QLD: Shift Work Takes Its Toll

Reported by Julia | 31 May, 2008

Source: Courier Mail While most of us are asleep at night, an army of workers keeps the country running. While most people dread the 9-5 shift, spare a thought for the 1.7 million people who work through the night to keep the country ticking over. Almost a sixth of all workers in Australia have worked the …

NSW: High-Pressure Hose Causes Death

Reported by Julia | 30 May, 2008

Source: Illawarra News A union has put a blanket ban on the use of all ultra high-pressure water hoses across the state after the death of Woonona man Setaleki Kolomaka at Port Kembla steelworks last week. The ban comes as the Mercury learnt that a Bulli man employed by the same company, Veolia Environmental Services, had …

VIC: Victoria Faces Manual Handling Injuries

Reported by Julia | 29 May, 2008

Source: Transport Logic News Victorian food manufacturers will soon face tougher safety regulation as the State Government’s scheme to tackle manual handling injuries begins on 1 July. Under the plan, Worksafe Victoria inspectors will visit food manufacturers and processors, and issue Improvement Prohibition Notices where safety breaches are found. Companies with serious breaches will face prosecutions. Director …

NSW: Sick Children Nearly Chrushed To Death

Reported by Julia | 27 May, 2008

Source: The Advertiser A student who lost parts of two fingers during a metalwork class at Kangaroo Flat Secondary College took her case to Bendigo Magistrates Court yesterday. The Victorian Workcover Authority, Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, has charged the Department of Education and Training with five offences. Madelaine Dole injured her hand while …

NSW: Grinder Injury Case Continues

Reported by Julia | 27 May, 2008

Source: The Advertiser A student who lost parts of two fingers during a metalwork class at Kangaroo Flat Secondary College took her case to Bendigo Magistrates Court yesterday. The Victorian Workcover Authority, Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, has charged the Department of Education and Training with five offences. Madelaine Dole injured her hand while …

VIC: New Improved Asbestos Laws

Reported by Julia | 25 May, 2008

Source: The Herald Sun New laws giving asbestos victims the right to better compensation will be introduced by the State Government. Those suffering the most serious asbestos diseases, such as mesothelioma, will be able to seek a second payout. Currently in Victoria, if an asbestosis sufferer gets compensation, further damages cannot be sought if it develops …

QLD: Toxic Soil Forces School Site Shutdown

Reported by Julia | 25 May, 2008

Source: The Age Workers have shut down a school building site in Sunshine after a debacle in which asbestos-laden soil was removed, only to be replaced by even more severely contaminated earth. The Australian Technical College is one of two school sites that have been closed for decontamination after work had started, prompting claims that the …

NT: Crack Down On NT Crackers

Reported by Julia | 25 May, 2008

Source: NT News Territorians caught with crackers outside Territory Day could now be slapped with a stiff fine. The Territory Government yesterday announced a tightening up of who can buy fireworks and when. NT WorkSafe Minister Marion Scrymgour said new penalties would also be introduced at the end of the month to make it illegal to …

QLD: Questioning To Occur Over Delay In Dive Alarm

Reported by Julia | 25 May, 2008

Source: ABC News Queensland Police and Workplace Health and Safety officers will investigate how a dive boat left two divers in the sea off the Whitsundays. Thirty-eight-year-old British man Dick Neely and 40-year-old American woman Alison Dalton were found alive on Saturday morning after drifting for about 19 hours off Hayman Island. Police say the dive …

VIC: Premier Declairs To Toughen Workplace Safety Protection

Reported by Julia | 24 May, 2008

Source: ABC News Victorian Premier John Brumby has flagged his intention to toughen protection for workplace safety whistleblowers. Mr Brumby made the announcement at the Victorian Labor Party state conference. He gave few details, but told the conference it is important workers raise any concerns they have about safety at work. “It’s vital for workers and …

WA: Fine For Riding Forklift Tines

Reported by Julia | 24 May, 2008

Source: The West A Geraldton lobster processing company has been fined $60,000 for failing to provide a safe workplace after an employee died in a fall in 2005. Geraldton Fisherman’s Co-operative was fined in the Geraldton Magistrates Court this morning after pleading guilty earlier this month to failing to provide a safe working environment, causing the …

NSW: Families Grief Over Tragic Steelwork Accident

Reported by Julia | 24 May, 2008

Source: Illawarra Mercury Settaleki Kolomaka often wore a flower behind his ear. The father of three from Woonona didn’t care what anyone thought, he just loved flowers – especially frangipanis – and was a man of passion. The 39-year-old also loved his job at the steelworks, the Brisbane Broncos and his Tongan heritage but the …

SA: Workcover Bill Defeated Again

Reported by Julia | 24 May, 2008

Source: ABC News A motion by the South Australian Government to bring on debate on its WorkCover Bill has been defeated again in State Parliament’s Upper House. The Liberals and independents defeated the Government’s motion to suspend standing orders and allow the WorkCover debate to begin. Instead the Legislative Council is continuing with amendments on the …

WA: Alleged Assualt At Bluewaters Power Station

Reported by Julia | 24 May, 2008

Source: Collie Mail A supervisor and another employee have been temporarily stood down from work at Bluewaters power station following an alleged assault on April 13. Australian Manufacturing Workers Union ( AMWU) state organiser Shane O’Reilly alleged that the second employee was headbutted by the supervisor following a confrontation. The supervisor and worker are employed by …

VIC: Workplace Bullying Becomes Intolerable

Reported by Julia | 24 May, 2008

Source: Eureka Street Workplace bullying was included as a specific risk to occupational health and safety in most States’ workers compensation legislation more than four years ago. It’s generally defined along the lines of ‘unreasonable repeated behaviour that threatens, humiliates or intimidates or undermines a person and is a threat to health and safety’. This is …

NSW: Insurance Companies Underfire

Reported by Julia | 23 May, 2008

Source: Lithgow News There was an air of public discontent at an open meeting held at Wallerawang on Thursday night to discuss issues relating to Howard and Sons Pyrotechnics and the fallout from the explosion at the facility in Pipers Flat Road on December 6 last year. The community disquiet comes as both Howard and Sons …

WA: Q Fever Vaccination Is Urged Upon Employers

Reported by Julia | 23 May, 2008

Source: ABC News Q fever is transmitted to humans mainly by cattle, sheep and goats. Symptoms include the sudden onset of acute fever, chills, profuse sweating, a cough, severe headache, muscle pains and weakness. The Department of Health says there have been two reported cases of Q fever in Western Australia in the past six months. …

VIC: New Asbestos Claims For Victims

Reported by Julia | 23 May, 2008

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald Asbestos victims in Victoria will have greater power to seek compensation as the state government moves to end an agonising legal choice they now face. New legislation known as the “Bernie Banton law”, after the deceased asbestos campaigner, will remove a restriction that prevents asbestos victims making a further claim if …

QLD: Darling Down Foods Recieve $35k Fine Over A Workplace Injury

Reported by Julia | 23 May, 2008

Source: QBR News Darling Downs Foods Pty Ltd has been fined $35,000 after a Toowoomba factory worker was injured in 2006. The Queensland small goods manufacturer and Victoria-based KR Castlemaine Pty Ltd both pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court last week to breaching section 24 of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, having …

NSW: Father Killed In High Pressure Water Cleaner Accident

Reported by Julia | 23 May, 2008

Source: Illawarra Mercury Port Kembla workers are mourning a mate and father of three from Woonona who was killed yesterday in a horrific industrial accident involving a water blaster. Plant operator Settaleki Kolomaka, 39, was cleaning industrial equipment with the high pressure tool at BlueScope’s Springhill site when the incident occurred about 11am. Wollongong police said …

QLD: Road Works Construction Roller Kills Woman

Reported by Julia | 23 May, 2008

Source: The Daily Mercury A Mackay woman was killed yesterday when she was run over by a bitumen roller near Sarina. The 38-year-old woman was crushed about 9am after the stationary roller was hit by a truck, causing it to roll down an embankment. The employee of Rock n Road Bitumen, a contractor for Main Roads, …