NSW: LPG Safety Fears

Reported by Julia | 30 Jun, 2008

Source: Dandenong Leader A Noble Park man has delivered a glove slap to Melbourne’s petrol stations for not providing hand protection at the pump. Wojciech Smiglewski wants service stations to supply gloves to shield hands from harmful chemicals contained in fuel and its vapour. Mr Smiglewski said service stations that did not supply gloves to motorists …

QLD: Low Safety Standards Need To Be Improved

Reported by Julia | 29 Jun, 2008

Source: Brisbane Times A Queensland construction union has blamed the Rudd Government for “draconian” health and safety practices at building sites on the Gold Coast. Eight days after two construction workers fell to their deaths while working on a Gold Coast high-rise, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has warned that more deaths will …

QLD: Workers Speak Of Safety Fears

Reported by Julia | 29 Jun, 2008

Source: Courier Mail Construction worker Chris Gear spoke about his fears of working at a high-rise site in the months before he and a workmate fell 26 floors to their deaths at the Gold Coast last weekend. Close friend and fellow worker Aaron Ahipene said he and Mr Gear had talked about possible safety problems at …

ACT: Worker Falls 3m From A Roof

Reported by Julia | 27 Jun, 2008

Source: The ABC News A safety audit will be conducted at a Canberra construction site this morning after a worker fell from a roof. The 21-year-old plumbing apprentice fell more than 3 metres to a concrete floor at the Tuggeranong Sports Complex construction site yesterday. He was taken to the Canberra Hospital. Dean Hall from the …

ACT: New CEO Appointed For Comcare

Reported by Julia | 27 Jun, 2008

Source: Bus News Governor-General Michael Jeffrey AC, CVO and MC has appointed Martin Dolan as Chief Executive Officer of Comcare for one year starting from 1 July 2008. Comcare is the Commonwealth’s occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation authority. Acting Minister for Workplace Relations Brendan O’Connor says Dolan is highly experienced in workers’ compensation and …

NSW: Unsafe Work Practices Generate $60,000 Fine

Reported by Julia | 27 Jun, 2008

Source: The Wimmera Mail-Times A Horsham engineering business was fined $60,000 at Horsham Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday for unsafe workplace and practices in 2006. T.J. and F.L. Pohlner were convicted of having failed to provide a safe system in the workplace and $15,000 for having failed to provide adequate instructions, training and supervision for employees. Magistrate …

SA: Man Injured By Drilling Rig

Reported by Julia | 26 Jun, 2008

Source: ABC News A full incident inquiry will be completed by Tom Brown Drilling Services after one of its staff was injured near Port Wakefield yesterday. The driller’s offsider was airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital after falling onto his back while undertaking routine drilling tasks. The managing director of GulfX Limited, Merryl Gray, which contract …

QLD: Safety Harness Saves Life

Reported by Julia | 26 Jun, 2008

Source: Gold Coast A Robina man who plunged seven storeys from a Surfers Paradise high rise remained in a serious condition in hospital yesterday as his workmates returned to work. Walter Torres, 20, was injured when he fell from the Solaire Apartments on the corner of Ferny and Cypress avenues while abseiling to clean windows on …

QLD: Uni Fails To Provide Safety Harness Gear

Reported by Julia | 26 Jun, 2008

Source: Cairns.com.au An investigation into the workplace death of crane operator Dick Cooper has ended with a James Cook University-owned company being fined $20,000 for failing to meet safety obligations. Mr Cooper, 64, plunged 48m to his death while performing maintenance on the Australian Canopy Crane’s jib at Cape Tribulation in January 2006. The experienced JCU …

QLD: Worker Falls 10m While Tree Felling

Reported by Julia | 25 Jun, 2008

Source: Gold Coast A Nerang tree lopper who survived a 10m fall on to a concrete driveway yesterday had not owned the business for long. David Andrew Buckler was trimming palms at a home on leafy Yarraowee Drive, Nerang, when it is believed his shoe spike failed to grip properly while climbing his way around a …

QLD: Worker Fleas Vehicle Accident Scene

Reported by Julia | 25 Jun, 2008

Source: The Gympie Times A young male driver embroiled in a hit-and-run scenario took a month to confess his part in the Glastonbury crash to escape punishment for unlawfully driving a work car. A maxi taxi driver was picking up passengers on the corner of Stockden and Glastonbury roads in the early hours of April 27 …

VIC: Two Men Dead From Seperate Workplace Falls

Reported by Julia | 25 Jun, 2008

Source: White Horse Leader A warehouseman fell to his death while carrying out a stock-check in Nunawading. Colleagues of the 60-year-old Blackburn South resident tried desperately to revive him before he was rushed to hospital. He died last Wednesday, more than two weeks after the June 3 fall. A WorkSafe investigation has started at the manufacturing …

QLD: 41yro Man In Hospital After An Industrial Explosion

Reported by Julia | 25 Jun, 2008

Source: The Australian A man has suffered facial burns in an explosion at an engineering business in Brisbane. A gas cylinder blew up at the business in Gosport Street at Hemmant about 1.20pm (AEST) today, an emergency services spokeswoman said. Oxygen and acetylene cylinders are used in combination for metal cutting torches or welding metals at high temperatures. …

NZ: Workplace Accident Takes Its Toll

Reported by Julia | 25 Jun, 2008

Source: TVNZ.co.nz Two men have died in separate workplace incidents at the Port of Lyttelton in Christchurch and in Rotorua. Police say the Lyttelton Port Authority employee was fatally injured in the workplace accident on Cashin Quay, and died at the scene about 8pm on Tuesday. Â Details of the accident have not yet been revealed. …

NSW: Charges Fall Through

Reported by Julia | 24 Jun, 2008

Source: The Advertiser Charges against two men that arose from the workplace death of a Mandurang man nearly 20 months ago have been dropped. However, the case against the companies involved in the incident will continue to the Bendigo County Court, after a hearing in the Bendigo Magistrates Court yesterday. Ian Grose, 56, died when he …

QLD: A Scaffolding Safety Alert Has Been Issued

Reported by Julia | 24 Jun, 2008

Source: ABC News Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has issued a safety alert on the use of swingstage scaffolding in the construction industry. It is asking the industry to adhere to national standards when using the equipment after two workers fell to their deaths on the Gold Coast at the weekend. The Construction, Forestry, Mining …

QLD: 20yro Miraculously Survives A 20m Fall

Reported by Julia | 24 Jun, 2008

Source: Nine MSN A window cleaner has survived a 25-metre fall from a residential apartment block at Queensland’s Surfers Paradise. The 20-year-old man was cleaning windows while suspended by abseil on the Solaire Apartments building, on the corner of Cypress and Ferny Avenues, when he fell at 11am. He suffered spinal and neck injuries and has …

QLD: 1.5 Tonnes Of Asbestos-Laced Sheeting Dumped

Reported by Julia | 24 Jun, 2008

Source: The Daily Mercury Grubs in Mackay have a new poster child. But if Mackay Regional Council has its way, the poster will soon be torn from the wall. Council yesterday contacted the Daily Mercury to help with the search for the low-life who dumped 1.5tonnes of asbestos-laced sheeting at Bakers Creek. The incident, which potentially …

QLD: Sugar Mill Explosion Injures Three

Reported by Julia | 23 Jun, 2008

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald Three people have been taken to hospital after an explosion at a north Queensland sugar mill. A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said two 1000 litre vats containing sugar heated to 110 degrees Celsius exploded at a laboratory at the Pioneer Sugar Mill, south of Townsville. A spokeswoman for the …

QLD: Traumatised Workers Are Offered Support

Reported by Julia | 23 Jun, 2008

Source: ABC News The Queensland branch of the Construction Union is providing counselling for workmates of two men who fell to their death in a high rise accident on the Gold Coast this morning. Police have confirmed the two men killed were both from the Gold Coast. It is believed the men aged 36 and 52 …

QLD: Construction Workers Strike Over Poor Safety Standards

Reported by Julia | 23 Jun, 2008

Source: The Age Thousands of construction workers in south-east Queensland have walked off their jobs in protest at what they say are slipping safety standards following the deaths of two men. Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) Queensland secretary Michael Ravbar said he’d been notified workers at 26 large construction sites had downed tools on …