SA: Company Fined For Crane Accident

Reported by Julia | 29 Feb, 2008

Source: SafeWork SA A Whyalla engineering company has been fined $32,000 plus costs over an incident in June 2005, that left a 34 year old man with multiple serious injuries after he was run over by a mobile crane. Multi-Skilled Engineering Pty Ltd received the penalty today after pleading guilty to one count of breaching …

QLD: Workers Swap Cash For Danger

Reported by Julia | 27 Feb, 2008

Source: Gold Coast Daily ONE third of employees believe their work equipment is hazardous but more than a quarter would compromise their health for danger money, a new survey shows. The survey, conducted by network company LinkMe.com.au, also found that 40 per cent of people felt their employer did not care about their health and …

QLD: Dive Operators Fined $15,000

Reported by Julia | 27 Feb, 2008

Source: The Courier Mail A NOW-defunct Brisbane scuba diving company and its former owner have been hit with a $15,000 fine and a good behaviour bond following the death of a diver in 2005. Former company director of Pro Dive Bulimba, Mark Stanley Thomas, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Industrial Magistrate’s Court to having failed …

VIC: Harrassment Policy Now Improved

Reported by Julia | 26 Feb, 2008

Source: ABC News WorkSafe is satisfied with the efforts the Hepburn Shire have made to address bullying and harassment. Last year the authority investigated the claims that a former employee was bullied and harassed. While the allegations were not substantiated, WorkSafe asked the shire to improve its policy and procedures. WorkSafe’s spokesman Michael Birt says …

AU: Decrease In Work Deaths

Reported by Julia | 22 Feb, 2008

Source: The Herald Sun MORE than 230 compensation cases for workplace-related deaths are being settled in Australia each year, according to the latest figures. Victoria had 41 cases in 2005-06, says the OHS Comparative Performance Monitoring Report. This comprised 36 cases involving injury and musculoskeletal disorders and five disease-related. The total number of Victorian cases …

VIC: More Asbestos Claims

Reported by Julia | 21 Feb, 2008

Source: The Age Authorities are investigating claims that an official of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union dumped highly dangerous asbestos on a table in front of two managers at a construction site. The incident was said to have occurred at the Sunshine North site of builders JA Dodd on February 6. JA Dodd …

WA: New Wave Of Asbestos Claims

Reported by Julia | 21 Feb, 2008

Source: WA News An Italian migrant who worked for 17 years as a mechanic for Ford has been awarded $840,000 after contracting asbestosis while servicing car brakes, in a landmark ruling that could pave the way for a new wave of asbestos compensation cases. Antonino Lo Presti, 58, was employed in the workshop of two …

AU: Howard & Sons Are Now Rebuilding.

Reported by Julia | 21 Feb, 2008

Source: Lithgrow Mercury Howard and Sons are now working vigorously on rebuilding and upgrading their facilities at Wallerawang following last December’s massive blast. The blast resulted in most buildings on the property being damaged in one form or another, with everything being either repaired or rebuilt over the coming months. Company Director Andrew Howard said …

VIC: Guilty Plea For Not Having Forklift Safety Plan

Reported by Julia | 20 Feb, 2008

Source: ABC News A Mildura food company has pleaded guilty to workplace safety offences relating to the death of a long-serving employee. Marcus Martin died when the forklift he was driving hit a pole in 2005 and overturned at his workplace, SDS Beverages at Irymple. The company yesterday entered a guilty plea in the County …

VIC: Low Level Asbestos Halts Opening

Reported by Julia | 19 Feb, 2008

Source: The Advertiser THE City of Greater Bendigo may have to delay the opening of one its flagship recreational projects following the discovery of low levels of asbestos at the site. Scattered fragments of cement-bonded asbestos have been collected from the Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve by specialist contractors as part of the clean-up of the …

SA:WorkCover To Reduce Payments

Reported by Julia | 18 Feb, 2008

Source: Adelaide Now WORKCOVER payouts to injured workers are about to be cut by the Rann Government. The move comes   more than a year after the controversial cuts were  recommended by the group’s board. A report into WorkCover by financial expert Alan Clayton is before Cabinet and about to be released, with business and economic …

VIC: Cash Handling Procedure To Be Examined

Reported by Julia | 17 Feb, 2008

Source: The Age A GRIEVING Melbourne man is suing his late fiancee’s employers, claiming that their negligence contributed to her murder — and to his subsequent pain, suffering and depression. Ken Chan, 49, alleges that the death of his fiancee, West Melbourne computer shop employee Juan “Joanne” Zhang, “was caused by and contributed to by …

VIC: Stress Claims Taking Their Toll On Victoria’s Police

Reported by Julia | 17 Feb, 2008

Source: The Herald Sun STRESSED and injured police officers have racked up $7.3 million in compensation claims in 12 months. Victorians are paying more than $20,000 a day to foot the bill for police compensation, documents reveal. Police accumulated 26,004 days of stress and injury leave last year. And stressed officers account for more than …

NSW: Asbestos Removal Halts Job Site

Reported by Julia | 14 Feb, 2008

Source: The Blacktown Sun FEARS about asbestos fibres briefly halted storm-damage repair work in Blacktown. WorkCover ordered a contractor to cease roof repairs on two buildings in Forge Street, Blacktown, until the company improved safety conditions. On Friday, WorkCover inspectors reported all conditions had been complied with, but that they would continue to monitor the …

NSW: Farmer Fatally Injured By His Tractor

Reported by Julia | 14 Feb, 2008

Source: The Courier Mail A MAN has died after he was struck by his own tractor on a southern New South Wales farm, police have reported. Colin Rynehart, 51, was run over and killed at about 9am today in an apple orchard at Old Tumbur, Batlow, south-east of Wagga Wagga, police said. Mr Rynehart, a …

NSW: Mining Tops Most Dangerous Job List

Reported by Julia | 14 Feb, 2008

Source: Parramatta News When they picked up their lunches and walked out the door today, some workers had less chance of coming home than others. New Federal Government figures show your choice of occupation significantly affects the probability that you will be killed at work, with blue-collar jobs heading the most-dangerous list. Miners, agricultural workers …

WA: PTO Rips Off Backpackers Arm

Reported by Julia | 13 Feb, 2008

Source: The Esperance Express A YOUNG Canadian woman was seriously injured in a farm accident 120km west of Esperance last Wednesday. The woman, 19, was a backpacker who had only been working on the property for three weeks before the accident occurred. It is understood that her sleeve was caught when she reached across a …

AU: How Clean Is It Really?

Reported by Julia | 13 Feb, 2008

Source: ACA An investigative report seeking to uncover the health risks of carwash reclaim water has sparked response from one water reclaim manufacturer and also the Australian Car Wash Association (ACWA). Channel Nine’s A Current Affair is a nightly tabloid program, made popular by sensationalist journalism. The program tested samples gathered at 10 carwashes in Brisbane, …

VIC: Hospital Being Sued Over Miss Placed Fetus

Reported by Julia | 11 Feb, 2008

Source: United Press International A woman is suing a hospital in the Australian city of Ballarat after allegedly finding her miscarried fetus among her personal belongings. The unidentified woman alleges workers at Ballarat Base Hospital accidentally placed the fetus inside her bag of personal belongings, mere hours after she suffered a traumatic miscarriage, the Melbourne …

AU: Workers At Risk Of Death

Reported by Julia | 07 Feb, 2008

Source: Collie Mail CONCERNS have been raised that Bluewaters employees could be killed due to low health and safety standards. This is according to Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) organiser Doug Heath who said the union had a number of concerns about occupational health and safety (OHS) standards in place. Mr Heath said …

NSW: Chemical Transportation Scares City Council

Reported by Julia | 06 Feb, 2008

Source: The Chronicle Herald Truro town council may take legal steps to keep its industrial park from one day being a train-to-truck transfer site for cyanide destined for a proposed Halifax County gold mine. The Touquoy gold project, an open-pit mine in Moose River, received provincial environmental assessment approval last week and may begin operating …