WA: Asbestos Found At Iron Ore Site

Reported by Julia | 29 Sep, 2009

Some 700-800 workers have stopped work over the weekend at a major iron ore project near Karratha after potentially Hazardous Asbestos was found on site. Workers digging trenches at the site had found rocks seemingly laden with asbestos. Asbestos-ridden dirt may also have been used as landfill at the mine, and around the mine’s camp area. …

Cth: Court-Enforceable Undertaking For Large Transport Company

Reported by Julia | 29 Sep, 2009

Comcare has accepted a Court-enforceable undertaking from a large transport company which allegedly failed to discharge its duties under federal OHS laws. The undertaking is a legally enforceable commitment by the company as an alternative to Comcare pursuing civil proceedings for an alleged breach of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 (the Act). Comcare …

NSW: Two Men Trapped In Coal Mine

Reported by Julia | 29 Sep, 2009

Two miners were for stuck in a Mine Shaft for more than 18 hours after a power blackout in far western NSW last week. A dust storm cut power at the Perilya mine in Broken Hill and the men became trapped in an underground cage. When the power went out, the lift cage stopped and there …

WA: National Safety Laws For Miners Questioned

Reported by Julia | 29 Sep, 2009

As part of its revamping of the current state-based safety laws, the Federal Government wants one set of OHS rules to cover the Mining Industry in all states. Nine people have died on West Australian mine sites this year alone. However, the West Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy says national occupational health and safety laws …

QLD: Worker’s Arm Caught In Conveyor Belt

Reported by Julia | 29 Sep, 2009

A female cleaner whose arm was trapped in a moving conveyor belt at a Meatworks in 2006 is suing her employer for nearly $1 million. At the time, the employee was hosing down the conveyor belt when her sleeve was caught on theUnguarded Belt, dragging her right arm into the conveyor. The woman suffered fractures to …

WA: WorkSafe Roadblock To Enforce Fatigue Safety

Reported by Julia | 29 Sep, 2009

Last weekend, WorkSafe WA inspectors and police jointly conducted a roadblock exercise at Port Hedland in order to combat driver fatigue. Fatigue remains a significant occupational safety and health issue in the Commercial Transport Industry. The exercise involved being observed leaving Perth then being pulled over at South Hedland to check whether mandatory rest breaks had …

TAS: Two Men Injured On Construction Site

Reported by Julia | 29 Sep, 2009

Workplace Standards Tasmania is investigating an incident where two Construction Workerswere injured on a building site in Hobart last week. Police and ambulance crews were called to the site where they treated the workers before they were taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital. The men, aged 50 and 26, were injured, but it is unclear how …

QLD: Drill Rig Safety Alert

Reported by Julia | 29 Sep, 2009

Queensland Mines and Energy (QM&E) has issued a safety alert after a Drill Rig Worker was struck by a falling drill collar. The rig worker was seriously injured after being struck on the back while drilling a coal seam gas well. The drill collar was being raised onto the rig floor for connection onto the drill …

SA: Excavator Topples Onto Mine Truck

Reported by Julia | 29 Sep, 2009

A 500-Tonne Excavator lost its footing late last week, sliding into a 300-tonne dump truck at a Coppabella Mine. The $5 million excavator was digging coal, when the dirt underneath it collapsed. It slid down a slope and was left resting against a dump truck. Nobody was injured in the incident. A workplace safety representative said …

NSW: Penthrane Gas As First Aid Allowed In Mines

Reported by Julia | 29 Sep, 2009

Legislation has been amended to permit the possession and use of the Analgesic Gas, Penthrane, for first aid in NSW mines from 17 July 2009. The Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 allows the use of nitrous oxide and Penthrane for First Aid In Mines. Persons authorised to use these gases must be adequately trained in the administration of …

VIC: Man Injured In Gas Explosion

Reported by Julia | 29 Sep, 2009

WorkSafe is investigating an explosion last week at an industrial Gas Plant in Preston. A 45-year-old man suffered serious injuries in the explosion. The man was filling a bank of nine oxygen bottles used in the health care industry when the explosion happened. The valve and shoulder of an oxygen cylinder were blown off in the …

NSW: Man Killed On Production Line

Reported by Julia | 19 Sep, 2009

A contractor has been killed after becoming wedged between machinery at the Coca-Cola factory in Sydney’s west. Police said the 48-year-old man was killed instantly while carrying out Maintenance Work On A Production line. Coca-Cola Amatil has temporarily closed its Northmead site while the man’s death is being investigated by police and WorkCover. Coca-Cola Amatil said …

VIC: Forklift Alert After Man Run Over

Reported by Julia | 19 Sep, 2009

A Victorian business has been ordered to improve safety practices after a man was hit by aForklift last week. The worker was walking beside a forklift carrying 660kg of stone cladding when he tripped. The forklift did not stop in time and the man was hit. He was taken to hospital where he had surgery …

Cth: AWU Calls For Asbestos Registry

Reported by Julia | 19 Sep, 2009

The Australian Workers Union (AWU) has called for a new national strategy to identify and remove Asbestos from all homes, schools and worksites by 2030 The AWU is also pushing for a registry of buildings containing asbestos. “This slow-moving catastrophe has destroyed the lives of thousands of workers and will kill and maim thousands more over …

NSW: Tractor Death On Farm

Reported by Julia | 19 Sep, 2009

WorkCover is investigating a Tractor Death on a rural property near Orange on Thursday. Police reported that the body of an 82-year-old farmer was found near a tractor. A WorkCover spokesperson said the man had driven a tractor out of a shed and somehow had an accident. It is unknown how long the man lay dead …

NSW: Mine Dies In Cement Feeder

Reported by Julia | 19 Sep, 2009

WorkCover is investigating the death of a man at a Concrete Plant last week in central western New South Wales. He had been working at the factory for just over a year. It appears the worker became caught in a concrete feeder. The company’s chief executive officer, Chris Leon, says it is the first death at …

WA: WorkSafe To Inspect Breweries

Reported by Julia | 19 Sep, 2009

WorkSafe WA has launched an inspection campaign targeting workplace safety standards in the Brewing Industry. Inspectors will visit 30 breweries across the state to identify any common safety risks, and will provide employers with information on how to comply with workplace safety laws. WorkSafe says the number of small breweries has grown considerably over recent years …

WA: Inspection Campaign To Target Slips, Trips And Falls

Reported by Julia | 19 Sep, 2009

WorkSafe will begin a three-month inspection campaign on slips, trips and falls this month. Recent data reveals that 20 per cent of all worker’s compensation claims in WA are for slips, trips and falls in workplaces, and that these injuries result in an average of 80 days off work. More than 3700 WA workers suffer …

SA: Metal Manufacturer Fined $24,000

Reported by Julia | 13 Sep, 2009

A Sheet Metal Manufacturer has been fined $24,000 over an industrial accident in which a worker injured his thumb. The company pleaded guilty last week in the Industrial Relations Court to one count of breaching the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act by failing to provide and maintain a plant in a safe condition. It was …

Cth: Rail Contractor Must Improve Workplace Safety

Reported by Julia | 13 Sep, 2009

A leading Rail Contractor must comply with a Court-enforceable undertaking after an alleged workplace safety failure. The enforceable undertaking follows an investigation by Comcare, the agency responsible for workplace safety in the Federal Government. Comcare investigated a 2007 incident where an apprentice boilermaker working at the contractor’s Victorian facility suffered crush injuries to his left index …

Cth: Survey Shows Workplace Bullying Rife In Australia

Reported by Julia | 13 Sep, 2009

The Drake International survey of more than 800 employees has revealed that Bullying is rife in Australian workplaces, with one half of respondents saying they had witnessed the behaviour. The survey also shows 25 per cent had experienced bullying themselves. Silence, isolation, verbal insults and sarcasm were the most common cases. The survey found an almost …