SA: Stricter Driver Requirements Sought

Reported by Admin | 30 Sep, 2010

Changes are being proposed for the transport industry in the form of stricter guidelines for commercial vehicle drivers in South Australia. According to Road Safety Minister Jack Snelling, the proposal can positively impact safety for all road users. He told the Parliament the guidelines will be more rigorous than the nationally-agreed medical standards for granting …

NSW: Statewide Inspection for Concreting Formwork

Reported by Admin | 30 Sep, 2010

A two-month campaign has been launched by WorkCover NSW, with inspectors carrying out a statewide inspection of construction sites to ensure workers involved in concrete formwork are properly trained. Since February this year, formworkers in the state no longer need a Certificate of Competency, but they must still undergo proper safety training. The decision not …

WA: Seafarer Killed Due to Dangerous Position – Report

Reported by Admin | 30 Sep, 2010

A mariner who was killed on board a floating storage, north of Dampier in WA, placed himself in a precarious situation, a report reveals. The 43-year-old man died on December 24 2008 after being hit in the head with a heavy line while crew members disconnected the ship from its mooring buoy. They were trying …

NSW: WorkCover Stresses Safe Scaffolding Work

Reported by Admin | 29 Sep, 2010

WorkCover NSW is looking into the circumstances surrounding yesterday’s scaffolding accident at a Pyrmont construction site. WorkCover sent an inspector to the site after being notified of the incident, where a 41-year-old construction worker was hurt by a piece of falling scaffolding. John Watson, General Manager of WorkCover’s Occupational Health and Safety Division, said the …

QLD: Coal Stockpile Crashes in Port

Reported by Admin | 29 Sep, 2010

A port worker has barely escaped injury after a coal stack in a Gladstone port came tumbling down on Sunday. The 50,000-tonne stockpile suddenly collapsed and partially crushed the ute being driven by the worker. A witness said “a number of workers were around” when the incident took place. “Another man was close to the …

SA: Unsafe Plant Costs Baker Her Livelihood

Reported by Admin | 29 Sep, 2010

The absence of a simple interlock device in a plant has cost the livelihood of an experienced baker, the SA Industrial Court was told. A baking company pleaded guilty to breaching section 19(1) of the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986, having failed to provide plant in a safe condition and failed to provide …

VIC: Govt Arm Vows Better Safety After Welding Blast

Reported by Admin | 28 Sep, 2010

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) has entered into an enforceable undertaking with WorkSafe Victoria after a tank explosion seriously injured a worker last year. In April 2009, a 31 year-old DSE worker was told to weld a leak in a 400-litre fuel tank at an Alexandra depot. “The unsupervised worker was told the …

VIC: Avoidable Injuries Cost Glen Eira and Port Phillip Businesses

Reported by Admin | 28 Sep, 2010

Over $45 million was spent last year in Glen Eira and Port Phillip communities over avoidable work-related injuries, Worksafe Victoria says. According to the safety watchdog, 17,000 Victorian workers suffer musculoskeletal injuries every year. In Port Phillip, payments in the form of medical, wage and other expenses for workers involved in manual handling, slips, trips …

VIC: Charges Dropped in Mine Fatality

Reported by Admin | 28 Sep, 2010

WorkSafe Victoria has withdrawn the charges against three companies over the death of a 17-year-old worker at a Ballarat gold mine. The young man was working at the mine when a truck hit him in December 2008. An earthmoving and civil construction company, a fleet services firm, and the mine operator had been charged of …

TAS: Train and Bike Collision Claims Teenager’s Life

Reported by Admin | 27 Sep, 2010

Workplace Standards Tasmania has been notified of the death of a 17-year-old boy after his four wheel bike collided with a train in northwest Tasmania yesterday. The teenager was driving his motorbike on a private access road in Spreyton when he was struck and dragged for some distance by a cement train around 12 pm …

QLD: Man Hurt After Bobcat Explodes

Reported by Admin | 27 Sep, 2010

A 70-year-old man has sustained serious burns to his body in a bobcat explosion at Lawton on Friday. It is believed the man’s bobcat caught on fire and exploded after it leaked fuel, a police spokesperson said. Paramedics responded to the scene and performed first aid on the elderly man. He was later taken to …

TAS: Doctor performs on-the-spot amputation on trapped worker

Reported by Admin | 27 Sep, 2010

A contract worker pinned by a machine in a Tasmanian brick plant had one of his legs amputated on the spot in order to free him. The 25-year-old man’s lower body was crushed by an equipment, believed to be a clay crusher, at a work site in Gilbin St. for over an hour on Thursday. …

SA: Safe Work Week 2010 Launched

Reported by Admin | 25 Sep, 2010

Minister for Industrial Relations Paul Holloway has announced the events lined up for South Australia’s Safe Work Week 2010. Safe Work Week is one of the State’s most important occasions in the field of occupational health, safety and welfare. It will be held from October 25 to 29 and will feature a host of activities …

VIC: WorkSafe Inspector Shares Safety Insights

Reported by Admin | 25 Sep, 2010

A WorkSafe inspector of 11 years shares his experiences on the job, and quips that his role is like “hamburger with the lot”. Dan Nolan, a Senior Inspector in the manufacturing, logistics and agriculture industry, says inspectors see everything in the workplaces they visit. “I deal with people from all walks of life and across …

NSW: Driver’s Death Prompts Changes in Refuelling Practices

Reported by Admin | 25 Sep, 2010

The death of a man at a southern New South Wales construction site has resulted to improvements in refuelling practices, a senior roads official said. A 39-year-old truck driver has been killed at a Tarcutta bypass site in July 1 after being pinned between a fuel tanker and a reversing front-end loader. Charlie Blomfield, general …

VIC: Campbellfield Companies Told to Prepare for Safety Blitz

Reported by Admin | 24 Sep, 2010

WorkSafe inspectors will visit small businesses in Campbellfield next month to find out if they have heeded its message on safety. The safety blitz, which will be held from October 11 to 15, is part of a WorkSafe campaign focusing on the most common and preventable injuries. The area was last visited by WorkSafe in …

SA: Worksite Blaze Leads to Fines for Construction Firm

Reported by Admin | 24 Sep, 2010

A construction company has been fined close to $20,000 by the SA Industrial Court yesterday over a worksite fire in 2008. Industrial Magistrate Michael Ardlie heard a worker was cutting metal in a construction site in South Australia in March 2008 when sparks set the dry grass in the premises ablaze. It then developed into …

NSW: WorkCover Lays Out Workplace Bullying Policy

Reported by Admin | 24 Sep, 2010

WorkCover has said it is open to an independent review into allegations of workplace bullying in one of its units. WorkCover said in a statement that it is important as a workplace regulator to set an example in managing workplace complaints. The safety watchdog said it has “no tolerance for workplace bullying,” and “has firm …

NSW: Toxic Fumes Escape from Water Treatment Plant

Reported by Admin | 23 Sep, 2010

The release of toxic fumes from a water treatment plant at Murwillumbah yesterday has prompted an emergency evacuation of several homes in the area. Around 10 residents on New South Wales’ north were asked to leave their homes just after midday after something went wrong during the cleaning process of a chlorine tank at the …

NSW: WorkCover Accused of Workplace Bullying

Reported by Admin | 23 Sep, 2010

WorkCover – the New South Wales safety agency tasked to prevent bullying at work – has been hounded by allegations of bullying within its own ranks. An independent investigation of the alleged workplace bullying in WorkCover will be undertaken, said NSW Finance Minister Michael Daley. WorkCover said it conducted an internal investigation but found no …

VIC: Firm Fined for Improper Industrial Waste Management

Reported by Admin | 23 Sep, 2010

An environmental and engineering services company has been fined by the EPA Victoria over improper drilling waste disposal in May. The company was fined $5,000 earlier this month after receiving complaints that it left drums of drilling waste in West Footscray. It was discovered that a contractor for the company finished drilling works and left …