inland of Bargara on Wednesday.

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Brisbane flood tugboat hero Peter Fenton inadvertently contributed to his own death: coroner

ABC News John Taylor 19 June 2015

A man hailed for preventing a disaster on Brisbane’s Gateway Bridge during the city’s 2011 floods inadvertently contributed to his own death at his worksite, a coroner has found.
Peter Fenton, 67, died in December 2011 when a heavy plastic container being moved from an oil tanker to a barge fell from a crane and hit him.
At the time, he was not wearing a hard hat, lifejacket, high visibility vest or safety boots.
Coroner Terry Ryan said although it was nothing more than a short lapse of concentration, Mr Fenton contributed to his death by standing underneath the container.

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Unvaccinated nurses should not be discriminated against, says union

Sydney Morning Herald Craig Butt 9 June 2015

Nurses who are not vaccinated should not be discriminated against because of their choice, the Victorian branch of the nurses union says.

While Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Victorian branch secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick backed nurses being restricted as to where  they could work if they were unvaccinated, she said that choice should not affect their overall employment prospects.

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Office workers should stand for two hours on the job to combat sedentary lifestyle: British study

ABC News 2 June 2015

Office workers should stand up for at least two hours a day and take regular walks while on the job to reduce the health risks associated with long periods of sitting, a British study suggests.

The study, commissioned by Public Health England and published in the British Journal of Sports medicine, was described as the first ever British guidelines aimed at reducing the health risks associated with too much sitting.

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Office workers, stand up from your desk for two hours a day  (The Conversation)

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Man dies in tragic Tanah Merah Bobcat accident

The Courier Mail Chris Honnery May 22, 2015

A MAN has died under tragic circumstances following an incident with work machinery south of Brisbane this morning.
Paramedics and police are on scene at Pohon Drive, Tanah Merah after a man was killed while he was operating a Bobcat.
The man, believed to be in his 50s, is thought to have been caught between the Bobcat and the bucket and was pronounced dead at the scene.
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