Company Charged Over Electrocution

Reported by Julia | 30 Nov, 2006

Article from: AAP A MELBOURNE company has been charged over the death of a 26-year-old man who was electrocuted while changing a light bulb. The employee of Camden Neon Pty Ltd was changing light bulbs in a display at a car yard in Coburg on April 18 when he was electrocuted. A WorkSafe investigation found the man …

WorkSafe Concerned At Workplace Deaths

Reported by Julia | 29 Nov, 2006

Victoria’s peak workplace safety body has called for greater vigilance on the job after two workplace deaths in a week. A man hit by a 300kg steel tube which fell from a crane he was operating, later died in hospital. WorkSafe was investigating the accident at a roller door manufacturer in Canterbury Road, Kilsyth, in Melbourne’s …

Cross Dressing Robber Blames Pain

Reported by Julia | 29 Nov, 2006

Article from: AAP A CROSS-dressing armed robber embarked on his life of crime to pay for heroin to dull the pain of a workplace accident, a court heard today. Former Country Road fabric cutter, Olavo Puc, 44, had a successful career and a stable marriage before a 100 kilogram roll of paper fell on him …

Construction Industry Tackles Suicide

Reported by Julia | 28 Nov, 2006

Article from: AAP THE construction industry in Victoria has launched a support program to combat the high rate of suicide among young male building workers in drought-stricken rural areas. Launched in Bendigo today by Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) Victorian secretary Martin Kingham, the Life Care support scheme will provide apprentices and young workers …

Workplace Fines ‘Woefully Inadequate’

Reported by Julia | 23 Nov, 2006

Article from: Adelaide Now OHS A MEAGRE $43,400 in fines has been dished out to three companies for unsafe workplaces which caused “permanent and debilitating” injuries to workers. SafeWork SA prosecuted the firms over unsafe work systems in the Industrial Relations Court. Independent MLC Nick Xenophon, who has introduced a bill for tougher penalties to Parliament, …

Businesses Fined Over Unsafe Working Conditions

Reported by Julia | 23 Nov, 2006

SafeworkSA says three South Australian businesses have been fined a total of $43,000 after being prosecuted for unsafe working conditions. Manuele Engineers was fined $15,000 in the Industrial Relations Court (IRC) over an incident in May 2004 when a steel beam fell on a man, causing permanent leg injuries. Amcor Packaging was fined $14,000 after …

Rio Tinto Sacks Employees Over Emails

Reported by Julia | 22 Nov, 2006

Article from: AAP OHS News MINING giant Rio Tinto Coal Australia has sacked almost two dozen employees as part of a massive crackdown on sexually explicit emails. The company ordered a purge of emails and computer files after a NSW employee used his mobile phone to take a pornographic image of himself at work, which …

Asbestos Halts Oval Works

Reported by Julia | 22 Nov, 2006

Article from:AAP REDFERN Oval’s $19 million redevelopment was stopped yesterday afterasbestos was found on the site, sparking fears for nearby residents’ safety. Excavation work on the eastern hill was abandoned about 8am when a team of Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union officials uncovered more than 40 pieces of asbestos. The suspension of work was …

Man Severs Foot On Golf Course

Reported by Julia | 22 Nov, 2006

PART of a man’s foot was severed when a ride-on mower flipped and landed on him at a Melbourne golf course today. Metropolitan Ambulance Service spokeswoman Christine Paterson said the ride-on mower flipped about 10am (AEDT) at the Heritage Golf Club in Chirnside Park, landing on the driver, a man in his 20s. She said the …

Man Burnt In Live Ammo Explosion

Reported by Julia | 22 Nov, 2006

AAP OH&S News A MAN in his 20s was burnt on his face and hands when a container of live ammunition exploded at a factory in Melbourne. The explosion happened just before 9am (AEDT) at a factory that recycles old army ammunition at Wickham Road, Moorabbin, in Melbourne’s south-east, Metropolitan Ambulance Service spokeswoman Christine Paterson …

Workers Evacuated From Factory Blaze

Reported by Julia | 22 Nov, 2006

AAP OH&S News SEVERAL workers were evacuated when fire broke out at a partly demolished factory in Melbourne’s south-east today. Fourteen fire trucks were sent to the blaze at the factory on the Nepean Highway, Mentone, about 8.20am (AEDT), the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said. An MFB spokeswoman said firefighters initially had problems getting water to …

Teen’s Legs Cut Off In WA Work Accident

Reported by Julia | 21 Nov, 2006

Source AAP OHS News A 19-year-old man has had both his legs severed in a freak accident while cutting limestone blocks for a wall in Western Australia. The accident occurred about 6am (WST) on Tuesday, in Bunbury, south of Perth, the WA Royal Flying Doctor Service’s medical director, Stephen Langford, said. “We were called to retrieve …

Man Dies After Being Run Over By Backhoe

Reported by Julia | 21 Nov, 2006

Article from: AAP OHS News A MAN has died in hospital after being run over by a backhoe in Brisbane’s north-western suburbs. Police said the 61-year-old man was loading the backhoe onto a truck in McGinn Road at Ferny Grove at 4.30pm (AEST) yesterday. He drove it onto the truck, got out of the cabin and …

Older Men Still A Force In The Workplace

Reported by Julia | 21 Nov, 2006

The Age OHS News THE dream of retiring at 40 appears to be fading with a report showing the number of older men in the workforce is at its highest level since 1980. The most dramatic increase in workforce participation is among men between the ages of 60 and 64. But there is also a …

Man Trapped In Farm Machinery

Reported by Julia | 20 Nov, 2006

Source: AAP OHS News A FARMER whose hand was trapped in machinery for more than two hours in central west NSW is being treated in hospital for multiple crush injuries. The 50-year-old was feeding cattle on his property near Collie, about 70km north-west of Dubbo, when his right hand became stuck about 8am (AEDT) today. …

Four Injured In Awning Collapse

Reported by Julia | 19 Nov, 2006

FOUR people have been taken to hospital after falling from a shop awning in Sydney’s south, apparently while hanging Christmas decorations. NSW Police said the four plunged from the shop in Gymea Bay Road, Gymea, when the awning collapsed about 10.20am (AEDT) today. They were taken to St George and Sutherland hospitals with non-life threatening …

Harvester Safety Reviewed

Reported by Julia | 17 Nov, 2006

Several hundred harvesters in New South Wales might have to be fitted with a safety device after the settlement of a high profile court case. WorkCover is withdrawing its prosecution of machinery manufacturer CNH Australia and a New South Wales dealer over a 2003 farm accident, where a worker lost his leg while trying to …

Builders Warned Of High Winds

Reported by Julia | 14 Nov, 2006

Article from: AAP Worksafe Victoria has issued a warning to builders, developers and construction site workers about the gale-force winds forecast for tomorrow. Worksafe’s construction and utilities division director Geoff Thomas said incomplete buildings were at risk of collapse, while flying debris also posed a risk to workers, neighbouring properties and passers-by. “A gale warning …

Trucks Crush Man To Death

Reported by Julia | 14 Nov, 2006

Article from: AAP OH&S News A MAN has been crushed to death between two trucks in a workplace accident in Victoria’s north. Police and officials from Worksafe Victoria were at Crystal Ice and Cool Stores, in Garsed Street, Bendigo after the incident about 4.30pm (AEDT) today. “A man has been crushed between two trucks,” Worksafe’s construction …

Diving Industry Needs Regulation – Coroner

Reported by Julia | 13 Nov, 2006

Article from: AAP A CORONER has recommended WorkCover regulate the recreational diving industry after a Sydney police officer drowned while diving with colleagues. NSW police sergeant Edward Van Putten died after he ran out of air during a recreational dive with six other police officers at Colours Reef, near Watsons Bay, on December 13, 2004. …

Miners Exposed To Chemical Hazard

Reported by Julia | 12 Nov, 2006

Article from: AAP ELEVEN coal miners have been taken to a central Queensland hospital after being exposed to a potentially hazardous substance. The workers from Ensham mine, 40km northeast of Emerald, were taken by ambulance to Emerald Hospital about 12.30am (AEST) this morning. A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the men had been exposed to …