NSW: WorkCover Issues Guidelines on Tilt Up Panels

Reported by Julia | 29 Jan, 2010

WorkCover has released a safety alert on temporary bracing of concrete tilt up panels following an incident involving a collapse of a 40-tonne panel. The crash has resulted from an installed bracing that was not up to par with the engineer’s design under a moderate wind loading. WorkCover reminds employers that the design of the …

NSW: Staff Refuse Working at Mouldy Facility

Reported by Julia | 27 Jan, 2010

The staff at a Newcastle medical records storage facility have balked at the idea of returning to work because of the site’s high mould spore levels. According to the Health Services Union, a test was recently conducted at the Cardiff facility. The testing has revealed mould spore levels 100-times that of tests undertaken almost a …

VIC: Handbook for Using Earthmoving Equipment near Electrical Assets

Reported by Julia | 26 Jan, 2010

WorkSafe has released a handbook for workplaces dealing with the use earthmoving equipment near overhead electrical assets. According to WorkSafe, construction businesses are often required to use mobile earthmoving equipment and work around electricity like power lines. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007, working near electrical installations is defined as a high risk …

NT: Company held liable for worker’s fishing trip gone wrong

Reported by Julia | 26 Jan, 2010

A question before the Northern Territory Court of Appeal has been raised: Is a worker’s fishing expedition a work-related trip or a recreational journey? At the center controversy is diesel fitter Paul Clarke, who used to work for the Ranger Uranium Mine. In 2005, Clarke’s supervisor invited him to go fishing after his shift ended …

SA: Engineering Firm Incurs Fine Over Worker’s Hand Injury

Reported by Julia | 26 Jan, 2010

Industrial Magistrate Michael Ardlie has convicted and fined the principals of an engineering firm over a workplace incident which cost several of an employee’s fingers. Trevor and Robyn Haydon (trading as T&R Manufacturing) pleaded guilty to breaching section 19(1) of the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 in failing to provide plant in a …

SA: Company Fined over Trainee’s Electrical Burn

Reported by Julia | 25 Jan, 2010

An electrical contractor has been convicted and fined on Wednseday over an electrical accident involving a trainee. In 2007, ICE Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd had engaged the then 17-year-old man as a trainee. Sometime around April of that year, the trainee was assigned to a local business to help with work on a circuit …

VIC: Manufacturer Fined for Giving Insufficient Information to Customer

Reported by Julia | 25 Jan, 2010

A County Court judge has convicted a manufacturing company for failing to provide safety information about its products to its customers. Judge Phillip Coish, who described Jalor Tools Pty Ltd as “a small business in difficult times,” fined the Knoxfield company $80,000 earlier today. Jalor Tools pleaded guilty to two counts under the Occupational Health …

QLD: Worker, Roller Plummet Down on a Ridge

Reported by Julia | 25 Jan, 2010

A construction worker fell 20m down an embankment along with the roller he was operating on Saturday afternoon. Wulguru Fire and Rescue station officer Scott Marsh, who arrived at the Riverside Ridge site, said the 35-year-old man was being attended to by his co-workers when they arrived. ”He wasn’t under the vehicle when we arrived …

QLD: Farmer Trapped Under Tractor

Reported by Julia | 21 Jan, 2010

A crane had to be used this afternoon to free a farmer who had been pinned under a tractor for more than two hours. The 70-year-old Braemeadows man was driving a tractor that was loaded with toxic chemicals at the back. He was thrown into a ditch when the tractor overturned near Ingham, in the …

WA: Tests Show Asbestos Presence in Gorgon Site

Reported by Julia | 21 Jan, 2010

Unions have said that laboratory testing of samples around the Gorgon work site have come back positive to blue and white asbestos. Last week, pallets containing asbestos had been cleared from Barrow Island and transported to Dampier. Unions WA and the Maritime Union of Australia say Gorgon joint venture leader Chevron was remiss in warning …

NSW: Truck Driver Crushed to Death

Reported by Julia | 21 Jan, 2010

An accident at Menangle Park Paceway in Sydney’s southwest has led to the death of a truck driver, according to an NSW work safety inspector. According to WorkCover, the driver was tipping a load on an embankment around 2pm on Tuesday. The trailer jack-knifed, crushing the truck’s cab. An investigation by WorkCover is now underway.

VIC: OHS Info for Agri Equipment Buyers & Sellers

Reported by Julia | 20 Jan, 2010

Buyers and sellers in Shepparton involved in clearing sales or trading in used agricultural equipment are invited to attend a meeting focusing on occupational health and safety information. The information event will be run by WorkSafe and is organised by Kevin Hicks Real Estate. Two speakers will address the meeting on January 22, 1pm, at …

WA: Crane Crashes in Worsley Refinery

Reported by Julia | 19 Jan, 2010

A crane tower erected at BHP’s Worsley Alumina Refinery has collapsed on Wednesday afternoon, according to Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFEMU) organiser Troy Smart. The equipment is said to have failed during load testing, causing it to fall and hit another crane and other amenities. Mr Smart said the feeling on the site …

VIC: Inspection Campaigns to Target Regional and Metro Areas

Reported by Julia | 19 Jan, 2010

Basic safety issues will be the main focus when WorkSafe begins its Safe Towns and Safer Work Zones inspection campaigns next month. Teams of inspectors will go to visit Seaford, Bacchus Marsh, Heidelberg, Portland, Williamstown, Bayswater and Sal for the next six months. The campaigns have been initiated in line with last year’s high number …

VIC: Worker Hurt in William St Blast

Reported by Julia | 18 Jan, 2010

A kitchen hand has suffered burns to his face, hands and airway following two explosions at a cafe in Melbourne’s legal district. Paramedics say the 34-year-old man was working in the kitchen of Illia Cafe at around 2pm  when there were two blasts. WorkSafe spokesman Michael Birt said the man was cleaning the oven when …

VIC: Worker Dies After 7-Storey Fall

Reported by Julia | 18 Jan, 2010

A subcontractor was working at height when he fell seven storeys from a building in South Melbourne on Friday, leading to his death. WorkSafe spokesman Michael Birt said the scaffolding where the 40-year-old man was on was not anchored properly. The mobile platform tipped and fell to the ground, taking the worker along with it. …

VIC: Forklift Accident Claims Worker’s Life

Reported by Julia | 18 Jan, 2010

A 60-year-old worker has died following a forklift accident at Laverton on Tuesday. The incident happened after 3pm at AirRoad in Boundary Rd. It is the first workplace death in 2010. WorkSafe investigators have begun an inquiry on the tragic accident. Initial investigation by WorkSafe reveals that the man was guiding a forklift driver in …

WA: Company Fined for Cleaner’s Crushed Hand

Reported by Julia | 15 Jan, 2010

A western Perth company has been fined $20,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court following an injury sustained by a worker while cleaning a machinery. According to WorkSafe, Comgroup Supplies Pty Ltd failed to provide a safe workplace, which resulted to serious harm to an employee. In October 2006, two ComGroup employees were tasked to clean …

VIC: Safety Handbook for Franchise Industry Released

Reported by Julia | 15 Jan, 2010

A handbook which focuses on controlling the hazards and risks in retail and fast food industry has been released to aid franchise businesses across the country. Developed by the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) Small Business Network, the handbook outlines the common safety risks encountered by the franchise industry. The publication acknowledges the many …

WA: WorkSafe Calls Attention to Cabinet Making Safety

Reported by Julia | 14 Jan, 2010

WorkSafe’s inspection campaign which targeted cabinet making workplaces has revealed several safety issues that are causes of concern for the industry. The 12-month campaign was completed in August. A team of WorkSafe personnel inspected a random selection of workplaces throughout the State. The inspection campaign resulted to 95 inspections of furniture making businesses. The inspections …

VIC: Brake Press Safety

Reported by Julia | 14 Jan, 2010

WorkSafe has released a publication which stresses preventing injury from brake presses. Used mainly in food and  fabricated metals manufacturing, a brake press is a type of machinery that should be used with utmost care. It can be a safety hazard especially if it is not guarded or has been installed with inactive guards. The …