Miner Freed From Drill Rig

Reported by Admin | 29 Jun, 2007

A trapped miner has been freed by rescuers after an industrial accident at Mount Isa in Queensland’s north-west. The man was operating a drill rig at the Blackstar lead and zinc mine when it partially slumped into a void this morning. The worker has been recovered from the fallen rig in a vertical rescue operation and …

Miner Trapped By Drill Rig

Reported by Admin | 29 Jun, 2007

Rescuers are trying to free a trapped miner after an industrial accident at Mount Isa in Queensland’s north-west. A rig collapsed at the Blackstar lead and zinc mine around 11:00am AEST. Chantelle Rule from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service says Emergency Services units are working with Xstrata mines management to try to rescue the …

CASA Action Unsatisfactory

Reported by Admin | 29 Jun, 2007

Fairfax A Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) inspector has admitted the aviation watchdog’s response to concerns about the airline at the centre of one of the nation’s worst air disasters was “unsatisfactory”. Brisbane-based CASA inspector Max McRae today gave evidence to a coronial inquest into the circumstances surrounding the Lockhart River plane crash on May …

$80 Million Site Grinds To Halt Over Contamination Fears

Reported by Admin | 29 Jun, 2007

AAP CHEMICAL vapours have forced an “indefinite” work standstill at Geelong’s new TAC headquarters, after one worker was hospitalised amid unknown contamination fears. Construction bosses called a halt to the $80 million project this week after soil excavation uncovered fumes from an unknown chemical believed to have come from a previous industry at the Brougham …

Widow Not Happy With Fine For Tractor Accident

Reported by Admin | 28 Jun, 2007

AAP The widow of a Queanbeyan man who died after an unsafe tractor he was driving rolled and crushed him is disgusted by the $35,000 fine for negligence an ACT magistrate has imposed on her husband’s employer. “It was very disappointing to wait 2 years and then all they get is some sort of a …

Working From Platforms OHS System Introduced After Fall

Reported by Admin | 28 Jun, 2007

ABC A marine worker injured at Port Kembla Harbour, on the New South Wales south coast, has been awarded more than $750,000 in damages. Gary John Corbett, 47, fell four metres while walking over coils that he was securing into position on a ship. He landed head first on the steel floor of the vessel and …

$35,000 Fine For Tractor Roll Over Death

Reported by Admin | 27 Jun, 2007

ABC An ACT forestry company that benefited from a $2 million government assistance package after the 2003 bushfires has been fined $35,000 over the workplace death of one of its employees. Brindabella Logging was one of several forestry companies which shared in Federal and ACT Government funding to help rebuild the industry after the fires. …

Safety Manager “Did Not Audit, Test Or Inspect Anybody”

Reported by Admin | 27 Jun, 2007

Fairfax The safety manager of the airline at the centre of one of Australia’s worst aviation disasters has told an inquest it was not his responsibility to audit, test or inspect anybody. Edward Doyle, who worked as both TransAir’s aviation safety manager and maintenance controller, today appeared at the Queensland coronial inquest in Brisbane into …

Bobcat Delivery Kills One Injures Two

Reported by Admin | 27 Jun, 2007

AAP A MAN was killed and two colleagues seriously injured while delivering machinery to a worksite at Lake Macquarie yesterday. Police believe wet conditions may have contributed to the fatal accident on a stretch of road which claimed the life of a truck driver 12 months ago. A 23-year-old passenger suffered head and chest injuries …

Melbourne Cleaner Has Fallen From Building

Reported by Admin | 26 Jun, 2007

Source: Fairfax A man who fell 12 metres while cleaning an inner-city building has died in hospital. The 35-year-old-man, whose name has not been released, was apparently cleaning windows early Sunday morning from on top of an air vent on a State Government building at the corner of Exhibition and Bourke Streets. The vent apparently gave way, …

“Accident Waiting To Happen” In Cattle Yards

Reported by Admin | 26 Jun, 2007

Source: Northern Daily Leader, NSW THE Tamworth Regional Council could be sitting on a WorkCover accident just waiting to occur at its livestock selling centre, a leading livestock transporter, butcher, wholesaler and producer has said. Taminda Bacon Factory’s Greg Townsend said he and his father had been doing business at Tamworth’s saleyards for more than …

Union Up In Arms Over Visa Program

Reported by Admin | 25 Jun, 2007

Souce: AAP THREE guest workers in Australia under the federal 457 visa scheme have been killed in separate incidents in the past four weeks, the construction union says. The left-wing Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) claims the scheme, under which employers can apply to bring foreign skilled staff into Australia for temporary work, …

Safety Management Systems Should Have Been “More Effective”

Reported by Admin | 22 Jun, 2007

Souce: AAP The death of an Indian seafarer crushed by an oil tanker’s lift may have been avoided if the ship’s safety management systems had been more effective, a report has found. The 36-year-old electrician was working on an elevator on the British Mallard tanker when the elevator car unexpectedly rose, crushing him on January …

Unguarded Conveyor Belt Costs $80,000 In Fines

Reported by Admin | 21 Jun, 2007

FOOD manufacturer Goodman Fielder has been fined $80,000 for a safety breach which left a North East worker needing steel plates and screws in her arm after it became trapped in a machine. Deanne Young spent a week in hospital following the accident, which happened when she was cleaning a feed conveyor belt used in …

Chemical Spill Injures Seven In Melbourne

Reported by Admin | 21 Jun, 2007

Source: AAP SEVEN workers suffered chemical burns and about 160 workers were evacuated following a chemical spill at a Melbourne factory today. About 1000 litres of the highly corrosive and flammable chemical N-butylamine (N-butylamine) leaked at Bostik Chemicals in High Street, Thomastown, about 12.45pm (AEST) today, a Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) spokesman said. The leak …

WorkSafe Inspectors Presence Felt

Reported by Admin | 21 Jun, 2007

A safety improvement project in Sunshine has been hailed a success with WorkSafe inspectors visiting 109 businesses between 28 May and 1 June. The visits were part of the Safer Work Zones project in which up to 10 inspectors concentrate on a particular area for one week. WorkSafe’s Executive Director, John Merritt, said 120 Improvement …

Enforceable Undertaking Is A First For Plumbing Company

Reported by Admin | 21 Jun, 2007

A plumbing company has presented a health and safety lecture to 36 apprentice plumbers at Holmesglen TAFE in the first case of its type under Victoria’s workplace safety laws. Watsonia company, J Keogh Plumbing Pty Ltd, agreed to the Enforceable Undertaking as an alternative to prosecution. Enforceable Undertakings are legally binding agreements between WorkSafe and …

Explosion Burns Boiler Maker

Reported by Admin | 21 Jun, 2007

A 64-year-old boiler maker suffered serious burns after an accident at a Lane Cove industrial plant. The Beacon Hill man was welding the top of a large steel vat when gases inside ignited, causing an explosion. The force of the explosion blew the hatch of the vat open, causing burns to the man’s back, legs and …

Abestos Town Is Gone Forever

Reported by Admin | 20 Jun, 2007

Source: AAP The asbestos-riddled ghost town of Wittenoom is being wiped off the map – literally. The West Australian government announced today the site, where eight people continue to resist efforts to move them out, is no longer a designated town site and had been de-gazetted. The move means Wittenoom, in the state’s north, will …

Chemical Explosion At Food Factory

Reported by Admin | 19 Jun, 2007

Source: AAP AN explosion at a Tasmanian food processing factory has left one worker badly injured and exposed 15 others to potentially harmful chemicals. The blast occurred at the Simplot vegetable processing plant in Ulverstone, near Devonport in northern Tasmania, about 9.40am (AEST) today. Tasmanian Ambulance Service regional supervisor Norris Hayes said the injured man, …

6 Metre Fall For Glass Installer

Reported by Admin | 19 Jun, 2007

Source: ABC Worksafe is investigating an accident at a Taylors Lakes shopping centre, north-west of Melbourne, where a man was seriously injured after falling more than six metres. The accident happened just after 4:00 am AEST at the Watergardens Shopping Centre where construction workers had been working overnight. A 22-year-old glazier is being treated for head …