NSW: Company Fined $85,000 After Workplace Accident

Reported by Julia | 28 Nov, 2008

Source: The Standard A WorkSafe prosecutor yesterday said the company had noted in an OH&S committee meeting on August 13 last year that the height of the finger jointing glue head should only be moved when the cutters were not operating. However, the directive had not been relayed to employees operating the machine. The risk was …

NSW: Customer Loses Toe In Metal Accident

Reported by Julia | 28 Nov, 2008

Source: The Australian A customer’s toe has been severed by a piece of scrap metal that fell from a truck at a business west of Sydney. Ambulance crews were called to the business in Inch Street at Lithgow on Thursday afternoon to attend to the 41-year-old. “It looks like the man has had his toe cut …

WA: Plumber Dead After Cutting Saw Accident

Reported by Julia | 28 Nov, 2008

Source: Perth Now A plumber has been killed in a workplace accident in Beechboro this morning. The 39-year-old man was believed to have been using a masonry cutting saw at the residential construction site in Dunlin Turn when he was fatally injured. It is understood the man was discovered by a fellow worker when he arrived …

QLD: Worker Dead After Ladder Fall

Reported by Julia | 28 Nov, 2008

Source: ABC News A man has died while working on a merchant ship moored at the Port of Townsville in north Queensland. Police says initial investigations suggest the 63-year-old man may have fallen off a ladder and hit his head, causing the fatal injuries. The incident occurred on Monday night. Workplace Health and Safety, the Australian …

NSW: Two Workers Seriously Burned After Mine Explosion

Reported by Julia | 27 Nov, 2008

Source: The Daily Telegraph Two men have suffered flash burns in a mine explosion in Sydney’s south west, police say. The two electricians, a 26-year-old Bellambi man and 40-year-old Helensburgh man, were attempting to repair a 1100 volt transformer at the mine in Appin when the explosion happened. Police said the transformer malfunctioned when one of …

VIC: Guide To Help Reduce Work-Related Driving Deaths And Injuries

Reported by Julia | 27 Nov, 2008

WorkSafe Victoria and the Transport Accident Commission have launched a guide to help reduce deaths and injuries resulting from work-related driving. The TAC’s Senior Manager for Road Safety, David Healy, said the guide provided practical advice to employers, fleet managers and drivers on measures to reduce risks associated with work-related driving. “Research shows that fleet …

WA: WorkSafe Urges Q Fever Checks

Reported by Julia | 26 Nov, 2008

Source: ABC News WorkSafe is conducting compliance checks to ensure workers are protected against the potentially deadly Q fever. The disease is transmitted from animals to humans and causes symptoms similar to the flu, including high fever, profuse sweating and fatigue. Chris Kirwin from WorkSafe says employers in the livestock industry in particular need to protect …

CTH: New Federal Workplace Laws

Reported by Julia | 26 Nov, 2008

New Federal workplace laws will be introduced this week by the Rudd Government which give enhanced bargaining power to unions. The new Fair Work Bill will replace the Howard Government’s WorkChoices with new unfair dismissal rules and the creation of a `wage umpire’ called Fair Work Australia, which will have the power to set wages …

NT: Working Around Electricity Death Record Fine

Reported by Julia | 25 Nov, 2008

NT Power and Water has been fined $70,000 for inadequate Safety Procedures that resulted in the death of a Darwin resident in 2006. (See previous story.) The fine is the highest in the history of the NT Work Health Act. The Corporation had pleaded guilty last week in the Darwin Magistrates Court and yesterday Magistrate John Lowndes …

NSW: Circus Performer Seriously Injured

Reported by Julia | 25 Nov, 2008

Source: Smith Coast Register A night of entertainment went horribly wrong on Saturday when a performer at the Lennon Bros Circus was seriously injured in an accident. The 23-year-old trapeze artist from Victoria fell during a circus performance in Nowra in front of a crowd of 450 people. She was about 5.5 metres above the ground …

QLD: Forklift Safety Alert

Reported by Julia | 24 Nov, 2008

The Queensland Mines Inspectorate has issued a safety alert highlighting the dangers of using the wrong types of bolts on the wheels of forklifts. The alert was prompted by an inspection which found incorrect bolts had been used in a forklift tyre’s split rim assembly. Half of the bolts in the rim retain the wheel …

QLD: Safety Alert For “No Go” Zones

Reported by Julia | 24 Nov, 2008

Following an incident where a worker was nearly hit by a shuttlecar in an underground coal mine, the Queensland Mines Inspectorate has issued a safety alert highlighting the dangers faced by pedestrians entering machinery operating zones. The worker had been standing alongside a shuttle car talking to the driver during a loading operation, despite the …

QLD: New Powers For Workplace Safety Representatives

Reported by Julia | 24 Nov, 2008

New laws enhancing the powers of Workplace Safety Representatives have been introduced in Queensland. The recently enacted Workplace Health and Safety and Another Act Amendment Act 2008 will encourage greater use of victim impact statements in court prosecutions for workplace and electrical safety breaches. The Safety Representatives will also be able to issue Provisional Improvement …

VIC: WorkSafe Highlights Air Receiver Explosion Risks

Reported by Julia | 24 Nov, 2008

WorkSafe Victoria has released new guidance focussing on the safety risks associated with air receivers – a type of pressure vessel used to store compressed air for large demands greater than a compressor’s capacity. WorkSafe’s Manufacturing, Logistics and Agriculture Industry Program Director, Ross Pilkington, said air receivers had the potential to seriously hurt people and …

NT: Workers Exposed To Uranium

Reported by Julia | 24 Nov, 2008

Source: The Age Workers from the controversial Ranger mine in the Northern Territory have been contaminated with uranium, a union says. Worksafe has been called in to investigate the claims relating to the Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) mine, about 260km east of Darwin. Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) spokesman Steve Milne said nine workers were …

QLD: Charges Laid For Excavator Accident

Reported by Julia | 23 Nov, 2008

QLD Workplace Health and Safety have charged a developer in relation to the death of an excavator operator on November 23 2007. It is believed that a boulder at the False Cape Development site near Cairns, had split in half and rolled onto the cabin of the excavator crushing the 59 year old driver, Doug …

NT: Guilty Plea For Fathers Electricution

Reported by Julia | 23 Nov, 2008

Northern Territory Power and Water have pleaded guilty in Darwin’s Magistrate Court as a result of a workplace accident that claimed the life of a father in 2006. The court heard that Philip Donohoe was cutting down a tree with his son when they recieved an electric shock. NT Power and Water was called and …

NT: Bull Catcher Safety Alert For Farms

Reported by Julia | 22 Nov, 2008

With two deaths this year attributed to the use Bull Catchers in the Top End, WorkSafe NThave published a Safety Alert highlighting the dangers of using modified vehicles as Bull Catchers. Workers are usually crushed between the vehicles and the animals or trees. Some of the Safety Authorities recommendations include: Giving effective safety induction and training to …

NT: Lawn Mower Safety Goes Out The Window

Reported by Julia | 22 Nov, 2008

Source: A Government contractor has apologised to the driver of a vehicle after a rock flew from his lawn mower slasher and struck a vehicle. Damien Styles, 28 of Nightcliff in Darwin was taken by surprise when his drivers side window was shattered as he drove near Palmerston yesterday. The Lawn and Garden Maintenance worker has …

NSW: Crane Driver Injured – Union Wants In

Reported by Julia | 21 Nov, 2008

Source: ABC News Unions New South Wales says it has serious safety concerns about a construction site at Kurnell, in Sydney’s South, where a desalination plant is being built. There have been two workplace accidents at the site in less than a week. The union’s secretary, Mark Lennon, claims the principle contractor is refusing to allow union …

QLD: Crane Worker’s Lucky Strike

Reported by Julia | 21 Nov, 2008

A Gold Coast man had a lucky escape after the crane he was working on, was struck by lightning in the states north. The worker was thrown up to 10 metres in the air after a lightning bolt struck the crane and passed onto the workers body. Fellow workers at the Gordonvale worksite performed First Aid and …