Port Evacuated After Chemical Leak

Reported by Julia | 24 Oct, 2006

PART of the port of Brisbane was evacuated this morning after a chemical leak aboard a ship. Dock workers smelt fumes while unloading the ship Xutra Bhun, which had docked from Singapore, at 7.40am (AEST), A Queensland Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said. Authorities were called in and the 20 crew from the ship evacuated. A 100m …

Solar Energy Farm Enjoys Year Of Success

Reported by Julia | 23 Oct, 2006

Western Australia’s first commercial solar energy farm based in Carnarvon has celebrated its first year of operation. The Carnarvon Solar Energy Farm was opened by the Premier in October last year. Carnarvon was selected as the location for the plant as it is one of three areas in the world which records the greatest level …

Energex Fined Over Accident

Reported by Julia | 21 Oct, 2006

ENERGEX has been fined $41,000 after a workplace accident left an employee blind in one eye. The company pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court yesterday to one count of failing to discharge its obligations under the Workplace Health and Safety Act to ensure workers were not exposed to risk arising out of the conduct …

Company Fined Over Lost Fingers

Reported by Julia | 18 Oct, 2006

AN Adelaide company has been fined $20,000 over a workplace accident in which a worker lost three fingers. Broons Hire (SA) Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to charges of failing to ensure an employee was safe from injury at work in the SA Industrial Relations Commission. The charges were brought by Safework SA after a 27-year-old …

Tomato Farmer fined over contractors daughter injured on site

Reported by Julia | 13 Oct, 2006

A CHILDERS youngster has triumphed over an horrific factory accident which peeled the skin from her tiny torso and almost claimed her right arm. Sixteen months after becoming caught in a conveyor belt mechanism at SP Exports Pty Ltd’s tomato packing shed at Childers, west of Bundaberg, little Natasha Campbell, now 7, continues to astound …

Shipping Container Company Pleads Guilty Over Workers Death

Reported by Julia | 12 Oct, 2006

Owens Container Services Australia Pty Ltd (“Owens”) occupied premises located in Auburn and at that site conducted a business involving the repair, cleaning and storage of shipping containers and tanks. Among the equipment used in this undertaking was a tank wash facility. On 15 January 2003, in operating this business a particular tank was located …

Worker Crushed By Heavy Machinery

Reported by Julia | 10 Oct, 2006

A CONSTRUCTION worker has been seriously injured while working on the Albury Wodonga Hume Freeway project, WorkCover says. The 40-year-old worker was crushed between a paving machine and a truck on the construction site on the New South Wales-Victorian border late this afternoon. A WorkCover spokesman said the man suffered serious injuries and was taken …

Labor, Union Dodged Charges On Colliery

Reported by Julia | 09 Oct, 2006

Imre Salusinszky, NSW political reporter TEN years after one of Australia’s worst modern mining accidents – at Gretley Colliery near Newcastle – a report claims the NSW Labor Government tailored its prosecutions to punish business, protect a powerful union and conceal its own culpability. The report, which will be released today by the Institute of …

Niddrie Blast Leaves Man Fighting For His Life.

Reported by Julia | 06 Oct, 2006

A man remains in a critical condition in the burns unit at the Alfred Hospital four days after an explosion at a commercial construction site at Niddrie. He was carrying out welding work when a drum of a release agent, used to prevent concrete sticking to formwork, exploded. The welding was being done on top of …

Welding Accident Causes Death

Reported by Julia | 06 Oct, 2006

Welding Accident – Tyre blue from welder heat A-46-year-old man was killed in a welding accident near Bamaga yesterday afternoon. About 3.40pm the man had been welding a tyre when it exploded. It is believed the heat from the welder caused the tyre to explode. The man sustained massive head injuries and died instantly. Police and …

The Safety Conference

Reported by Julia | 01 Oct, 2006

Just as the latest products and services will be available at the trade show, the Safety Conference will provide delegates with the most recent developments, ideas, trends and real life case studies in the safety profession. Hosted by the Safety Institute of Australia, The Safety Conference opens this year with an international breakfast addressed by …

Crane Driver Dies In Work Accident

Reported by Julia | 01 Oct, 2006

A 43-year-old crane driver was killed yesterday when a 10 metre pole he was unloading fell on him. Peter Williams was hit in the head by the pole while he was moving it off a truck at a Slade Point industrial site about 8:15am yesterday. Meanwhile, a Mackay man is in hospital with neck injuries suffered …

Workplace Health And Safety Workshops

Reported by Julia | 01 Oct, 2006

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will conduct free risk management workshops for the transport and storage industry during Work Safe Week 2006 (22-28 October). The free workshops will provide employers, workplace health and safety representatives and officers, and safety professionals with practical risk assessment skills. They will cover how to control electrical hazards; how to …

Safety Show In Sydney

Reported by Julia | 01 Oct, 2006

Safety show expecting record breaking attendance by marian macdonald AUSTRALIA’S largest workplace safety event in 2005, The Safety Show Sydney, is on track for record breaking attendances again, held at the Sydney Showground from October 17 – 19 this year. Following the successful 2005 event which drew 10,371 visits, WorkCover NSW has signed on as …