VIC: Man dies after silo crashes on him

Reported by Admin | 17 May, 2010

A man has died following a farming-related accident in Northern Victoria on Tuesday. The incident happened on a property at Wyuna, near Kyabram. The 33-year-old worker climbed a barley-filled silo to monitor the storage levels. The grain silo’s base gave way. The silo then crashed on the man, getting trapped between the structure and its …

WA: Institute Insists Campus Safe Despite 127 Notices

Reported by Admin | 17 May, 2010

A technological institute denies its campus is not safe amid receiving 127 infringement notices from WorkSafe. The notices included alleged violations ranging from unsecured gas cylinders, risk of chemical fumes and unprotected machinery. The institute’s managing director said their campus has a good safety record. She added the infringement notices did not mean school personnel …

Insulation Remedy to Cost Half a Billion Dollars

Reported by Admin | 17 May, 2010

It will cost taxpayers over $480 million to fix faulty ceiling insulations, Budget papers reveal. The price tag is more than the original rebate paid for the shoddy ceiling installations. Over one million houses had ceiling insulations installed under the $2.45 billion program. It was discontinued earlier in the year amid the death of four …

VIC: Firm’s Tripled Fine to Serve as Deterrent

Reported by Admin | 13 May, 2010

WorkSafe says a health and safety fine which has been nearly tripled on appeal serves to warn Victorian workplaces that endangering workers needlessly can have severe consequences. The Dandenong Magistrates Court convicted a metal fabrication company, with a corresponding fine of $25,000. The Director of Public Prosecutions appealed the matter to the County Court. The …

SA: Inquest on Worker’s Horrific Death

Reported by Admin | 13 May, 2010

A young worker who died in a tragic industrial accident was described as a person who needed more time to be confident whenever he took on a new task, the South Australian Coroner’s Court heard yesterday. A toolmaker who worked with the apprentice appeared before the court, saying the young man took longer to be …

WA: Workers Worried About Asbestos Exposure

Reported by Admin | 13 May, 2010

Workers are concerned the risk of asbestos exposure is still present at a power station in Collie, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says. Workers of the power station have been reluctant to return to work in some of the areas of the plant. On Friday, Fair Work Australia ordered employees to go back to work …

WA: Roadblocks Setup to Curb Driver Fatigue

Reported by Admin | 12 May, 2010

Roadblocks set up at Port Hedland more than a week ago has shown that laws on fatigue safety have generally been complied with, although issues with rest breaks still persist. The roadblock operation was a joint effort of WorkSafe, Main Roads WA and WA Police. It involved observing commercial vehicles leaving Perth then being pulled …

VIC: WorkSafe calls on older farmers to think of safety

Reported by Admin | 12 May, 2010

WorkSafe has stated that farmers in Victoria over 60 years old are nearly twice as likely to be killed from work-related injuries as younger farmers. In April, a 78-year-old man became the fifth farming casualty in Victoria for the year. His quad bike overturned on a steep hill at Maude, north-west of Geelong. Seven farmers …

NSW: Fire Wreaks Havoc on Industrial Complex

Reported by Admin | 12 May, 2010

A fire has severely damaged three units at an industrial complex in Sydney’s south on Saturday. NSW fire brigade and police personnel responded to the scene at Burrows Road just before midnight. The fire was controlled, but the three units suffered extensive structural damage. An investigation on the cause of the fire is being undertaken.

WA: Company fined after man dies in hose accident

Reported by Admin | 12 May, 2010

The Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court has fined a goldfields drilling firm after one of its employees died in a workplace accident in 2007. A 19-year old man was working at Gindalbie Station when a pressure hose struck him three years ago, leading to his death. The Court was told last month the company did not heed …

VIC: Nail Lodged in Worker’s Head

Reported by Admin | 05 May, 2010

An 18-year-old worker has been shot in the head with a nail gun in a freak accident in Melbourne yesterday. The worker and his boss were doing construction work around 10am (AEST) when the incident took place. According to Ambulance Victoria, the worker’s boss accidentally fired a nail gun, hitting the young man with a …

VIC: Transport Company Fined Over Loading Mishap

Reported by Admin | 05 May, 2010

The Melbourne County Court has convicted a transport company over the death of a worker who succumbed to fatal head injuries. The Court imposed a fine of $130,000, following the company’s guilty plea to two charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. In February 2007, a 44-year-old driver was loading an elevated work …

WA: WorkSafe issues warning on asbestos-laden imports

Reported by Admin | 05 May, 2010

WorkSafe has released a safety alert after asbestos was discovered in imported items of plant in Western Australia. The plant was to be installed at a major industrial site. It was imported from New Zealand and Thailand. The imported equipment included temporary shipping gaskets containing asbestos. The gaskets may have looked similar to non-asbestos gaskets. …

Better Needlestick Safety for Nurses Sought

Reported by Admin | 04 May, 2010

Nurses are urging the government to allocate more funding to prevent needlestick injuries, claiming that their lives are being endangered due to the lack of action over the issue. According to the Australian Nurses Federation (ANF), over 18,000 injuries because of syringes or other sharp items are reported nationwide every year. ANF says nurses who …

VIC: Firm, Directors, Fined over Floor Collapse

Reported by Admin | 04 May, 2010

The Geelong County Court has fined a construction company and its two directors over a workplace incident for years ago, which killed one worker. The incident tool place at an Apollo Bay construction site, where the man was working on a partially built floor. It gave way when building blocks weighing more than 10 tonnes …

NSW: Conference to Discuss Mining Safety

Reported by Admin | 03 May, 2010

The Hunter Valley’s mining industry says it cannot be complacent despite working hard to minimise injuries and deaths. Hundreds of delegates expected to converge in New South Wales for an occupational, health and safety conference at Pokolbin today. Workplace safety experts will be present to discuss the risks and control measures in the multi-billion dollar …

QLD: Company fined for forklift incident

Reported by Admin | 03 May, 2010

The Holland Park Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a manufacturing company following a forklift accident at its Mansfield facility, which injured one of its workers. The company pleaded guilty on April 1 to failing to ensure workplace safety, in violation of section 24 of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995. Industrial Magistrate Trevor Arnold …

QLD: Bond Imposed on Butcher after Shop Blast

Reported by Admin | 01 May, 2010

An operator of a butcher shop has been placed on a $10,000 good behaviour bond for 12 months when an explosion in the workplace caused an apprentice butcher burn injuries. The defendant pleaded guilty in the Bundaberg Industrial Magistrates Court on 8 April 2010 to failing to ensure workplace safety under section 24 of the …

VIC: Info sessions to kick off

Reported by Admin | 01 May, 2010

WorkSafe is gearing up for the annual business roadshow which will start this month. For this year’s business roadshow, WorkSafe will conduct 19 sessions across Victoria from May 12 until June 12. The program is aimed to present information about the activities of Worksafe, and to discuss the recent legislative changes affecting workers compensation and …

WA: Agricultural Sector’s Input on Guidance Note Sought

Reported by Admin | 01 May, 2010

Western Australia Commission for Occupational Safety and Health is asking people in the agricultural sector to comment on a proposed guidance note on preventing falls from height. The draft guidance note is aimed at preventing fall incidents in the agricultural industry. It provides ways to address the risks associated with accidental falls when working at …