Entries by Craig Power

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Crane Accident – Contact with 11KV power line – Design your laydown Area

Introduction The crane contractor was requested to come to the Queensland construction site to dismantle and transport  their 4600 and 4100 Manitowoc cranes offsite. Three personnel came to site – A leading hand, crane driver and fitter. The fitter and leading hand had received a full Construction Orientation together with contractor site specific inductions. The […]

Crane Accident – Dropped Load

Major Crane Accident – Dropped Load Several hundred three tonne pre-cast concrete reinforced floor panels had been craned and installed into a multi story building without any obvious safety issues, when a panel detached from the basketed flat sling arrangement and fell to and shattered on the reinforced concrete floor below. Many employees and subcontractors […]


Mentoring – Cecil Andrews College

Over the past two months , I have been using Lego drones to engage a year 10 class at Cecil Andrews College – Perth. The drones are fun to fly ,but the students have to do several tasks in order to get the drone ready for flying. Assemble the drone structural skeleton – lego style. […]

Overview – WA WHS (General) Regulations 2022

The 2022 WHS regulations have introduced many changes and are very different to the 1996 OSH Regulations – see examples. Have you reviewed and updated your WHS Risk Assessments, WHS Systems and Procedures? . Examples of new and significantly changed regulations are: Training WHS Representatives Hierarchy of Control, Maintenance and review of Control measures Emergency […]

PPE & Safety Signs

Personal Protective Equipment and Safety Signs 2022 WHS (General) Regulations & 1996 OHS Regulations Are there are substantial differences? – YES WHS Regulations Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Part3.2 Division 5 – Personal Protective Equipment R44 , R45, R46 and R47 R44 (3) (edited)  – PPE is suitable having regard to the nature of the work […]

Are your documents understandable?

2022 WHS (General) Regulations & 1996 OHS Regulations Are there are substantial differences? – YES A new phrase used in two important regulations  “is readily understandable” WHS Regulations Reg 39 – Provision of information, training and instruction    (3) The person must ensure that the information, training and instruction is provided in a way that is […]


Confined Space and Welding/Cutting

2022 WHS (General) Regulations & 1996 OHS Regulations Are there are substantial differences? – YES Work in Confined Spaces WHS Regulations – Part 4.3, R 62 to R 77 Confined Space Risk assessment, R66 (2) (3) and Confined Space Entry permit (R67) must be done, and records kept (R77) Training records kept for two years […]

Notifiable Incidents & Diseases

What is New – WHS Act 2020 and WHS (General) Regulations 2022 1.      Work Health and Safety Act 2020 – Section 38, now requires the PCBU to  report a dangerous incident to the Regulator. This is a major change compared to the repealed 1984 OHS Act and 1996 Regulations. WHS 2022 Act Section 37. (c) defines […]

An Underground Inrush Incident

Two sub-contractor underground miners were bogging out vent rise reamer cuttings. They sensed something was wrong and started walking away from the reamer stockpile area and back down the drive. Both personnel were hit by a large inrush of water, mud, reamer cuttings and flung into parked machinery, resulting in serious injuries to both  employees. […]