Woman, 31, dies in work accident

Reported by Julia | 22 Dec, 2006

Article from: AAP A 31-year-old woman has been killed in an industrial accident at a cabinet-making factory in Melbourne. The woman was operating an industrial router yesterday when the bit disintegrated and a piece hit her in the chest. WorkSafe has launched an investigation into the accident at the East Bentleigh factory, in Melbourne’s east. WorkSafe executive …

OHS Forum goes Live

Reported by Julia | 22 Dec, 2006

The most comprehensive OHS Forum for Australian OHS Professionals has now been launched. Industries covered include Construction, Manufacturing, Mining,Hospitality and more. visit the Occupational Health and Safety forum at www.ohsforum.com.au

Young men most prone to workplace injury

Reported by Julia | 20 Dec, 2006

ALMOST 10 per cent of young men are injured or become ill at work each year, latest Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) figures show. About 700,000 of the 10.8 million people who worked at some time in the last 12 months experienced a work-related injury or illness – a rate of 6.4 per cent. ABS …

Workers injured in formwork collapse

Reported by Julia | 19 Dec, 2006

Article from: AAP A UNION fears a rush to finish work on a western Sydney construction sitebefore Christmas may have led to workers being injured. One man has been taken to hospital in a stable condition while two others suffered minor injuries and were treated on site after formwork collapsed during a concrete pour on the …

Worker dies from construction site fall

Reported by Julia | 19 Dec, 2006

Article from: AAP A WORKER has died after falling more than five metres from a building site near Wollongong. Aaron Rankmore, 21, sustained serious head injuries when he fell from the top storey of a duplex in Albion Park last Monday, the Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said. He died in Wollongong Hospital …

Bulldozer driver injured fighting fires

Reported by Julia | 17 Dec, 2006

Article from: AAP A BULLDOZER operator has been injured while helping battle Victoria’s bushfires. The man was working on constructing a fire control line down a steep spur in the Gippsland area when his machine rolled over, the Department of Sustainability (DSE) said. The incident happened in a steep remote area of forest 16km east of …

Man dies in mining accident

Reported by Julia | 15 Dec, 2006

Article from: AAP A MAN died in an underground mine in northwest Queensland early today. Police said the 19-year-old worker was believed to have been carrying out electrical work when a cage fell to the ground at BHP Billiton’s Cannington mine, east of Mt Isa about 2.15am (AEST). It was not yet known exactly how …

Big firms moving away from state compo

Reported by Julia | 13 Dec, 2006

By Denis Peters SEVERAL more big employers have been given permission to self-insure for workers’ compensation, allowing them to move out of the traditional state systems. The Federal Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC) announced it had given approval to National Australia Bank Ltd, National Wealth Management Services Ltd and three John Holland group companies …

Rail managers sacked over sex harassment

Reported by Julia | 13 Dec, 2006

Article from: AAP FOUR Sydney-based RailCorp managers have been sacked and two others disciplined after a female employee complained of sexual harassment. Anastasia Dhillon was a RailCorp secretary last year when she raised 116 complaints against seven managers, including sexual harassment and use of pornography in the workplace. Ms Dhillon’s complaints and a 12-month investigation …

More miners tested for legionnaires’

Reported by Julia | 12 Dec, 2006

By Evan Schwarten Article from: AAP ANOTHER 12 workers from a central Queensland coal mine are being tested for legionnaires’ disease after two of their colleagues were admitted to hospital with it last week. Mining giant Anglo Coal closed its Grasstree Creek mine, near Middlemount in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, at the weekend after a second …

Ride operator jailed over backpacker plunge

Reported by Julia | 12 Dec, 2006

Article from: AAP A RIDE operator has been jailed for almost three years after a backpacker suffered brain damage in a 20m plunge because she was not properly secured into the ride. Steve Jay Clark, 43, was found guilty in Cairns District Court yesterday of causing grievous bodily harm to English tourist Lucy Keen, 27, …

Former QLD RAAF workers to take legal action

Reported by Julia | 11 Dec, 2006

Former RAAF maintenance workers will file a class action against the federal government in their battle for compensation over health problems resulting from work on the F-111. An inquiry five years ago heard former RAAF members who used toxic chemicals to repair the fuel tanks of the strike-fighters suffered a range of health complaints from …

Fisherman’s finger chopped off

Reported by Julia | 07 Dec, 2006

Article from: AAP A FISHERMAN has been flown to a Tasmanian hospital after his finger was chopped off. The 45-year-old man “severed a finger on his left hand whilst commercially fishing for rock lobster”, Tasmanian Police Inspector Darren Hopkins said. The accident occurred just after 7pm (AEDT) today at Low Rocky Point, south of Strahan …

Driver crushed to death unloading truck

Reported by Julia | 07 Dec, 2006

Article from: AAP A TRUCK driver has been crushed to death by a load of steel at an Adelaide scrap metal factory. Police said the man was killed at about 9am (CST) today at the Normetals Pty Ltd factory at Ottoway in Adelaide’s north-west. The 33-year-old was unloading one tonne of steel from his semitrailer when …

Hardie exposed workers to asbestos

Reported by Julia | 07 Dec, 2006

Article from: AAP JAMES Hardie has been forced to close a western Sydney factory after exposing its workers to asbestos. The Australia Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) said it first alerted plant managers at the Rosehill factory to the asbestos exposure after a union safety inspection on November 3, News Ltd reports today. However, the union said …

Contractor electrocuted

Reported by Julia | 07 Dec, 2006

Article from: AAP A MAN was electrocuted as he worked in an air-conditioning vent of an electrical goods supplier in central NSW. The 26-year-old contractor was working on the roof of Kaye’s Electrical in West Dubbo about 1.30pm (AEDT) when the accident happened. “The police were called to the scene of the accident yesterday afternoon but …

Westralia Sailors Win Compensation

Reported by Julia | 06 Dec, 2006

Article from: AAP THE federal Government will pay $3.1 million in compensation to five sailors injured in one of Australia’s worst peacetime naval disasters, following an eight-year legal battle. Two other sailors will meet government lawyers tomorrow in a bid to resolve their compensation claims, which lawyers hope will finally draw the saga to a …

Canberra man awarded $7.25 million for workplace accident

Reported by Julia | 05 Dec, 2006

A man who became a paraplegic in a Canberra workplace accident almost ten years ago has won an interim judgment of $7.25 million. It’s understood the ACT Supreme Court has ruled the man, 32 year old Michael Hay, is entitled to the money, although a finding has not been made about who was responsible for …

New laws work against work accident victim

Reported by Julia | 05 Dec, 2006

William Hill spent four days on life support after falling four storeys from a building. RED tape and changes to workers compensation laws have robbed a 22-year-old Ruse man of four years of his life. In March 2003, William Hill was on a crane when he plunged four storeys from a building on a construction site, …

Man charged over death at remote mine

Reported by Julia | 04 Dec, 2006

Article from: AAP A 27-year-old man has died after an altercation on a mine site near Newman in the remote north-east of Western Australia. The man, who lived in the southern Perth suburb of Spearwood, died at Royal Perth Hospital after being airlifted by the Royal Flying Doctor Service following the incident about 2.15am (WDT) …

Builders crushed by steel beams

Reported by Julia | 01 Dec, 2006

Article from: AAP TWO builders were seriously injured when steel beams fell on them at a central Sydney building site today. Three steel beams weighing 340kg each fell 5m onto the men at the Oxford St site about 11am, the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said. The men, aged 20 and 44, had spinal, …