SA: Union Unable To Secure WorkCover Debate

Reported by Julia | 11 Apr, 2008

Source: ABC News South Australian unions have failed in their bid to get a special state convention of the Labor Party to debate the Government’s WorkCover Bill. A motion put to the party’s state executive meeting has been defeated by six votes. Unions are opposed to the legislation to reduce benefits paid to injured workers. Andy …

QLD: Two Men Critically Injured In Helicopter Crash

Reported by Julia | 10 Apr, 2008

Source: Cairns Local News TOLGA pilot David Goodrich and his co-pilot were seriously injured when their helicopter plunged 20m to the ground north of Townsville, yesterday morning. About a dozen workmen watched in horror as the chopper’s engine cut out, sending the out-of-control aircraft plummeting to the ground behind Xstrata’s Copper Refinery at the suburb of …

NSW: Man Dead After Work Place Accident

Reported by Julia | 09 Apr, 2008

Source: ABC News A man injured in an industrial accident at Grafton last week has died from his injuries. The 35-year-old man was hit by a falling section of formwork weighing 200 kilograms at a construction site on Fitzroy Avenue. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and WorkCover were at the site of the …

SA: Paramedics Take Stand

Reported by Julia | 08 Apr, 2008

Source: ABC News South Australia’s paramedics will begin work bans this week in protest against the Government’s proposed changes to WorkCover. Under the changes, injured worker benefits would be cut by 10 per cent after 13 weeks. The Ambulance Employees Association says one in three paramedics suffers workplace injuries and often takes more than 13 weeks …

WA: Female Vets Face Higher Miscarriage Risk

Reported by Julia | 07 Apr, 2008

Source: All Headline News According to a study, female veterinarians doubled their risk of miscarriage because of increased exposure to anesthetic gases, pesticides and X-rays. The study was conducted by the University of Western Australia. It serves as a warning for all young female veterinarians, who must know the inherent risks should they want to get …

AU: Longer Working Lifespan Expected

Reported by Julia | 07 Apr, 2008

Source: http://www.sciencealert.com.au An extended working life is expected to become the norm in coming years and early research into what is shaping as a historic sociological phenomenon is starting to clarify some of the central challenges and opportunities that an older workforce will generate. One observation already noted is an increasing variation in people’s abilities as …

NSW: Construction Site Form Work Accident

Reported by Julia | 05 Apr, 2008

Source: ABC News A 35-year-old man remains in intensive care at a Sydney hospital after an industrial accident on the north coast of New South Wales yesterday. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union says the man suffered serious head and facial injuries when he was hit by a falling section of formwork weighing 200 kilograms …

QLD: Miners Killed At Work Remembered

Reported by Julia | 05 Apr, 2008

Source: The Daily Queenslanders will be asked to reflect on some of the state’s worst mining tragedies as part of a new memorial day to honour those killed on the job. The state government announced plans to hold an annual day to commemorate the lives of more than 1,450 miners killed since mining began in Queensland …

VIC: Storm Clean Up Claims Life Of Energy Safe Worker

Reported by Julia | 03 Apr, 2008

Source: The Age A power worker has died trying to restore power to a storm-hit area south of Melbourne this afternoon, the latest in at least two deaths related to yesterday’s wild weather. A police spokeswoman said the Somerville man, 38, was electrocuted as he worked to repair a power pole and power lines in Shandon Street, Mornington. A …

VIC: Construction Worker Killed By Girder

Reported by Julia | 02 Apr, 2008

Source: Star News A 47-YEAR-OLD Langwarrin man was killed after a building under construction in Dandenong South collapsed this week. Police said the man, a construction worker, was killed by a falling girder at the building site on the corner of Southpark Drive and Greens Road, Dandenong South. The incident happened just after 7am today …

VIC: Fatal Wall Collapse

Reported by Julia | 01 Apr, 2008

A woman has died when a shop wall collapsed on her in the Melbourne suburb of Mentone. The city is being blasted by high winds, creating chaos for police and emergency services. Police believe the woman was walking through a laneway opposite the post office when the wall collapsed. Ambulance spokesman Paul Bentley says the …