NSW: Plumber Fights For Life After Explosion

Reported by Julia | 31 Mar, 2009

Source: Sydney Morning Herald Two plumbers remain in hospital, one in a critical condition, after a gas explosion on the 29th floor of an apartment block in Sydney’s eastern suburbs yesterday. The men, aged 22 and 20, received serious facial and hand burns in the blast, which ripped apart walls on the 29th floor of the …

WA: Safety Alert For Unguared Power Take-Offs

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2009

WorkSafe WA has issued a safety alert on the importance of adequately guarding power take-offs (PTOs) following the occurance of a number of injuries. According to WorkSafe WA, guarding or shielding the moving parts of any machinery is crucial, but PTOs are an area of particular concern, particularly in the farming industry. A PTO allows a farmer to harness the power of a tractor …

QLD: Man Basket Safety Alert

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2009

The Queensland Department Of Mines And Energy has issued a safety alert following a number of incidents involving man baskets separating from machines and crashing to the ground, injuring passengers on board. The two most recent incidents cited by the Department, one of which was fatal, were inUnderground Mines. According to the safety alert, both incidents involved a Failure Of Locking Devices in the …

Cth: Workers’ Comp Report Reveals Construction Industry Least Safe

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2009

Earlier this month, the Australian Safety And Compensation Council released its annual Compendium of Workers’ Compensation Statistics for 2006-07. The report provides a detailed analysis of compensated work-related injury and disease among Australian employees. This is the sixteenth report released as part of the Compendium series. Preliminary data showed that in 2006-07, there were 236 compensated fatalities, which equates …

Cth: Reaccreditation Required For Building Companies

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2009

According to the Office Of The Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC), building companies who wish to retain their OH&S accreditation under the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme (Scheme) need to get reaccredited. Accreditation under the Scheme lasts for up to three years, with the first accreditations due to expire at the end of 2009. The reaccreditation process will …

QLD: Bitumen Silo Explodes

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2009

Source: The Townsville Bulletin A massive explosion in a bitumen silo at the Bohle Industrial Estate yesterday morning was all boom and no bite. The explosion, which happened in one of eight 60,000 litre bitumen silos at the Pioneer Road Services Pty Ltd complex on Enterprise Rd at 7.40am, blasted the roof from the silo and sent …

VIC: Contracts Under Threat From Unsafe Work Practices

Reported by Julia | 27 Mar, 2009

Source: Manufactures Monthly A waste management company has acknowledged the potential impact of a Workplace Health And Safety failings telling a magistrate contracts worth millions of dollars would be jeopardised if it was convicted. Barry Bros Specialised Services pleaded guilty last week to one charge of failing to provide andMaintain A Safe System Of Work before Melbourne Magistrate Felicity Broughton. …

NSW: Man Dead After Steel Fell From Crane

Reported by Julia | 26 Mar, 2009

Source: Sydney Morning Herald Police say four men are lucky to be alive after a Load Of Steel Fell from a Crane, killing their colleague, in the NSW Hunter Valley last night. A 34-year-old Campbelltown man died when four lengths of steel came loose from a crane and fell onto his work crew as they positioned a section …

WA: WorkSafe Targets Hazardous Dusts

Reported by Julia | 26 Mar, 2009

Throughout the month of April, WorkSafe WA will target the presence of Dusts, Fumes And Fibres In Workplaces. According to WorkSafe, dusts, fumes, and fibres are responsible for a significant number of illnesses and deaths.  The health effects of exposure to these airborne substances are often not felt until much later. Many of these substances are combustible and can cause catastrophic …

VIC: Two Hurt In Chemical Spill

Reported by Julia | 26 Mar, 2009

WorkSafe is investigating the injury of two men in a Chemical Accident earlier this week at a leather factory in Geelong. A 32-year-old man suffered burns to his face while another male employee experienced breathing difficulties. The incident occurred when two incompatible chemicals were mixed together during a treatment process for cattle hides. The chemicals reacted and burned the …

VIC: Out Of Control Hose And Unsafe Work Systems Threaten Contracts

Reported by Julia | 26 Mar, 2009

A company has acknowledged the potential impact of a Workplace Health And Safetyfailings telling a magistrate contracts worth millions of dollars would be jeopardised if it was convicted. Barry Bros Specialised Services Pty Limited pleaded guilty last week to one charge of failing to provide and maintain a safe system of work before Melbourne Magistrate Felicity …

VIC: Director To Never Live Down The Shame

Reported by Julia | 25 Mar, 2009

Source: Work Safe A County Court Judge has told a company director he would have to live with the shame of failing to ensure a Truck which killed a motorist had effective brakes. In sentencing 59-year-old South Gippsland man Lance William Jobling, Judge Leo Hart said the May 2002 crash on the West Gate Freeway off ramp …

QLD: Man Dead After Concrete Accident

Reported by Julia | 24 Mar, 2009

Source: The Daily A man has been killed in an accident at an isolated property in central Queensland. Police said the man, aged in his 20s, had been helping move a Concrete Water Trough when the accident happened. He died on the property near Springsure, 250km west of Rockhampton, on Friday afternoon. No further details were available. …

VIC: WorkSafe Drives Home Road Freight Transport Safety Message

Reported by Julia | 24 Mar, 2009

The road freight Transport Industry has joined WorkSafe Victoria to help develop a strategy and action plan to improve Workplace Health And Safety. “As part of our continued focus on road freight transport, we are telling the industry to take responsibility for its actions,” WorkSafe’s Manufacturing Logistics and Agriculture Program Director, Ross Pilkington said. “We want to work …

SA: Car-Carrier Driver Crushed To Death

Reported by Julia | 23 Mar, 2009

SafeWork SA is investigating the death of a driver at a car dealership in the Riverland district last week. The incident occurred while a car-carrier driver was Unloading Motor Vehicles at the car yard. During this task, the man released a tie-down strap and cast it clear of the trailer. The strap came into contact with a hydraulic lever controlling the …

SA: Heavy Equipment Falls From Building

Reported by Julia | 23 Mar, 2009

SafeWork SA is investigating an incident at a Construction Site in Adelaide last week after equipment fell from a 13-storey building. A worker had been using a wheeled device to tip sand from a large bin into a skip on the 13th floor of the building. The device and its bin rolled free and broke through the fall protection …

VIC: Night-Shifts Could Cause Breast Cancer

Reported by Julia | 23 Mar, 2009

A landmark overseas ruling could lead to compensation for Victorian women who suffer breast cancer after working extended nightshifts. The Danish government awarded payouts to almost 40 air cabin crew, nurses and soldiers after the World Health Organisation ruled working at night might have caused their breast cancer. WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer suggests …

WA: Union Requests All WA BHP Mine Sites Be Closed Down

Reported by Julia | 20 Mar, 2009

Source: The West The Australian Worker’s Union want BHP Billiton’s total WA operations closed down and an independent audit conducted following the death of a worker at a Pilbara mine site overnight. A 45-year-old NSW man died after falling 12 metres from machinery at a mining Construction Sitenear Newman this morning. The accident occurred at a John Holland-run …

ACT: New IR Laws Expected To Cost Jobs

Reported by Julia | 19 Mar, 2009

Source: NineMSN Nearly half of all employers fear Labor’s new Industrial laws will lead to job losses and higher business costs, a new survey by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry says. ACCI chief executive Peter Anderson says negotiations in the Senate on changes to the government’s Fair Work bill are crucial to jobs. The talks …

NSW: Scaffolding Collapse Injures Another

Reported by Julia | 19 Mar, 2009

Source: Northern Star A Lismore man is on life support and another man in a serious condition in hospital after two Workplace Accidents this week. Bob Day, a father-of-two in his 50s, fell five metres to the ground when Scaffolding Supporting A Building Platform at the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate collapsed on Tuesday. And police said …

QLD: Man Crushed To Death By Cement Truck

Reported by Julia | 18 Mar, 2009

Source: Cairns News A 52-year-old man was crushed to death in the back of a Concrete Truck at Innisfail yesterday afternoon when the mixer drum was started while he was inside. Emergency services were called to the Concrete plant at the corner of Tramway and Cassowary streets about 3pm. Firefighters worked to free the man who was trapped …