VIC: Man Jailed For WorkSafe Fraud

Reported by Admin | 31 Oct, 2008

A Birregurra man was sentenced to three months in jail yesterday for fraudulently obtaining more than $7,600 in workers compensation payments and for providing false information. The Geelong Magistrates Court heard that in 2000 Luke Voskresensky injured his lower back while working as a labourer with a meat packing company. He submitted a workers compensation …

ACT: Building Site Collapse Becomes Test Site

Reported by Admin | 30 Oct, 2008

Source: Canberra Times The collapse at a multi-storey building site in Civic on Monday will be used as a test case in ensuring safety for members of Australia’s largest construction union. But the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union’s national health and safety expert, Martin Kingham, said he was denied access to the site yesterday morning on …

QLD: Mining Worker Crushed By Mobile Equipment

Reported by Admin | 29 Oct, 2008

A worker has died after being crushed between a stationary light vehicle and a mobile tool carrier. The service crew operator was standing near the vehicle, preparing to transfer tools from the vehicle to a man basket attached to the tool carrier. The mobile carrier failed to stop in time, crushing the operator against the vehicle. According to the QLD Mines Inspectorate, it is common for …

NSW: Employee Died In Engineering Accident

Reported by Admin | 29 Oct, 2008

Source: NineMSN News A 28-year-old machinist has been killed after being dragged into a coal conveyer at an engineering complex in Sydney’s south west. The Elderslie man suffered severe head injuries when he was pulled into the coal loading machine at the Narellan factory in Graham Hill Road just after 8am (AEST) on Friday. He was …

ACT: Concrete Floor Collapse

Reported by Admin | 29 Oct, 2008

ACT WorkCover is investigating the collapse of part of a floor of a building under construction during a concrete pour. The incident occurred in Canberra on Monday and resulted in equipment and scaffolding crashing downwards. No one was injured, however WorkCover closed the site for a full safety inspection. The company in charge of the site says it has employed …

VIC: Tougher Regulations Called For After Mining Accident

Reported by Admin | 29 Oct, 2008

Source: ABC News The Australian Workers Union (AWU) says an accident at the Ballarat gold mine on Wednesday is proof the industry needs tougher regulations. Four workers inside the mine, in central Victoria, were injured on Wednesday evening when a winch cable attached to platform holding materials snapped. The men were take to the Ballarat hospital, …

VIC: Preventative Health Program Faces Delays

Reported by Admin | 28 Oct, 2008

Progress has been delayed on WorkHealth, the State Government’s preventive health program. WorkHealth is a $218 million innitiative which was announced by Premier John Brumby in March of this year. It was lauded by health industry experts as visionary and a world-first. The program involves health checks, lifestyle programs and health advice for 2.6 million Victorian workers over the next five …

NSW: Ferry Master Fined For Harbour Death

Reported by Admin | 28 Oct, 2008

A RiverCat ferry master has been convicted of negligent navigation and fined $1100 for crashing his vessell into a fishing boat which resulted in the death of a 72 year old fisherman. The incident occurred on Sydney Harbour, just off The Rocks, in January last year. The ferry master was steering the RiverCat Dawn Fraser when it hit a dinghy just …

SA: Workers Unite To Fight WorkCover Reform

Reported by Admin | 27 Oct, 2008

Source: Adelaide Now Injured workers are uniting under a new peak body to fight the controversial WorkCover reforms, saying they have been “bullied” for too long. And the group’s spokeswoman has vowed to help people return to work quicker, accusing the WorkCover system of “breaking” injured workers. The body – which has the working name of …

VIC: Concreter Falls Into Lift-Shaft

Reported by Admin | 23 Oct, 2008

WorkSafe Victoria is investigating an incident where a concreter fell into an elevator pit at Tullamarine Airport. He was rescued by paramedics after falling from ground level into the 1.7-metre pit. The worker suffered severe head injuries. Intensive care paramedic Alan Penaluna said, “The lift-well, being under construction, was very dark and dirty and the environment was very cramped with all the …

VIC: Ammonia Leak Causes Evacuation

Reported by Admin | 23 Oct, 2008

WorkSafe is investigating an incident where four houses were evacuated following an ammonia leak from a fruit shop. The potentially explosive substance was detected leaking from a 1,500 litre container in the rear of the shop. Fire Authority crews entered the area in gas suits with detection devices and were able to shut down pipes in the vicinity. Ammonia is an explosive gas …

VIC: RECORD ATTENDANCE FOR WORK SAFE WEEK

Reported by Admin | 22 Oct, 2008

Nearly 12,000 people have registered for events during Work Safe Week which runs from October 27 to 31. It’s a record number of bookings for the week which features a series of free seminars and events across the state. WorkSafe’s Executive Director, Health and Safety, John Merritt, said Work Safe Week was about giving people …

VIC: WorkSafe Blitz To Prevent Manual Handling Injuries

Reported by Admin | 21 Oct, 2008

A state-wide campaign targeting musculoskeletal disorder injuries (commonly known as “sprains and strains”), begins on 1 November when WorkSafe begins a state-wide inspection campaign. Improvement and Prohibition Notices will be issued where safety issues are found. In some cases, prosecutions may follow where serious safety breaches are identified. WorkSafe’s Executive Director, John Merritt, said employers …

TAS: Concern For Workplace Safety

Reported by Admin | 21 Oct, 2008

Source: ABC News A poll of Tasmanian union members shows 30 per cent of workers are concerned about health and safety standards in their work place. The EMRS poll, which was commissioned by the ACTU, interviewed 400 Tasmanians about whether they thought union membership was valuable. The Secretary of Unions Tasmania, Simon Cocker, says the safety …

CTH: Safe Work Australia Week Begins

Reported by Admin | 20 Oct, 2008

Safe Work Australia Week 2008, being held this year from 19 – 25 October, aims to raise awareness of workplace safety, prevent workplace incidents and manage injuries. More than 140,000 people are seriously injured and over 250 people die annually owing to work-related incidents. Work-related injuries also cost the Australian economy some $34 billion a year. The Australian …

SA: Survey Finds Police Are Distressed

Reported by Admin | 20 Oct, 2008

A recent survey of police in South Australia has found many officers in need of help for psychological “distress”. The survey of 918 frontline officers was conducted by psychologists, Professor Maureen Dollard and Dr Peter Winwood, from the Work and Stress Research Group at UniS. The Police Association of SA said aspects of the survey results were “a concern” and …

SA: Union To Lobby Over WorkCover Again

Reported by Admin | 20 Oct, 2008

Source: ABC News South Australia’s unions will again lobby the State Government on WorkCover after the weekend’s Labor Party conference agreed to soften the effects of the controversial laws. A resolution was passed calling for a number of measures to be considered, including a safety net for low-paid workers. The Government says it will discuss the …

SA: Mine Safety Workshops

Reported by Admin | 20 Oct, 2008

SafeWork SA will be running mining safety workshops in South Australia over the next four weeks to raise awareness about safety in the workplace. Graham Sauer, SafeWork’s Inspector of Mines and Major Hazards Facilities, will give a talk on principal/contractor relations in the mining industry, including safety issues and solutions. Sauer will also deliver findings from some coronial inquiries which are related to contractor …

NSW: Company Fined For Poor Lock-Out Procedure

Reported by Admin | 20 Oct, 2008

A stock feed manufacturer has been fined $150,000 for a 2006 incident in which a worker died after a large cement mixer was activated while he was inside cleaning it. WorkCover NSW found the company had failed to ensure employees could only enter the mixer once the plant had been isolated from the electrical supply and locked out. It had also failed …

NSW: New Major Hazard Facility Laws

Reported by Admin | 20 Oct, 2008

As of 13 October 2008, new major hazard facility (MHF) laws came into effect. In addition to Dangerous Goods notification, the legislation now requires notification to WorkCover NSW. Operators of MHFs as of 13 October should notify WorkCover NSW by 12 January 2009. Notification is compulsory for all facilities where the total quantity of any Schedule 8 material present or likely to be present exceeds …

VIC: WorkSafe Update On Arthurs Seat Chairlift

Reported by Admin | 20 Oct, 2008

WorkSafe Victoria rejects claims that it is delaying a re-opening of the Arthurs Seat Chairlift. The claim was made by the chairlift’s operator in media reports today. WorkSafe’s Executive Director John Merritt said the workplace health and safety regulator’s role was to help the operator ensure the chairlift meets the Canadian standard Z.98 which is …