Scaffolding safety alert

Reported by Haydee | 27 May, 2015

WorkCover NSW released a safety alert following a recent incident in which workers were injured and others put at serious risk when a scaffold collapsed onto a street. In a separate incident, a scaffold collapsed into a laneway and neighbouring properties. No one was injured in the incident.

Safety alert on fitting automotive LPG vessels to forklifts

Reported by Haydee | 06 Jan, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW has released a safety alert on the danger involved in fitting forklifts with automotive LPG vessels. A recent incident in which a forklift operator suffered serious injuries after the forklift caught fire when it was fitted with the wrong type of LPG vessel prompted WorkCover to issue the alert. WorkCover …

Hazard of electric shock associated with excessive sweating whilst using mains powered tools

Reported by Haydee | 30 Aug, 2013

NT WorkSafe recently released a safety alert on electric shock hazards associated with excessive sweating whilst using mains powered tools. The alert aims to highlight the risks of electric shock to workers sweating excessively whilst using mains powered tools. “During the build-up temperatures easily reach or exceed 35°C and the humidity  levels can rise as …

Safety Alert on working around cellar door hatches issued

Reported by Haydee | 13 Jun, 2013

WorkCover NSW has issued a new safety alert on working around cellar door hatches for the hospitality industry. An incident early this year, prompted WorkCover to issue the safety alert where a worker fell approximately 2.5m to the floor of a cellar. The cellar trapdoor has been left unattended with no preventive controls in place. …

Safety Alert Issued After Drill Rig Incident

Reported by Zoe | 13 May, 2013

The Incident The operator of a drill rig received injuries that were disabling. He was operating a rig when the blooie line and driller’s platform were lifted by a strong force. At the time he was drilling a services borehole to intersect underground coal workings approximately 600mm in diameter from the surface of the mine. …

Safety Alert: Winder Balance Rope Failure

Reported by Zoe | 23 Apr, 2013

Incident The incident that prompted this safety alert occurred when a friction winder was used to bring 21 workers to the surface of a mine at the conclusion of their shift. The skip over cage with the workers inside stopped 5 metres below the surface when the winder stopped when a safety device was triggered. …

Safety Alert on working with or around mobile plant

Reported by Haydee | 19 Apr, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW has released a new safety alert on working with or around mobile plant to remind officers and workers of persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) of the risks associated with mobile plant in the workplace. WorkCover said mobile plant, such as forklifts, elevating work platforms, delivery vehicles, order pickers, …

Safety Alert Released for the Prevention of Structural Collapse

Reported by Zoe | 10 Apr, 2013

Worksafe Victoria have released a safety alert for the prevention of structural collapse that highlights how important it is to make sure that buildings and structures are stable whether during construction, demolition or refurbishment. When a building or structure collapses it can be fatal for workers and members of the public that are in the …

Safety Alert After Overhead Crane Overturns Scissor Hoist

Reported by Zoe | 09 Apr, 2013

The Background The issuing of this alert was prompted by an incident where a service technician received serious injuries when he fell 6 metres from a scissor hoist that he was working in. He had elevated himself in the scissor hoist to repair an overhead crane that had been stopped. However the crane that he …

Safety Alert: Rubber Seal Problem on Charge Kettle

Reported by Zoe | 26 Mar, 2013

What happened? An ANFO loading kettle lid rubber seal failed when under pressure and the air began to quickly leak around the top. The workers that were operating the kettle saw what looked like smoke emanating from the seal. The rubber seal had become hot to touch and began to perish. The original seal had …

High Pressure Air Compressor Safety Alert

Reported by Zoe | 26 Mar, 2013

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland have issued a safety alert on the use of high pressure air compressors the purpose being to warn owners and users of a possible issue with the aluminium alloy air compressor oil/water separator units. The background The separator units separate and push out oil from compressed air condensate which means …

NOPSEMA Issues Scaffolding Safety Alert

Reported by Zoe | 02 Feb, 2013

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) released a safety alert in January this year on scaffolding safety. What Happened A scaffolder was dismantling a scaffold structure located on an offshore platform about 15 metres over the sea. A vertical scaffolding tube or dropper that was holding him there moved. Scaffold couplers …

WorkCover issues safety alert on safe use of nail guns

Reported by Haydee | 24 Apr, 2012

Photo: WorkCover NSW WorkCover NSW issues safety alert on the safe use of nail guns to remind users to prevent their guns from inadvertently discharging while they are using them. It also aims to remind nail gun users to prevent nails from inadvertently ricocheting and hitting persons or penetrating other surfaces. Nail guns are a …