SA: Over $100,000 In Fines For Safety Breaches

Reported by Julia | 31 Jan, 2008

ource: Worksafe SA Castalloy Manufacturing Pty Ltd (trading as Ion Automotive) has been fined a total of $105,870 today by the SA Industrial Relations Court, after pleading guilty to two counts of failing to ensure the safety of employees whilst at work. The incidents happened in February and May of 2005 at the company’s North …

Hotel Company Fined For Burns

Reported by Julia | 31 Jan, 2008

Source: Worksafe SA Two incidents over 15 days at Mt. Gambier’s Western Tavern Hotel in October 2004 have resulted in both the former operating company and its Managing Director being fined for breaches of workplace safety laws. In the incidents, two male kitchen hands aged 18 and 14 at the time each suffered serious burns …

WA: Truck Drivers May Be Offered Compensation

Reported by Julia | 30 Jan, 2008

Source: AAP THE State Government is poised to admit liability and pay compensation after one of its departments sent three truckies to their deaths in a bushfire. The truck drivers were killed when swirling fire trapped them on the Great Eastern Highway, west of Kalgoorlie, at about 8.45pm on December 30. The road had been …

NSW: Quad Bike Warning After Farmer Killed In Accident

Reported by Julia | 28 Jan, 2008

Source: ABC News WorkCover New South Wales has issued a warning to farmers and employers about the safe use of all-terrain vehicles. The reminder follows the death of a 73-year-old Mudgee farmer, who was found under his quad bike last week. The acting chief executive officer of WorkCover, John Watson, says initial investigations into the …

QLD: Cherry Picker Accident Catapults Two Men

Reported by Julia | 28 Jan, 2008

Source: AAP TWO men are in a serious condition in hospital after being catapulted from a cherrypicker at a property north west of Kilcoy. At about 3.30pm (AEST) yesterday emergency crews were called to a property about 1 km from Kilcoy where both men were found badly injured on the ground. They were airlifted to …

SA: Oil Rig Worker Fatally Injuried

Reported by Julia | 27 Jan, 2008

Source: The Age A 36-year-old man from Queensland has died from being crushed in an industrial accident in South Australia’s northeast. The contract worker was part of a drilling unit working at Santos’s oil and gas fields about one hour east of Moomba near the border between South Australia and Queensland. A spokesman for SafeWork …

VIC: Work Fight At Winery Ends With Three Stabbed

Reported by Julia | 27 Jan, 2008

Source: The Age A BRAWL in which one man was stabbed to death at a winery in north-east Victoria on Saturday night could have been the result of a dispute between legal and illegal foreign workers. Twelve Asian men and women were questioned by homicide squad detectives at the St Kilda Road police complex about …

VIC: Man Dies In Circular Saw Accident

Reported by Julia | 26 Jan, 2008

A MAN was killed this afternoon after an industrial accident on an oil drilling rig at Moomba, in the state’s far-north. Reports of how the accident occurred are conflicting with police advising the man was working at Precision Drilling when he was hit by a piece of machinery just before 12.30pm today. SafeWork SA spokesman …

NSW: Tractor Accident Claims Farmer’s Life

Reported by Julia | 25 Jan, 2008

Source: Central Western Daily AN 83-year-old Nashdale man died yesterday morning in a tractor accident on a property in Borenore Lane. The man had lived at Nashdale for many years and was a former orchardist. He was carrying out work on a Nashdale property on the western side of Borenore Lane around 10am yesterday when …

VIC: Labour Hire & Hay Exporter Fined For Unsafe Forklift Practices

Reported by Julia | 25 Jan, 2008

Source: Wimmera News A WIMMERA labour hire company has defended its safety record, despite being one of two Horsham-based companies to be convicted and fined after pleading guilty to unsafe work practices. Workco Limited, employer of 500 people and 300 apprentices at more than 50 organisations, was fined $9000 and hay export company Johnson Asahi …

NT: Construction Crane Poses A Risk To Residents

Reported by Julia | 23 Jan, 2008

Source: Territory News MORE THAN a hundred Darwin city residents were advised to evacuate their homes after a Darwin builder, dubbed ‘Diablo’ by locals, refused to remove a 39m crane from his CBD construction site as Cyclone Helen approached. The crane was working on the fifth floor of a 14-storey development on the corner of …

NSW: Forklift Accident At Fabrication Workshop

Reported by Julia | 22 Jan, 2008

Source: ABC News A 22-year-old man is in hospital with serious chest injuries, after being pinned by a steel plate at a Lake Macquarie factory. WorkCover says the accident happened at a steel fabrication workshop at Doyalson yesterday morning. WorkCover’s acting chief executive officer, John Watson, says the man had a lucky escape. “It appears …

NSW: Work Safety Reform On The Back Burner

Reported by Julia | 22 Jan, 2008

Source: The Australian THE NSW Labor Government has abandoned its long-awaited overhaul of the state’s draconian workplace safety laws, provoking fury among business groups. Senior Labor sources yesterday confirmed the Government had ditched its occupational health and safety reform agenda – more than three years in the making – to avoid a further bruising confrontation …

NSW: Gas Tanks In Buses Overdue For Replacement

Reported by Julia | 22 Jan, 2008

Source: The Daily Telegraph ONE hundred Sydney Buses are operating with gas fuel tanks that have passed their 15-year replacement date, amid calls for the NSW Government to immediately pull them off the road to ensure passenger safety. Transport unions will today seek assurances that the underfloor tanks in compressed natural gas (CNG) buses – …

QLD: Miner Crushed By Vehicle

Reported by Julia | 18 Jan, 2008

Source: The Age An investigation is underway into a fatal accident at a BHP Billiton Ltd mine in north-west Queensland. Work has halted at the Cannington silver, lead and zinc mine near Mount Isa following the accident that killed Michael Auld, 51, about midday (AEST) yesterday. Mr Auld, of Tin Can Bay, near Gympie, north …

QLD: WorkCover Warn Dangers Of Cutting 44 Gallon Drums

Reported by Julia | 18 Jan, 2008

Source: The NQ Register In the wake of a massive explosion at a Hunter Valley wine company yesterday, it seems timely that WorkCover has issued a safety warning on cutting empty metal drums. While it is still uncertain what caused the wine company explosion, WorkCover NSW acting chief executive officer, John Watson, said a recent …

ACT: Wall Collapse Goes Unnoticed For 30 Minutes

Reported by Julia | 18 Jan, 2008

Source: The Canberra Times A car parked on a street used by pedestrians was crushed under 15 tonnes of concrete and steel in a demolition accident in Belconnen yesterday. The Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union said it had warned ACT WorkCover about the potential dangers of the wall a fortnight ago and it had been …

VIC: Timber Yard Roller Fatally Injuries Woman

Reported by Julia | 17 Jan, 2008

Source: Herald Sun A 35-year-old woman has been killed in an industrial accident at a timber yard east of Melbourne, police say. Investigators have been told a metal roller collapsed and hit the woman on the head at about 4.20pm today. The woman, from nearby Yallourn North, died at the scene. Police and WorkSafe officers …

NSW: Welding Accident Causes Massive Explosion

Reported by Julia | 17 Jan, 2008

Source: Sydney Morning Herald Hunter Valley winemaker Trevor Drayton, described as an “icon” by colleagues, was one of two men killed in a huge explosion today that blew parts of a building 50 metres away and demolished 20 metres of brick wall. The bodies of Mr Drayton and another man were found near the cellar door area …

NT: Concrete Support Collapses

Reported by Julia | 15 Jan, 2008

Source: Northern Territory News WORK was stopped at Darwin’s Waterfront Development after part of a new floor collapsed during a concrete pour. The Northern Territory News has been told an acro prop - an extendable support used to hold up formwork – collapsed while a concrete floor was being poured. No one was hurt in the …

WA: Boom Lift Accident At Mine Site

Reported by Julia | 12 Jan, 2008

Source: ABC News A 23-year-old man who was married a week ago has been killed in a workplace accident on a Pilbara mine site owned by billionaire Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group. Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union chief Kevin Reynolds said the man had been at the Cloud Break mine site only one day …