VIC: Timber Worker Seriously Injured by Robot

Reported by Admin | 30 Nov, 2009

A man was flown to Melbourne following an accident at a Colac timber factory on Thursday. The 47 year old man was working at the AKD work site when he was crushed by a timber stacker robot at about 6:30 a.m. He was in serious condition and was believed to have suffered a fractured pelvis. …

WA: Safety Inspections Reveal Good and Bad Practices

Reported by Admin | 30 Nov, 2009

A Worksafe inspection campaign of manufacturing sites has uncovered some good standards in the field of occupational health and safety management. However, problem areas still persist. Worksafe spearheaded the campaign over a two-week period starting October 12. Eleven inspectors were tapped to conduct over 90 inspections in theWangara industrial area. They issued a total of …

WorkSafe’s message is simple – there’s no room for shortcuts or complacency.

Reported by Julia | 30 Nov, 2009

An alarming spike in Victoria’s workplace death toll has prompted a WorkSafe call for December to be fatality free. Four people died in traumatic workplace incidents in November, preceded by five in October, while many other incidents have left people with life-threatening injuries. WorkSafe’s Executive Director, John Merritt, said 27 people have died at work …

QLD: Workplace And Electrical Safety Agencies Probe Electrocution Death

Reported by Julia | 30 Nov, 2009

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) and the Electrical Safety Office (ESO) are reminding installation installers to take the necessary precautionary measures following the death of a teen-aged installer on 18 November 2009. WHSQ and ESO are currently conducting an inquiry on the incident at StanWell, near RockHampton, which electrocuted two workers, killing one and …

VIC: Govt Agency Convicted And Fined Over Volunteer’s Death

Reported by Julia | 30 Nov, 2009

The Mildura Magistrates Court has convicted and fined a government agency over the tragic drowning of a volunteer while undergoing a training exercise. Victoria’s State Emergency Service (SES) has entered a guilty plea on Wednesday to one count of failing to ensure a non-employee was not exposed to risk. On May 19 2007, Ronald Hopkins, …

VIC: Timber Mill and Director Fined After Worker Severs Hand

Reported by Julia | 30 Nov, 2009

Canningvale TImber Sales Pty Ltd and company director John Marvos were convicted and fined after a worker’s hand was cut off at the company’s sawmill in 2007. The man was working at the Gippsland company’s Heyfield mill when his hand was severed at the wrist by an unguarded saw. The timber mill operator was fined …

QLD:Workers’ Deaths Lead to Hefty Fine For Rail Company

Reported by Julia | 30 Nov, 2009

The Mackay Industrial Magistrates Court has handed Queensland Rail Ltd (QR) a $650,000 fine over a 2007 accident leading to two track workers’ deaths. QR pleaded guilty before the Court for failing to meet its workplace health and safety obligations. The fine imposed upon the transport company is the biggest ever under Queensland’s Workplace Health …

NSW: Sun Safe Campaign Pushed

Reported by Julia | 30 Nov, 2009

The onset of summer means means a harsher sun and longer days. It also means greater probability of contracting skin cancer, especially to workers who are exposed to the sun for long periods. As part of its efforts to ensure the health and safety of all workers, the State Government has launched a sun safety …

WA: WorkSafe Tips On Nail Gun Use

Reported by Julia | 25 Nov, 2009

Nail Guns are great tools, especially for the Construction Industry. However these must be used with great care. Improper handling of nail guns can lead to serious injuries. In June a 32-year-old carpenter was Working On A Roof in Baldivis when he was struck by a nail in the eye. He was using a nail gun to …

WA: Company Fined As Director Crushes Worker’s Legs

Reported by Julia | 25 Nov, 2009

A Bilburn Transport Company has been fined by the Fremantle Magistrates Court following aVehicle Accident which crushed the legs of a worker. Holm, trading as Cockburn Transport, has been fined a total of $30,000 for failing to follow properSafework Procedures and for failing to inform WorkSafe WA of the accident. In April 2007, a mechanic and …

ACT: Greens Call For WorkCover Reform

Reported by Julia | 24 Nov, 2009

The ACT Greens have asked for a shake-up of the WorkCover amidst its poor performance in recent months. WorkCover has received criticisms following the safety scares at the Mitchell Resource Centre and the Gungahlin Drive Extension. It was found that basic Safework Procedures at the two projects were not being implemented Greens MLA Amanda Bresnan said …

SA: Magistrate Fines Carpenter For Workplace Fall

Reported by Julia | 24 Nov, 2009

Conlay Constructions Pty Ltd has been fined and convicted by the Industrial Magistrate over serious injuries suffered by a worker resulting from a fall. The worker was left permanently incapacitated due to multiple injuries sustained. The Adelaide carpentry and joinery contractor entered a guilty plea for the lapse in Safety Procedures. In March 2007 a 23-year-old …

NT: Vehicle Accident Takes Mine Worker’s Life

Reported by Julia | 24 Nov, 2009

Northern Territory mining operators have confirmed the death of one worker in a Vehicle-Related Accident on Monday. HWE Mining and Newmont Asia Pacific, the companies running the gold mine northwest of Alice Springs, said investigation on the accident is now ongoing. Sergeant Rudy Jamieson says police in Yuendumu, about 300 kilometres northwest of Alice Springs, received …

VIC: Farm Worker Dies After Tractor Runs Him Over

Reported by Julia | 24 Nov, 2009

A worker has died on Monday after being hit and run over by a reversing tractor’s trailer at Werribee. The Unloading Of The Trailer was underway when the accident happened at 12.30 pm. The farm worker died at the scene. WorkSafe Executive Director John Merritt said the accident serves as a powerful message to all employees …

VIC: Workers Evacuated As Explosion Hits Factory

Reported by Julia | 23 Nov, 2009

An explosion and a fire in a Geelong carpet factory has led to the evacuation of fifty workers. Staff of Breakwater’s Godfrey Hirst Carpets were Loading Bitumen from a semi-trailer into a storage truck at around 9am on Wednesday. Hot tar that was being poured into the tank while it was being cleaned triggered the explosion. …

SA: Farm Operators Fined As Worker Gets Paralysed

Reported by Julia | 23 Nov, 2009

Farm owners have pleaded guilty before the Industrial magistrate for a 2006 workplace accident which paralysed a farmhand. Kevin Pratt, Mardi Pratt, Robert Pratt and Kathleen Cooper were found to have violated the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act. Industrial Magistrate Stephen Lieschke ruled the owners failed to ensure the safety of an employee. He …

QLD: 16-Yr-Old Worker Dies Of Electrocution

Reported by Julia | 20 Nov, 2009

A 16-year-old boy was working on a roof of a house in Stanwell when died from an electric shock on Wednesday. The teenager was installing ceiling insulation in a Cocks Road home, southwest of Rockhampton, when the accident happened. It is believed the boy was electrocuted when he used a metal rod to poke insulation into …

VIC: 8-Year High For Workplace Death Toll

Reported by Julia | 19 Nov, 2009

2009 has not been good for Victoria in terms of work-related fatalities. The death of a worker near Mansfield last week marks the 25th workplace-related casualty for 2009, the highest number for Victoria since 2001. Two deaths have been recorded for the month of November, while five have been reported for October. The seven workplace …

QLD: Companies Charged Over Child’s Drowning

Reported by Julia | 19 Nov, 2009

Two companies have been charged following the drowning of a child at a recreational area at the Bedford Weir on the Mackenzie River near Blackwater last year. Workplace Health and Safety has completed the investigation on the incident in Central Queensland, and is preparing for the hearing before the Blackwater Industrial Magistrates Court next month. …

SA: Company Fined For Burns Caused To Workers

Reported by Julia | 18 Nov, 2009

An Industrial Magistrate has convicted and fined a manufacturing company over dangerousWork Practices that resulted in serious injuries to its workers. Industrial Magistrate Michael Ardlie imposed a $30,000 fine on Forbes Pty Ltd, a pressure equipment manufacturer, making products such as boilers and air compressor units. The company has pleaded guilty,admitting its failure to provide …

QLD: Companies Charged Over Child’s Drowning

Reported by Admin | 18 Nov, 2009

Two companies have been charged following the drowning of a child at a recreational area at the Bedford Weir on the Mackenzie River near Blackwater last year. Workplace Health and Safety has completed the investigation on the incident in Central Queensland, and is preparing for the hearing before the Blackwater Industrial Magistrates Court next month. …