VIC: Emergency Management Policy for Small Businesses

Reported by Admin | 25 Feb, 2010

WorkSafe has released an information sheet instructing small business how to prepare an emergency management plan in the workplace. The safety watchdog recognises the importance of having an emergency management policy to help ensure the workplace is safe for not only for workers, but also for visitors, customers and contractors. The information sheet has guidelines …

WA: Worker Severs Arm; Company Ordered to Pay $100k

Reported by Admin | 24 Feb, 2010

The Perth Magistrates Court has fined a brick making company $70,000 following a 2006 accident which cost the right arm of a labour hire employee. Apart from the $70,000 fine, Midland Brick Company Pty Ltd was also order to pay $30,000 in costs. The Court handed down the fine on Monday after the company’s guilty …

TAS: Stronger Asbestos Action Pledged

Reported by Admin | 24 Feb, 2010

The Tasmanian Government has vowed to exert more effort in battling asbestos. Tasmania’s Workplace Relations Minister Lisa Singh made an election pledge to set aside $200,000 yearly for setting up a specialised Asbestos Unit within Workplace Standards Tasmania. Yesterday’s promise comes a month after an Asbestos Steering Committee recommended major revisions on asbestos policy. “It’s …

VIC: Handbook for Earthmoving Equipment near Overhead Powerlines

Reported by Admin | 24 Feb, 2010

Worksafe has released a handbook in its website, which deals with the use of earthmoving equipment around overhead power lines. Under the Occupational Health & Safety Regulations 2007, Working near overhead power lines is considered as a high-risk construction work. The handbook gives pointers for employers and operators of earthmoving equipment. The guidelines have been …

NSW: Suspension of Insulation Scheme to Affect Insulators

Reported by Admin | 24 Feb, 2010

A Wagga Wagga insulation and plumbing company says it will weather the Government’s decision to put the insulation scheme on hold, although other companies are likely to downsize and suffer losses. Accounts of haphazard insulation, injuries and house fires across the country has contributed to the decision to suspend the program until June 2010. Power’s …

NSW: Alert on Crane Operations Released

Reported by Admin | 23 Feb, 2010

A safety alert about crane operations has been released by WorkCover NSW as a warning to employers and employees who use mobile cranes at their work sites. According to WorkCover CEO Lisa Hunt, 40 percent deaths involving mobile cranes are due to swinging or falling loads and unstable crane structure. “These tragic incidents are due …

QLD: Grieving Family Receives Record Payout After Worker’s Skin Cancer Death

Reported by Admin | 23 Feb, 2010

The widow of a construction worker who died of skin cancer has been awarded a landmark six-figure payout. Rohann Crotty used to work as a carpenter and plasterer when he was diagnosed with melanoma. But he became a union organiser in the last years of his life, championing sun awareness on building sites. Mr Crotty, …

Police Probes Shady Insulation Installers

Reported by Admin | 20 Feb, 2010

The Australian Federal Police has been conducting investigations into the alleged fraudulent practices of some installers under the home insulation program. The office of the embattled Environment Minister Peter Garrett has confirmed the AFP’s involvement after reports that dodgy operators were trying to take advantage of the insulation rebate scheme. The Government’s $2.5 billion rebate …

QLD: Two Workers Injured in Roof Collapse

Reported by Admin | 19 Feb, 2010

The roof of a Brisbane school gave way on Saturday, causing two men who were working on the roof to sustain injuries. According to a spokesman for the Department of Community Safety, the construction workers were building a new roof truss at the St James’ Primary School in Coorparoo, when it collapsed. The two-metre fall …

SA: BHP OKs new licensing for workers

Reported by Admin | 19 Feb, 2010

BHP Billiton has welcomed the changes for licensing requirements of people performing high-risk work. Pending government approval, the “National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work” is projected to begin in late 2010. The intent of the new standards is to make high-risk work safer. It also aims to make training, licensing and assessment …

VIC: McCain Fined Anew for Safety Breach

Reported by Admin | 19 Feb, 2010

McCain Foods (Australia) Pty Ltd has been fined $145,000 today over an accident at its Ballarat plant, which severed a workers thumb. The Ballarat County Court was told that two fitters and an electrician tried to fix a machine which peals and cleans potatoes in 2007. The broken machine was on a manual setting, although …

VIC: Inspection Campaign to Target Construction Supervisors

Reported by Admin | 19 Feb, 2010

Poor supervision is being blamed as one of the reasons of the high number of injuries in construction sites. As part of WorkSafe’s ‘Back to Basics’ campaign, inspectors will put emphasis on site supervision in the field of residential and commercial construction. The renewed focus on supervisors is an acknowledgment that safety is non-negotiable in …

WA: Report: Fatigue a Factor in Helicopter Collision

Reported by Admin | 19 Feb, 2010

Fatigue, glare and converging flights are seen as the causes of a collision of two helicopters, which cost the life of two pilots. The pilots were mustering livestock in Kimberley region when the tragic accident happened on 5 May 2009. According to the Air Transport Safety Bureau’s (ATSB) final report in the incident, the log …

VIC:Booze Bus Smouldered by Power Surge

Reported by Admin | 18 Feb, 2010

A booze bus has been zapped with 20,000 volts in Mulgrave after its overhead light mast struck powerlines on Thursday night. The electrical charge caused the front left wheel of the bus, prompting the police to call the fire brigade, although there was no fire. None of the 10 police officers were on the bus …

VIC: Inspection Blitz for Baywater Set

Reported by Admin | 18 Feb, 2010

WorkSafe inspectors will be visiting Bayswater workplaces in May as part of the safety watchdog’s Safe Towns and Safer Work Zones campaign. The inspections have been set for May 3-7 for Bayswater businesses. The crackdown is part of WorkSafe’s efforts to reduce the number of work-related injuries and deaths across the State. Knox will also …

NSW: WorkCover and Restaurant Industry Team Up for Safety

Reported by Admin | 18 Feb, 2010

Minister for Finance Michael Daley has launched a program which focuses on safety in the restaurant and catering industry. Mr Daley said the initiative will entail WorkCover and Restaurant and Catering NSW to have a partnership agreement. The partnership aims to reduce injuries and establish safe and cost-effective workplace practices throughout the industry. “This industry …

QLD: Man Shot in the Leg with a Nail Gun

Reported by Admin | 18 Feb, 2010

A factory worker has been shot with a nail gun in the leg in a workplace accident in Brisbane. The 24-year-old man had been working at a Frindle Road Factory at Rocklea when the February 4 incident occurred. The man had to be taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital to remove the 15-centimetre nail lodged …

QLD: Chemical Spill Forces Mass Evacuation

Reported by Admin | 18 Feb, 2010

ABOUT 20 businesses at Forest Glen on the Sunshine Coast were evacuated yesterday after about 900 litres of a dangerous chemical seeped out of a truck container . A spoekesman for the Department of Community Safety said a truck loaded with timber treatment chemical shifted during transit at Mons Road, causing the hazardous substance to …

VIC: New Campaign to Target Workplace Bullying

Reported by Admin | 18 Feb, 2010

The Brumby Government has initiated an education, awareness and enforcement campaign to address workplace bullying in Victoria. The new campaign, called Respect at Work, will mobilise WorkSafe Inspectors, as well as a dedicated team of specially trained professionals to focus on the most vulnerable workers and complex cases. WorkSafe Minister Tim Holding said the campaign …

VIC: Engineering Firm Fined $60k for Forklift Accident

Reported by Admin | 18 Feb, 2010

The RingWood Magistrates Court has convicted and fined a Klitsch company for over a forklift accident which has led to the amputation of a worker’s leg. On December 2008, a 22-year-old employee of Elliot Engineering Pty Ltd tried was driving a forklift, trying to make a right turn on an uneven and inclined gravel area, …

NSW: MP Calls for Urgent Checks on Roof Insulation

Reported by Admin | 16 Feb, 2010

A Member of the Parliament says people who have foil roofing insulation installed should seek an inspection of their home as soon as possible to make sure that it is safe. Last Saturday, friends and family gave their final respects to 22-year-old Mitchell Sweeney. He was electrocuted in north Queensland while installing insulation. The Member …