Gas Leak Leads To Evacuations

Reported by Julia | 28 Mar, 2007

Source: AAP Eighteen businesses were evacuated and a busy street shut down amid a gas leak in Sydney’s inner-west on Wednesday. Construction workers on the corner of Norton and Macaulay Streets in Leichhardt cut through a gas main shortly after midday, the NSW Fire Brigades said. Norton Street was shut to traffic and 18 surrounding …

First Cyclone Death Leads To Court Case

Reported by Julia | 28 Mar, 2007

Article from: AAP THE husband of a woman killed when Cyclone George flattened a camp in Western Australia is suing billionaire Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) and her employer, Spotless. Perth woman Debra Till, 47, died on March 9 when the cyclone destroyed an FMG railway construction camp in the Pilbara where she was working …

Salmonella Hits 14 People

Reported by Julia | 28 Mar, 2007

Article from: AAP FOURTEEN people have been stricken with salmonella poisoning in Tasmania’s northwest, two of them requiring hospital treatment. Tasmania’s health authorities said they were investigating following the food poisoning outbreak over the past fortnight. All of those affected are now recovering from the bacteria, which attacks the stomach and intestines, causing gastro-enteritis, with symptoms …

Man Dies After Pergola Fall

Reported by Julia | 27 Mar, 2007

Article from: AAP A BUILDER has died in hospital after falling through the roof of a pergola he was constructing in the Victorian city of Bendigo. The man, aged in his late 50s from the Bendigo suburb of Eaglehawk, fell through the pergola’s plastic sheet roof to the ground at a property at nearby Epsom about …

300kg Stone Slab Crushes Worker

Reported by Julia | 27 Mar, 2007

Article from: AAP A LABOURER has been crushed to death under a 300kg stone slab he was helping to move in Perth’s north. WorkSafe said it was investigating the death of the 43-year-old man at a stone-working company in Wangara late yesterday. It is believed he was helping to move the slab of engineered stone when …

Asbestos Find Stops Work

Reported by Julia | 25 Mar, 2007

Article from: The West Australian The discovery of potentially lethal asbestos at Alinta’s construction site within Alcoa’s Wagerup refinery grounds prompted worried contractors to flee the area this week. About 120 Alcoa workers also stopped work yesterday while management tried to allay their fears. The asbestos was found in packaging for pipes imported from India, prompting …

Steel From Fork Lift Crushes Man

Reported by Julia | 16 Mar, 2007

Article from: AAP A 51-YEAR-OLD man was crushed to death when 15 tonnes of steel fell on him as it was unloaded from a truck south-east of Melbourne. The incident happened at about 4.20pm (AEDT) in a warehouse at BlueScope Steel in Bayview Rd, Hastings. WorkSafe spokesman Michael Birt said a forklift was used to unload …

Medical Examinations Lead To Industrial Action

Reported by Julia | 15 Mar, 2007

Article from: AAP THREE hundred workers at a central Queensland coal mine will walk off the job tomorrow morning after enterprise bargaining negotiations (EBA) with mine management broke down. Workers from Anglo Coal’s Dawson mine near Moura will stop work for four hours from 7am (AEST) tomorrow over proposed changes to the mine’s EBA. Construction, …

Asbestos May Not Have ‘Peaked’ Yet

Reported by Julia | 14 Mar, 2007

Article from: AAP AUSTRALIA has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related disease in the world, according to a new report. The international analysis, published in the Lancet journal, found a clear link between historic asbestos use and recent asbestos-related disease deaths. The Japanese researchers analysed the amount of asbestos consumption per head of population in …

Excavation Work Causes Gas Leak

Reported by Julia | 14 Mar, 2007

Article from: AAP A GAS leak in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs today forced residents indoors and windows closed and air-conditioners off. Police said the leak at suburban Norwood was caused when a gas main was damaged by excavation work this morning. Roads around the leak were closed as emergency services were called. “This is now a major …

Electric Shock Victim Dies

Reported by Julia | 13 Mar, 2007

Article from: AAP A 28-year-old man has died in hospital after he received an electric shock while working at a Melbourne restaurant last Friday. The man was initially revived after workmates pulled him unconscious from the roof cavity of the Upper House restaurant at Federation Square. He was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a …

New Fight For Bernie Banton

Reported by Julia | 13 Mar, 2007

By Karen Davis, Article from: AAP ASBESTOS campaigner Bernie Banton has taken up a new fight – against the New South Wales Government’s personal injury laws. Fresh from a successful six-year battle with building products company James Hardie over compensation for asbestos victims, Mr Banton today announced he’s joining a campaign calling for fair compensation for …

Carnival Carriage Falls On Men

Reported by Julia | 13 Mar, 2007

Article from: AAP TWO men were injured when a 800kg carriage from a carnival ride toppled onto them while they were dismantling it after Moomba festivities in Melbourne. The accident happened about 1.30am (AEDT) today on the north bank of the Yarra River near the city centre as the men were helping to pack up the …

Bus Explosion Burns Man

Reported by Julia | 13 Mar, 2007

Source: AAP A MAN is in a serious condition in a Melbourne hospital after being hurt in an explosion as he worked on a bus engine. A Rural Ambulance Service spokesman said the accident happened about 6pm (AEDT) yesterday near Echuca. Paramedics believe the 45-year-old man had been trying to start the engine by pouring …

Mine Policy Review After Cyclone Deaths

Reported by Julia | 12 Mar, 2007

Source: AAP A MINING company that owns a camp where two people were killed when Cyclone George swept through Western Australia’s far north today announced a review of its procedures. Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) chief executive Andrew Forrest said his thoughts and deepest sympathies were with the families, friends and work colleagues of those who …

Electrician Brought Back To Life

Reported by Julia | 09 Mar, 2007

By Kellee Nolan Article from: AAP WORKMATES have saved the life of a electrician who was left clinically dead after he received a suspected electric shock on a job in Melbourne. The 28-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital after the accident at the Upper House restaurant on Federation Square about 9am (AEDT) today. He …

Payout Debate Reignited After Payout

Reported by Julia | 09 Mar, 2007

Source: Chris Merritt and Brendan O’Keefe The Australian A BRAIN-damaged worker who won delayed compensation of almost $1 million this week would have had his damages slashed under the current compensation system in NSW. House painter John Takacs won damages of $913,390 from the Uniting Church after hefell from the roof of a Sydney retirement …

Man With Child Porn Had ‘Toxic Fumes Disease’

Reported by Julia | 07 Mar, 2007

By Jade Bilowol Article from: AAP A FORMER labourer was suffering a disease caused by toxic workplace fumes when he downloaded hundreds of images and movies of child exploitation to his computer, a court has heard. Terrence Robert Cox, 38, of Deception Bay in Brisbane’s northern bayside, today pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court to …

EPA Wants Gas Leak Victims

Reported by Julia | 07 Mar, 2007

By Michael Newhouse Sydenham News THE Environment Protection Authority is calling on members of the public affected by last month’s toxic gas leak in Sunshine North to come forward to help its continuing investigation into the leak. Last week the EPA’s senior manager of rural services, John Williamson, described the leak as a “serious pollution event” …

NSW Launch Safe Work Campaign

Reported by Julia | 06 Mar, 2007

Ken Phillips Source SMH The NSW Government has launched a new attack on the unacceptably high death and injury rate in the state’s workplaces. In 2004-05 there were 125 deaths and 50,000 serious injuries in work-related incidents in NSW. The new campaign is a multimedia blitz, Homecomings, and is based on a successful Victorian campaign last year, …

Farmer Injured By Tractor

Reported by Julia | 03 Mar, 2007

Source AAP A MAN has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after being run over by a three-tonne tractor on the New South Wales south coast, rescue services say. The 60-year-old man, from Randwick in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, was working on a farm on the northern headland of Gerroa when the accident occurred at midday …