VIC: Chairlift Operator Fined $90,000

Reported by Julia | 26 Oct, 2007

Source: News.com.au A VICTORIAN tourist chairlift operator has been fined $110,000 over a crash that crushed a woman’s legs. Tri Thi Le was on the ride on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, with several family members on March 18, 2004, when her chair slid down the rope into the one in front. Her legs …

SA: Drugs At Work Being Identified

Reported by Julia | 26 Oct, 2007

Source: Adelaide Now RANDOM workplace drug tests in the past year have caught hundreds of South Australian workers with crystal methamphetamine in their system. Adelaide-based company, Integrity Sampling, has tested up to 5000 workers in various industries in the past 12 months. The company said about 10 per cent had displayed traces of the stimulant …

NSW: Cobar Council Encourages Workplace Safety

Reported by Julia | 26 Oct, 2007

Source: Cobar Age Cobar Shire Council is taking the lead in workplace safety, with most of its employees participating in a Safe Work Australia Week activity to focus on workplace safety issues. With more than 180 employees, the council has made it a priority this week to raise awareness of safety in the workplace to …

QLD: Worker On Elevated Work Platform Electrocuted

Reported by Julia | 24 Oct, 2007

Source: Gold Coast A 45-year-old Country Energy worker was electrocuted yesterday while carrying out line work at Burringbar, southeast of Murwillumbah. The Murwillumbah man, who had worked for the company for 17 years, is believed to have been working on an elevated work platform when the accident occurred about 10am. A second Country Energy employee at the site …

WA: 54 Miners Trapped After Truck Fire

Reported by Julia | 24 Oct, 2007

Source: The West Fifty four workers at a gold mine near Kalgoorlie were trapped underground after a fire broke out in a truck engine early this morning. The workers, at Barrick Gold Corp’s Kanowna Belle Gold Mine north-east of Kalgoorlie, were taken to refuge stations underground “as a precautionary measure” after the incident, which started …

VIC: Worker Looses Fingers In Grinder Accident

Reported by Julia | 23 Oct, 2007

Source: The Standard A DERRINALLUM man faces the prospect of losing the use of his hand after a shocking workplace incident in Lismore. The mill operator is believed to have lost four fingers and severely damaged his thumb after he got caught in machinery at a stockfeed company on Friday. Opening inspection doors, the man’s hand …

QLD: WorkSafe Awards Announced

Reported by Julia | 23 Oct, 2007

The winners of the 2007 Work Safe Awards have been announced. Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, John Mickel, says the awards celebrate the great work being done by workers and businesses to improve health and safety at the grass roots level throughout the state. “The winners and finalists should be proud of their achievements. …

WA: Worker Ran Into Factory Fire

Reported by Julia | 23 Oct, 2007

Source: ABC A worker injured when he ran back into a burning factory in East Victoria Park yesterday has described his actions as stupid. Warehouse Manager Darren Clark escaped with only minor burns as he was trying to get gas cylinders out of the building when the fire took hold. His co-worker sustained burns to his …

QLD: Mining Industry “Injuries Not Reported”

Reported by Julia | 21 Oct, 2007

Source: The Courier Mail HUNDREDS of injuries are not reported in Queensland’s booming mining industry, a top-level State Government review confirms. The review of the Government’s Queensland Mines and Quarries Annual Safety Performance and Health Report will be released by Mines Minister Geoff Wilson today. It warns that the system of collecting safety data needs …

VIC: Workplace Drug Tests On The Rise

Reported by Julia | 21 Oct, 2007

Source: The Age THE number of Victorian workers forced to take regular drug tests has doubled in the past year, as employers crack down to improve workplace safety. Thousands of workers — from miners and truck drivers to council staff — already face mandatory testing, with about one in 30 returning a positive result. Now, …

VIC:WorkSafe Week Kicks Off

Reported by Julia | 20 Oct, 2007

Source: SMH Victoria’s workplace safety watchdog will launch a new advertising campaign on Sunday to try to cut industrial accidents it says are claiming too many lives. WorkSafe executive director John Merritt said that with 20 deaths reported so far this year and dozens of other serious incidents, “a reality check was urgently needed.” He said …

QLD: Coal Mine Explosion Injuries Two

Reported by Julia | 20 Oct, 2007

Source: AAP AN investigation begins tomorrow into an explosion at a Queensland coalmine which burnt two men. Police said the explosion occurred in an above ground rail bin at about 4pm (AEST) today at Boundary Hill Mine, Biloela, southwest of Gladstone. Two men, aged 55 and 50, were airlifted to Rockhampton Hospital by the Capricorn …

Truck Driver Killed By His Own Truck

Reported by Julia | 19 Oct, 2007

Source: The Age A Deer Park man has died after his truck rolled back on him when he left the vehicle on a farm west of Melbourne this morning. The 36-year-old is believed to have been carting landfill on a chook farm on Bulban Road, Little River just before the accident occurred about 10.30am. Victoria Police …

$90,000 Fine For Shopping Centre Gate Death

Reported by Julia | 18 Oct, 2007

Source: The Daily Savilles Pty Ltd, the company contracted to provide centre management services to Nambour Plaza has been fined $90,000 its part in the negligence which led to the death of a Sunshine Coast mother two years ago. Kathryn Jones was killed instantly on the 10th of December 2005 when a 900kg industrial gate fell …

Scaffolding Collapses On Building Site

Reported by Julia | 18 Oct, 2007

Source:The Herald Sun A GROUP of schoolgirls narrowly escaped the partial collapse of a three-storey high scaffold in Melbourne today. Police said high winds caused the building scaffolding to collapse on the corner of Collins and Exhibition streets in the city about 2.15pm this afternoon. The scaffolding from the three-storey townhouse under construction was left …

$19,000 Fine For Industrial Blender Accident

Reported by Julia | 17 Oct, 2007

Source: Adelaide Now AN ADELAIDE food manufacturing company has been fined almost $19,000 after a woman lost her hand while cleaning a blender. In July 2004, the woman was cleaning an industrial blender at Inpak Foods when another worker inadvertently started the blade operation. The injured woman’s hand became trapped in the blender and, in an attempt …

Worker Crushed By Steel Beams

Reported by Julia | 16 Oct, 2007

Source: Sydney Morning Herald A leading steel manufacturer has defended its safety record after a worker died instantly when more than a tonne of beams fell on him at a warehouse in Brisbane. The 42-year-old was one of two workers unloading the steel beams from a semitrailer when the load fell from the side of the truck, …

Timber Companies Fined For Unsafe Workplaces

Reported by Julia | 16 Oct, 2007

Source: The Geelong Advertiser TWO Colac timber companies must pay a total $90,000 after they yesterday pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe workplaces. Timber processor Associated Kiln Driers pleaded guilty to charges relating to two incidents. In the first incident, a salesman was run over by a forklift, smashing his toe and leg. In the second …

VIC: Asbestos Dust Hits Students

Reported by Julia | 13 Oct, 2007

Source: The Herald Sun STAFF and students at RMIT University are having health checks after being showered with asbestos and dust from a ventilation system. Fifteen staff members and three students were exposed to dust containing asbestos fibres, with at least one coated in the black substance on Thursday afternoon. The original entry of the Old Melbourne …

Building Relocation Goes Wrong

Reported by Julia | 13 Oct, 2007

Source: The Daily A man is in a critical condition after a school building landed on him while it was being relocated, in south-east Queensland. Police said the 22-year-old was assisting in the relocation of the building at the Welcome Street School on Moore Park Road, Bundaberg when it fell on him about 12.15pm (AEST). Police …

QLD: CASA Investigator Disciplined Over Leak

Reported by Julia | 11 Oct, 2007

Source: The Age The aviation safety watchdog has disciplined one of its inspectors after complaints from staff at a regional airline were leaked to the airline’s management. MacAir, a regional Queensland airline based in Townsville, was at the centre of the complaints. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) safety inspector received a string of complaints about …