VIC: Factory Worker Injured In Gas Explosion

Reported by Julia | 29 Aug, 2009

WorkSafe is investigating an incident where an Exploding Oxygen Tank caused extensive burns to a factory worker in Melbourne’s north yesterday afternoon. The man suffered burns to 25 per cent of his body when the cylinder exploded, an ambulance spokesperson said. It is understood the man was filling a bank of nine oxygen bottles used in …

NSW: Hobby Farmer Appeals To High Court

Reported by Julia | 29 Aug, 2009

The state’s safety laws will be challenged in the High Court next month. NSW imposes on employers an absolute duty of care to provide a safe workplace. This is unlike other states, where employers only have to do what is “reasonably practicable.” Further, there is no right of appeal from the NSW Industrial Court to …

NSW: Scaffolding Falls From Truck On Freeway

Reported by Julia | 29 Aug, 2009

Three people have been injured after scaffolding fell from a truck on the F3 freeway at NSW’s Central Coast on Thursday. Other vehicles, including a water tanker, swerved to avoid the fallen materials, causing a pile-up on the freeway near the Hawkesbury River Bridge at Mooney Mooney. The Roads and Traffic Authority reported major delays …

SA: Fines For Plumber And Excavator

Reported by Julia | 29 Aug, 2009

A Plumbing Employer and an Excavator have been fined a combined $65,000 over a work accident which left a young footballer brain-injured. The man was working in a trench as a plumber at a property in 2006 when sand collapsed around him and a brick pillar hit him on the head. The court found the man’s employer …

NSW: Man Killed By Bulldozer At Buck’s Night

Reported by Julia | 26 Aug, 2009

A timber faller was fatally hit by a Bulldozer on Saturday night near Port Macquarie. The 34-year-old stumbled into the darkened path of the bulldozer and slipped on uneven ground. The bulldozer was being used to push timber into a bonfire at a buck’s party and the ground had been made uneven by the bulldozer as …

QLD: Crane Falls On Building Site

Reported by Julia | 26 Aug, 2009

Queensland Workplace Health And Safety is investigating an accident at the University of Queensland that occurred on Tuesday afternoon. A crane fell on a wing of the partly constructed $100 million School of Veterinary Science, although no damage to the building occurred. A Crane fell on a wing of the partly constructed $100 million School of …

NT: Man Dies At Mine

Reported by Julia | 25 Aug, 2009

NT WorkSafe is investigating the death of a 20-year-old man at McArthur River Mine, 900 kilometres south-east of Darwin. The man died while working near a workshop at the mine, which is operated by Xstrata. Police say they were notified of the death late Friday afternoon by the mine’s local health clinic. Workplace inspectors are expected …

WA: Workers Evacuated After Oil Spill

Reported by Julia | 25 Aug, 2009

WorkSafe authorities are investigating the evacuation of dozens of workers from an Oil Rigin the Timor Sea off north-western Australia on Friday. An oil leak at a mobile offshore drilling unit owned by Norway’s SeaDrill Ltd caused the evacuation. The size of the spill is not known, but about 40 barrels of oil were discharged from …

QLD: Worker Run Over By Grader

Reported by Julia | 24 Aug, 2009

Workplace Health And Safety QLD is investigating an accident on Monday where a man survived being hit by a 20-Tonne Grader during a workplace accident. A driver operating the Earthmoving Equipment at roadworks outside Cairns, reversed into the worker. The man was testing soil in a hole when he was hit from behind by the grader. Two …

QLD: Safety Watchdog Launches Concrete Pumping Campaign

Reported by Julia | 24 Aug, 2009

Workplace Health And Safety Queensland Has Launched A Concrete Pumping compliance campaign. The campaign aims to build and promote safe and healthy work practices within the concrete pumping industry. The campaign has been developed in response to an increase in the number of concrete pumps across the state, a rise in serious injuries and fatalities, …

VIC: Teenager Shot With Nail Gun

Reported by Julia | 24 Aug, 2009

Worksafe Victoria is investigating an incident where a teenager was shot in the stomach with a Nail Gun at a building site last week. The 17-year-old was working on a Ladder when the tool went off, firing a 70 millimetre nail into his abdomen. He was flown to The Alfred hospital in Melbourne for emergency surgery. A …

NSW: Worker Burnt In Factory Explosion

Reported by Julia | 20 Aug, 2009

Workcover is investigating an industrial accident where an Oxyacetylene Bottle exploded at a factory workshop on Tuesday. A 20-year-old man suffered severe burns to both arms and much of his body after the bottle exploded in his hands. Police set up exclusion zone, blocked off nearby roads and Evacuated About 200 people from nearby houses and businesses …

SA: Student’s Arm Crushed In Pasta Machine

Reported by Julia | 20 Aug, 2009

A catering company has been fined $20,250 after a student’s right arm was crushed in aPasta Making Machine. The worker was collecting pasta mix from the machine when the plastic container he was using was caught by the rotating blades of the adjacent mixing bowl, dragging his right arm into the blades. He had to …

WA: Safety Inspection Campaign Targets Dry-Cleaning Industry

Reported by Julia | 19 Aug, 2009

Commencing next month, WorkSafe WA will conduct a safety inspection campaign of the laundry and dry-cleaning industry. The safety watchdog says the campaign aims to identify safety risks and provide employers with information on how to comply with workplace safety laws. WorkSafe inspectors will visit commercial laundries and dry-cleaning premises across West Australia over a …

Cth: National Mine Safety Plan Is Imminent

Reported by Julia | 19 Aug, 2009

Further to last week’s story concerning calls by the WA Mining Industry to reform safety legislation, the Federal Government is close to finalising a national Mine Occupational Health And Safety Plan. Eighteen people have died on Australian mine sites in the last year, almost double the annual average. The new legislation will see mines adopt a …

VIC: B&D Australia Convicted And Fined $300,000 After Worker Dies

Reported by Julia | 18 Aug, 2009

Husband and father of two young children, Mervyn Jacobs was lifting a seven-metre-long tube when it fell and killed him at Kilsyth in Melbourne’s outer east in November 2006. The 350kg Steel Tube was to form the core of a roller door. The incident triggered a Safety Improvement program at B&D Australia Pty Ltd’s Kilsyth factory but, …

VIC: Springvale, Flemington, Kensington, North Melbourne Safer

Reported by Julia | 18 Aug, 2009

Springvale, Flemington, Kensington and North Melbourne are the latest Melbourne suburbs to be targeted as part of WorkSafe’s Safer Work Zones campaign for small businesses. More than 170 small businesses were visited in Springvale from 20 – 24 July*. A further 167 small businesses were inspected in Flemington, Kensington and North Melbourne from 3 – 7 …

WA: WorkSafe Targets Aviation Industry

Reported by Julia | 14 Aug, 2009

From August 2009, WorkSafe inspectors will visit airports across the state in a bid to check on the safety standards of the Aircraft Maintenance Sector. Whilst WorkSafe does not have any jurisdiction over the actual maintenance and safety of aircraft, it will review the application of occupational safety and health laws in those workplaces. Its priority …

VIC: Tiler Fined For Worker’s Compensation Fraud

Reported by Julia | 13 Aug, 2009

A Tile Layer has been fined $1,500 after pleading guilty to defrauding WorkSafe Victoria. The man had been working as a tile layer in 2006 when he injured his back. His claim for workers compensation was approved and he declared that he was not engaging in any form of employment while receiving weekly compensation payments. However, …

WA: Miner’s Death Prompts Calls For Safety Reform

Reported by Julia | 13 Aug, 2009

The Department of Mines & Petroleum is investigating the death of a miner at a gold mining site near Kalgoorlie last week. It was the fourth fatality in the industry in Western Australia this year and the eighth in the past 14 months. The accident has brought calls from the WA Mining Industry to reform safety …

VIC: Roller Door Company Pleads Guilty Over Crushing Death

Reported by Julia | 11 Aug, 2009

A roller door manufacturer has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a worker crushed by a 350 kilogram drum. The seven-metre-long drum, which was a component in industrial roller doors, fell on the worker as it was being moved by a Crane at the company’s factory premises in 2006. The company pleaded guilty to charges …