VIC: Safety Harness Fault May Have Led To Silo Death

Reported by Admin | 06 Dec, 2007

Source: The West Victoria’s workplace safety watchdog will investigate whether a broken harness may have led to the death of a man in a grain silo accident in the state’s west. The 58-year-old entered the silo about 3.30pm (AEDT) on Wednesday to clear a blockage at the grain facility in South Boundary Road, Hamilton, police …

VIC: Farm Tractor Crushes Woman

Reported by Admin | 06 Dec, 2007

Source: The Age WorkSafe officials are investigating the cause of a tractor accident that crushed an elderly woman to death in rural Victoria. Victoria Police said the 76-year-old was working with another woman who was driving the tractor on the private property near Echuca village, in the state’s north, when the accident happened. The older …

VIC: WorkSafe Alert Fruit Pickers Of Dangers

Reported by Admin | 04 Dec, 2007

Source: WorkSafe Victoria With hundreds of students, backpackers and professional pickers flocking to farms across the state, Worksafe Victoria today called on farmers and labour hire companies to ensure that fruit and not injuries are the only thing collected as the annual harvesting season gets underway. The New Year has traditionally signalled the start of the …

QLD: Farmer Hit Power Lines Using Spray Equipment

Reported by Admin | 03 Dec, 2007

Source: The Courier Mail A FARMER has died after being electrocuted on his property in the state’s west last night. The man, 48, died when the spray rig he was operating hit overhead powerlines on his property in Condamine, near Chinchilla. Police, emergency services and Ergon Energy attended the scene but were unable to revive …

VIC: Bulldozer Driver Killed Fighting Fires

Reported by Admin | 02 Dec, 2007

Source: The Age A DRIVER was killed when his bulldozer overturned as he fought a bushfire near Buchan in East Gippsland. The 45-year-old man from Bendoc was working on a blaze covering 20 hectares at Lightning Track on the eastern side of the Snowy River National Park early yesterday. He was constructing firebreaks with a …

NT: Workplace Fight Leaves One Dead

Reported by Admin | 16 Nov, 2007

Source: NT News POLICE were questioning a man last night after an alleged murder on a Territory mango farm. The man is believed to have been involved in a fight with another worker when he was stabbed. It is not known what they were fighting over. A 37-year-old man was taken into custody and last …

VIC: Lost Limbs Take It’s Toll

Reported by Admin | 15 Nov, 2007

Source: Sun Herald by Alan Howe ALAN Newey and Gerald Wilkie are two of the bravest Victorians you’ll meet. Both men have lost their right arms in industrial accidents. They were both right-handed. Newey, aged 43, particularly has a right to feel aggrieved. His accident, on September 30, 1999, happened as the state was suspended …

VIC: SME Machinery Safety Under Review

Reported by Admin | 15 Nov, 2007

Source: Warnambool Standard WORKSAFE figures show in the past five years 1230 people in the Warrnambool district were injured at work. According to WorkSafe’s spokesman Michael Birt the cost of treating the city’s injured workers was $16.78 million. The safety watchdog’s inspectors plan to visit 100 businesses across Warrnambool this week checking machinery and safety …

NSW: Farming Quad Bike Safety Review

Reported by Admin | 14 Nov, 2007

Souce: ABC News WorkCover has issued a safety alert for all terrain vehicles following a spate of fatalities involving quad bikes. The safety authority says there have been a number of fatalities and serious injuries because ofquad bikes‘ tendency to overturn on steep slopes, banks, dam edges and uneven terrain. WorkCover’s rural industry team manager, …

NT: Drug Test Rejected By Companies

Reported by Admin | 12 Nov, 2007

Source: The Territory News TERRITORY companies are not drug testing their workers for fear they will quit. While random drug testing is on the rise around Australia, the manager of an NT testing company said employee sampling was only at an “embryonic” stage in the Top End. “There seems to be a reluctance to conduct …

VIC: Concrete Panel Construction Fatality

Reported by Admin | 11 Nov, 2007

Source: NT News A 42-year-old Dandenong man died yesterday in an accident on a construction site at Mitcham. Police and WorkSafe officers are investigating the Whitehorse Road incident. They have been told the man was removing metal support beams from a concrete pillar wall about 1.30pm when one of the beams fell, hitting him. Paramedics …

QLD: Workers Legs Caught In Concrete Pump

Reported by Admin | 10 Nov, 2007

Source: AAP The 20-year-old man suffered severe injuries at a Scarborough worksite just before 2pm today. A Queensland Ambulance spokesman said the man had severe injuries, including a fractured leg and pelvis, He was given a blood transfusion at the site before being airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Queensland Fire and Rescue Service officer …

VIC: Worker Loses Hand

Reported by Admin | 06 Nov, 2007

A MAN  had his hand amputated in a workplace accident in Warrnambool yesterday afternoon. The man, aged 20, was rushed to Warrnambool’s South West Healthcare after his hand was cut off by a piece of machinery. The incident occurred at a Raglan Parade business in Warrnambool west just before 5pm. The man was in a …

TAS: Guilty Plea For Waste Management Company

Reported by Admin | 05 Nov, 2007

Tasmanian Mercury ONE of Australia’s largest waste management companies has pleaded guilty to workplace safety charges resulting from an industrial accident which killed two men in 2005. Veolia Environmental Services, formerly known as Collex Pty Ltd, pleaded guilty in the Launceston Magistrates Court to five charges yesterday. On December 7, 2005, Bruce Beamish, 34, of …

SA: WorkSafe Awards

Reported by Admin | 03 Nov, 2007

Source: Adelaide Now HARDY Wine Company and Santos Limited tonight shared the employer of the year prize at the 2007 South Australian SafeWork Awards. Santos’ approach to safety was also recognised with the award for best workplace health and safety management system. More than 700 people attended the awards presentation at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Industrial …

VIC: Billboard ‘Dummies’ Reported To WorkSafe

Reported by Admin | 02 Nov, 2007

Source: The Age “Workmen” putting up billboard advertising for WorkSafe in Melbourne were “dobbed in” by dozens of safety-minded motorists. About 40 motorists called WorkSafe’s hotline to complain about dangerous workplace practices they had witnessed on the billboards, high above the ground. But the “workmen” were actually mannequins used as part of a WorkSafe campaign …

VIC: Chairlift Operator Fined $90,000

Reported by Admin | 26 Oct, 2007

Source: News.com.au A VICTORIAN tourist chairlift operator has been fined $110,000 over a crash that crushed a woman’s legs. Tri Thi Le was on the ride on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, with several family members on March 18, 2004, when her chair slid down the rope into the one in front. Her legs …

SA: Drugs At Work Being Identified

Reported by Admin | 26 Oct, 2007

Source: Adelaide Now RANDOM workplace drug tests in the past year have caught hundreds of South Australian workers with crystal methamphetamine in their system. Adelaide-based company, Integrity Sampling, has tested up to 5000 workers in various industries in the past 12 months. The company said about 10 per cent had displayed traces of the stimulant …

NSW: Cobar Council Encourages Workplace Safety

Reported by Admin | 26 Oct, 2007

Source: Cobar Age Cobar Shire Council is taking the lead in workplace safety, with most of its employees participating in a Safe Work Australia Week activity to focus on workplace safety issues. With more than 180 employees, the council has made it a priority this week to raise awareness of safety in the workplace to …

QLD: Worker On Elevated Work Platform Electrocuted

Reported by Admin | 24 Oct, 2007

Source: Gold Coast A 45-year-old Country Energy worker was electrocuted yesterday while carrying out line work at Burringbar, southeast of Murwillumbah. The Murwillumbah man, who had worked for the company for 17 years, is believed to have been working on an elevated work platform when the accident occurred about 10am. A second Country Energy employee at the site …

WA: 54 Miners Trapped After Truck Fire

Reported by Admin | 24 Oct, 2007

Source: The West Fifty four workers at a gold mine near Kalgoorlie were trapped underground after a fire broke out in a truck engine early this morning. The workers, at Barrick Gold Corp’s Kanowna Belle Gold Mine north-east of Kalgoorlie, were taken to refuge stations underground “as a precautionary measure” after the incident, which started …