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Heat sources and lithium batteries
Two soldiers ignited a gas cooker inside the sentry point shed when the connecting hose
between the cooker and gas cylinder caught fire. Lithium batteries located adjacent to the
flame began to vent due to the resulting heat. While attempting to extinguish the fire and
evacuate, the soldiers inhaled lithium battery fumes requiring evacuation to hospital due to
symptoms of nausea and light-headedness. Comcare were notified and authorised the incident
site be released once photos were taken to record evidence of the incident. Photos were taken
after the incident site was cleaned up.
This incident highlights the requirement to complete non-technical inspections on equipment
to ensure serviceability and the requirement to store lithium batteries in cool dry environments,
shaded from direct sunlight and away from heat sources and naked flames.
Failure to take reasonably practicable steps to preserve an incident scene or to follow Comcare
direction relating to the release of an incident site can incur a penalty to Army and/or the person
with management or control of a workplace at which a notifiable incident has occurred.
Disclaimer: The incidents
outlined in this scenario
have actually occurred in
Army workplaces, causing
either serious injury/illness
or exposed personnel to a
serious risk to their health
and safety. This advert
is intended to increase
Army’s awareness of
workplace risks and the
safety lessons learned to
prevent recurrence and to
make Army safer. They are
not intended to identify or
discredit individual faults
or to apportion blame.
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Sgt Dave Morley
A VIETNAM-era Lysaght hut, gifted
by Army to the Noosa Men’s Shed,
has given a huge morale boost to the
group’s 120 members, which includes
a number of former ADF personnel.
Lt-Col Paul Asbury (retd), who
was involved in assembling the hut as
a labourer, said they collected it from
Wallangarra, Queensland, and moved it
to Noosa in October last year.
“I think the huts had been in storage
since they were originally handed over
by John Lysaght (Australia) Ltd in the
1960s and 1970s,” he said.
“Our hut came in six large, superbly-
packed green crates and was in first-class
condition – it’s a credit to both Lysaght
and the Army.”
Lt-Col Asbury said everything was
provided in the crates, except the con-
“There was a detailed Army manual,
a box of Sidchrome tools to fasten all the
nuts and bolts, as well as every steel and
glass component needed for the hut to be
built in a remote location,” he said.
“We had a workforce of 10 men vary-
ing in ages from their 60s to 80s, as well
as another 10 men on call to assist with
the precarious erection of the nine portal
“It took us 49 hours to complete the
erection of the hut, which I believe com-
pares favourably with the huts erected
by soldiers in Vietnam during the war.
Admittedly, we had much more favour-
able working conditions, though.”
Lt-Col Asbury said the group modi-
fied the original hut plans and were now
constructing an ablution block, office and
a kitchen inside the hut.
“The members of the Noosa Men’s
Shed appreciate the generosity of the
Army,” he said.
Lt-Col Asbury joined the Citizens’
Military Force (later Army Reserve) in
Melbourne in 1965, at 17, and served
September 8, 2016
WO2 Nev Stott
TWO corporals completing Subject
One for Sgt at the Adelaide Universities
Regt saved the life of a sergeant in late
When Cpls Matt Cocker and Oren
Miszelwoski were called out of their class,
they were unaware they would spend the
next 40 minutes resuscitating an instructor
who had collapsed.
The sergeant was found with blue lips
following a suspected seizure.
Cpl Cocker, a Combat Medical
Attendant from 4CSSB’s 6 Health Coy,
conducted an initial assessment, found no
signs of life and organised an ambulance.
He and Cpl Miszelowski, of 3HSB,
began CPR. The two soldiers called for a
first aid kit and defibrillator and, attach-
ing the defibrillator, shocked their patient
twice while continuing with CPR in
An extended care paramedic arrived
soon after to continue treatment. The
sergeant regained consciousness and was
loaded into the ambulance.
Cpl Miszelowski said it took a while
for the gravity of the situation to sink in.
“I can not highlight enough the impor-
tance of the Army first aid,” he said.
Senior Health Adviser Col Stan
Papastamastis, of 2 Div, said he was proud
of both soldiers.
“Their ADF medical training and quick
thinking saved this soldier’s life,” he said.
“The sergeant is recovering well.”
Cpl Mark Doran
AUSTRALIAN diplomat and
musician Iain ‘Fred’ Smith
released his first book, The Dust
of Uruzgan, in Canberra on August
31 at a launch by CA Lt-Gen
Mr Smith has written an endur-
ing and balanced account of his
first-hand experiences in war-torn
The Dust of Uruzgan explains the
practical and moral complexities of
the mission, as well as the human
His book highlights the cour-
age, challenges and sacrifices of
Australian soldiers, and also explores
the Afghan point of view.
He said the profile from his
album, Dust of Uruzgan, led to an
ABC Australian Story feature on his
work through music and diploma-
cy in conflict zones from the South
Pacific to Afghanistan.
“I was still in Tarin Kot when I
got the email from the publishers
about writing a book,” he said.
“I was intrigued by the idea, but
also intimidated by the task – a song
you can knock out in an afternoon,
but a book, well that felt like hard
Mr Smith’s passionate songs
form the architecture for The Dust
of Uruzgan, which is essentially an
Each chapter of the book relates
to the back-story of the 14 songs he
wrote in Afghanistan, including Dust
of Uruzgan and Sapper’s Lullaby,
delving into the writing and record-
ing processes, but mainly focused on
the events that informed it.
It is an unusual way to write
military history, but it yields a rip-
ping yarn likely to endure as a
primary source on what happened in
Uruzgan, and in a roundabout way it
delivers a comprehensive account of
Australia’s war in Afghanistan.
Mr Smith said he sat down to
write the book two years after return-
ing from Afghanistan.
“You can run but you can’t hide
and once I started, I couldn’t stop,”
“There was so much to say and
so much I had to leave out. I also felt
a weight of responsibility to tell the
New book on song
Songwriter releases book based on two years spent in Afghanistan
story right for the records, though in
the end I realised it’s just my take on
the Uruzgan experience, as everyone
saw a different Afghanistan.
“We see Afghanistan as a war, but
of course it’s a society. People there
make decisions for reasons and my
job was to understand those reasons.”
Mr Smith was the first Australian
diplomat to be sent to Uruzgan and
the last to leave.
He served for two years along-
side Australian troops in southern
Afghanistan. He worked mostly at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot, but
also spent time in Kabul and FOB
Mirwais in the Chora Valley.
He said there was sorrow
described in The Dust of Uruzgan,
but a lot of hilarity, too.
“Most of the footage shown on
Australian televisions was of battles
and ramp ceremonies, but a lot of
funny stuff happened as well,” he
said. “I wanted to capture that and
paint a more human picture of the
world we lived in.”
Mr Smith will be touring
Australia this spring, telling stories
from The Dust of Uruzgan inter-
spersed with the songs. Details are
The Dust of Uruzgan is published by Allen
and Unwin and is available online and at all
good booksellers. ISBN:9781760292218.
CA Lt-Gen Angus Campbell congratulates diplomat and musician
Iain ‘Fred’ Smith on the release of his book, The Dust of Uruzgan.
Photo by Cpl Mark Doran
with 3 Div OCTU and later 5RVR.
“I wanted to serve in Vietnam, so I
applied for Officer Cadet School and was
commissioned as a 2Lt with my class of
December 1967,” he said.
“I was 21C of 85 Tpt Pl, RAASC,
based at Nui Dat from 1969-70, and
often saw Lysaght huts being used as
He said he later had the pleasure
of living in one of the huts when he
was adjutant of the Tropical Trials
Establishment during the medium tank
trials – Leopard versus the US M60
tanks – at Cowley Beach, south of
Innisfail, in 1972-73.
“We were located right on the
beach and our main accommodation
was Lysaght huts – they were perfect
for the harsh conditions of far north
Queensland,” he said.
“Some of those huts were still in
good condition when I last visited there
If readers have any knowledge on the history of
the Lysaght huts, how many were procured by
Australia and how many were sent to Vietnam,
Lt-Col Asbury would appreciate hearing from
you. He can be contacted via email at
Lysaght hut, Vietnam, 1968.
Lysaght hut, Noosa, 2016.
We have 12 copies of
The Dust of Uruzgan
to give away. Email
words or less why you
deserve a copy. Entries
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