VIC: 1st Anti-Bullying Seminar Draws Over 150 Participants

Reported by Julia | 31 Mar, 2010

A WorkSafe seminar on bullying held on March 25 has attracted more than 150 attendees. It is WorkSafe’s first in a string of seminars across Victoria. It aims to guide employers, managers and supervisors on the procedures they need to carry out to prevent and respond to bullying. Victoria’s safety watchdog receives about 30 phone …

TAS: Cement Firm Offers Lung Test to Former Workers

Reported by Julia | 31 Mar, 2010

Tasmania’s major cement producer intends to make contact with up to 1,500 former employees to have them undergo lung-health tests. The plant in the north-west, which produced most of the state’s asbestos-related products from the 1940s to the 1980s, employed about 2,000 workers during that period. They could have possibly been exposed to asbestos. The …

TAS: Worker Asserts Firm’s Accountability over Forklift Fall

Reported by Julia | 31 Mar, 2010

A transport company is being prosecuted following an incident where one of its workers broke several bones when he fell to the ground while working at height. The Hobart firm pleaded not guilty to failing to keep an employee safe from injury. The 30-year-old worker alleged that he had worked for the transport company at …

QLD: Report Shows Hits, Misses in Mining Safety

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2010

Queensland’s mining industry has reported its best safety performance on record, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) says. According to the QRC, the current information on the state’s mine safety reveals improvements in several key safety indicators. The total number of reported injuries has decreased, along with the frequency rate of lost time injuries. However, there …

WA: WorkSafe vs. Education Dept in Landmark Prosecution

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2010

WorkSafe is set to prosecute to the Department of Education following an accident at the Western Australian College of Agriculture involving a year 12 student. The 16-year-old student nearly lost her leg when it was caught in a farm equipment at the Morawa campus in the state’s mid-west three years ago. The woman was connecting …

VIC: Machine Guard Failures Lead to Fines for 4 Firms

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2010

Two separate abattoirs and their respective contract cleaning companies have been prosecuted for injuries to cleaners in almost similar circumstances. WorkSafe has prosecuted all four companies under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 for failings including inadequate staff training and unguarded machinery. An abattoir from Ararat was convicted and fined $20,000 yesterday, while its …

NSW: Worker Killed at a Sydney Wharf

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2010

A 49-year-old worker has been killed at a container terminal at Sydney’s Port Botany on Sunday night, authorities say. The wharf worker was crushed to death after he was hit by a container being unloaded from a ship at about 7.30 pm. WorkCover NSW inspectors are investigating the incident for possible lapses in safework procedure. …

QLD: Company Fined for Injuries to Teenage Worker

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2010

The Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court has fined an agricultural firm over injuries sustained by a teenage worker at its vegetable processing plant in Ivy Street, Killarney, in October 2008. The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 28 of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, having failed to ensure the safety of its workers. Magistrate …

VIC: Worker Lashes Out at WorkSafe Inspector

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2010

WorkSafe is looking into the alleged assault of one of its inspectors at Lardner Park Fieldays on Friday. The inspector stopped a rubbish collection vehicle to caution a person riding on the draw bar of a trailer attached to the vehicle. The inspector tried to tell the person the dangerous nature of riding on the …

WA: Asbestos Scare Forces Mass Evacuation at Power Plant

Reported by Julia | 26 Mar, 2010

More than a hundred workers at a State Government-owned power plant in Kwinana have been sent home on Wednesday after fears of asbestos exposure. According to the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), tests found asbestos particles were scattered throughout the power station following recent demolition works. An old part of the plant was being upgraded, …

VIC: Union Says No to Cantilevered Chariots

Reported by Julia | 26 Mar, 2010

THE CFMEU has released safety guidelines on working at heights and working with scaffolding, following the fatal fall of a worker in South Melbourne on 15 January 2010. CFMEU said no work should be undertaken using cantilevered chariots, and no chariot should be used closer than three metres from any edge where a fall of …

QLD: Cyclone Did Not Disturb Asbestos in Schools – EQ

Reported by Julia | 26 Mar, 2010

The Education Queensland (EQ) says Cyclone Ului did not disturb asbestos particles at schools near Mackay, in the state’s north. EQ central Queensland regional director Wayne Butler says trees damaged the buildings at Mackay North and Mirani state high schools, but the buildings did not contain asbestos. Earlier this month, students and staff at both …

VIC: Plastics Business Fined Over Amputation Injury

Reported by Julia | 26 Mar, 2010

A Shepparton company has been fined after one of its employers suffered severe hand injuries while working with a machinery in 2007. The Magistrate Court fined the plastics company $55,000 and ordered it to pay about $6,000 in costs. The 2007 incident cost the 24-year-old worker four of his fingers and part of his thumb …

VIC: Loader runs over man

Reported by Julia | 23 Mar, 2010

A 55-year-old man has been run over at a compost farm near Mildura yesterday morning. The incident took place at a property in Meridian Road at Merbein where mushroom compost is stored. It is reported the man was hit by a loader. He sustained crush injuries to his legs, shoulder injuries. The man was taken …

ForkLift Safety for Grocery, Fruit & Veg Wholesalers

Reported by Julia | 23 Mar, 2010

A new nationwide safety campaign by the country’s workplace safety authorities will focus on forklift safety in Australia’s grocery, fruit and vegetable wholesale industry. Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA), the joint group of General Managers or representatives of bodies responsible for the regulation and administration of occupational health and safety in Australia and New …

NSW: Tamworth safety forum to be held tonight

Reported by Julia | 22 Mar, 2010

Small businesses will gather tonight in Tamworth for a forum centering on safety issues in the workplace. The small business advisory forum is in cooperation with WorkCover NSW. It is one of 10 being held in the state. WorkCover’s Ian Eather says discussions like the one in Tamworth give small business owners an opportunity voice …

WA: Forklift Incident Costs Freight Firm $10K

Reported by Julia | 22 Mar, 2010

The Midland Magistrates Court has fined an international freight company on Friday for a forklift incident in its Forrestfield site. The court heard that in 2007, the company’s forklift struck a visitor’s car in the company’s property. The company pleaded guilty on March 11 to failing to ensure a person’s safety. It was fined $10,000 …

VIC: Firm Pleads Guilty over Unlicensed Dogman’s Fall

Reported by Julia | 22 Mar, 2010

A sheet metal engineering company and its director have pleaded guilty in the Industrial Magistrates Court on Wednesday to failing to provide a safe working environment – plant & systems of work, and information, instruction, training & supervision. The case stemmed from a 2 February 2009 incident, where an unlicenced dogman fell from height. The …

VIC: New Campaign Puts Childcare Workers in the Limelight

Reported by Julia | 22 Mar, 2010

WorkSafe is pushing for improved workplace safety in child care centres and kindergartens to reduce the incidence of debilitating but preventable musculoskeletal injuries. Injuries affecting the muscles and skeleton are usually caused by strains, sprains, slips, trips and falls. Over 200 Victorian children’s services workers get hurt seriously enough to make a WorkSafe injury claim …

QLD: Engineering Firm Fined for Apprentice’s Injuries

Reported by Julia | 20 Mar, 2010

An engineering company has been fined $50,000 by the Brisbane Industrial Magistrate’s Court over an injury sustained by a 17-year-old apprentice. The firm pleaded guilty on Thursday to failing in its workplace health and safety obligations. On 29 August 2008, the young man was working at a Paget workshop in Michelmore Street, when he was …

VIC: Seaford Inspection Yields Positive Results

Reported by Julia | 20 Mar, 2010

WorkSafe inspectors will return to Seaford to check on businesses in the area. Inspectors dropped by Seaford as part of WorkSafe’s safety campaign in February. They issued 79 safety improvement notices during the visit. In the return trip, WorkSafe inspectors will check if the businesses concerned complied with the notices. They will also conduct additional …