Worker Dies In Fall At Refinery

Reported by Admin | 30 Apr, 2007

Source: ABC Northern Territory Police are investigating the death of a worker at Alcan’s Gove refinery in the territory’s north-east earlier today. Alcan says the 33-year-old man was killed when he fell from an elevated work platform about 11:30am ACST. Another man was also injured in the accident and has been taken to Gove hospital. The ABC …

Man Forced To Stand After Pallet Broke His Leg

Reported by Admin | 30 Apr, 2007

Source: The Courier Mail A WORKER stood for almost an hour with his badly broken leg trapped in a pallet after an industrial accident at James Hardie in Carole Park this morning. Camira fire station duty officer, Rob Walker, said the worker’s leg became wedged in the pallet carrying fibro sheeting as a forklift came in …

Workplace Law My Be Under Take Over

Reported by Admin | 28 Apr, 2007

Source: AAP The federal government’s attempt to take over workplace safety laws in NSW would jeopardise workers and their families, the state government says. Attending an International Day of Mourning service in Sydney for those killed in workplace accidents, NSW Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca said the takeover was an attack on basic safety …

Woman’s Head Caught In Machine

Reported by Admin | 26 Apr, 2007

Source: Star News A BERWICK woman suffered serious injuries after her head was caught in an unguarded machine last Friday. The 35-year-old was working at a Braybrook bedding factory when the incident occurred about 8.15am. She was in a stable condition after being treated for head injuries at The Alfred hospital. WorkSafe inspectors are continuing …

Fall Victim In Wait For Help

Reported by Admin | 26 Apr, 2007

Source: The Standard A COBDEN man in his 60s had to wait about an hour-and-a-half for an air ambulance after he fell through a shed roof. The man injured his hip and pelvis in the fall and  suffered suspected head injuries. A WorkSafe spokesman said the fall may have been as far as eight metres. An ambulance …

Police Name Worker Killed At NT Refinery

Reported by Admin | 24 Apr, 2007

Source: AAP A worker killed in an industrial accident at an alumina refinery in the Northern Territory has been named by police. Daniel Aaron Burman, 33, died when he plunged off an elevated platform at the Alcan Gove site in Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula in east Arnhem Land. The refinery is owned by Canadian Aluminium …

Investigation Begins Into Alcan Refinery Death

Reported by Admin | 24 Apr, 2007

Source: ABC Online An investigation into the death of a man killed at the Northern Territory’s Alcan Gove Refinery site yesterday has swung into action. The 33-year-old died yesterday after he and another man fell from an elevated work platform. The second man has now been released from hospital. Two investigators from the territory’s Mines Department …

Union Calls For WorkSafe Probe On Mine Fatality

Reported by Admin | 24 Apr, 2007

Source: AAP Unions NT says it is concerned that all the circumstances of a man’s death at the Alcan refinery at Gove may not be made public. The Territory’s Mining Department is investigating what caused the 33-year-old man and his colleague to fall from an elevated platform at the site yesterday. The other man injured in …

Toll On Truck Drivers Starts To Show

Reported by Admin | 24 Apr, 2007

Source: Sun Herald TRUCKS are 2.7 times more likely than other vehicles to be involved in a fatal crash. Also, according to the Transport Accident Commission, one in six fatal crashes on Victoria’s roads involves trucks. In the decade to last year, 689 people died in 594 truck crashes. Another 245 people were seriously injured in …

Safety Practises Not Up To Scratch

Reported by Admin | 24 Apr, 2007

Source:AAP INADEQUATE safety measures and systemic complacency within the CSIRO contributed to the death of a microbiologist who was trapped in a laboratory chamber with virtually no oxygen, a coroner has found. Colleagues found the body of Set Van Nguyen, 44, more than 14 hours after he became locked inside a chamber leading to a …

Beaconsfield Mine In The Clear – No Charges Laid

Reported by Admin | 23 Apr, 2007

Source:AAP There were still lessons to be learned following the Beaconsfield mine collapse despite a decision not to lay charges over the disaster, union heavyweight Bill Shorten says. Miner Larry Knight died in the rock fall on April 25, 2006, while fellow miners Brant Webb and Todd Russell were trapped underground in the northern Tasmanian mine …

Charges Laid Over Gate Death

Reported by Admin | 20 Apr, 2007

Source: Sunshine Coast Daily LEGAL proceedings began yesterday against three companies linked to the death of a Nambour Plaza cleaner in 2005. Kathryn Jones – a 45-year-old mother of three – died instantly when a 900kg gate she had just opened came off its rollers and fell on her early on the morning of December 10, …

WorkSafe Response On Bullying Report

Reported by Admin | 19 Apr, 2007

Source: Worksafe Victoria WorkSafe is pleased, but not surprised, that the Ombudsman has cleared the organisation of allegations of improper conduct in relation to its handling of bullying claims at the Police Association. The Ombudsman’s report was tabled in Parliament yesterday. WorkSafe supports the report’s three recommendations.In essence, the Ombudsman’s report concluded that while existing policies …

Safety Rules Stretched To Save Miners

Reported by Admin | 16 Apr, 2007

Source: AAP KEY members of the rescue team that worked to free the men trapped when the Beaconsfield mine collapsed have revealed the emotion that drove their efforts and their unusual methods used to bend the rules to save their mates. In tonight’s Australian Story program, some members of the rescue team, including the men who …

Work Sausage Sizzle Burns Employee

Reported by Admin | 14 Apr, 2007

AAP A Melbourne radio station worker has been taken to hospital with burns after a can of cooking oil ignited during a promotional barbecue outside a shopping centre. The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said the accident happened about 11.45am (AEST) on Saturday outside the Braybrook shopping centre, in Ashley Street, Braybrook, in Melbourne’s west. The …

Fears Silo Could Blow Town Away

Reported by Admin | 13 Apr, 2007

AAP ABOUT 1500 residents from the southern New South Wales town of Temora have been evacuated amid fears a silo could explode. The New South Wales Fire Brigade was called to the town around 1.30pm (AEST) today after the temperature in one of the silos started to escalate. The fire brigade established an 800m exclusion …

Forklift Accident Critically Injures Man

Reported by Admin | 13 Apr, 2007

NSW Police Police are investigating an overnight industrial accident in Broken Hill, in the NSW ’s far west, which has left a man critically injured. About 3am today, a colleague located the 56-year-old man impaled by a forklift tyne and pinned against a heavy vehicle trailer. Police from the Barrier Local Area Command, as well …

Out Of Control Truck Hits 17 Cars

Reported by Admin | 12 Apr, 2007

The Advertiser AN out-of-control truck ploughed into 17 cars on Main South Rd in Adelaide this afternoon. Fourteen people were taken to Flinders Medical Centre. All of the injured were reported to be in a satisfactory condition and police said none suffered serious injury. The truck appeared to have lost its air brakes as it travelled …

Northern Territory Worksafe Prosecute Over Welders Death

Reported by Admin | 12 Apr, 2007

ABC Three companies have been charged with breaching their duty of care following the electrocution death of a worker on Darwin’s Waterfront development. Twenty-three-year-old welder Cameron Bradley died in February last year when he was working on a pontoon near East Arm Wharf. The three Contractors have been summonsed to appear in the Darwin Magistrates …

Charges Over Beconsfiled Known Soon

Reported by Admin | 12 Apr, 2007

Source: The Boarder Mail A DECISION on whether the Beaconsfield gold mine operators will face charges after the Anzac Day rock fall last year is expected to be made within two weeks. Under the Workplace Health and Safety Act, authorities only have 12 months to lay charges from the time inspectors notice a possible breach …

No Wrong Doing Over Cyanide Spill

Reported by Admin | 12 Apr, 2007

Source ABC A Northern Territory WorkSafe investigation has cleared all companies involved in a cyanide spill on the Stuart Highway in February of any wrongdoing. The highway was closed for nine days as authorities cleaned up cyanide pellets that were spilt when a road train rolled. WorkSafe found the cyanide manufacturer Orica, the freight company …