QLD:Welding Accident Injures Seaman

Reported by Julia | 30 Jun, 2010

An explosion on the deck of a ship off the central Queensland coast has caused burn injuries to a mariner yesterday. According to Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokeswoman Tracey Jiggins, two men were welding on the coal ship’s deck when a spark ignited. Ms Jiggins said the 30-year-old Filipino national’s clothing caught fire, forcing him …

WA: Man Fined for Plumbing Without Licence

Reported by Julia | 30 Jun, 2010

A Darch man has been prosecuted for performing plumbing work without a licence. The Perth Magistrates Court fined the defendant $2,000 and ordered him to pay costs of $384 in June 18. According to the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) Chairperson Judy Seif, a Girrawheen home owner engaged the services of the defendant for renovation work. …

WA: Worker Fined After Crane Crashes

Reported by Julia | 30 Jun, 2010

The Fremantle Magistrates Court has fined a crane operator last week after his crane collapsed while residential construction work was going on. The crane narrowly missed other workers in the site. The crane operator pleaded guilty to failing to endure his safety and the safety of others. He was fined $8000 by the court. The …

WA: Man injured atop a building

Reported by Julia | 29 Jun, 2010

A construction worker has suffered injuries on top of an unfinished Perth building on Monday. The incident happened at midday at a Murray Street construction site, and led to a massive emergency response. It is reported the man slipped while working at height, prompting ambulance crews to ride a lift 50 metres up the building …

QLD: Company Charged over Insulation Worker Fatality

Reported by Julia | 29 Jun, 2010

A Rockhampton firm has been charged by the Queensland’s Justice Department for safety breaches following an investigation into an insulation worker fatality last year. A 16-year-old worker was working in the ceiling of a Stanwell home in central Queensland in November 2009. He was installing fibreglass insulation when he was electrocuted. The company is being …

NSW: Man Dies After Being Crushed by Bulldozer

Reported by Julia | 29 Jun, 2010

A worker has been crushed to death by a bulldozer at a Boxsell Road worksite near Tyalgum yesterday. Police said emergency service crews, including the Rural Fire Service, NSW Ambulance and the Tweed District Rescue Squad responded to the site at 12:30pm AEST. It is reported that the 68-year-old man attempted to get back into …

NSW: Company fined over wrongful dismissal

Reported by Julia | 26 Jun, 2010

A manufacturing company has been ordered to pay a worker over an unfair termination due to unsafe work practices. The company fired the worker on 29 September 2009. The man aggravated his preexisting back injury after trying to realign the welded panels of a welding machine. The company believed it to be an unsafe action …

SA: Munitions Firm Found Guilty Over Worker Deaths

Reported by Julia | 25 Jun, 2010

The Adelaide Industrial Magistrates Court has found a munitions company and its chief operating officer guilty of failing to maintain a safe workplace following a worksite explosion. The defendants were on trial over a 2006 blast at its factory in Gladstone in the mid-north of South Australia. The blast killed three workers and injured two …

QLD: Falling Steel Plates Crush Man’s Legs

Reported by Julia | 25 Jun, 2010

A man’s legs have been crushed after 300 kilograms of steel fell on him at a far north Queensland shipyard. The 20-year-old was helping unload metal plates from a shipping container in Kuranda, near Cairns, when the plates fell on him. Firefighters and paramedics responded to the Myola Road scene around 10.30am where the worker …

QLD: 74-Year-Old Man Wins Asbestos Exposure Case

Reported by Julia | 25 Jun, 2010

A Rockhampton resident has won his case against the insurer of his former employer for asbestos exposure. The 74-year-old central Queensland man said he worked at a Rockhampton power station in the 1960s for four years. He claimed he was exposed to asbestos during his stay at the now defunct facility. Last month the man …

Insulation Inspectors Under Fire

Reported by Julia | 25 Jun, 2010

Insulation installers and industry groups have raised concerns that the people tasked by the Federal Government to conduct safety inspections are not properly trained. Around 200,000 affected homes are currently being looked into by Government inspectors under the botched insulation installation scheme amid safety and fraud issues. Around half of the 50,000 homes installed with …

TAS: Rockfall will not affect workers – Mine COO

Reported by Julia | 23 Jun, 2010

No further landslides have been reported at an ore mining site on Tasmania’s west coast since a major crash happened almost a week ago. The major landslide took place on Thursday, when almost half a million tonnes of rock collapsed to the Savage River mine. The mining company’s chief operating officer (COO) said the area …

QLD: Industrial Incident Claims Man’s Life

Reported by Julia | 23 Jun, 2010

A man has died on Monday in an industrial incident in central Queensland. The 57-year-old man was killed at a Scotland St, Bundaberg business site, Police said. A Department of Community Safety spokesman said an emergency call was made at 8.15am (AEST). Ambulance and fire services responded to the scene. It was reported the man …

QLD: Recommendations Given for Asbestos Concerns in Schools

Reported by Julia | 21 Jun, 2010

An independent audit and review have found that asbestos exposure continues to be a problem for Queensland schools due to negligence and flaws in the way the hazardous substance is managed. Criticisms have been directed at the State Government for a lack of enforcement of its policies and procedures on asbestos, with auditor John Gaskin …

QLD: Man Killed in River Accident

Reported by Julia | 21 Jun, 2010

A man has died at a north Queensland weir yesterday while performing maintenance work. The cause of the maintenance worker’s death is unknown, although he is presumed to have drowned. According to police authorities, the man was reported missing after the structure he was working on submerged into the Pioneer river around 1.35pm. The man, …

WA: $6K Fine for Erring Restaurateurs

Reported by Julia | 19 Jun, 2010

The Perth Magistrates Court has fined the owners of a restaurant on Tuesday after failing to respond to an Improvement Notice issued by WorkSafe inspectors. The two partners of a William Street restaurant pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace. They were each fined $3,000. WorkSafe inspectors visited the restaurant in …

VIC: WorkSafe to Hold Solutions Seminar on Plant Maintenance

Reported by Julia | 19 Jun, 2010

WorkSafe will conduct a free workshop in Preston on July 6, which will focus on safety improvements during maintenance and non-production work. According to WorkSafe, around one in workers in the manufacturing industry is involved plant maintenance, installation and repair. However, 60% of machinery and equipment-related workplace injury claims come from these workers. WorkSafe says …

TAS: Case on Fishing Boat Death Adjourned

Reported by Julia | 19 Jun, 2010

A salmon producer has asked the Hobart Magistrates Court to drop the charges against it in connection with a worker fatality. The 19-year-old Dover native died in a workplace incident while on board one of the company’s fishing boats near Surveyors Bay in March 2009. A large crane fell on him, causing serious chest injuries …

VIC: Safety Alert on Guarding Brake Presses

Reported by Julia | 18 Jun, 2010

WorkSafe has released a safety alert on brake presses that are not guarded or are improperly guarded. A brake press is a piece of equipment used for bending sheet and plate material, usually sheet metal. Having an unguarded brake press can be risky for the worker operating the plant. A worker’s hand may become trapped …

ACT: Restaurateur Fined For Unsanitatry Food Preparation

Reported by Julia | 18 Jun, 2010

The ACT Magistrates Court has fined a restaurant owner for letting food be prepared in a carpark behind his business in Dickson. In February 2009, a health inspector was in inner-north Canberra when she noticed meat was being defrosted and prepared in a carpark behind the owner’s Chinese restaurant. The officer then went inside the …

NSW: Butcher Suffers Hand Injury

Reported by Julia | 17 Jun, 2010

A butcher from Casino has been seriously injured after getting involved in a workplace incident yesterday. According to ambulance officers, the 18-year-old worker’s hands became trapped in a piece of equipment just before 8am. He was initially transported to Lismore for treatment, but was later transferred to a Brisbane hospital. His condition was listed as …