SA: Employer Fined $72K Over Apprentice Death

Reported by Admin | 30 Jun, 2009

A company was fined $72,000 on Friday in the SA Industrial Court over the death of a first-year apprentice in 2006. The fine was the highest on record in South Australia. The company was charged with breaching s19(1) of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 1986, in failing to ensure a worker was safe …

VIC: Equipment Manufacturer Fined For Confusing Plant Instructions

Reported by Admin | 30 Jun, 2009

A sales and distribution company has been fined $140,000 for failing to provide proper instructions for use of a Rock Crusher, which led to the death of a worker. The company was charged under Section 24(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1985 which covers the duties of manufacturers, importers and suppliers of plant. Under …

VIC: Get Safety Off To A Flying Start In The New Financial Year

Reported by Admin | 30 Jun, 2009

WorkSafe has announced the areas being targeted in the 2009-2010 Safe Towns and Safer Work Zones inspection campaigns. The campaigns target regional and metropolitan areas with teams of up to 10 WorkSafe inspectors visiting as many workplaces as possible over one week (see list below for locations and dates). The program’s aim is to help …

QLD: WorkSafe Investigates Gymnast’s Fatal Fall

Reported by Admin | 29 Jun, 2009

QLD Workplace Health And Safety Authorities are investigating the death of a 19-year-old woman in a gymnastics training accident last week in north Queensland. Michelle Maitland, a former Queensland state gymnastics champion, suffered fatal head injuries when she fell from a 2-foot-high (60cm) tumbling trampoline while competing in a gymnastics class. She was admitted to …

VIC: Builder Fined For Unsafe Extensions

Reported by Admin | 29 Jun, 2009

A builder has been fined $10,000 after he made Unsafe Alterations to a double-storey house in Williamstown. The builder pleaded guilty to failing to obtain a planning permit, working without a building permit and failing to stop work. Hobsons Bay City Council issued an order to the builder to stop work, after it discovered that he …

WA: Worker Killed By Falling Steel Beam

Reported by Admin | 29 Jun, 2009

WorkSafe is investigating an incident that occurred last week where a 58-year-old man was killed on a construction site in Kwinana after he was hit by a falling Steel Beam. The worker was standing in the bucket of an Elevating Work Platform when he was struck by the steel beam. He was rushed to hospital but later …

SA: Sawmill Company Fined For Unguarded Machinery

Reported by Admin | 29 Jun, 2009

A sawmill company has been fined $7,500 for failing to maintain plant in a safe condition which led to a worker injuring his leg. The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 19 of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 1986. The incident occurred at the company’s premises where it cuts wood to manufacture pallets, …