VIC: WorkSafe to tackle safety on farm field days

Reported by Julia | 30 Jul, 2010

WorkSafe will be going to western Victoria next week to conduct field days for agricultural workers. The safety watchdog will grace field days Sheepvention (2-3 August) and the Mallee Machinery field days (4-5 August) to inform the farming community of workplace safety in a neutral setting. “We set up stands at major field days to …

NSW: Structural Collapse Halts School Construction

Reported by Julia | 30 Jul, 2010

The construction of a new covered outdoor learning area (COLA) at a public school in Kooringal has received a major setback after the structure’s steel frame collapsed on Tuesday. The school had been given $1.2 million for construction of the COLA under the Building the Education Revolution’s (BER) Primary Schools for the 21st Century funding …

VIC: WorkSafe Tackles Tool Safety at Coaches’ Breakfast

Reported by Julia | 30 Jul, 2010

Construction safety is in the limelight at a coaches’ breakfast on Wednesday. The Western Bulldog’s coaches’ review breakfast was in line with the launch of WorkSafe’s  new campaign promoting the use of the right tools for the job among tradies. “The purpose of the coaches’ breakfast is to talk about tactics of the game – …

Harassment Case Filed Against Govt Agency

Reported by Julia | 29 Jul, 2010

A government-owned organisation has been accused by two female air-traffic controllers of allowing “extreme” discrimination and bullying. A court action against the agency is seeking more than $1 million for each of the women for sexual discrimination and bullying spanning over five years . The agency, which provides air traffic control management and related services …

SA: Firm Pleads Guilty Over Gas Rig Death

Reported by Julia | 29 Jul, 2010

A drilling firm has pleaded guilty in the industrial court yesterday over a work-related death in its gas rig in Moomba. The company pleaded guilty to failing to maintain a safe work environment and failure to appoint a responsible officer to ensure the company met safety obligations. In January 2008, a 36-year-old drilling assistant from …

NTC Proposes Solution for Driver Fatigue

Reported by Julia | 28 Jul, 2010

Truck drivers may automatically lose demerit points for violating fatigue regulations under a proposal from the National Transport Commission (NTC). The suggestion has received lukewarm response from transport unions. The Australian Trucking Association’s Jill Lewis drivers could lose their licence if the proposal pushes through. “They automatically lose their job, they lose their income, they …

SA: Poor Plant Maintenance Blamed Over Factory Blast

Reported by Julia | 28 Jul, 2010

A munitions factory in Gladstone was a ‘ticking time bomb’, the Industrial Relations Court was told on Monday. The munitions company is under fire over a 2006 factory explosion. The incident in mid-north of South Australia killed three workers and injured two others. The Court stated that friction inside a machine that blends chemicals caused …

VIC: Melton Inspection Blitz Set

Reported by Julia | 27 Jul, 2010

WorkSafe inspectors are expected to conduct an intensive inspection of small businesses in Melton next week The inspections between 2-6 August are part of the safety body’s Safer Work Zones campaign, a program targeting small business safety. “We’d recommend that businesses concentrate on basic safety issues – sort out your housekeeping, make sure electrical equipment …

VIC: Hydraulic Jack Accident Claims Worker’s Life

Reported by Julia | 27 Jul, 2010

WorkSafe is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Dandenong on Thursday. It is reported the 51-year-old-man was crushed to death while performing repairs on a 4WD. The front of the vehicle was suspended on a ramp while the rear was jacked up with a hydraulic trolley jack. The vehicle apparently dropped …

SA: Power Surge Causes Smelter Shutdown

Reported by Julia | 26 Jul, 2010

Operations at the zinc works in Hobart have been halted on Thursday morning after a power surge triggered a plant shutdown. Reseidents in the plant’s vicinity said they saw steam and  smoke coming from the smelter about 7am. One worker was affected by sulphur dioxide gas escaping from the plant. He was taken to a …

SA: Court Convicts Scrap Dealer Over Site Blast

Reported by Julia | 26 Jul, 2010

The Industrial Relations Court of South Australia has convicted and fined the owner of a defunct scrap metal business over a workplace explosion in 2007. The former scrap dealer was fined $11,250 on July 22 for violating s19(1) of the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986. The incident left an employee with severe burns …

SA: Work at Desal Plant Resumes

Reported by Julia | 26 Jul, 2010

The suspension of construction work has been lifted at an Adelaide’s desalination plant on Friday following a site safety audit. Work was suspended after a 35-year-old worker died at the site on July 16. The use of a soft sling lift has been blamed for the death of the worker. The man was hit by …

QLD: Man Dead in Industrial Blast

Reported by Julia | 23 Jul, 2010

A man has been killed in an industrial shed explosion in Mackay on Wednesday. Emergency services received several calls after the blast in Len Shield St, Paget, in north Queensland, at 2.38pm. The man was found dead when emergency crews arrived at the aluminium fabrication business site. According to a police spokesperson, the deceased had …

NSW: Man Trapped by Boulder in 2-Hour Ordeal

Reported by Julia | 22 Jul, 2010

A man has been crushed by a 25kg rock while performing trench work near Narellan in Sydney’s southwest yesterday. The 40-year-old man was laying pipes at a Camden Valley Way site at Smeaton Grange when the boulder fell on him around 7.45am. Fire, ambulance and police crews worked together to free the man from the …

QLD: Man Escapes from Blazing Crane

Reported by Julia | 22 Jul, 2010

A mobile crane has burst in flames after falling from a bridge near Collinsville on Tuesday. The crane driver has gotten out of the equipment in the nick of time before becoming engulfed by the fire. The 44-year-old Bowen man sustained head lacerations due to the accident. The crash, which happened in the early hours …

SA: Firm Ordered to Pay Deceased Worker’s Kin

Reported by Julia | 22 Jul, 2010

The South Australian Industrial Court has fined a leading mining company following the death of a worker at its South Australian mine. The company pleaded guilty to failing to maintain a safe workplace. It was also ordered to pay compensation to the worker’s family. The incident occurred at the Olympic Dam mine in SA’s far …

QLD: Boy Hurt in Tractor Rollover

Reported by Julia | 21 Jul, 2010

A 13-year-old boy suffered serious injuries after being crushed by a tractor at Landsborough on Thursday. Reports said he was run over by the tractor’s front tyre in Hapgood Road at the Sunshine Coast around noon. According to a Department of Community Safety spokeswoman, the boy was conscious and breathing when emergency crews arrived at …

QLD: Conference on Mine Safety Held

Reported by Julia | 21 Jul, 2010

Recent accidents at mines in north Queensland highlight the importance of meeting workplace safety needs, a trade union says. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) held its 25th annual safety conference in Mackay last week to discuss the concerns of mine workers and the development of better safety training. Operations at two mines …

QLD: Man Seriously Hurt in Tractor Incident

Reported by Julia | 20 Jul, 2010

A man has suffered serious internal injuries following a tractor incident at Japoonvale, south of Innisfail, on Wednesday. The incident happened around 12.30pm on Warrakin Road in far north England, where it is believed the 59-year-old man was run over by a tractor. He was transported to the Innisfail Hospital. Workplace Health and Safety officials …

VIC: Wharf Workers Return to Work After Strike

Reported by Julia | 20 Jul, 2010

Work at 27 wharves has resumed on Wednesday after workers staged 24-hour stop work action the day before. The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has called a 24-hour walk-off at wharves across the country after the death of a wharf worker on July 13. The 41-year-old Merlbourne man was killed during pick-up and delivery operations …

QLD: Man Hurt in Tractor Accident

Reported by Julia | 20 Jul, 2010

A man has been taken to a hospital after being run over by a tractor on a farm near Lake Clarendon, west of Brisbane on July 13. The 73-year-old man was injured just before 4pm at his property in Lockyer Valley. He sustained broken ribs, a fractured skull, cuts to the head and abdominal injuries. …