QLD: Quad Bike Death Leads to Fine

Reported by Admin | 31 May, 2010

The Cairns Industrial Magistrate Court has fined a company $60,000 when a quad bike accident caused the death of one employee. The company, which owns a cattle station in Queensland’s far north, pleaded guilty in the Cairns Industrial Magistrates Court on 6 April 2010 to failing to ensure workplace safety. The Court was told the …

SA: Man fined after lit cigarette causes blast

Reported by Admin | 31 May, 2010

A man who caused an explosion at work by lighting a cigarette has been fined for violating occupational health and safety laws. The man pleaded guilty before the Industrial Court to causing the blast at a workplace at West Croydon in Adelaide in June 2007. He was fined $4,000. The Industrial Court heard the man …

SA: Firm fined after man trips over forklift

Reported by Admin | 30 May, 2010

The South Australian Industrial Relations Court has fined a transport company over its failure to have a work method statement in place that keeps people separate from transport machinery. The company was convicted after pleading guilty to violating section 23 of the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986. It was fined $24,000 by the …

NSW: Driver Dragged to Death by Own Truck

Reported by Admin | 26 May, 2010

A man has been dragged 20 metres and crushed to death by the tip truck he was driving in Sydney’s northern suburbs on Thursday morning. According to police, the 54-year-old driver was attempting to detach the back trailer from his tip truck on Brabyn Street at Denistone East when the truck rolled back. A co-worker …

Changes in Transport Sector Urged

Reported by Admin | 25 May, 2010

A truck driver’s union has been critical of the slow response by the Federal Government on a report released 18 months ago. The union, who is pushing for reforms in the transport industry, said 430 people have been killed in truck-related accidents since the release of the report. A recent casualty involved a truck driver …

NSW: Fatigue Campaign for Long Distance Trucking Launched

Reported by Admin | 25 May, 2010

WorkCover is pushing to minimise fatigue in long-distance trucking. WorkCover has launched a campaign in recognition that fatigue is a relevant safety and health risk for the 36,000 NSW truckers. According to WorkCover, everyone involved in long-distance freight transport has a role in reducing the risks of fatigue, whether he is a driver, employer, carrier, …

NSW: Roller Accident Proves Fatal for a Worker

Reported by Admin | 25 May, 2010

A worker has been killed when he was crushed by a road roller at a property in Clifton Grove. According to Ambulance Service, the 45-year-old man died by the compactor near Orange in New South Wales central west around 11:00am (AEST) on Friday. Police said the man was working on the excavation site when the …

VIC: 14 Breaches Found in Snowfields Safety Checks

Reported by Admin | 25 May, 2010

Fourteen safety violations were found in the latest round of intensive inspections by WorkSafe at Victoria’s snowfields last week. Inspectors of the safety body visited Mount Buller, Mount Hotham, Dinner Plains and Falls Creek at a time maintenance and construction works are being done to get ready for the snow season. According to WorkSafe spokeswoman …

VIC: Note on using earthmoving equipment as crane

Reported by Admin | 24 May, 2010

WorkSafe has released a guidance note on earthmoving equipment being used as a crane. It serves to inform employers and contractors on the safe use of earthmoving equipment to lift and transport freely suspended loads. WorkSafe recognises equipment such as excavators, backhoes and front-end loaders are used to perform work in a similar manner to …

WA: Labour Hire Comany Fined Over Farm Death

Reported by Admin | 24 May, 2010

The Perth Magistrates Court has fined a labour hire firm $30,000 following the death of an employee in a farm accident over a year ago. The Perth company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace as a labour hire provider and causing the death of a worker. The accident took place at a …

WA: Recycling Firm Found Guilty of Causing Worker Harm

Reported by Admin | 24 May, 2010

A recycling company has been fined $50,000 last week over an industrial accident involving a 15-year-old employee. The Midland Magistrates Court found the company guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace and causing serious harm to a worker. The incident took place at the Midland company’s worksite in September 2006, where the young worker …

VIC: $550K in Fines for Timber Company

Reported by Admin | 24 May, 2010

The injuries sustained by a worker two years ago has led to fines for a timber company and its director amounting close to $550,000. The accident occurred at Traralgon in August 2008, when the employee’s left arm was severed after it got caught in one of the company’s equipment. The company was fined $460,000 by …

VIC: WorkSafe Urges Better Education for Rural Workers

Reported by Admin | 21 May, 2010

WorkSafe is advising workers in regional and rural areas to arm themselves with more information on safety standards in the workplace. According to the safety watchdog, work injuries are more likely to be serious and deaths are more prone to happen in rural zones than in urban ones. It also said businesses in rural areas …

WA: WorkSafe Reminds Businesses of New Asbestos Removal Rules

Reported by Admin | 21 May, 2010

WorkSafe is reminding business operators that they only have a few days to secure the proper asbestos removal licence. The licensing change means that starting June 1, businesses removing more than ten square metres of bonded asbestos – including asbestos cement material – in a workplace will need to have completed an approved training course …

VIC: Williamstown Visit Yields 200 Safety Notices

Reported by Admin | 21 May, 2010

Williamstown has recently received a visit from WorkSafe inspectors as part of Safe Towns, Safer Work Zones campaign. Inspectors visited 167 small businesses in the area over a span of five days. With a total of 200 notices issued, some workplaces received multiple notices while others did not receive any. WorkSafe will do follow up …

VIC: Campaign Focuses on Slips, Trips & Falls for Residential Construction Sites

Reported by Admin | 20 May, 2010

Slips, trips and falls in the residential construction industry have led to mounting medical costs for the community each year, WorkSafe Victoria says. People who worked as roof tilers had accumulated $1.3 million in treatment costs due to slips, trips or falls in the last financial year. The payout is $1.1 million for bricklayers who …

NSW: Boy Dies After Lathe Accident

Reported by Admin | 19 May, 2010

A 15-year-old boy has died following a lathe accident where his arm was severed. A coroner’s inquest has been ordered into the tragic incident at a metal parts factory in Birch Street, Condell Park on May 4. A spokeswoman for the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union said the boy, who was under a pre-apprenticeship employment, was …

TAS: Former asbestos firm tries to make amends

Reported by Admin | 19 May, 2010

A long-established asbestos factory in Tasmania’s rural north is turning a new leaf as a way of atoning for its past. The cement company, based near Railton, manufactured asbestos products from 1947 to 1986. It was one of only three companies in Australia to rely heavily on producing asbestos for its business. The company’s new …

SA: Firm Sorry for Employee Death

Reported by Admin | 19 May, 2010

The Industrial Court has been told the failure of a company to follow safety standards has been the cause of a worker’s death at the Olympic Dam. The company entered a guilty plea for failing to maintain a safe workplace. The company’s lawyer read a statement in court apologising for the incident. The fatal accident …

QLD: Company, Officers, Charged Over Insulation Death

Reported by Admin | 18 May, 2010

A Brisbane company and its officers have been charged over the death of an insulation installer and the injury of another last year. A 25-year-old man was electrocuted while installing reflective foil in the roof of a home at Meadowbrook in October 2009. His workmate, an 18-year-old female, sustained severe burns. The Queensland Government has …

SA: SafeWork Investigation Frustrates Owner

Reported by Admin | 17 May, 2010

The former general manager of an Adelaide company where a worker has been killed has told the South Australian Coroner’s Court that the firm’s owner got frustrated over the SafeWork investigation. The inquest centers on an industrial accident at the company’s tooling factory at Edwardstown in June 2004. An 18-year-old apprentice was working around a …