NSW: Construction Industry Focus Of Safety Show

Reported by Julia | 31 Aug, 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 Aug, 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 Aug, 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: Alcan Admits To Workers Death

Reported by Julia | 28 Aug, 2008

Source: WA Today A worker at an Alcan refinery was “catapulted” to his death on the same day his baby girl “laughed for the first time”, a Darwin court has heard. Spray painter Daniel Aaron Burman, 33, was hurled 10 metres from an elevated platform on April 23 last year, after the machinery supporting him became …

VIC: Safety Of Bar-Staff At Risk From Glass Attacks

Reported by Julia | 28 Aug, 2008

A national increase in glassings in licensed venues has put pressure on nightclubs to replace glass with plastic. A licensed city venue has trialled a no-glass policy in its upstairs nightclub, following a call for from Channel Nine’s A Current Affair for a national ban on glass pots in such venues. Th issue was highlighted by an alleged attack …

SA: Worker Falls From Ladder, Construction Firm Fined

Reported by Julia | 27 Aug, 2008

A construction and engineering company has been fined  $31,825 for workplace breaches after a worker fell to the bottom of a maintenance shaft when a ladder collapsed on 1 April 2005. The worker was climbing into a shaft to inspect newly built sewer mains. During his descent, the portable extension ladder gave way, and the worker fell nearly five metres …

VIC: Mechanic Crushed By Bus

Reported by Julia | 27 Aug, 2008

Worksafe and Police are investigating an incident where a mechanic died of head and chest injuries after being crushed under a bus. The man and another mechanic had been called out to work on the vehicle, which had broken down on a busy Melbourne road after its brakes had seized. The victim was working under the bus when he disengaged the brakes, causing it to roll over him. …

WA: Worker Dies At BHP Mine

Reported by Julia | 27 Aug, 2008

Investigations are underway into the death of a worker at a BHP owned Pilbara mine site on Tuesday night. The worker was a fly-in, fly-out employee who died from injuries sustained while operating equipment at the Yandi mine. The incident occurred during the night in an industrial workshop. It is the second fatality at a WA BHP mine in less …

WA: Mine Site To Be Closed After Employees Death

Reported by Julia | 27 Aug, 2008

Source: The West Investigations are underway into the death of a man at a Pilbara mine site last night. The resources safety division of the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection has begun investigations into the death of the fly-in,fly-out employee who died from injuries sustained in an incident at the Yandi mine, 140km north of …

NSW: Ship Builder Dies, Overcome By Chemicals

Reported by Julia | 27 Aug, 2008

WorkCover is investigating an incident where a ship builder was overcome by fumes and died while working on a boat in a factory in Russell Vale yesterday. The man was found unconscious by a fellow employee in the hull of a catamaran he was helping to build. He had been working with solvents and was not wearing any breathing apparatus. OHS …

Cth: Workplace Safety Improves

Reported by Julia | 25 Aug, 2008

An OHS report reveals that Australian workplace fatalities which resulted in compensation dropped by 16 per cent over the last four years, exceeding an interim target of a 10 per cent reduction set by the National OHS Strategy. Australia recorded the world’s sixth lowest fatality rate in 2006-07 and is on target to achieve a 20 per …

AU: Arm Severed In Heavy Machinery

Reported by Julia | 25 Aug, 2008

WorkSafe inspectors are investigating the cause of an accident last week when a man’s arm was severed. The man was working at a timber yard and using a peeling machine, which removes bark from logs, when his right arm became caught in the machine. It was possible the man’s clothing had become caught. A WorkSafe spokesman said: “This sort of incident with machines …

Cth: New Fatigue Management Software

Reported by Julia | 25 Aug, 2008

A solution to ensure that long-haul drivers are complying with fatigue management laws has been developed in conjunction with Work Cover and WorkSafe advisors. The system, called Sentinel, corresponds to driving, working and rest requirements in all Australian states and territories. Before the driver leaves the depot, Sentinel helps to ensure that a driving plan is tailored to each driver. Sentinel monitors the driving …

QLD: More Safety Inspectors Required To Prevent Workplace Accidents

Reported by Julia | 25 Aug, 2008

The rising toll of workplace fatalities in the Mackay region has prompted the families of workplace accident victims, unions and peak industry bodies to advocate for an increase in the number of workplace health and safety inspectors. In the 2007-2008 period in the Mackay region, there were nine deaths, 29 injuries causing grievous bodily harm and 276 incidents. There are just …

NSW: Workplace Bullying Is On The Rise

Reported by Julia | 25 Aug, 2008

Source: News.com.au More than a quarter of Australian workers have been bullied at work, a national workplace study reveals. Thirty per cent of respondents to the survey, released by information management provider WorkPro, admitted having been the victim of workplace bullying, while 24 per cent claimed to have been discriminated against by co-workers. WorkPro business manager Tania …

QLD: Needle Stick Injury In Workplace

Reported by Julia | 22 Aug, 2008

An investigation will be launched by workplace health and safety officers into an accidental needle stick injury at a veterinary clinic. A female veterinarian who worked at the clinic euthanised a racehorse infected with the potentially deadly Australian Hendra horse virus.  She is now being monitored in hospital and awaiting the results of blood tests. …

VIC: Man Loses Arm In Log Stripping Machine

Reported by Julia | 22 Aug, 2008

WorkSafe Victoria is investigating an incident at a sawmill where a man lost his arm on 19 August. The worker was caught in a log stripping machine and suffered critical chest and shoulder injuries during the accident. According to the workplace safety authority, unguarded machinery is the main cause of many deaths and serious injuries in workplaces. It has appealed to …

QLD: Teenager Trapped By Heavy Machinery

Reported by Julia | 22 Aug, 2008

Workplace Health and Safety is investigating a near-fatal accident on 20 August where a teenager was trapped by a conveyor machine at an engineering firm. The conveyor belt pinned the 17-year-old’s abdomen for around 15 minutes. He had been working on the conveyor belt when a section slipped off and trapped him against another section of the conveyor machine. He …

NSW: Firm Fined After Unsafe Demolition Site Practices

Reported by Julia | 21 Aug, 2008

Source: The Courier A company that was contracted to demolish a wing at St John of God hospital was yesterday fined more than $40,000 in the Ballarat Magistrates Court. Delta Pty Ltd yesterday pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a prohibition notice after a WorkSafe inspector noticed a person standing at an exposed edge two …

Vic: Stress Free Workplace

Reported by Julia | 21 Aug, 2008

Work-related stress is the second most compensated illness/injury in Australia. Under OH&S laws, employers must maintain a safe working environment and implement systems of work to control risks to the mental health of its workers. Work Safe Victoria has published guidelines aimed at preventing work-related stress, which set out a series of four steps for employers and employees: work together to identify …

SA: Overtime For Nurses A Health Risk

Reported by Julia | 20 Aug, 2008

The Health Department has imposed an overtime work ban on staff at Glenside Hospital. Central Northern Adelaide Health Service said overtime was an occupational health and workplace safety issue across all of mental health. The Service said that some nurses are doing several overtime shifts a week in addition to their normal hours, potentially putting both …