Tell-All Book Says Qantas Crew And Passengers Exposed To Toxic Fumes

Reported by Julia | 31 Oct, 2009

Qantas allowed a passenger aircraft to continue its flights for nine months despite having a defect, a recently published book reveals. The Men Who Killed Qantas says that one of the airline company’s Boeing 747 was leaking oil. The book alleges that oil leaks are believed to be the cause of toxic fumes being pumped …

QLD: Mining Industry A Positive Influence On Farm Safety

Reported by Julia | 31 Oct, 2009

The farming sector has the highest fatality rate among all industries and one of the highest rates of traumatic injury, as new data from workers’ compensation claims reveals. Farmsafe Queensland, a safety rural lobby group, says that changing farm workers’ outlook onSafety Procedures is a major concern. But rural workers’ behaviour in the workplace is …

QLD: Work-Related Accidents In Transport Sector Escalating

Reported by Julia | 31 Oct, 2009

Alarming statistics released by the State Government show an increase in the number of workers in the Transport Industry being injured and killed on the job. This comes at a time when the overall number of workplace injuries are on the decline. Work-related accidents involving truck, bus, taxi and courier drivers are one of the highest …

Postmen Vulnerable To Work-Related Risks

Reported by Julia | 28 Oct, 2009

Statistics show that postmen figure in almost 4000 injuries each year. This number reveals that being a postman is one of the countryÂ’s most dangerous occupations in the country. The most common causes of injuries are Motorcycle And Bike Accidents. These are followed by dog bites, torn muscles, twisted ankles, wasp stings, chafing and Stress. In one …

NSW: Bus Company Fined For Oil Drum Explosion

Reported by Julia | 28 Oct, 2009

The Industrial Court of New South Wales imposed a fine on Sid Fogg and Sons and its director for a 2006 workplace accident involving the companyÂ’s apprentice and an oild drum explosion. The Newcastle-based Bus Company was fined $80,000 while one of its directors, Graham Stanley, was meted a $15,000 penalty. The Sid Fogg company and Mr. …

Safe Work Australia Week Kicks Off

Reported by Julia | 28 Oct, 2009

25 October 2009 marks the start of the annual Safe Work Australia Week, which aims to raise awareness of workplace safety throughout the country. Safe Work Australia Week, now in its fifth year, is a key initiative of Safe Work Australia. It will be celebrated until October 31. This yearÂ’s theme focuses on the harmonisation …

QLD: Woman Killed By Semi-Trailer

Reported by Julia | 11 Oct, 2009

A 56-year-old woman was crushed to death last week after being hit by a semi-trailer at aSteel Recycling Plant in MacKay. The incident occurred in the rear yard of the plant, where Trucks are loaded and unloaded. The area was closed off while investigations were carried out. A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the QAS attended …

VIC: Man Killed On Farm

Reported by Julia | 11 Oct, 2009

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a 59-year old man last week, who was killed at aChicken Farm with a Cherry-Picker. A Rural Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said the victim was trapped between a wall and the cherry picker. They said it was unclear how the accident occurred. Attempts by paramedics to revive the man failed and …

VIC: Truck Driver Guilty Of Workers Compensation Fraud

Reported by Julia | 11 Oct, 2009

A Truck Driver pleaded guilty last week to fraudulently obtaining over $31,000 in workers compensation payments and for providing false information. He was convicted and faces the possibility of four months in jail. The Ringwood Magistrates Court heard that the 60-year old was working as a casual truck driver with a transport company in 2007 when …

QLD: Builders Ignore Sun Safety

Reported by Julia | 11 Oct, 2009

Builders are continuing to work without Sun Protection despite the risks of dying from skin cancer. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union workplace health and safety co-ordinator Andrew Ramsay said a recent survey of construction workers in southeast Queensland had revealed skin cancer was a major health issue. The CFMEU is planning a sun-safe campaign …

QLD: Workplace Forklift Death

Reported by Julia | 08 Oct, 2009

A teenager has died this week in an industrial accident at a Meatworks Factory. The man was working at a meat-processing plant when the Forklift he was driving flipped and crushed him to death. He died at the scene, trapped under the forklift, suffering crush injuries to his head, neck and chest. Workplace Health and Safety QLD …

VIC: Man’s Head Crushed By Truck

Reported by Julia | 07 Oct, 2009

WorkSafe is investigating an incident which has left a worker with serious injuries, after his head was crushed between a Trailer And A Truck. The man was removing pine trees and re-positioning a Mobile Wood Chipper on a steep road on Tuesday. The trailer, which had been parked at the top of a hill, rolled down the …

VIC: Man Dies After Spraying Fruit

Reported by Julia | 07 Oct, 2009

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a man in the Yarra Valley after cabling used toSpray Fruit Crops became wrapped around his upper body. The man was discovered dead on Monday evening at an Apple And Cherry Orchard, where he was last seen on a Tractor spraying crops earlier in the afternoon. Police said early investigations indicate …

VIC: Factory Woman Trapped In Conveyor

Reported by Julia | 07 Oct, 2009

WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a factory worker was dragged into a Conveyor Machine. The woman was cleaning the conveyor belt at a Food Processing Plant at Kensington, Melbourne, when her leg became stuck and was pulled into the machine. The worker remained trapped for an hour while fire brigade officers and paramedics worked to free …

VIC: Dishonest Builders Fined

Reported by Julia | 04 Oct, 2009

Over the past year, almost 60 Victorian Builders and surveyors have been penalised for defrauding homeowners, failing to fix defects and carrying out illegal building work. The Building Practitioners Board (BPB) fined the residential builders for a range of breaches and deregistered two building surveyors. These included people who issued certificates for sites they had never …

QLD: Electrical Company Prosecuted Over Worker’s Death

Reported by Julia | 04 Oct, 2009

A major electricity supplier is being prosecuted by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHS Qld) over the Electrocution of a contractor in 2007. The worker had been testing the roof of a home in Noosa to determine the source of an electrical shock. Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard that the worker, who was an advanced connections officer, …

WA: WorkSafe Launches Tilt-Up Inspection Campaign

Reported by Julia | 04 Oct, 2009

This week, WorkSafe commences a campaign to examine safety standards in the tilt-upConstruction Industry. Tilt-up construction is recognised as a high-risk industry and specialist area, where training is crucial. It is heavily regulated and is also covered by its own code of practice. The campaign will focus on raising awareness of the safety risks and …