NSW: Falling Glass Kills Worker

Reported by Admin | 29 Aug, 2007

Source: Fairfax Digital A 35-year-old man has been killed by falling sheets of glass at a factory in Sydney’s west. He died about 5pm yesterday when the sheets, weighing 1.5 tonnes, fell on him from a timber crate at the Granville factory where he worked. The glass sheets were being used to make shower screens. …

WA: Bunbury Asbestos Scare On Prison Construction

Reported by Admin | 25 Aug, 2007

Source: ABC Project manager for the Bunbury Regional Prison expansion Tony Budrovich says there will not be a separate investigation into an asbestos scare at the construction site. About 50 workers were evacuated from the site last Friday, when material resembling asbestos was found buried on the site. The Construction, Forestr,y Mining and Energy Union …

NSW: Sydney Tunnel Builders To Be Prosecuted

Reported by Admin | 24 Aug, 2007

Source: ABC The New South Wales coroner has found that the builders of the Cross City Tunnel should have done more to protect a worker who was killed in a rock fall. Ronald Shores died on July 29, 2004, when a section of roof collapsed on him while he was working on a ventilation tunnel …

VIC: Blow To Head Kills Factor Worker

Reported by Admin | 24 Aug, 2007

Source: Fairfax A man died after hitting his head on a truck at a factory in Melbourne’s south-east last night, police say. The homicide squad attended the scene when the death of the 26-year-old Glen Waverley man was treated as suspicious, but detectives last night deemed the death non-suspicious. Police believe the man died about …

NSW: Bus Drivers Hit By Flu Epidemic

Reported by Admin | 24 Aug, 2007

Source: Daily Telegraph EVERY winter we’re told to consider getting a flu vaccination. Good advice, with this year’s flu season being one of the worst in recent years. Hardest hit are Sydney’s commuters. They are currently subjected to ongoing bus service disruption due to a virulent mutation of influenza commonly known in Sydney as bus …

QLD: Mining Safety Procedures Need Improvement

Reported by Admin | 24 Aug, 2007

Source: ABC A new report released by Queensland Health shows the fatality rate in the state’s mining industry has not improved in more than a decade. Research by the Injury Surveillance Unit also reveals that almost 6,000 miners received minor injuries between 1998 and 2005. Report author and Mackay Base Hospital physician Dr Dale Hanson …

VIC: Improvement Notices Not Implemented

Reported by Admin | 23 Aug, 2007

Source: Star News A DANDENONG magistrate has ordered a food flavouring company to pay $10,000 to the Dandenong Benevolent Society after finding it in breach of forklift safety standards. Worksafe Victoria last week said it prosecuted International Flavours and Fragrances Australia for failing to implement improvements to forklift safety at the company’s Dandenong-Frankston Road factory. Dandenong Magistrate …

NSW: Construction Industry Gets WorkCover Boost

Reported by Admin | 22 Aug, 2007

Source:AAP WorkCover NSW and the Housing Industry Association have announced what they say is a breakthrough safety agreement to cut the death toll of Australian construction workers. The industry loses close to an average of one worker a week to fatal workplace injuries. NSW Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca says the WorkCover-HIA partnership will …

VIC: Tractor Driver Crushes Himself

Reported by Admin | 22 Aug, 2007

Source: The Courier A 54-YEAR-OLD Leonards Hill man was killed yesterday when he was crushed by atractor in a farming accident. The man had reversed the tractor into a water tank on his property about midday, Senior Constable Simon Barker of Daylesford police said. He said the man had hit the water tank and jumped …

TAS: Workplace Standards Release Explosives Theft Report

Reported by Admin | 20 Aug, 2007

Source: Workplace Standards Tasmania Between Friday 27 to Monday 30 April 2007, several men broke into an explosive magazine storage facility. Access into the permanent and fixed magazine was achieved by cutting the lock (shrouded) on a vehicle entrance boom-gate, and forcing entry into the small magazine building by removing a heavy metal vent cover …

VIC: Chemical Fumes Kill Worker

Reported by Admin | 18 Aug, 2007

Source: AAP HEALTH and safety officials are investigating the death of a Melbourne man believed to have been overcome by fumes while working inside a steel chemical storage tank. Colleagues of the 42-year-old Werribee man found him slumped inside the tank, which was undergoing maintenance at a worksite in McArthurs Road, Altona North, around 3pm …

NSW: ‘Fireworks’ Over Injured Worker

Reported by Admin | 16 Aug, 2007

Souce: AAP A MAN suing WorkCover and Foti Fireworks has received the green light to go ahead with his case in the NSW Supreme Court. Dusan Lovric and his wife Todora are suing the workplace safety watchdog and the pyrotechnics giant for negligence over an accident at Foti’s Leppington factory in June 2003. Mr Lovric, …

NSW: Massive Fine Over Waterfall Disaster

Reported by Admin | 16 Aug, 2007

Source: Fairfax THE State Rail Authority has been fined $385,000 for workplace safety failings that led to the 2003 Waterfall train disaster. Seven people were killed and 16 injured when a dead man’s pedal failed to stop the train after its driver collapsed of a heart attack. In imposing the record fine on a government …

VIC: $40,000 Fine For Fingers Cut Off

Reported by Admin | 15 Aug, 2007

Source: Fairfax WARRNAMBOOL’S Midfield Meat Processing has been fined $40,000 after a trainee worker chopped off a thumb and three fingers in January last year. Midfield Meat Processing, a division of the Midfield group of companies, has pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to two charges of breaching the Occupational Health and Safety Act. In …

QLD: Night Clubs Noise And Lighting Issues

Reported by Admin | 15 Aug, 2007

Source: GoldCoast GOLD Coast nightclubs are likely to be told to turn their music down and their lights up because of serious concerns about health and safety. A Liquor Licensing source told The Gold Coast Bulletin the organisation had received a report on excessive noise levels at Gold Coast nightclubs highlighting ‘real concerns’ staff and patrons …

QLD: Cherry Picker Accident Under Bridge

Reported by Admin | 14 Aug, 2007

Source: AAP A MIDDLE-AGED Department of Main Roads repairman was crushed to death late last night in a freak accident on the Western Freeway. Police at the scene said a group of Main Roads workers had been doing routine maintenance on the underside of an overpass on the Western Freeway about 11pm last night when one of …

WA: Lead Contamination Leads To Charges

Reported by Admin | 10 Aug, 2007

Source: AAP A PORT authority accused of causing lead contamination in a West Australian town could face fines of up to $1 million after being charged with causing pollution with criminal negligence. The community at Esperance became concerned in January after thousands of mystery bird deaths, believed to have been caused by lead poisoning. Subsequent …

VIC: 30 Evacuate Due To Target Fire

Reported by Admin | 10 Aug, 2007

from Target’s Waurn Ponds store after a fusebox fire yesterday morning. CFA operations officer Bob Barry said  fire broke out as an electrician was working on a switchboard near the  store about 8.20am. Mr Barry said a food court and the Target store were clogged with smoke and 30 people, who were mainly Target employees, …

VIC: $8000 Fine For Lunch Room

Reported by Admin | 09 Aug, 2007

Source: AAP THE Victorian Department of Education today was slapped with an $8000 fine for failing to make an overcrowded teachers’ lunchroom safe. The small lunchroom at Altona Primary School, in Melbourne’s southwest, was proven to be a risk to teachers and breached occupational health and safety rules, Worksafe Victoria said. Risks to teachers included scalding …

NSW: Waterfall Recommendations Implemented

Reported by Admin | 08 Aug, 2007

Source: AAP Almost all of the safety recommendations from an inquiry into the fatal Waterfall train crash have been implemented although compliance had slipped in some. Seven people were killed when a commuter train crashed at Waterfall, south of Sydney, in 2003. NSW Transport Minister John Watkins said a quarterly progress report from the Independent …

QLD: Safety Notices For Brisbane Show

Reported by Admin | 08 Aug, 2007

Source: AAP Three amusement ride operators have been issued with safety notices ahead of Thursday’s opening of the Ekka, but all showbags have been given the green light. The 131st Royal Queensland Show, known locally as the Ekka, runs for 10 days at Brisbane’s Royal National Association (RNA) Showgrounds. A spokeswoman for Employment and Industrial …