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OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT 2004 - SECT 37

Incidents to which this Part applies

    (1)     This Part applies to an incident that results in—

        (a)     the death of a person; or

        (b)     a person requiring medical treatment within 48 hours of exposure to a substance; or

        (c)     a person requiring immediate treatment as an in-patient in a hospital; or

        (d)     a person requiring immediate medical treatment for—

              (i)     the amputation of any part of his or her body; or

              (ii)     a serious head injury; or

              (iii)     a serious eye injury; or

              (iv)     the separation of his or her skin from an underlying tissue (such as de-gloving or scalping); or

              (v)     electric shock; or

              (vi)     a spinal injury; or

              (vii)     the loss of a bodily function; or

              (viii)     serious lacerations; or

        (e)     any other injury to a person or other consequence prescribed by the regulations.

    (2)     This Part also applies to an incident that exposes a person in the immediate vicinity to an immediate risk to the person's health or safety through—

        (a)     the collapse, overturning, failure or malfunction of, or damage to, any plant that the regulations prescribe must not be used unless the plant is licensed or registered; or

        (b)     the collapse or failure of an excavation or of any shoring supporting an excavation; or

        (c)     the collapse or partial collapse of all or part of a building or structure; or

        (d)     an implosion, explosion or fire; or

        (e)     the escape, spillage or leakage of any substance including dangerous goods (within the meaning of the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 ); or

        (f)     the fall or release from a height of any plant, substance or object; or

        (g)     in relation to a mine

              (i)     the overturning or collapse of any plant; or

              (ii)     the inrush of water, mud or gas; or

              (iii)     the interruption of the main system of ventilation; or

        (h)     any other event or circumstance prescribed by the regulations.

    (3)     Despite subsections (1) and (2), this Part does not apply to an incident of a kind excluded by the regulations.

S. 37(4) def. of medical treatment amended by No. 97/2005 s. 182(Sch. 4 item 38), substituted by No. 13/2010 s. 51(Sch. item 39), amended by No. 48/2017 s. 11(a).

    (4)     In this section—

medical treatment means treatment by a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise in the medical or nursing or midwifery profession (other than as a student);

S. 37(4) def. of mine amended by No. 63/2006 s. 61(Sch. item 26.1), substituted by No. 48/2017 s. 11(b).

"mine "means—

        (a)     a workplace at which work is being performed under a licence within the meaning of the  Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990

              (i)     including work that is exploration (within the meaning of that Act), in the form of underground work of any kind or drilling from the surface for coal-bed methane; and

              (ii)     excluding work that is exploration carried out above ground, other than drilling from the surface for coal-bed methane; or

        (b)     all parts of a tourist mine that are underground and all infrastructure and plant associated with the underground workings;

S. 37(4) def. of tourist mine inserted by No. 48/2017 s. 11(c).

"tourist mine" means a mine, part of a mine, or any other location in which the principal activities conducted are those promoting interest in the practice and history of prospecting or mining.



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