Cth: Launch Of National Scaffolding Safety Campaign

Reported by Admin | 31 Jul, 2009

Recent scaffolding incidents across Australia, which have resulted in the deaths and injuries of a number of workers, has prompted workplace safety authorities to undertake a national intervention campaign to improve Scaffolding Safety in the construction industry. Workplace safety inspectors from all states will visit residential and Commercial Construction sites to ensure safe work procedures are in …

SA: Driver Falls Asleep, Passengers Injured

Reported by Admin | 31 Jul, 2009

A minibus driver who Fell Asleep at the wheel before it crashed into a tree in the south-east of South Australia is likely to face charges. There were about a dozen passengers on the minibus when it Rolled And Crashed into a tree on a road about 18 kilometres from Penola, just before 5:00pm on Wednesday. Two …

VIC: Poor Safety Claims Three More Fingers In Meat Industry

Reported by Admin | 29 Jul, 2009

Safety failings in the Meat Processing Industry have again been highlighted by the prosecution of Diamond Valley Pork Pty Ltd, which has been convicted and fined $45,000 in the Werribee Magistrates Court. WorkSafe Victoria prosecuted the company after a worker lost three fingers in January 2007. Diamond Valley Pork pleaded guilty to two charges relating to …

PNG: Mining Inspector Shuts Down Mine

Reported by Admin | 28 Jul, 2009

Source: ABC News Papua New Guinea’s chief inspector of mines has revealed that work at a $1.7 billion nickel mining project has been suspended because of Health And Safety Concerns. The chief inspector of mines, Mohan Singh, ordered a halt to Construction Work at the Ramu nickel mine in Madang Province last week. Mr Singh went to the …

NSW: Asbestos Warehouse Goes Up In Flames

Reported by Admin | 27 Jul, 2009

Source: News.com.au A warehouse has collapsed in an Intense Fire that consumed the 900 square metre building in Sydney’s west early last week. The fire, which sent flames 50m into the sky, was still smouldering more than six hours after it was reported because it is too dangerous for firefighters to enter the unstable remains. Hazardous material …

NSW: Asbestos Warehouse Goes Up In Flames

Reported by Admin | 27 Jul, 2009

Source: News.com.au A warehouse has collapsed in an Intense Fire that consumed the 900 square metre building in Sydney’s west early last week. The fire, which sent flames 50m into the sky, was still smouldering more than six hours after it was reported because it is too dangerous for firefighters to enter the unstable remains. Hazardous material …

WA: Driver Injured In Crane Accident

Reported by Admin | 27 Jul, 2009

WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a worker sustained an injured hand when a 50 tonne Crane he was operating tipped over on Thursday. The accident occurred at an Engineering consulting and contracting service in West Kalgoorlie. The man was flown to a Perth hospital for treatment. The privately owned company employs more than 180 personnel, including …

NSW: Workplace Armed Robbery

Reported by Admin | 23 Jul, 2009

Source: Penrith Star A worker at a Luddenham licensed premises challenged two Armed Robbers after they stole an amount of cash last night. The two men wearing dark clothing entered the premises at around 7.40pm. Police say one of the robbers threatened the male employee with a gun before they escaped from the Adams Road premises in …

NSW: Nurses Targetted By Bulling

Reported by Admin | 23 Jul, 2009

Source: Tweed Daily News Marie Hutchinson knows about Workplace Bullying and the debilitating effect it can have on its victims. A lecturer at Southern Cross University, Dr Hutchinson completed her PhD in workplace bullying, focusing on the nursing sector. “Most studies show up to 80 per cent of nurses experience bullying,” she said. “The bullying is mostly …

VIC: Impersonating Psyhcologist Faces Hundreds Of Charges

Reported by Admin | 22 Jul, 2009

Source: The Age A Melbourne man who has practised as a psychologist in two states for more than a decade since migrating from Serbia is facing hundreds of charges that he defrauded the Victorian WorkCover Authority and Transport Accident Commission of about $1.3 million. The case raises fresh concerns about the extent of background checks conducted by …

WA: Union Fires Up After Another Site Injury

Reported by Admin | 21 Jul, 2009

Source: The West A construction worker crushed under 1.7 Tonnes Of Glass at a city building site was in a stable condition yesterday as the building union intensified its claims of poor Safety Standards. Union boss Kevin Reynolds used the incident on Friday to hit back at State Government claims that unions were misusing safety issues to flex …

WA: New Electricty Laws Introduced

Reported by Admin | 20 Jul, 2009

In an attempt to reduce deaths from Electrocution, the Western Australian Government will implement new residual current device (RCDs) regulations next month. In recent years, 23 people including six children have been electrocuted in homes throughout the state. All of these deaths could have been prevented if RCDs had been fitted to the power points and …

WA: Safety Week To Highlight Farm Safety

Reported by Admin | 20 Jul, 2009

Farm Safety Week begins today in WA with the Farmsafe WA Alliance aiming to highlight areas of concern to pastoralists, such as road safety, child safety, four wheel motorbike safety, farm machinery safety and noise injury prevention. Farmers and their families continue to be injured and killed on WA farms, with vehicles, falls and tractors the …

WA: Worker Dies Falling From Platform

Reported by Admin | 20 Jul, 2009

WorkSafe WA is investigating a workplace death yesterday after a 62-year-old man fell from an elevated platform. The Transport Operator was killed at a Karratha transport yard in the state’s Pilbara region while transferring an elevated work platform from the trailer of one truck to another. A ramp he was driving down at the time collapsed. …

VIC: Metal Plate Falls From Tourist Structure

Reported by Admin | 20 Jul, 2009

A 3.5 kilogram steel plate from the Southern Star Observation Wheel at Melbourne’s Docklands fell 25 metres to the ground on Thursday, landing in a public area and narrowly missing Construction Workers. The 13mm thick plate fell from the wheel because its fixing bolts had been removed in recent weeks. The plate was held in place …

NSW: Safety Audit Identified Fatal Blast 2 Months Before It Happened

Reported by Admin | 17 Jul, 2009

Source: Examiner A waste recycling company conducted a Health And Safety Audit just two months before an explosion that killed two contractors, an inquest heard yesterday. Then Collex Health And Safety officer Philip Wise yesterday gave evidence in the investigation into the 2005 deaths of 34-year-old Bruce Beamish, of Turners Beach, and 40-year-old Adrian Chugg, of White Hills. …

WA: Workplace Investigates Death In Pilbara Region

Reported by Admin | 17 Jul, 2009

Source: Perth Now WA unions have called for more investigations into workplace accidents after a 62-year-old man was killed while working in the state’s Pilbara region. WorkSafe WA said the man was killed at a Karratha transport depot yesterday while transferring anElevating Work Platform from one truck to another. A ramp he was driving down at …

VIC: Make Quad-Bike And Tractor Safety A Priority – It’s Up To You!

Reported by Admin | 15 Jul, 2009

WorkSafe is calling on Victoria’s farm families to realistically assess dangers and to take steps to reduce or, ideally, eliminate them, during national Farm Safety Week. Use of Quad Bikes without helmets and carrying passengers on them; Tractors Without Rollover Protection or not applying brakes; unguarded equipment and poor Chemical Storage are among the major farm safety issues …

QLD: Launch Of New Scaffolding Standards

Reported by Admin | 13 Jul, 2009

The Queensland Government has introduced new safety standards for Swing-Stage Scaffolding on high-rise buildings in Queensland, amending the State’s Scaffolding Code of Practice. The Government says that the changes to the Code will prioritise the safety of workers onConstruction Sites. Swing-stages are suspended work platforms that allow work to be done on the exterior of buildings, …

VIC: Cleaning Company Fined For Inadequate Training

Reported by Admin | 13 Jul, 2009

The Victorian Magistrates Court has fined a cleaning company $50,000 after a worker’s arm was amputated by a waste skip in 2007. The worker was crushed by the skip as it was being loaded onto a Prime Mover, and also sustained a fractured left leg, a shattered knee and five broken ribs. The court heard that …

VIC: Safety Alert On Paint Sprays

Reported by Admin | 13 Jul, 2009

A safety alert for Woodworkers released by WorkSafe Victoria warns of the dangers of using two-pack polyurethane paints and lacquers containing Isocyanates to spray furniture. WorkSafe says that spraying generates a mist that may be inhaled, potentially causing asthma. Organic solvents and thinners used to clean spray guns can also affect the central nervous system and various organs …