QLD: Research Centre Probes Link Between Truckie Culture and Crashes

Reported by Admin | 31 Aug, 2010

A Queensland accident research centre will take a closer look at the connection between heavy vehicle crashes and the culture of truck drivers. Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety will undertake a three-year study that will also look into the effect of safety regulations on driver behaviour. PhD student Jason …

NT: Union says utility employees concerned for their lives: union

Reported by Admin | 31 Aug, 2010

Workers of Northern Territory’s provider of electricity, water and sewerage services are leaving their jobs out of fear for their lives, a union said. Trevor Gauld of the Electrical Trades Union said the utility company’s employees are under pressure to repair a very old network and are concerned for their safety. “Guys going to work …

QLD: Audits to Focus Fishing Vessels

Reported by Admin | 30 Aug, 2010

The Queensland Government is targeting the commercial fishing industry on the Sunshine Coast in its new safety campaign. The campaign hopes to improve safety and raise awareness on windlass winch and capstan use. But key players in the commercial fishing industry in the area said they had not been informed of the campaign, which includes …

ACT: Canberra Bridge Demolition Underway

Reported by Admin | 30 Aug, 2010

The demolition of Canberra’s bridge on Barton Highway is on schedule and could be open to traffic at the end of the week. Roads ACT said workers are removing the rubble caused by the bridge collapse around the clock. The bridge crashed on August 14 during a concrete pour, where nine construction worker were injured. …

QLD: Injured Tradesman Still in Critical Condition

Reported by Admin | 27 Aug, 2010

The 25-year-old sub-contractor who was injured on Tuesday at a Brisbane CBD construction site is reported to remain in a critical condition. He was crushed between a lift equipment and a concrete beam in an Albert Street site. He suffered serious head and chest injuries. He was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital …

NT: Deceased driver’s widow not satisfied with court’s fine

Reported by Admin | 27 Aug, 2010

The widow of a man who was strangled by a bus door said the fine to his husband’s employer was an “insult to the family”. The 58-year-old man, who worked as a driver for the bus company, died after his neck and head became stuck in the door of his bus in Alice Springs on …

VIC: Man Dead in Grain Silo Fall

Reported by Admin | 27 Aug, 2010

A man has fallen to his death in Geelong at the corner of Seaside and North parades on Tuesday. The 40-year-old man was working at height when he fell eight metres from a grain silo. He was declared dead at the scene. According to a WorkSafe spokesman, the man was putting a tarpaulin on the …

ACT: Report Says Bridge Collapse Caused by Faulty FormWork

Reported by Admin | 26 Aug, 2010

The bridge collapse across Barton Highway in Canberra was a result of improper support of the project’s formwork, an engineer’s report says. Concrete pouring was being performed when the bridge collapsed on August 14. Nine workers were injured in the construction accident. The engineer’s report, which was prepared for Roads ACT, revealed the formwork was …

VIC: Driver Pleads Guilty Over Workmate’s Death

Reported by Admin | 26 Aug, 2010

A driver has pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care of others on Tuesday after running over a workmate with a 40-tonne truck. The Ballarat Magistrates Court heard the incident took place at the Ballarat Gold Mine. The 37-year-old driver gave his 17-year-old colleague a lift back to the worksite after a break. The …

QLD: Concrete Beam Crushes Tradesman

Reported by Admin | 26 Aug, 2010

A cladding worker is in an induced coma after being crushed by a concrete beam at a Brisbane CBD construction site on Tuesday. The incident took place just before 7am (AEST) on the corner of Charlotte and Albert streets in Brisbane city, where the 25-year old tradesman was working on an elevated platform. It was …

NT: Company Fined Over Bus Door Accident

Reported by Admin | 24 Aug, 2010

A bus company has pleaded guilty in the Darwin Magistrates Court today to violating Regulation 39 of the Work Health Regulations following a fatal accident in 2007. The firm was fined $7,500 for its safety breach. A 58-year-old driver was found by a workmate at the Alice Springs bus depot on 24 December 2007 with …

QLD: Man dead in wrecking yard

Reported by Admin | 24 Aug, 2010

Queensland Workplace Health and Safety is investigating a fatal accident at a car wrecking yard in north Queensland yesterday afternoon. A 45-year-old man was killed after a car body fell on him at Bluewater near Townsville. He was rushed to Townsville Hospital around 2:30pm but he was declared dead before reaching the hospital. A police …

NSW: Skylarking Incident Seriously Injures Worker

Reported by Admin | 23 Aug, 2010

A worker is in critical condition after an alleged skylarking incident with a forklift at a plastic pipe manufacturing plant near Wagga Wagga on Wednesday. The 30-year-old worker remains confined in a Sydney hospital after sustaining critical head injuries at the Bomen plant. Early reports indicate the workers began playing around with a forklift by …

NSW: Workcover Probes Toormina Factory Death

Reported by Admin | 23 Aug, 2010

A WorkCover investigation is continuing into a Toormina factory fatality last week. According to WorkCover, a 60-year-old man fell from a platform that had been placed on a forklift at a factory south of Coffs Harbour. The man suffered critical head injuries and later died in hospital because of the four-metre fall. John Watson of …

QLD: Fallen Crane Results to Heavy Traffic

Reported by Admin | 23 Aug, 2010

A toppled crane on near the intersection of Lutwyche Road and Norman Street in Brisbane’s inner-north has brought traffic to a crawl. The crane at the Northern Busway construction site was moving a steel pile cage around 9am when it became unstable and collapsed on its side. The steel caging and the crane toppled over …

Guilty Verdict Delivered in Shark Boat Death

Reported by Admin | 20 Aug, 2010

A fishing company and a boat skipper have been convicted following the death of a deckhand in the Great Australian Bight in 2005. The Industrial Court was told the worker had been killed in the direst circumstances while on a shark boat. The 36-year-old was crushed to death in a revolving net after becoming entangled …

SA: Transport Firm’s Conviction Overturned

Reported by Admin | 20 Aug, 2010

A bus company has won its appeal in the Industrial Court, absolving it of liability over an employee’s death in Adelaide’s north. A bus driver was killed in 2005 at Elizabeth Shopping Centre. He got out of the bus with the engine running and the handbrake off when the vehicle ran over him. The company …

WA: Apprentice’s Driving Costs Car Dealership

Reported by Admin | 20 Aug, 2010

The Perth Magistrates Court has fined a vehicle dealership on Tuesday after a car driven by an apprentice hit a car detailer. The Osborne Park company was fined $30,000 and ordered to pay $1750.70 in costs for failing to provide a working environment in which its employees were not exposed to hazards. The incident happened …

NSW: WorkCover Issues Warning on 10-Year-Old Cranes

Reported by Admin | 17 Aug, 2010

WorkCover NSW has released a safety alert clarifying the requirements on 10-year-old cranes as specified in AS2550.1-2002 Cranes, hoists and winches – Safe use – General requirements. According to the safety watchdog, cranes are required to undergo a major inspection at the nominal 10-year interval. It says employers are required to ensure that maintenance and …

VIC: Environmental Guideline for Civil Construction Released

Reported by Admin | 17 Aug, 2010

The Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) has released a guideline for the Victorian civil construction sector. The CCF has published the document to provide pointers to the industry on practices that minimise the construction activity’s environmental impacts. The 75-page document discusses various environmental issues, including drainage control, water quality monitoring, dust control, waste management, storage of …

VIC: Worker Survives Six-Metre Fall

Reported by Admin | 16 Aug, 2010

A man has fallen six metres onto a swimming pool under construction at East Bentleigh. The construction worker, in his 40s, fell from scaffolding onto the pool’s concrete base floor in Melbourne’s southeast on August 7. Fire crews placed the man on a stretcher, which was lifted up by a mobile crane. He was later …