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Electrical safety

[+] 2008-12-18

Electrical safety vigilance urged to help ensure a safe Christmas *

Employment and Industrial Relations Minister John Mickel has urged all Queenslanders to follow a few simple tips to ensure they have an “electrically safe” Christmas and New Year. Read more

[+] 2008-10-01

Electrical safety audits benefit consumers

The take up of safety switches in Queensland’s domestic rental market is up, according to the Electrical Safety Office (ESO) Acting Executive Director, Tony James. Read more

[+] 2008-07-01

New electrical regulations take effect on 1 July *

New on-the-spot fines for breaches of electrical safety legislation take effect from 1 July as part of a raft of changes affecting electrical workers throughout Queensland, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations John Mickel said today. Read more

[+] 2008-06-10

3-in-1 heaters recalled due to fire hazard

Several bathroom 3-in-1 units have been recalled, amid warnings from Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office that more units may be withdrawn due to fire risk this winter. Read more

[+] 2008-06-03

Caravanners urged to double check electrical appliances this Easter

Holidaymakers setting off in a caravan over Easter should double check the safety of their electrical appliances, Queensland’s Office of Electrical Safety (ESO) has warned. Read more

[+] 2008-04-22

Take care when turning on electric blankets this winter

Queenslanders are urged to take care this winter when using electric blankets that have in storage for many months. Electrical Safety Office (ESO) executive director Peter Lamont said many people will reach for their electric blankets unaware of the danger they could pose. Read more

[+] 2008-02-18

Electrical safety and workplace risks from Queensland's floods *

Queenslanders from the state’s North and Central Coast areas cleaning up after flooding have been warned to have electrical equipment, wiring and appliances which contacted water inspected by a licensed electrician before use. Read more

[+] 2008-02-11

Toowoomba electrical contractor fined for unlicensed work

A Toowoomba electrical contractor has been fined $18,750 after an Electrical Safety Office (ESO) investigation into certain electrical work conducted by the contractor was heard in the Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court. Read more

[+] 2008-01-29

Electrical safety risks from Queensland’s floods *

Queenslanders in flood effected Central Queensland have been warned to have electrical equipment, wiring and appliances which had contact with water, inspected by a licensed electrician before use. Read more

[+] 2008-01-23

Electrical safety risks from Queensland’s floods *

Queenslanders cleaning up after flooding have been warned to have electrical equipment, wiring and appliances which contacted water inspected by a licensed electrician before use. Read more

[+] 2008-01-14

Look up and live – electrical safety in rural communities *

Staying a safe distance from overhead powerlines could save lives, prevent injury and stop costly damage, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations John Mickel said today. Read more

Industrial relations

[+] 2008-12-15

Arrangements as usual for Anzac Day falling on a Saturday in 2009 *

The usual retail trading restrictions will apply for Anzac Day 2009, which falls on a Saturday, and, in keeping with tradition, there will be no public holiday on the following Monday. Read more

[+] 2008-12-15

Take care of young Queenslanders starting first jobs

Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, John Mickel today urged employers to do the right thing with young workers starting their first jobs at this time of year. Read more

[+] 2008-11-20

North Queensland audits to help fruit and vegetable industry workers

Department of Employment and Industrial Relations inspectors will audit employers in the North Queensland fruit and vegetable growing industry as part of a campaign to ensure compliance with industrial laws and to ensure employees are getting paid at award rates. Read more

[+] 2008-11-18

Audits to help workers in state's south-west

An audit campaign by Department of Employment and Industrial Relations inspectors in Queensland’s southwest has recovered nearly $16,000 in outstanding payments for workers. Read more

[+] 2008-11-11

$1 million recovered for Queensland workers

More than $1million was recovered in wages for Queensland workers in the September quarter by Department of Employment and Industrial Relations inspectors. Read more

[+] 2008-11-10

Gold Coast security audits to pay dividends

The Department of Employment and Industrial Relations is currently auditing the security industry in Brisbane’s southern suburbs, Logan and the Gold Coast to ensure employees are being paid award rates. Read more

[+] 2008-10-07

Sunshine Coast security audits to pay dividends

The Department of Employment and Industrial Relations has recently audited the Sunshine Coast security industry to ensure employers are complying with the state’s industrial laws and paying employees award wages. Read more

[+] 2008-10-07

Gold Coast security audits to pay dividends

The Department of Employment and Industrial Relations is to audit the security industry in Brisbane’s southern suburbs, Logan and the Gold Coast to ensure employees are being paid award rates. Read more

[+] 2008-09-26

Wages recovered for North Queensland Workers

North Queensland workers received more than $22,400 in recovered wage arrears in 2007-08 following a series of workplace audits by Department of Employment and Industrial Relations inspectors. Read more

[+] 2008-09-26

Wages recovered for Central Queensland and Wide Bay workers

Central Queensland and Wide Bay workers received more than $111,000 in recovered wage arrears in 2007-08 following a series of workplace audits by Department of Employment and Industrial Relations inspectors. Read more

[+] 2008-09-26

Time and wages onus is on employers

Queensland employers have been urged to make themselves fully aware of their obligations with regard to the payment of correct award wages to employees and the keeping of proper time and wages records after nearly $10,000 was recovered in an audit by the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations. Read more

[+] 2008-09-11

Mandatory code of practice for outworkers

The Queensland Government plans to ensure workers are not ripped off by unscrupulous anonymous employers through a new code of practice for the clothing outwork industry. Read more

[+] 2008-08-27

$848,000 in wages recovered for south west workers

More than $848,000 in pay entitlements were recovered for South West Queensland employees in 2007-08 by inspectors with the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations (DEIR). Read more

[+] 2008-08-20

Stanthorpe fruit and veg industry audit

The Department of Employment and Industrial Relations (DEIR) will audit employers involved in the fruit and vegetable growing industry in the Stanthorpe area from next week to ensure compliance with industrial laws and that workers are getting paid at award rates. Read more

[+] 2008-07-22

Statewide fruit and veg audit to reap workers wages

Queensland Government industrial inspectors will carry out an audit of the Bundaberg and Childers fruit and vegetable growing industry to ensure workers are being paid correctly, Department of Employment and Industrial Relations Director Bob James said today. Read more

[+] 2008-07-21

$15,000 recovered for Surfers Paradise workers

Workers at a Surfers Paradise food take-away have received an early Christmas bonus of more than $15,000 after an audit revealed the employer was paying well below the award rate of pay and was not paying award superannuation. Read more

[+] 2008-04-21

Retailers urged to observe Anzac Day trading hours *

Queensland traders opening illegally on Anzac Day risk prosecution, Employment and Industrial Relations Minister John Mickel warned today. Read more

[+] 2008-02-27

Local government workers to get employment security *

New legislation that passed through Parliament late yesterday changes the legal status of local government, thereby freeing council workers from federal industrial laws. Read more

[+] 2008-02-27

Opposition scare campaign targets council workers *

Claims that new laws passed in Parliament this week rescuing local government workers from the toxic lingering affects of Work Choices threaten the state’s existence are a disgraceful scare campaign, Employment and Industrial Relations Minister John Mickel said today. Read more

[+] 2008-02-13

Local government workers to get employment security *

New legislation introduced into Parliament this week will guarantee local government workers are free of the lingering effects of Work Choices and gives stability and flexibility to councils across the state. Read more

[+] 2008-01-25

Queensland backs new plan for fair industrial relations system *

The Queensland Government is backing a plan for a new co-operative industrial relations system that respects state rights and ensures employers benefit from unified legislation, Employment and Industrial Relations Minister John Mickel said today. Read more

Workplace health and safety

[+] 2008-12-15

Take care of young Queenslanders starting first jobs

Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, John Mickel today urged employers to do the right thing with young workers starting their first jobs at this time of year. Mr Mickel said new workers should be properly trained and supervised to minimise the risk of injury or even death and they should not agree to shonky job offers that forced them to work on a trial basis or do unpaid "work experience". Read more

[+] 2008-12-01

Fatal busway accident to be fully investigated

Minister for Transport, John Mickel, this afternoon visited the Eastern Busway site after a fatal workplace accident earlier in the day. Read more

[+] 2008-11-20

Workplace representatives have stronger safety powers under new Queensland laws

Workplace safety representatives will be able to issue Provisional Improvement Notices (PINs) in their own workplaces under new laws recently passed by the Queensland Parliament. Read more

[+] 2008-11-14

National campaign aims to reduce loading and unloading injuries

Australia’s workplace safety authorities are joining forces to tackle the injury rate of workers in the retail, wholesale, transport and storage industries. Read more

[+] 2008-11-10

Sunshine Coast audits to help fruit and veg industry workers

Department of Employment and Industrial Relations inspectors will audit employers in the Sunshine Coast fruit and vegetable growing industry as part of a campaign to ensure compliance with industrial laws and to ensure employees are getting paid at award rates. Read more

[+] 2008-10-29

New benefits for families of asbestos sufferers *

Families of workers suffering work-related latent onset diseases, such as mesothelioma, will benefit from changes to workers’ compensation entitlements announced today by the Queensland Government. Read more

[+] 2008-10-21

Dr John Tickell to speak on Sunshine Coast for Safe Work Australia Week

Health expert extraordinaire, television personality and internationally renowned speaker Dr John Tickell will visit the Sunshine Coast tomorrow (Wednesday, October 22) as part of Safe Work Australia Week. Read more

[+] 2008-10-20

Professor Kerryn Phelps to Speak in Brisbane tomorrow for Safe Work Australia Week

Professor Kerryn Phelps, the first woman Federal President of the Australian Medical Association, will be in Brisbane tomorrow (Tuesday, October 21) for Safe Work Australia Week. Read more

[+] 2008-10-17

South West Queensland gets behind Safe Work Australia Week

South West Queensland is getting behind Safe Work Australia Week, from October 19 to 25, with four major events planned to highlight health and safety in the workplace. Read more

[+] 2008-10-17

Brisbane gets behind Safe Work Australia Week

Brisbane is getting behind Safe Work Australia Week, from October 19 to 25, with major events planned to highlight health and safety in the workplace. Read more

[+] 2008-10-17

Far North Queensland gets behind Safe Work Australia Week

Far North Queensland is getting behind Safe Work Australia Week, from October 19 to 25, with two events to highlight health and safety in the workplace. Read more

[+] 2008-10-17

Owen Bevan asks Gold Coast to play it safe in Safe Work Australia Week

Owen Bevan has plenty of reasons to ask Gold Coast people to play it safe during Safe Work Australia Week, which runs from October 19 to 25. Read more

[+] 2008-10-17

Townsville gets behind Safe work Australia Week

Townsville is getting behind Safe Work Australia Week, from October 19 to 25, with a series of events to help spread the workplace health and safety message. Read more

[+] 2008-10-17

Sunshine Coast takes leading role in Safe Work Australia Week

The Sunshine Coast will host three major events to mark Safe Work Australia Week, which runs from October 19 to 25. Read more

[+] 2008-10-17

Central Queensland gets behind Safe Work Australia Week

Central Queensland is getting behind Safe Work Australia Week, from October 19 to 25, with four events to highlight health and safety in the workplace. Read more

[+] 2008-10-09

Rural industry encouraged to take part in Safe Work Australia Week

Rural industry workers are being encouraged to take part in Safe Work Australia Week from October 19 to 25 to raise awareness of workplace health and safety. Read more

[+] 2008-10-09

Regional Queensland to celebrate Safe Work Australia Week

Regional Queensland is getting behind Safe Work Australia Week with a range of activities planned to celebrate the event from October 19 to 25. Read more

[+] 2008-10-09

Come home safely is key message for Safe Work Australia Week

Staying safe at work and coming home to family, friends and loved ones is the key message for Queensland’s Safe Work Australia Week 2008. Read more

[+] 2008-10-09

Wanted: Ambassadors to spread safety message at work

Safety ambassadors are wanted to help spread the safety message during Queensland’s Safe Work Australia Week, which runs from October 19 to 25. Read more

[+] 2008-09-25

Queensland to implement swing stage safety recommendations

Employment and Industrial Relations Minister John Mickel today announced that an independent reference group, set up after two deaths on a Gold Coast building site in June, has endorsed recommendations to improve the safety of swing stage scaffolding. Read more

[+] 2008-08-05

EkkA amusement rides undergo safety checks

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors are keeping a watchful eye over the EkkA again this year to ensure amusement ride operators are meeting their safety obligations. Read more

[+] 2008-07-11

Safety benefits all round from swingstage scaffold reference group

The newly formed Swingstage Scaffold Reference Group will appoint an independent engineer to develop recommendations to improve the safety aspects of suspended scaffolding. Read more

[+] 2008-06-24

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland issues scaffold safety alert

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland today issued a Safety Alert to the construction industry on the safe use of swingstage scaffolding, following the tragic deaths of two workers on the Gold Coast at the weekend. Read more

[+] 2008-05-22

Campaign for safe homecomings

The State Government has launched a new awareness campaign to get Queensland workers home safely. Read more

[+] 2008-05-22

Workplaces should adopt zero harm @ work

People are an employer's most valuable asset. This is a refrain many companies have adopted - and with good reason, says Workplace Health and Safety Board Chairman Vince O’Rourke. Read more

The Communication Services Branch handles media inquiries relating to:

  • the justice system, including courts and public prosecutions
  • community justice services, including: the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages; Justices of the Peace; Victim Assist Queensland; and the Dispute Resolution Branch
  • Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ)
  • the Electrical Safety Office (ESO), and
  • Industrial relations.

Call +61 7 3239 0782 or +61 7 3405 3762 to speak to a media officer, or email your inquiry to media.relations@justice.qld.gov.au.

Last reviewed
1 June 2010
Last updated
5 November 2015

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