Forklift Kills Son

Reported by Julia | 30 Jul, 2007

AAP A father watched in horror as a forklift truck fell on top of his son and fatally injured him in a tragic Rutherford accident – hours before the injured man was to celebrate his own son’s 21st birthday. Ambulance officers from Rutherford kept the seriously injured man alive and he was flown to Newcastle’s …

Oil Leak In Brisbane “Disaster Waiting To Happen”

Reported by Julia | 30 Jul, 2007

AAP AN oil pipeline which ruptured in Brisbane’s south over the weekend, forcing the evacuation of 500 homes, has been described as an “environmental disaster waiting to happen”. Santos Ltd has begun an investigation into the cause of the leak in part of the Moonie to Brisbane pipeline. The company said today that about 205 …

More Cancer Found In Hospital Workers

Reported by Julia | 27 Jul, 2007

AAP ANOTHER 12 female employees from a Sydney hospital have been found to have breast cancer, bringing the current toll to 17 with more cases expected to be revealed. Health Services Union spokesman Gerald Hayes told Fairfax newspapers the latest cases reported to him were past and present employees of the hospital’s food services department. …

NSW: Govt Renovations Halted Due To Asbestos

Reported by Julia | 25 Jul, 2007

AAP The discovery of asbestos at the NSW State Library in inner-city Sydney has put “countless” lives at risk, a union official says. Work safety body WorkCover stopped renovation work on the library on Wednesday after being alerted to the asbestos by Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU) members working on the site. CFMEU NSW …

WA: Shed Relocation Crushes Man

Reported by Julia | 23 Jul, 2007

A PERTH man was crushed to death today by a construction site shed that he was moving with a mini-digger transporter. Worksafe, Western Australia’s work safety watchdog, is investigating the 43-year-old man’s death at Kelmscott in Perth’s east this morning (WST). The man had picked up the shed with the mini-digger and was reversing when the digger …

Shell Oil Worker On His Way Home

Reported by Julia | 22 Jul, 2007

AAP Kidnapped Australian oil worker Jason Lane has been released alive but sick after a “horrific” ordeal at the hands of militant rebels in the Niger Delta. The Queenslander was released overnight along with his four co-workers, a week after they were kidnapped from an Anglo-Dutch Shell oil rig. His father Brian Lane says his …

VIC: $150,000 Fine For Ignoring Employee Safety Warning

Reported by Julia | 20 Jul, 2007

Worksafe Vic WorkSafe said that today’s decision in the County Court, resulting in a $150,000 fine, was a warning to Victorian employers not to ignore safety concerns raised by their workers. The County Court found the tree lopping company guilty of two breaches of theOccupational Health and Safety Act 1985. The company was prosecuted after …

QLD: NQ Chemical Spill On Street

Reported by Julia | 18 Jul, 2007

ABC News A chemical spill yesterday in the centre of Bowen, in north Queensland, forced the evacuation of more than 12 shops. Police say a small freight truck spilt five litres of formaldehyde after making a delivery just after 11:00am AEST. Shops on Williams Street between Herbert and Gregory Streets were forced to shut for about …

VIC: Tractor Accident On Farm Claims LIfe

Reported by Julia | 17 Jul, 2007

A Rushworth man killed in a tractor accident on Saturday has been described as a generous man who would help anybody. Ivan Madi, 62, was killed after the tractor he was driving rolled while it was pulling up trees on a property on Gunn Rd, near Cleary Lane, south-east of Rushworth. Worksafe Victoria was notified …

NSW: Coal Train Kills Two Rail Workers

Reported by Julia | 16 Jul, 2007

AAP Two rail workers were killed instantly when a coal train struck them as they worked along the rail line at Singleton in the NSW Hunter Valley before dawn. Authorities say the dead men were wearing safety vests when they were hit by a northbound coal train about 5.50am (AEST), as they worked on the …

TAS: Dangerous Crane Has Been Removed

Reported by Julia | 16 Jul, 2007

AAP A CRANE which threatened to topple from the top of the Commonwealth Government Centre in Hobart, causing the evacuation of a nearby motel, has now been safely removed. A crew was using a crane at ground level to remove another crane from the top of the Commonwealth Government offices when things went wrong at about …

TAS: CBD Chaos Over Crane Incident

Reported by Julia | 15 Jul, 2007

AAP PEAK-hour traffic in central Hobart will likely be disrupted tomorrow as crews work to dismantle a crane that threatened to collapse on a high-rise motel today. A crew was using a crane at ground level to remove a crane from the top of the Commonwealth government offices when trouble struck about 2.30pm (AEST) today, …

QLD: Semi-Trailer Crushes Man

Reported by Julia | 14 Jul, 2007

AAP A MAN was crushed to death while attempting to hook up a semi-trailer earlier today near Monto, in south-east Queensland. The 46-year-old man, from NSW, was found dead on Saleyard Road, south of Monto, about 10.30am. He was found crushed under the rear wheels of a semi-trailer float. A police spokeswoman said it was believed …

VIC: Teenage Falls Through Skylight

Reported by Julia | 13 Jul, 2007

Fairfax A teenage apprentice builder is in hospital with multiple fractures after falling through a skylight in Ringwood, in Melbourne’s east. The 15-year-old apprentice was working on a roof when he fell five metres. WorkSafe acting Construction and Utilities spokesman Allan Beacom said that the incident had all of the elements of a disaster waiting to …

NSW: Oil Leak Mixes With Explosives On Ship

Reported by Julia | 11 Jul, 2007

Souce: AAP FIRE crews are working to avoid a potential explosion of leaking oil and ammonium nitrate on board a cargo ship near Newcastle. About 1.20am (AEST) this morning, a ship crane was loading 500 1.2 tonne bags of ammonium nitrate onto the vessel at Kooragang Island, just north of Newcastle. Leaking oil from the …

VIC: Fall Victim Dies In Hospital

Reported by Julia | 11 Jul, 2007

Worksafe Victoria A 35-year-old window cleaner has died in hospital after falling about 12 metres from a city office building on Sunday morning WorkSafe believes the Kew man fell after an air vent gave way, causing him to fall into Bourke St near the intersection of Exhibition Street. The incident follows another serious fall from …

VIC: Family Business Fined For Son’s Injuries

Reported by Julia | 11 Jul, 2007

Worksafe Victoria A construction company has been convicted and fined $15,000 after the director’s son was seriously burned in a construction site explosion at Niddrie last year. The injured man was only released from hospital two weeks ago and is still undergoing rehabilitation. Magistrate Barry Docking said the 31-year-old’s injuries would be a constant, lifelong reminder …

WA: Construction Worker’s Leg Pierced

Reported by Julia | 11 Jul, 2007

Source: AAP A CONSTRUCTION worker has been seriously injured on a Perth building site, according to a construction union. The West Australian branch of the Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said today a steel reinforcing rod pierced nearty 20cm up the worker’s leg. Another rod scraped his face, narrowly missing an eye. He …

NSW: Auger Accident Victim Dies

Reported by Julia | 11 Jul, 2007

Source: AAP Griffith detectives and the Forensic Service Group are investigating the death of a local man in a freak farming accident at Tabbita on Monday night. Noel Simpkin, 63, died after becoming caught in an auger while extracting livestock feed from a silo on his property. Police and emergency services were called to the …

QLD: Truck Load Of Grain Buries Man

Reported by Julia | 11 Jul, 2007

Source: AAP A man has been admitted to hospital after being buried under a load of grain on a farm in central Queensland. A 19-year-old man from Glenden, near Mackay, was standing near the rear of a tilt tray truck carrying grain when its load was dumped quicker than expected, police said. He was buried under …

NSW: $178,000 Fine For Worker Being Killed Third Day At Work

Reported by Julia | 11 Jul, 2007

AAP THE mother of a teenage building worker killed on his third day of work says the justice system has failed her after the $1.9 billion firm responsible for her son’s death escaped with a paltry $178,000 fine. Joel Exner, 16, died on an Australand building site in 2003 and for four years his mother Sue …