Category Archives: Occupational health & safety

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

Black lung: Diagnosed miner fears for friends still working underground

ABC News | Jonathan Hair 27 July 2016

One of 11 men diagnosed with black lung in Queensland this past year says he fears for his friends and colleagues still working in underground mines.

The potentially deadly disease was thought, until recently, to have been eradicated in the state more than 30 years ago.

In the past year there have been close to a dozen confirmed cases of the disease — one of them being Allan Thomson, 62, who spoke to ABC News for the first time about the diagnosis.

“I’ve had a few sleepless nights,” the veteran underground miner said.

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China ignores WHO warnings in asbestos boom

The Australian | Robert Gottliebsen 27 July 2016

Despite World Health Organisation warnings about its dangers to health, chrysotile, the “white asbestos” found in the new Perth Children’s Hospital, continues to be widely used in China, mainly in construction materials.

A spokesman for the China Chrysotile Association told The Australian last week “our production … can’t keep pace with demand from the construction industry so we have to import from Russia”, the world’s largest producer of the six asbestos-­family minerals.

The association says the past decade has seen record quantities used in China, and claims any substitute would be less safe.

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New rebate scheme aims to boost quad-bike safety

Brisbane Times Darren Gray July 22 2016

New rebates of up to $1200 will be available for Victorian farmers, in a bid to cut the worrying toll of deaths and injuries from quad bike crashes.
The rebates were a powerful investment that would “save lives”, Premier Daniel Andrews said, announcing the scheme at the 2016 Victorian Farmers Federation conference on Friday.
“Just in the last few months we’ve had two farmers die. There’s been so many lives lost, so many families touched by this. It’s something we can do a meaningful thing about,” he said.
“Too many Victorians have died or have been seriously injured using quad bikes and that’s why the Labor Government is taking action to protect our farmers,” he said.
The new subsidy scheme involves $600 rebates for eligible farmers to retro-fit rollover protection bars to existing bikes. Farmers can get the $600 rebate for up to two quad bikes.

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Man in court over worksite death

The Courier Mail Melanie Petrinec and AAP 21 July 2016

A FATHER says he has no sympathy for the man charged with the manslaughter of his son who was electrocuted at a central Queensland building site four years ago.
Jason Garrels, 20, had only been on the job for nine days when he died at a Clermont building site in February 2012. An inquest into his death was held last year.
The electrical contractor charged with his manslaughter, Nathan Day, briefly faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

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Taking a carrot and stick approach to workplace safety

(Queensland University of Technology 12 July 2016) Dr. Jason Edwards, from QUT’s Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety — Queensland has been awarded a three-year Advance Queensland Early-Career Research Fellowship to develop life-saving strategies in workplace health and safety regulation.

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Australia’s most dangerous jobs ranked according to fatalities and injuries

Brisbane Times Lucy Cormack July 13 2016

Death and injury are not usually high on the list of concerns for the average office worker.
But for those working in agriculture, forestry and fishing, perhaps they should be.
An analysis of the most recent data set from Safe Work Australia found the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry recorded the highest number of injuries and fatalities from 2003 to 2014, with the 686 deaths recorded accounting for 23 per cent of total workplace deaths in the period.

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Man killed in bulldozer rollover

The Courier Mail AAP July 13, 2016

A MAN has died after the bulldozer he was operating rolled down a hill at a property north of Rockhampton.
Police say the 50-year-old worker died in the paddock at Ogmore, near Marlborough, about 7.25pm on Tuesday night.
Workplace Health and Safety have been notified.

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