Further Delays Over Beaconsfield Mine Disaster

Reported by Julia | 22 May, 2007

AAP THE findings of the investigation into last year’s Beaconsfield gold mine rock fall could be delayed another two months. The lawyer heading the investigation, Greg Melick, has asked the State Government for an extra two months to study more geotechnical and mining methods evidence. He was due to release his findings late last year, …

Labourer Attacked By His Boss

Reported by Julia | 21 May, 2007

Source: AAP A SYDNEY labourer suffered a string of injuries – including being blinded in one eye and having his jaw fractured – when his boss continually assaulted him, a court was told today. Sam Kautai, 20, told Downing Centre Local Court today that his boss, Manuel Purauto, used a hammer, his feet and his …

Hospital Holds Up Workers Comp Payment

Reported by Julia | 21 May, 2007

Source: Sunshine Coast Daily A SUNSHINE Coast hospital is investigating what went wrong after a teenager was sent home with an undiagnosed broken elbow and her X-rays were lost in the system. Little Mountain teenager Kylie Moon, 19, injured her elbow in a workplace accident last Monday. Her boss took her to Caloundra hospital for x-rays, …

Concrete Tilt Up Panel Accident Investigation

Reported by Julia | 20 May, 2007

Source: ABC Online Worksafe has launched an investigation into the partial collapse of a building in Fremantle, south of Perth, yesterday which crushed a worker. The damaged section of the new building on Adelaide street was demolished last night after the first floor collapsed, crushing a bobcat operator on the ground floor. He was taken …

Exhaustion Leads To Ambulance Crash

Reported by Julia | 20 May, 2007

Source: AAP FATIGUE has been blamed for a crash involving two Queensland ambulances. The vehicles were involved in a minor nose-to-tail accident attending the same job at Kilcoy, northwest of Brisbane, about 2am on Wednesday – with no injuries to paramedics or patients. But sources said the accident investigation report revealed both ambulance crews were …

Construction Site Collapse Buries Man

Reported by Julia | 19 May, 2007

Source: AAP A CONSTRUCTION worker is lucky to be alive after the first floor of a building collapsed, burying him under tonnes of concrete rubble in Fremantle. Trapped inside the safety cage of a forklift, Trent Hardy used his mobile phone to call his mates for help at 10.15am. The 30-year-old leading-hand labourer was rescued …

False WorkCover Claim Leads To Conviction

Reported by Julia | 17 May, 2007

Source: Worksafe Victoria A Geelong woman was convicted and fined $6,000 today and faces the possibility of six months in jail, for fraudulently obtaining more than $54,400 in workplace injury compensation payments and for providing false information. The Geelong Magistrates Court heard that Marlene Rimmrodt was working as a credit manager with a Tullamarine freight company …

Man Looses Arm In Conveyor Belt

Reported by Julia | 17 May, 2007

Source AAP A worker lost his arm below the elbow on Thursday when it was caught in a conveyor belt at a Laverton rock and concrete crushing plant. A 44-year-old man from Roxburgh Park in Melbourne’s north was taken to the Alfred Hospital where he underwent surgery. Worksafe Victoria said it was believed he had been …

OHS In QLD Film Industry “Unsafe”

Reported by Julia | 16 May, 2007

Article AAP Forget the dangerous stunts, just being on a film set is a risky business. A report from Queensland’s Griffith University has revealed more than half of the state’s film and television workers are working in unsafe conditions. The interim report, released to the industry on Wednesday, highlights low occupational health and safety (OHS) …

Industrial Accident Crushes Leg In Harvester

Reported by Julia | 16 May, 2007

Source: Courier Mail A MAN spent more than an hour with his leg pinned in an industrial harvester after an accident at a farm in Beerwah. The 22-year-old man was working at Oakland Farm on Mawsons Road, harvesting ginger just before 7.30am when some of the ginger became lodged in the machine. It’s believed the man …

Jockey Takes On Insurance Company Over Horse Fall

Reported by Julia | 14 May, 2007

Article from: AAP A FORMER jockey who was left a quadriplegic after a race fall began civil action against insurance giant GIO today. Outside Canberra Magistrates Court, Ray Silburn said he just wanted enough money to modify his car and house to accommodate his wheelchair. “There’s so many (sic) stuff out there for disabilities that …

Arm Crushed At Melbourne Airport

Reported by Julia | 14 May, 2007

Article From The Age A cleaner is in a stable condition after his arm was crushed during a workplace accident at Melbourne Airport this morning. The Craigieburn man, aged in his 60s, was trapped when a waste container slipped from a compactor truck in the flight catering area of the airport. The man’s left arm was …

QLD Worker’s Comp Premiums Continue To Fall

Reported by Julia | 13 May, 2007

Article From AAP Queensland employers are to have their workers’ compensation premiums cut even further, saving business more than $30 million a year, the state government says. Deputy Premier Anna Bligh said the WorkCover Queensland fund would be cut to an average premium rate of $1.15 for every $100 an employer pays in wages. She …

Tractor Runs Over Farmer

Reported by Julia | 11 May, 2007

Article from: The West A man has been injured on a farm near Kununurra after it is believed he was run over by a tractor. It is understood the man sustained serious chest injuries and will be flown to Royal Perth Hospital this afternoon. It is the second farming-related accident in the past 24 hours. …

Drugs At Work Still A Problem

Reported by Julia | 10 May, 2007

Article from: AAP ABOUT one in four employees say fellow workers take illegal drugs at work, a survey has found. Human resources and recruitment firm Talent2 said an internet survey of more than 1700 people in several different industry groups showed a high number of people who took illegal drugs while on the job. Those …

Voyager Accident Payouts Continues 43 Years On

Reported by Julia | 10 May, 2007

Article from: AAP A FORMER sailor who claimed he suffered a mental injury after witnessing the Voyagerdisaster has won $20,000 compensation after he took his case to a Victorian appeals court. John Robert Cavenett was 21 years old and a medic aboard the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbournewhen it collided with the destroyer HMAS Voyager in February 1964, slicing …

WorkCover Fraud Doesn’t Pay

Reported by Julia | 10 May, 2007

Article from: AAP PIZZA store staff who overpowered an armed robber and held him until police arrived are having their actions investigated by the West Australian work safety watchdog. Police allege two armed bandits tried to hold up a pizza store in southeastern Kenwick last night, but staff tackled one of the would-be robbers causing …

Worksafe To Investigate Armed Robbery Heroics

Reported by Julia | 09 May, 2007

Article from: AAP PIZZA store staff who overpowered an armed robber and held him until police arrived are having their actions investigated by the West Australian work safety watchdog. Police allege two armed bandits tried to hold up a pizza store in southeastern Kenwick last night, but staff tackled one of the would-be robbers causing …

Gas Explosion Burns Worker

Reported by Julia | 09 May, 2007

Source:ABC New England Police and WorkCover representatives are expected to meet representatives of the Central Ranges Gas Pipeline in Tamworth today to discuss an accident in which a man was badly burnt yesterday. The 34-year-old is being treated for severe burns in Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital. The fire brigade’s regional commander, Michael Brown, says …

Two Workers Taken To Hospital At Timber Mill

Reported by Julia | 08 May, 2007

Source: ABC Central West The safety standards of a timber mill at Blayney have again come into question after two workers at the plant were injured. The state’s workplace safety authority, WorkCover New South Wales, issued Blayney Treated Pine with six safety improvement notices in March, after the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union contacted …

Tyre Blow Out Fatally Injuries Worker

Reported by Julia | 08 May, 2007

ABC Central West Police and WorkCover are investigating a fatal industrial accident at a tyre fitting workshop in Lithgow. Officers say the a 19-year-old Portland man received severe head injuries in a forklift accident at the Hartley Valley Road business yesterday afternoon. Police say initial enquiries suggest a mechanical failure with the forklift caused its tyre …