QLD: Golf Club Fined After Worker’s Toes Get Cut Off

Reported by Julia | 30 Apr, 2010

A golf club in Leichhardt has been fined $44,000 by the Ipswich Industrial Magistrates Court after a part of a worker’s right foot was severed while cutting grass. The Club pleaded guilty on February 8 to failing to ensure workplace safety under section 24 (1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995. Industrial Magistrate …

QLD: Company Fined over Winch Accident

Reported by Julia | 30 Apr, 2010

The Noosa Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a small construction company over a workplace incident which caused injuries to a worker. The Sunshine Coast firm was found guilty on March 11 to failing to ensure workplace safety under section 24 (1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995. Industrial Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan imposed a …

TAS: Broadband Installation Hits a Snag

Reported by Julia | 30 Apr, 2010

Construction in connection with broadband installation in Tasmania has been stopped after a worker received an electric shock from a power pole. The Federal Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN Co.) is responsible for installing the new high-speed network as a nation building project. NBN Co. head Mike Quigley has confirmed the accident, which took place …

VIC: Firm Convicted for Reckless Endangerment

Reported by Julia | 30 Apr, 2010

Melbourne has convicted a drilling company on Wednesday over the death of a worker in a vehicule accident, making it the State’s first reckless endangerment conviction. The court fined the company $750,000 under section 32 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. In December 2006, a 21 year-old worker was driving a Mack truck …

QLD: Erring Contractor Exposes Students to Asbestos

Reported by Julia | 26 Apr, 2010

A contractor’s disregard for safety procedures has exposed students of a Gold Coast primary school to asbestos. According to Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten, the contractor has been suspended from doing any work in Queensland schools following the blunder on Wednesday. He said the contractor did not follow safety protocols in undertaking the work, including …

VIC: Worker Flung Out of Crane

Reported by Julia | 26 Apr, 2010

A worker has been thrown out of a crane’s cabin at a construction site in Melbourne on Thursday. The incident took place around 5.30pm at a Springvale shopping complex. Early reports indicate that a counterbalance of the crane fell off. The construction worker, who was held by his safety harness, was left suspended 40 metres …

VIC: Company Fined as Unguarded Plant Injures Director

Reported by Julia | 22 Apr, 2010

A sand quarry company has been fined on Monday after director suffered hand injuries due to an unguarded plant. The company pleaded guilty before the Magistrates Court to failing to provide & maintain so far as was practicable for employees a safe working environment – plant & systems of work. The sand supplies business at …

NSW: Mining Health Issues Tackled

Reported by Julia | 22 Apr, 2010

Mining companies within Broken have been urged to incorporate health issues in their management plans. The New South Wales Department of Industry & Investment conducted sessions with representatives of mining companies in the area yesterday to discuss fatigue management, health management and musculoskeletal disorders. Heather Jackson, the manager of the Mining Industry Assistance Unit, said …

VIC: Man fights for life after lathe accident

Reported by Julia | 21 Apr, 2010

A 26-year-old worker has been gravely injured after a steel rod hit his head on Monday. The accident took place at a steel fabrication business in Thomastown, where the steel rod was being shaped by a lathe. WorkSafe Victoria believes the steel rod, which extended beyond the lathe, struck the back of the worker’s head …

SA: Info Sessions on Licensing High Risk Work Launched

Reported by Julia | 21 Apr, 2010

SafeWork SA has launched a series of information sessions in the Greater Adelaide Area on the new licensing requirements that will take effect in Southern Australia later this year. The first information session was held on April 12 and will continue to run until May 3. The licensing changes will affect high risk workers, including …

NT: Toxic Chemicals in Harbour to be Investigated

Reported by Julia | 19 Apr, 2010

The Northern Territory Government has announced an inquiry on Friday after a video showing chemical sludge in Darwin’s port became public. A video by ABC had shown big black plume in the water and sludge on the wharf. There is a concern that the copper concentrate coming from the port may wash into the city’s …

WA: Pit Death Proceedings Deferred

Reported by Julia | 19 Apr, 2010

The lawyers for a Kalgoorlie gold mining firm have pushed to have the company’s court case over a worker’s death adjourned. In January 2009, a 54-year-old woman was killed after falling off the dump truck she was driving at a Kalgoorlie pit – the largest gold open pit mine in Australia. The company is on …

VIC: WorkSafe to Host Breakfast for Small Businesses

Reported by Julia | 16 Apr, 2010

WorkSafe is inviting small businesses in Sale to attend a free breakfast on Thursday. This is part of the safety watchdog’s efforts to help them prepare for safety audit next month. According to WorkSafe’s Charlotte Bull, it is an opportunity for businesses to ask about workplace health and safety and how they can comply with …

WA: Company to be sentenced over young worker’s death

Reported by Julia | 16 Apr, 2010

A drilling company is about to be sentenced next month over a workplace incident which cost the life of its worker in 2007. The Goldfields company has pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain systems of work. In March 2007, a 19-year-old employee was working at a Gindalbie Station, 50 kilometres north of Kalgoorlie. …

VIC: Worker nearly succumbs to chlorine fumes

Reported by Julia | 16 Apr, 2010

A factory worker who was almost overcome by toxic gas was rescued just in time by a truck driver yesterday, emergency authorities said. The 43-year-old man was handling waste at a factory in Melbourne’s west when he was exposed to chlorine. A truck driver, who arrived at the Lavern North plant to deliver chemicals, brought …

Violence at home to become a workplace concern

Reported by Julia | 16 Apr, 2010

The Federal Government is open to a proposal that will consider domestic violence as a workplace issue. The Community and Public Sectors Union is in talks with the University of New South Wales to draft the country’s first workplace agreement centering on employees who suffer from domestic abuse. According to the Minister for the Status …

QLD: Cause of Yatala Factory Fire Still Unknown

Reported by Julia | 16 Apr, 2010

Authorities are still determining the cause of a fire which destroyed an factory in Brisbane’s south on Wednesday. Over 80 fire fighters worked together to put out the flames at the carpet underlay and glue business in Yatala. Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Superintendent Jeff King said they are checking the air quality in the …

NSW: Coroner to Settle Cause of Gardener’s Death

Reported by Julia | 15 Apr, 2010

The coroner has the authority to determine whether the death of a man in Sydney’s west on Wednesday because of herbicide exposure, emergency authorities say. Emergency crews were called to a Horsley Park house around 8:00am after a gardener collapsed and died. The 56-year-old was spraying weeds with herbicides just before he collapsed. Fire and …

WA: Mine resumes operations

Reported by Julia | 15 Apr, 2010

Operations have recommenced in the Leinster nickel mine yesterday while safety authorities continue their investigation into an accident that has claimed a man’s life. A 45-year-old worker died on Sunday in the mine in Goldsfields after his truck fell 18 metres down an underground shaft. According to the mining company, workers have started surface operations …

NSW: Union Upset over Building Fumes

Reported by Julia | 14 Apr, 2010

Workers at an office building in Newcastle have been inhaling hazardous fumes for years – and it is time to find the source, the Public Services Association says. The building had to be evacuated twice this week. Twenty eight people were treated in the hospital for mild respiratory problems. According to the union, there had …

WA: Mine Safety Reform Urged

Reported by Julia | 14 Apr, 2010

Western Australia’s Chamber of Minerals and Energy has called for a major mine safety reform following the death of a mine worker on Sunday. A 45-year-old man, who worked in the mine as a driver, died after his underground truck fell 18 metres into a hole. Last year, the site was briefly shut down when …