Safety

Safe Work – shaping a culture of safety for young workers

Site safety sign

Do you supervise or manage young workers? If so, you have the greatest influence on their attitude to work safety.

October was Safe Work Month which raised awareness of the importance of workplace health and safety. This short video titled ‘The right start: shaping a culture of safety for young workers’ from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland follows two young workers during their work day and highlights the differences between effective and ineffective supervision and the impact on these workers.

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Installation of safety-critical fasteners attracts attention

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has recently shared information with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) about sub-standard installation of safety-critical fasteners in concrete substrates.

Inspectors from the QBCC and WHSQ work closely together and regularly exchange information about concerns or deficiencies observed on building sites.

If a safety-critical fastener fails, it may result in the collapse or partial collapse of a structure, endanger human life and/or cause considerable economic loss. 

Protect your drinking water supply

Home owner drinking water.

As a home and property owner, we recommend you learn where your underground pipes are before having work done around your property.

The QBCC has identified health and safety concerns relating to underground water service pipes being susceptible to infiltration of chemicals, which could make you sick.

You should always take care when using chemicals, such as pesticides, weed control products, paint, fuels and oils, at your property.

No complacency when it comes to electrical safety

Electrical risks in ceiling spaces

The recent electrical shock of a plumber in the Cairns area is a reminder to all plumbers and contractors about the need to be vigilant when it comes to electrical safety.

In this instance, the plumber was about to enter the ceiling space of a property after he had removed a section of the roof.

He dropped a tool into the ceiling space and while trying to retrieve it, appears to have come into contact with exposed electrical wires.

On-the-spot fines for offences in electrical exclusion zones

Workplace Health and Safety sign on construction site

On-the-spot fines for breaches of two exclusion-zone requirements in the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 are designed to help improve worker safety around overhead or underground electric lines.

The Office of Industrial Relations said that inspectors will be able to issue on-the spot fines for breaches of:

s68(1) – a person conducting a business or undertaking fails to do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure no person, plant or thing at a workplace comes within the prescribed exclusion zone of overhead or underground lines, and