Queensland’s safety regulator has called for caution when working near overhead powerlines, after 2 deaths and numerous serious injuries.
The most recent incident involved a 28 year man who suffered an electric shock when the pruning tool he was working with came into contact with live powerlines.
These incidents are not only tragic and devastating for the families affected, but they are avoidable.
We must remember to respect the safe exclusion zone distances around powerlines and check for powerlines before we even begin work. Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/08/safety-warning-issued-powerline-electrocution-deaths/#.V9hrZPl97IV
When planning your site’s safety, have you considered the safety of visitors and members of the public, who haven’t been trained to recognise the hazards and aren’t prepared for the risks that construction work presents.
While PPE and hard hats in particular are mandatory for people entering work zones, they aren’t the only protection that visitors to a site require.
Keep in mind the hazards that visitors will face and the if you cannot eliminate them, follow the hierarchy of controls – replace or minimise for somethiing less hazardous.
Also ensure the site is properly fenced and locked during weekends and afterhours to prevent tresspassers entering the site an unwittingly injuring themselves or others. See more at http://www.healthandsafetyhandbook.com.au/pokemon-go-warning-from-health-and-safety-regulator/
The Construction Across Borders Program has been hailed as a success and has therefore been extended for another 3 years.
The program which began in June 2013 involved safety inspectors from Victoria and NSW visiting building sites to shed light on issues around cross border work. Inspectors explained to workers and employers, their obligations and similarities of working between the 2 states. This helped alleviate confusion about construction site safety requirements in both states.
Inspectors have visited 419 construction sites since the start of the program and have hosted 3 trade breakfasts.
Ultimately the program has helped improve safety on construction sites on both sides of the border. Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/08/cross-border-construction-program-extended-3-years/#.V802cPl97IV