Reveller Injures Himself With Fireworks

Reported by Admin | 31 Dec, 2009

A man who sustained facial burns due to a firework display that backfired is now facing potential prosecution for his troubles. The 24 year old Sunbury man was lighting the wick of the fireworks when they exploded in his face at 12.40 am on December 28. He was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital after …

QLD: Thiess Charged Over Death of Subcontractor

Reported by Admin | 31 Dec, 2009

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has formally charged construction giant Thiess over the death of a subcontractor who worked on Brisbane’s Eastern Busway project last year. The charges stem from the death 25 year old Tom Takarua on 1 December 2008. Both of his legs were severed by a 18-metre bridge beam which fell six …

VIC: Structural Collapse Injures Contractor

Reported by Admin | 30 Dec, 2009

A demolition work gone wrong at Mulgrave has caused injuries to a contractor. The 60 year old man was working on a roof of a building being demolished when the incident took place. A part of the building collapsed under the contractor, causing him to fall about three metres and rode part of a roof …

WA: WorkSafe WA Tackles Heat Stress

Reported by Admin | 30 Dec, 2009

The recent death of a 19 year old man while working on a roof, likely succumbing  to extreme heat, has prompted WorkSafe WA to release an advisory on the ill effects of heat stress. The man, a native of  Queensland, was suspected of suffering from heatstroke while installing roof insulation. Outside temperature had peaked at …

WA: FMG Mine Under Scrutiny over Safety Breach

Reported by Admin | 29 Dec, 2009

Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) is under investigation following a vehicular accident in Pilbara over the weekend. The incident happened in the company’s Brampton Pit site, in which a truck crushed a light vehicle. This was the third serious incident reported by the company in the past month. No one was injured, although the incident is …

Unions push for stronger OHS laws in light of higher worker death toll

Reported by Admin | 29 Dec, 2009

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has said that the surge in work-related deaths last year is a sign that Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation should be strengthened, instead of being watered down. During the period of 2008-9, there were 177 workplace-related fatal injuries recorded. The statistic has increased by 18% from the previous …

OHS Obligations: A Refresher

Reported by Admin | 24 Dec, 2009

The harmonisation of OHS legislation throughout Australia will have a big impact on how companies operate. If you are an employer, now is the best time to review your OHS system. As an employer, you are obliged to provide the following under OHS laws. · Safe premises · Safe materials and machinery · Safe systems …

SA: Company Alleges Faulty Investigation by SafeWork SA

Reported by Admin | 24 Dec, 2009

A counsel for a company charged before the Industrial Court has alleged that the an investigation by SafeWork SA was flawed. Quin Investments and its officer Nick Kuzub are charged due to a fatal blast in 2006 at Gladstone, where three workers were killed and two others were injured. The munitions company is charged for …

VIC: Potential Safety Risks of Ad Balloons

Reported by Admin | 24 Dec, 2009

Colorful advertising balloons displayed in hundreds of Australian businesses can be pleasing to look at. However, they can cause destruction and harm if not properly installed. Last year, a poorly secured balloon caused part of a building to fall to the street in Coburg when strong winds hit. The seven metre high balloon collapsed and …

SA: Hot Liquid-Related Injuries Being Looked into by SafeWork SA

Reported by Admin | 24 Dec, 2009

SafeWork SA is reminding companies in the hospitality and fast food industries to keep a close watch on their Safework Procedures involving working with hot liquids. There had been a number of Food Handling incidents in recent months were workers were burned or scalded in the workplace. They are currently under investigation. On December 8, …

VIC: Preventing Musculoskeletal Injuries

Reported by Admin | 22 Dec, 2009

For workers, sustaining a musculoskeletal injury is a common occurrence. In Victoria alone, 400 workers each week experience this kind of preventable injury. A musculoskeletal injury refers to an injury to the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments or soft tissues. It may manifest in a number of conditions such as muscle sprain and strain, back pain, …

VIC: Company Fined After Worker Dies in a Storage Tank

Reported by Admin | 22 Dec, 2009

A company which cleans and repairs storage tanks for the chemical industry has been convicted and fined on Wednesday after a worker died in an empty tank. Altona North company Depot Vic Pty Limited, formerly known as Hyde Park Tank Depot Pty Ltd, pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace. It …

SA: New First Aid Kits Code of Practice to be Launched in 2010

Reported by Admin | 22 Dec, 2009

SA businesses have 12 months to prepare for the new Code of Practice for First Aid in the Workplace. According to SafeWork SA, the  first aid guidelines  been approved and will be fully implemented on 10 December 2010. The 12-month transitional period has been provided to allow workplaces to study and consider the provisions of …

WA: Worker’s Amputated Leg Costs Company $100k Fine

Reported by Admin | 18 Dec, 2009

A $100,000 fine has been imposed on a Bunbury company over an incident that cost a young worker one of his legs. In November 2006, an 19-year-old employee of Giacci Bros Pty Ltd was working at Lido Limestone Pty Ltd, a related company that produced and sold reconstituted limestone blocks. The worker was set to …

WA: Spotlight on Young and New Workers for the Holidays

Reported by Admin | 18 Dec, 2009

The increasing work load for the Christmas season means companies will employ additional workers on short term contracts. To compensate for the busy period, new and young workers are usually employed. According to WorkSafe WA, the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984- specifically the duty of care provisions – must always be taken into account.  …

VIC: Worker Recounts Electric Shock Ordeal

Reported by Admin | 15 Dec, 2009

On August 18, 2007, Cameron Peterson was working for an Asbestos Removal company when he got the shock of his life. While working on a roof at a Mulgrave site, Mr Peterson made contact with a power line, causing 11,000 volts to course through his body. Two years have passed, yet it is still painful …

WA: Building Company Fined for Worker’s Fall

Reported by Admin | 15 Dec, 2009

The Rockingham Magistrates Court has imposed a $6,500 fine on Generation Homes for failing to implement the required Safework Procedure in one of its building sites. The construction company entered a guilty plea last month for a July 2007 workplace accident. A subcontractor was laying wooden floor on a second story of a house when …

NSW: Firefighter Dead as Helicopter Crashes

Reported by Admin | 14 Dec, 2009

The crash of a firefighting helicopter at Dorrigo on the north coast of NSW has caused the death of one firefighter and critical injuries to the aircraft’s pilot. The helicopter, contracted to the NSW Rural Fire Service, was trying to contain one of over 100 landscape fires in the state when it crashed on Wednesday. …

QLD: Scenic Windmill to Undergo Repairs

Reported by Admin | 14 Dec, 2009

An 84-year-old windmill in the Emerald Botanic Gardens that has become a tourist spot has been pulled down because of safety issues. The 20-metre windmill has been lowered on the ground in order to repair the structure, instead of allowing it to remain upright and let the maintenance men work at heights. Central Highlands Regional …

VIC: Return to Work Programs Pushed by WorkSafe

Reported by Admin | 14 Dec, 2009

WorkSafe has announced its campaign to remind employers of their duties to have return to work programs in place for injured workers. The campaign is currently ongoing and will run for the rest of December 2009. The campaign comes in the heels of recent investigations revealing instances of illegal termination of injured workers. WorkSafe said …

VIC: 2009 Workplace Death Toll Reaches 30 as Tractor Runs Over Worker

Reported by Admin | 09 Dec, 2009

The death of a contractor involving a Tractor Slashing Equipment marks the 30th work related death for Victoria in 2009. This year’s work-related death toll is the highest since 2001. On Monday, an impounded tractor with a slasher attached was undergoing mechanical checks when it ran over a 63-year-old Warragul man. Neither the slasher nor …