NT: Huge Fine After Worker Falls Into Chemical Pool

Reported by Admin | 29 May, 2009

Rio Tinto Alcan has been fined almost $200,000 following a 2008 incident where a worker slipped and fell into a pool of highly corrosive liquid at a NT refinery. The liquid was about 50C degrees. The worker suffered serious chemical burns to almost 25% of his body and could not work for five months. He …

QLD: Report Reveals Health Risk To Builders

Reported by Admin | 29 May, 2009

A report into the Construction Industry has revealed serious health problems in builders. The report was commissioned following a pilot study of over 1,000 Brisbane and Gold Coast construction workers between September 2008 and February 2009. The pilot study found workers in the construction industry drink, smoke and eat to excess, and do not exercise enough. …

Cth: New Head Of Safe Work Australia Council

Reported by Admin | 29 May, 2009

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard this week announced the appointment of Tom Phillips AM as Chair of the Safe Work Australia Council. The Safe Work Australia Council was established on 31 March 2009, replacing the Australian Safety and Compensation Council. lt is responsible for coordinating national efforts to: * prevent Workplace Death, Injury …

VIC: Grieving Father Calls For Taxi Overview

Reported by Admin | 28 May, 2009

Source: Geelong Advertiser The father of a Leopold teen Struck And Killed By A Taxi last month has called for a shake-up of Geelong’s taxi service. Allan Cooper, whose son Ryan, 18, died after the taxi he had been in hit him on the Bellarine Highway, said both drivers and administrators needed to be held more accountable …

NSW: Workplace Laws Breach International Standards

Reported by Admin | 26 May, 2009

. Source: ABC News A union report has found the Labor Government’s new workplace laws contain serious breaches of International Labour Organisation standards. The Fair Work Bill was passed by Federal Parliament in March. The secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council, Brian Boyd, says he pushed for the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) to …

WA: Worker Sacked For Speaking Out About Safety

Reported by Admin | 26 May, 2009

Source: Perth Now A Petrol Tanker Driver who is also a safety officer claims he was sacked from his job on Monday because he dared to speak out about unsafe work practices. Mick Connolly, from South Lake, spent yesterday sitting on the side of a road waving a placard emblazoned with “sacked for speaking out about safety” …

VIC: Speak Up About Workplace Safety And Stay In One Piece

Reported by Admin | 25 May, 2009

If you damage your car, you can fix it.  When your body is damaged at work, it’s not so easy. That’s the message behind WorkSafe Victoria’s new (fake) body-part vending machine the Body-o-matic which aims to keep young people safe from workplace injuries. WorkSafe Victoria’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, John Merritt said people …

VIC: Basic Safety Failing Costs Crane Company $70,000

Reported by Admin | 25 May, 2009

A failure to ensure simple safety checks had been done have cost a crane company a conviction, $70,000 fine and put future contracts at risk. Huntingdale Mobile Cranes (Aust) Pty Ltd pleaded guilty in the County Court to failing to provide aSafe Workplace for employees and people other than employees and was sentenced this morning. Judge …

QLD: Miners Mourn Passing Worker

Reported by Admin | 25 May, 2009

ource: Townsville Bulletin “He was a character, he was part of Mount Isa, and people like him shaped the town.” That was how Pekka Tuppurainen will be remembered by his family and friends – a real country gentleman who was part of the lifeblood of Queensland’s mining capital. Mr Tuppurainen, 50, was killed in an accident …

NSW: Transport Company Fined After Truck Driver Killed

Reported by Admin | 25 May, 2009

A Transport Company has been fined $220,000 for failing to provide a safe workplace after a driver was run over at a truck depot in 2004. The deceased had completed a delivery at the depot when another driver ran over him with his prime mover. The driver claimed not have seen the deceased. WorkCover alleged that …

VIC: WorkSafe Issues Report On Stevedoring Inspections

Reported by Admin | 22 May, 2009

A report released by Victoria’s safety watchdog recommends that safety inspections be undertaken during stevedoring as a means of reducing injury. Risks to stevedoring workers include injury from cargo handling, slips, trips and falls, changes in weather or light and incorrect estimates of time required to undertake the work. According to WorkSafe, workers in the …

TAS: Free Lung Test For Former Cement Workers

Reported by Admin | 22 May, 2009

Cement Australia and the Australian Workers Union are offering former workers at a Tasmanian Cement Works a free lung screening program. The plant once produced asbestos cement products and is now run by Cement Australia, which is investigating the health of current and former employees. Asbestos can take 40 years to affect a person’s health, and …

AU: Truck Drivers Turn To Drugs

Reported by Admin | 21 May, 2009

ource: The Age Almost a third of Long-Distance Truck Drivers have used stimulants such as amphetamines, research shows. Work pressure is a key factor, it shows. Ann Williamson of the University of NSW said use of stimulants was higher among drivers who were paid on how productive they were rather than by the hour. A survey by …

VIC: Shocking Safety Result For Scoresby Businesses

Reported by Admin | 21 May, 2009

WorkSafe has warned Scoresby businesses to improve their health and safety performance after 251 safety issues were identified during a five-day safety campaign. WorkSafe inspectors visited 117 businesses in Scoresby as part of WorkSafe’s ‘Safer Work Zones’ campaign from 11-15 May. The Safer Work Zones campaign aims to help small businesses improve health and safety …

WA: Inferior OH&S Regime

Reported by Admin | 20 May, 2009

Source: Courier Mail The state government has reiterated its concerns about elements of the proposed nationalOccupational Health And Safety Regime, saying it will be inferior to Western Australia’s existing regime. The Western Australian State Government has used today’s Workplace Relations Ministerial Council (WRMC) to reiterate its concerns about elements of the proposed national Occupational Health and …

Cth: Differing Views On Work Safety Laws

Reported by Admin | 19 May, 2009

Federal Workplace Relations Minister Julia Gillard is promoting a national OH&S regime, but she is meeting resistance from NSW. According to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australia’s nine separate OHS jurisdictions feature about 60 acts, more than 80 regulations and more than 260 approved codes of practice. In NSW, there exists an absolute …

QLD: Another Asbestos Scare In A QLD School

Reported by Admin | 19 May, 2009

Source: Courier Mail Queensland school’s second major health scare in less than two months has sparked calls for a review of the use of private contractors in state schools. The first incident occurred during school hours on April 7 at Undurba State School at Murrumba Downs, on Brisbane’s northern outskirts, when Wall Sheeting Containing Asbestos was cut …

SA: Carpenter Injured In Fall

Reported by Admin | 18 May, 2009

SafeWork SA is investigating an incident where a Carpenter fell 2.4m on to a concrete slab at a housing development worksite. The man, aged in his 40s, missed his footing when dragging Roof Trusses on a building under construction. A police spokeswoman said the man was “slipping in and out of consciousness” before ambulance officers arrived. He …

QLD: Leadership Program Aims To Improve Safety In Construction Industry

Reported by Admin | 18 May, 2009

In an attempt to improve safety on building and construction sites in Queensland, the State Government has launched the Zero Harm at Work Leadership Program. In 2008, 15 workers per 1000 were injured in Queensland. However, when it came to theConstruction Industry, this figure increased to 18 workers injured per 1000. The program aims to …

NSW: Earth Collapse Kills Construction Worker

Reported by Admin | 18 May, 2009

WorkCover is investigating an incident where a pile of dirt collapsed on top of twoConstruction Workers. One man died and another was seriously injured at the building site in the Hunter Valley. The construction workers became trapped inside a bungee pool at a horse training facility. The bungee pool was to be used to train …

VIC: Worker Left A Paraplegic After Poor Demolition Procedures

Reported by Admin | 15 May, 2009

Poor safety procedures by two carpet companies during a Demolishing Operation in 2007 left one man a paraplegic and another in hospital. The companies were fined a total of $45,000 after admitting to working beyond their level of expertise when ordering workers to demolish a hopper at their factory. During the demolition of an old wool-blending bin, part of a roof panel the …