NSW: Construction Industry Focus Of Safety Show

Reported by Julia | 31 Jul, 2008

This year’s Safety Show Sydney will focus on safety solutions for the building and construction industry, with a special feature area that incorporates height safety equipment, scaffolding nets, appliance tagging and testing, safety and isolation switches and power distribution cords. Regarded as one of Australia’s most dangerous industries, building and construction has a workplace death toll twice the Australian …

WA: WorkSafe Prosecutes 8 Companies For Failing To Provide A Safe Workplace

Reported by Julia | 31 Jul, 2008

After a 16 month investigation, WorkSafe WA will prosecute 8 companies, including Fortescue Metals Group,  the company of Australia’s richest man, Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest,  in connection with two deaths and serious injuries to seven others at a Pilbara construction camp during Cyclone George in March 2007. The companies to be prosecuted are Spotless P & F, Pilbara Infrastructure, BGC Contracting, Laing O’Rourke, Spunbrood, WorleyParsons, Spotless Services …

SA: $50,000 P/Y WorkCover Post

Reported by Julia | 31 Jul, 2008

Source: Adelaide Now The state’s most powerful union boss, from a Labor faction that offered crucial support for WorkCover laws, has been given a $50,000-a-year post on the WorkCover board. The Advertiser understands Peter Malinauskas, who replaced Right factional heavyweight Senator Don Farrell as secretary of the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association, will be appointed …

WA: 52-Yro Man Dies From A Falling Scissor Lift

Reported by Julia | 30 Jul, 2008

Source: The Australian A worker has been killed after a hydraulic lift fell on him at BHP Billiton’s Nelson Point operations in the West Australian mining town of Port Hedland. BHP had suspended all rail and port operations at the centre until further notice, the resources giant said in a statement. The 52-year-old Port Hedland man …

WA: Poor Sentencing For Workplace Death

Reported by Julia | 30 Jul, 2008

Source: The West Lawyers for the family of a woman killed during cyclone George said yesterday it was pathetic that the catering firm she worked for could walk away with a maximum fine of $400,000 if found guilty of safety breaches which led to her death. As WorkSafe prepares to prosecute four companies in relation to …

NZ: NZ Aluminium Ordered To Pay Emploee $5000

Reported by Julia | 29 Jul, 2008

Source: The Southland Times The Employment Relations Authority has ordered New Zealand Aluminium Smelters to pay $5000 to a Tiwai Point aluminium smelter employee after he suffered continuing skin rashes arising from his work. Martin McAtear, an Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union member, had sought $10,000 compensation in an authority hearing against the smelter, saying a recurring …

QLD: Incorrect Heavy Machinery Procedures Leave 9 Construction Workers Fired.

Reported by Julia | 29 Jul, 2008

Source: The Australian Nine workers have been sacked after they allegedly used a contractor’s heavy machinery to build an earth ramp over which they jumped one of the worker’s vehicles. The worker’s Toyota Hilux was then crushed by an excavator and bulldozer before being carted off. The destruction on July 17 at a work site on …

QLD: Ex-RAAF Workers Seek Compensation

Reported by Julia | 28 Jul, 2008

Source: Brisbane Times Up to 2000 former air maintenance workers could seek compensation for illnesses contracted while working on toxic F-111 planes if a new mediation scheme is approved. According to Brisbane law firm Herbert Geer partner Simon Harrison, the case of the ex-RAAF workers affected by poisonous chemicals used to fix leaking fuel tanks is …

WA: Fortescue Mining Faces Up To $7 Million In Fines

Reported by Julia | 28 Jul, 2008

Source: Perth Now Companies owned by mining billionaire Andrew Forrest face fines of up to $7 million over the death of a worker and serious injuries sustained during a Pilbara cyclone. Cyclone George, a category five storm, killed two workers and injured several others in March last year when 275km/h winds sent temporary accommodation buildings at …

WA: Fortescue Faces 18 Charges Of Failing To Provide A Safe Workplace

Reported by Julia | 25 Jul, 2008

Source: ABC News The company of Australia’s richest man, Andrew Forrest, is facing 18 charges over its safety standards after two workers died at a camp during Cyclone George. WorkSafe has laid one charge against Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group and 17 charges against its subsidiary, The Pilbara Infrastructure. Debra Till, 47, and Craig Raabe 42, …

VIC: Man Crushed To Death By Heavy Machinery

Reported by Julia | 25 Jul, 2008

Source: News.com.au Brewing giant Fosters faces fines of up to $2 million after pleading guilty to charges over a workplace death in Melbourne. Cuu Huynh, 58, was critically injured when his head became caught between a pressurised door on a machine and a railing at the company’s Abbotsford plant on April 13, 2006. He died in …

QLD: Safety Audit Finds 80 Breaches

Reported by Julia | 24 Jul, 2008

Source: ABC News Spot checks of 40 high-risk construction projects on the Gold Coast has found more than 80 safety breaches. Some were extremely dangerous, including the unsafe set-up of swing stage scaffolds. The audits were conducted by Workplace Health and Safety inspectors after the deaths of construction workers Steve Sayer, 52, and Chris Gear, 36, …

QLD: Rising Fuel Prices Causes Fatigue Amongst Truck Drivers

Reported by Julia | 24 Jul, 2008

Source: ABC News Truck drivers across the country will next week park their rigs and stop work to protest against rising fuel costs and declining pay rates. Organisers aim to shut the industry down for a fortnight, with drivers complaining they’ve had to bear the brunt of a rise of 50 cents a litre in the …

TAS: Chemical Handling Takes Its Toll

Reported by Julia | 21 Jul, 2008

Source: The Ausralian When Phillip Moon joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1970, he was a super-fit 17-year-old keen to follow in the footsteps of his father who served with the navy in Korea. He wanted to defend his country, make some mates, see the world. He never imagined the air force would make his …

QLD: Public Asbestos Scare

Reported by Julia | 21 Jul, 2008

Source: Tweed Daily News Passengers flying in and out of Gold Coast Airport may be exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres in coming months. Airport bosses have confirmed the presence of asbestos in the terminal ceiling, which will be disturbed when reconstruction work on the terminal gets under way within the next six months. A leaked …

WA: Catering Firm Offers No Relief

Reported by Julia | 18 Jul, 2008

Source: The West Australian Catering firm Spotless has denied responsibility for the death of a mother of two at a Pilbara camp during cyclone George. Kitchen hand Debra Till was killed in March last year when winds of up to 275kmh flattened the camp where she was employed by Spotless, one of Australia’s biggest corporate services …

VIC: Doctors Working In Fear

Reported by Julia | 17 Jul, 2008

Source: Herald Sun Doctors in Victoria’s emergency departments are working in fear of psychotic, drug-fuelled and aggressive patients. Two-thirds believe the departments have become increasingly violent. Only 10 per cent of those polled denied they were becoming more dangerous, with a quarter saying they could not comment. Doctors used the survey to call for legislative changes …

VIC: 40 Yr/O Man Crushed To Death By A Crane

Reported by Julia | 17 Jul, 2008

Source: Nine MSN A man has been crushed to death in an industrial accident north-east of Melbourne. He was crushed between a crane and the tray of a truck at a property in Ninks Road, St Andrews, north-east of Melbourne, about 5.20pm (AEST) on Wednesday, police said. The victim, aged in his mid-40s, died at the …

WA: Twiggy’s Firm Faces Inquest Over Cyclone Deaths

Reported by Julia | 17 Jul, 2008

Source: The West Australian Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest, Australia’s richest man, will next month become embroiled in a coronial inquest into the deaths of two workers at a Pilbara railway campsite. News of the inquest comes as the State’s safety watchdog is expected to claim that important safety procedures were not followed at the camp overseen by …

NSW: Suppressed OH&S Report Brings Relief

Reported by Julia | 16 Jul, 2008

Source: Start Company A long suppressed review into NSW occupational health and safety laws has been released, revealing recommendations to ease the OH&S duties faced by businesses in that state. The review by retired Supreme Court judge Paul Stein was finished early in 2007 but has only now come to light as part of a NSW …

VIC: Failure To Remove Asbestos

Reported by Julia | 15 Jul, 2008

Source: Mesothelioma Following their complaint that asbestos had not been properly removed from one of Victoria’s largest building sites, members of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union have walked off the shopping center project over concerns of worker health and safety. On Wednesday, nearly 350 workers refused to continue working on the Westfield Doncaster Shoppingtown …