QLD: Crane Accident Leaves Worker Fighting For His Life

Reported by Julia | 30 Apr, 2009

Source: The Townsville Bulletin A man is fighting for his life in Townsville Hospital after leaping from a toppling Crane at Stuart  yesterday morning. The 280-tonne crane fell while it was being loaded on to the back of a semi-trailer on Brookhouse Rd about 9.40am. Work colleagues found the truck teetering on its side, which caused the …

WA: Check The Identification Of Anyone Claiming To Be A Worksafe Inspector

Reported by Julia | 30 Apr, 2009

Source: Safe To Work Worksafe WA says businesses need to carefully check the identification of anyone claiming to be a WorkSafe inspector. According to WorkSafe WA, it discovered a man had been visiting businesses and leaving employers with the impression that he was from WorkSafe. An employer contacted WorkSafe WA because he was confused by advise …

VIC: Fatigued Ambo’s Look To Strike

Reported by Julia | 30 Apr, 2009

Source: Geelong Advertiser Geelong ambulance workers will today decide whether to pursue strike action for the first time in 36 years. The ambulance union said negotiations with the State Government had broken down. The local ballot will be held at a meeting of ambulance workers at the service’s Yarra St headquarters this afternoon. Ambulance Employees Australia …

QLD: Worker Found Lying On Highway Dies

Reported by Julia | 29 Apr, 2009

Source: The Australian A man lying in the middle of a Queensland highway has died in hospital. Police said the 29-year-old man died on Wednesday (8th) after he was found lying on the Capricorn Highway, Emerald, midway between Brisbane and Townsville, about 3.50pm (AEST) the same day. Investigators believe the man had suffered a workplace injury, Sustained …

QLD: Workers Rally Demands Industrial Laws Be Reviewed

Reported by Julia | 29 Apr, 2009

Source: ABC News More than 2,000 people rallied in Brisbane to call for an end to Industrial laws that they say are killing workers. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) says more than 20 Queenslanders died inWorkplace Accidents over the past year. Lawrence Samson says he is grieving for his brother Christopher Gear, who died when …

VIC: Workers Memorial Day Has A Message For Us All

Reported by Julia | 28 Apr, 2009

Workplace Safety standards must be maintained, and improved, in tough economic times or Victoria could face a return to the horrors of dozens of preventable workplace deaths each year. Marking International Workers Memorial Day today (28th) WorkSafe’s Executive Director, John Merritt said improvements made over the past decade could be under threat. “Since last year’s …

AUS: OHS Officials Ban Clowns Big Comedy Shoes

Reported by Julia | 27 Apr, 2009

Source: Courier Mail A circus clown hit out last night after Health And Safety officials banned him from wearing his giant comedy shoes because he fell off a tightrope. After he broke his foot in the tumble, Valerik Kashkin was told his wacky size 18s could invalidate the circus’s insurance policy. He said: “If I don’t wear …

QLD: Asbestos Scare At QLD School

Reported by Julia | 27 Apr, 2009

Source: Courier Mail Students and staff at a Queensland school may have been exposed to Asbestos fibres during a lunchtime airconditioning installation by a contractor. A dust cloud was created as workers cut fibro wall sheeting in a classroom metres from a play area at the Undurba State School, in Murrumba Downs, north of Brisbane, witnesses said. The …

SA: Negligence Admitted After 5 Years

Reported by Julia | 24 Apr, 2009

Source: Adelaide Now The mother of a first-year apprentice toolmaker who died in an Industrial accident in 2004 has told an Adelaide court of her anguish at losing her only child. Her grief was compounded by the devastating five-year legal battle that has ensued since his death. This morning, Andrea Madeley delivered an impassioned victim impact statement to the …

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

Reported by Julia | 24 Apr, 2009

WorkSafe Victoria is hosting an interactive forum next Thursday 30 April aimed at helping employers in Melbourne’s western suburbs better understand how they can safely return mature-aged workers back to work after injury or illness. The session is part of WorkSafe’s efforts to Improve Victoria’s Return To Work Performance. From July 2003 to June 2008, the …

WA: An Effort To Cut Hospital Violence

Reported by Julia | 23 Apr, 2009

Source: The West A national campaign aimed at reducing Aggression-Related Injuries in hospitals has been praised by the Australian Medical Association. The campaign, an initiative of Workplace Safety Authorities across Australia, is set to start this month and aims to cut injury rates resulting from aggression in emergency departments, other clinical areas and other hospital-based services. AMA WA …

QLD: Truck Accident Causes Chaos

Reported by Julia | 22 Apr, 2009

Peak hour traffic was thrown into chaos at Bli Bli yesterday after an Energex truck rolled on the corner of Willis and Nambour-Bli Bli Roads. The three occupants inside the work truck were unharmed after their Vehicle Overturned just before 8am as it did a right hand turn. The windscreen popped out, allowing the workers to …

VIC: Welder Flown To Alfred With Burns After Fuel Tank Explodes

Reported by Julia | 22 Apr, 2009

A Welder is in a serious but stable condition after an explosion at Alexandra this morning. The 31-year old local man was welding a fuel tank mounted on a trailer at the Department of Sustainability and Environment Depot in Nihill St around 8.15am. A WorkSafe inspector and investigator are at the scene. The explosion happened in …

AU: Workplace Harassment And Bullying Is Increasing

Reported by Julia | 21 Apr, 2009

ource: Courier Mail Australian workers are putting up with Bullying And Sexual Harassment because they fear a complaint against offenders would mean “career death”. Almost two thirds of Australian workers say they have been bullied at work, and nearly one third claim to have been sexually harassed, according to a survey by employment websiteCareerOne.Com.Au. It showed 74 …

QLD: Safety Plan Questioned In Southport School Lawsuit

Reported by Julia | 21 Apr, 2009

Source: Courier Mail A school was not committed to safety issues when a boarder was sucked down a drain, causing a “catastrophic” brain injury, court documents claim. The prestigious private Southport School embroiled in Queensland’s largest personal injury lawsuit has also been accused of creating “a high risk of drowning” just after the incident by placing bars …

VIC: A Call For New Restrictions On Four Wheel Bikes

Reported by Julia | 20 Apr, 2009

Source: ABC News Coroner John Olle has found Quad Bike manufacturers must ensure bikes are only sold to people who have completed a certified training course. In several cases, the riders died after their quad bikes rolled while they were towing a trailer on hilly terrain. Mr Olle has found quad bikes should only tow loads on …

VIC: Port Melbourne Crane Tips

Reported by Julia | 20 Apr, 2009

WorkSafe is investigating an incident in which a Mobile Crane tipped this morning leaving the machine on its side. WorkSafe believes two cranes were moving a 13tonne pipe late this morning when one stopped suddenly causing the other to tip. The driver of the crane climbed out of the cabin and was later taken to the …

SA: Vicious Dogs Become Safety Threat

Reported by Julia | 15 Apr, 2009

Source: Adelaide Now A mail man chased by a vicious canine may be cliched but it’s a genuine safety issue dogging our posties, with an average of two attacks every month in SA. Australia Post spokesperson Joshua Zugajev said figures released today showing the number of postie injuries were concerning. “Research shows that one postie is being …

NSW: Wife Dead From Washing Asbestos-Soaked Clothes

Reported by Julia | 14 Apr, 2009

For more than 20 years Margaret Dawson washed her father and husband’s work clothes. Once a week she would take their clothes out the back, shake off the Asbestos dust and put them in the washing machine. Little did she know that weekly ritual would cost the 64-year-old her life - and potentially pave the way for …

NSW: Safety Checks In Trucks Decline

Reported by Julia | 14 Apr, 2009

Source: Sydney Morning Herald The State Government has downgraded Truck Safety checks, saying new technology has made inspections at its seven roadside weigh stations less important. A sharp drop in the number of trucks being inspected at the heavy vehicle checking stations has outraged the State Opposition, which says holiday motorists are at risk from dangerous juggernauts …

VIC: Thomastown Machine Incident A Warning To All

Reported by Julia | 14 Apr, 2009

Victoria’s work-related death toll stands at 11 – half that for the whole of 2008. WorkSafe’s Executive Director, John Merritt, said the alarming figures showed that a greater focus on Workplace Safety was needed by the entire community, particularly in tough times. “What many people don’t seem to realise is that there’s not much difference between …