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International (other, non-fatal)
Fire on front end loader
A fire started suddenly in the engine of a frontend loader at a quarry. Several extinguishers were used in an attempt to put the fire out, but ultimately the fire brigade extinguished it. Fire damage made it impossible to ascertain the exact cause, however there were signs of a bird's nest beside the intercooler pipe. The fire was concentrated around the fuel water separator and could have resulted from fuel or hydraulic leaks. None had been reported prior to the incident. It is possible electrical wiring had rubbed through and shorted out, however fire damage destroyed most of the engine harness therefore it was impossible to identify the exact location where the fire started.
National (other, non-fatal)
Electric arc flash
An innovative new film produced by the Electrical Safety Office highlights the serious dangers of electrical arc flashes. Head of the Electrical Safety Office Donna Heelan said arc flash incidents are far too common in Queensland's electrical industry and it was time to beef up the warnings. An arc flash is a release of electrical energy that causes an explosion which can reach temperatures of up to 20,000 degrees Celsius. An arc flash usually occurs in large switchboards but can also occur in smaller switchboards, electricity supply pillars or large electrical equipment.