NSW: Fears Of Crane Collapse Leads To Evacuation

Reported by Admin | 29 Dec, 2008

A Sydney construction site has caused concern after a crane was found to be “leaning precariously” on the site at 11:15 a.m. today. Five heritage listed apartment buildings were evacuated as residents were concerned the crane may destroy their apartments. WorkCover conducted a site inspection and deemed the site to be safe and that Safety …

NSW: Company Fined $85,000 After Workplace Accident

Reported by Admin | 28 Dec, 2008

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 remedied one …

QLD: Tractor Slasher Accident – Second Farm Fatality In A Week

Reported by Admin | 28 Dec, 2008

QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh says her Government will heed any lessons learned from investigations into the death of a young boy on a farm west of Brisbane. A four year old boy has died after falling from a tractor that was being used to slash grass on a property in Gatton. The farm is non …

SA: No Safety Harness Skylight Fall Results In Fine

Reported by Admin | 26 Dec, 2008

The Industrial Relations Court has fined two companies over a worker’s fall through a skylight. The apprentice electrician, 25, fractured his spine in several places when he fell 4.5 metres while installing airconditioning at an engineering shop at Olympic Dam, in South Australia’s far north. The accident happened just days before his wedding. An investigation …

QLD: Farmer Electricuted Retrieving Kite

Reported by Admin | 23 Dec, 2008

A North Queensland father of four has been eletricuted on a cattle station 64km West of Richmond. Matthew Kersh a 42 year old cattle farmer was attending a christmas party at 7:30 p.m. yesterday evening at aneighbouring property when he attempted to retrieve a kite that was entangled on a power line. Early investigations have …

NT: Construction Worker Falls Six Metres On Worksite

Reported by Admin | 22 Dec, 2008

A worker has been injured after falling six metres on a commercial construction site in Darwin. The 24-year old rigger, was working in wet conditions he slipped on scaffolding and fell. It was not clear what Scaffolding Safety Procedures were in place, however a difficuilt rescue began in order to retrieve the worker from the fourth …

QLD: Mining Safety Audits

Reported by Admin | 22 Dec, 2008

Queensland mining companies will be audited for compliance with health and safety standards. State Mines Minister Geoff Wilson says a report prepared by his department reveals too many workers are being injured in quarries and safety around heavy machinery is also being comprimised. Mr Wilson said there had been one death over the last 12 months …

VIC: Hiab Crane Compensation Likely

Reported by Admin | 22 Dec, 2008

A man whose arm was crushed in a hiab crane accident in 2000, last week won a three-year legal battle for compensation. The man will now seek more than $150,000 for pain and suffering following the workplace accident. The Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal overturned two previous court decisions that ruled the 44-year-old’s injuries were not …

NT: Another Workplace Fall

Reported by Admin | 19 Dec, 2008

A man is lucky to be alive after he fell several storeys from a high-rise construction site in Darwin city yesterday. The 24-year-old rigger severely broke his left leg in the fall. He was working on the office development on Woods Street behind the Mantra Pandanas when it is believed he slipped on wet scaffolding …

VIC: Fruitpicker Dead After Vehicle Accident

Reported by Admin | 19 Dec, 2008

Source: The Age A fruitpicker has died after being run over by a reversing truck, in one of several workplace accidents on Thursday. The 65-year-old woman was hit by the truck at a vegetable-growing property in Werribee South, west of Melbourne, about 1.45pm (AEDT). An ambulance spokeswoman said paramedics attempted to revive the woman but she …

QLD: Truck Driver Jailed For A Year

Reported by Admin | 18 Dec, 2008

Source: Gold Coast News A truck driver who was on the phone to his mother when he caused a crash that killed one person and injured nine has been jailed for a year. Although he had shed tears earlier, Michael Robert Hogan, 37, of Kyogle, showed little emotion yesterday when told he would be sent to …

QLD: Worker Dies In Tractor Accident

Reported by Admin | 17 Dec, 2008

Source: News Mail A man died in more than a metre of water and mud after he was pinned under a tractor that fell into an irrigation channel at a Moore Park Beach farm yesterday. He was about to start work spraying weeds along a cane railway line at Lindemans Road when the tragic accident occurred …

VIC: Unsafe Machinery Causes Worker’s Death

Reported by Admin | 16 Dec, 2008

A company and its director have been fined a total of $200,000 after a worker was killed in 2006 while operating an unguarded machine. The employee was looking into the machine, which made exhaust pipes, when he was fatally struck on the head. The machine’s main safety feature, a laser safety curtain, was not working …

VIC: WorkSafe Christmas Campaign Looks At The News

Reported by Admin | 16 Dec, 2008

With Christmas around the corner it might seem a strange time for WorkSafe Victoria to release a new television commercial. The new TV commercial to be screened from last night builds on the award-winning success of the previous Homecomings commercials. The campaign will also run on radio, be shown on outdoor billboards and in cinemas from …

VIC: Avoiding Worker’s Heat Stress

Reported by Admin | 15 Dec, 2008

Employers who engage staff to work outdoors over summer should ensure adequate Sun Protection policies are in place. A recent Victorian Council of Social Services report on climate change predicts that as annual temperatures rise due to the effects of global warming, heat-related deaths in Victoria will rise from 582 a year to 604 by 2020 …

QLD: Workplace Accidents Leave Two Companies Fined

Reported by Admin | 15 Dec, 2008

Source: ABC News Two Brisbane companies have been fined after a worker lost his eye and another fractured his arm in separate workplace accidents. Buildmark Constructions has been fined $30,000 after a worker lost an eye in a nail gun accident on Brisbane’s northside. It happened last year at Wavell Heights when a nail ricocheted off …

VIC: Teen Dies At Ballarat Mine

Reported by Admin | 12 Dec, 2008

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a 17-year-old Ballarat worker who was run over by a truck at Ballarat’s Lihir gold mine today. Although WorkSafe’s investigation is at an early stage, it is understood the young man was hit by a truck from which he had just alighted after a break. The young worker, who …

WA: Fortescue Fights Charges

Reported by Admin | 11 Dec, 2008

Source: The Australian Billionaire miner Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group will defend charges over the deaths of two workers last year when Cyclone George flattened one of the company’s railway camps in the Pilbara. Lawyers for FMG and six other companies pleaded not guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday to more than 40 charges …

NSW: Worker Dies From Truck Fall

Reported by Admin | 11 Dec, 2008

Workcover NSW and the Police are investigating the death of a man during a workplace incident this week. The man was unloading a semi-trailer at his employer’s premises when he fell from the vehicle and lost consciousness. He later died at hospital. WorkCover will conduct a review of what Safety Procedures for Loading and Unloading Truckswere …

QLD: $30,000 Fine After Work Injured On The Job

Reported by Admin | 10 Dec, 2008

Source: The Morning Bulletin A Biloela machinery business was yesterday fined $30,000 after an employee suffered a fractured eye socket and jaw when equipment failed. An adjustment bolt from a sheet metal roller, which was “overloaded by 10 times its capacity”, struck the worker in the face as he stood beside the machine. The company, Lamont …

NSW: Six People Being Treated After Chemical Spill

Reported by Admin | 10 Dec, 2008

Source: Nine MSN Six people have been treated by paramedics after inhaling fumes during a chemical spill in Sydney’s west. A NSW Ambulance Service spokeswoman said two people were taken to Fairfield Hospital suffering breathing complaints after sulphur dioxide fumes were emitted from industrial premises at Chifley Street, Smithfield, about 7.40am (AEDT) on Tuesday. “Chemicals have …