NSW: Free Disposal Of Dangerous Metal Drums

Reported by Admin | 27 Feb, 2009

WorkCover NSW has arranged for free disposal of old metal drums in the Blue Mountains and Orana regions on 28 March 2009. According to the safety authority, there have been 27 Serious Injuries since 2001 from attempts to carry out hot work on old drums or tanks. In 2008, a 42-year-old man was seriously burned after sparks from …

VIC: Woolworths Fined For Breaching Workers Compensation Laws

Reported by Admin | 27 Feb, 2009

Woolworths has been fined $1,000 for failing to provide an injured worker with suitable employment, in breach of Victoria’s Workers Compensation Legislation. The worker suffered a Stress Injury while employed as a trainee night-fill manager at a Safeway Store . His claim for workers compensation was approved, and he was later medically certified as having the capacity to return to work on …

VIC: Update On Prahran Scaffold Collapse

Reported by Admin | 26 Feb, 2009

WorkSafe has issued three Safety Improvement notices at the site of yesterday’s Scaffoldcollapse in Commercial Road, Prahran. The notices require Safety Assessment of the remaining scaffolds on the east and southern side of the Residential and Commercial Building and for the development of a Scaffold Management System. The scaffold cannot be used until that work has been done. The incident is …

QLD: Safety Authority Promotes Health And Wellbeing Programs

Reported by Admin | 26 Feb, 2009

Workplace Health And Safety QLD (WHSQ) says larger state corporations should adopt a leadership role in workplace safety by establishing health and wellbeing programs in the workplace. Speaking at a conference organised by the Association of Self Insured Employers of Queensland, WHSQ’s Executive Director Dr Simon Blackwood said the safety watchdog wanted to help workplaces introduce these programs, which would include programs to …

WA: BHP’s Poor Safety Record Scrutinise

Reported by Admin | 26 Feb, 2009

BHP Billiton’s safety procedures have been criticised after a fourth person was killed on aMining Site owned by BHP in seven months. A Track Maintenance Worker was killed on the Tabba rail line, owned by the mining giant, 74km South Of Port Hedland on Tuesday. The Australian Workers Union said BHP had a poor record on safety and …

VIC: Council Bullying Investigation

Reported by Admin | 25 Feb, 2009

WorkSafe Victoria is investigating allegations of Internal Bullying And Harassment at Brimbank City Council. Up to six current workplace bullying and harassment cases lodged by Brimbank City Council employees are being investigated and further cases have been filed and settled for undisclosed sums over the past 18 months. A spokesperson from neighbouring Maribyrnong City Council said that among that council’s …

VIC: Surgeon Guilty Of WorkSafe Fraud

Reported by Admin | 25 Feb, 2009

A Nunawading man was sentenced to 12 months’ jail last week for fraudulently obtaining more than $153,000 in workers compensation payments. The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard that orthopaedic surgeon Jasbir Bedi Injured His Neck And Arm While At Work. He submitted a workers compensation claim which was accepted. WorkSafe investigations revealed, however, that Mr Bedi was …

VIC: Helping Employers In Melbourne’s North Support Older Workers

Reported by Admin | 25 Feb, 2009

WorkSafe Victoria is hosting an interactive forum this Thursday 26 February aimed at helping employers in Melbourne’s northern suburbs better understand how they can safely return mature-aged workers Back To Work After Injury Or Illness. From July 2003 to June 2008, the regions of Banyule, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Darebin, Whittlesea, and Brimbank reported a combined total …

VIC: Woolworths Guilty Of Workers Compensation Offence

Reported by Admin | 25 Feb, 2009

Supermarket giant, Woolworths Ltd, pleaded guilty in the Dandenong Magistrates Court yesterday to failing to provide an injured worker with suitable employment as required under Victoria’s workers compensation legislation. The Court heard that the injured worker was employed as a trainee night-fill manager at a Safeway store when he suffered a stress injury. His workers …

VIC: Scaffolding Safety Collapse Injuries 3

Reported by Admin | 24 Feb, 2009

Source: The Herald Sun A worker who survived a horror Four-storey fall as Scaffolding Collapsed escaped with a fractured finger, cuts and scrapes. Another worker also rode the falling Metal four floors to the street as the six-storeys of scaffold fell about 9.50am  today along busy Commercial Rd, Prahran, bringing down power lines and triggering traffic mayhem. Another …

VIC: Heat Stroke Damage Paralyzes 33yro Man

Reported by Admin | 24 Feb, 2009

Source: ABC News Alan Byrne often wishes he had been in a horrific car crash rather than Suffer Heat Stroke. So severe is the damage he suffered working on a 42C day that the 33-year-old Berwick man has permanent brain damage, can no longer walk, has trouble talking and has even had to have his face rebuilt. …

SA: Workcover SA Liability Blows Out More Than $1 Billion

Reported by Admin | 24 Feb, 2009

Source: ABC News A South Australian parliamentary inquiry has heard that WorkCover’s unfunded liability has blown out to more than $1 billion. In evidence to the inquiry, WorkCover’s CEO Julia Davison said the world financial crisis could be blamed for the increase. The unfunded liability was last reported at $984 million. Committee chairman MP Rob Lucas says …

VIC: 2yro Baby Died Under Tractor

Reported by Admin | 24 Feb, 2009

Source: The Courier A Newlyn toddler was killed on Saturday morning when he fell underneath a Tractor. The accident occurred about 10.30am on the family’s property in Sawmill Rd. It is believed Kalon Tippett, who was to turn two next month, was sitting in the bucket of the tractor’s front end loader when he climbed out …

VIC: Worker’s Hand Amputated In Machine

Reported by Admin | 23 Feb, 2009

WorkSafe is investigating an incident where the hand of one worker was amputated and the hand of another worker was badly crushed in a machine at a Tullamarine factory this week. The two men were carrying out maintenance work on a press when the machine activated. WorkSafe Victoria’s Executive Director, John Merritt, said the incident reinforced his concern that many employers and workers …

WA: Mining Company Conducts Unsafe Evacuation

Reported by Admin | 23 Feb, 2009

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has accused a WA mining company of subjecting workers to an ill-planned evacuation, calling on WorkSafe WA to make a full investigation into the incident and to review the Company’s Safety Procedures. As heavy rains hit, the workers had to be evacuated through raging floodwaters from the Cape Preston mine. During the evacuation, workers were …

SA: Safety Warnings For Fruit Pickers

Reported by Admin | 23 Feb, 2009

As South Australia’s annual grape harvest is about to commence, SafeWork SA is warning of an increased risk of injury to seasonal workers. According to the authority, farmers and labour hire companies need to implement Appropriate Workplace Safety Systems before the work begins. The risks associated with farms and vineyards are increased as hundreds of students, backpackers and professional …

SA: Tuna Processor Fined Over Deficient Safety System

Reported by Admin | 23 Feb, 2009

A Port Lincoln tuna processing company has been fined $15,000 for Inadequate Safety Systems which resulted in a worker injuring his foot. The company pleaded guilty to failing to maintain safe systems of work. An employee broke three bones in his right foot in May 2006, after being hit by a heavy fibreglass lid which had fallen from a tuna bin he was cleaning. An investigation by WorkSafe SA found …

QLD: Worker Suffers Electric Shock

Reported by Admin | 23 Feb, 2009

The Electrical Safety Office has this week begun an investigation into an incident where an Ergon Energy worker received severe burns to a quarter of his body after an electric shock. The man was part of a crew conducting line work. He and another worker were in the basket of acherry picker when it hit powerlines. The injured man received an 11,000-volt …

WA: WorkSafe Investigates Mine Safety

Reported by Admin | 19 Feb, 2009

Worksafe WA has paid a visit to the site of Chinese mining company CITIC Pacific after it received a complaint about Transport Safety at the mine. The mining company rejects claims by the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union it put workers at risk by allowing up to 16 miners to Travel On A Grader at its Cape Preston mine in the Pilbara. …

VIC: Teenager Dies In Printing Press Accident

Reported by Admin | 19 Feb, 2009

WorkSafe Victoria is investigating the death this week of an 18 year-old man who was caught in a printing machine at a carton manufacturing plant in Thomastown. The man’s clothing caught in rotating parts of the box-printing machine, dragging him into it head first. His death brought to four the number of people killed in a Victorian …

VIC: Bike Death Results In $250,000 Fine

Reported by Admin | 19 Feb, 2009

A family farming company was this week fined $250,000 for WorkSafe breaches leading to the death of a worker in 2007. Ryan McCubbin, 20, died and fellow worker Laura Kearns, then 18, was seriously injured riding a four-wheel-quad bike. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe working environment and failing to provide adequate instruction, supervision and training. …