QLD: Return to Work Awardees Named

Reported by Julia | 29 Oct, 2010

Queensland’s most exemplary employers and individuals have been recognised in the annual Q-COMP Return to work Awards on Tuesday night. The program rewards acts of excellence, inspiring personal journeys and leadership in the field of worker’s compensation. Nine winners were personally commended by Minister for Industrial Relations Cameron Dick during the ceremony at the Brisbane …

SA: Fertiliser Stockpile in Port May Cause Mass Explosion – Report

Reported by Julia | 29 Oct, 2010

A blast zone kilometres-wide would be produced by an explosion in Port Adelaide, in which fertiliser weighing up to 160 tonnes are stored, reports reveal. SafeWork SA released a report stating that stockpiles of ammonium nitrate in a plant might “mass explode” and devastate nearby areas, including a planned residential zone. It says even a …

VIC: Tractor the most dangerous farm machinery

Reported by Julia | 29 Oct, 2010

More Victorian farm workers have been hurt or killed by tractors in the past year than by any other equipment used in the farming sector, WorkSafe reveals. WorkSafe spokeswoman Charlotte Bull said since the start of 2009, there have been 11 reported tractor-related deaths on Victorian farms. “So what this means is that more people …

QLD: Concrete Firm Prosecuted for Unsafe Scaffold

Reported by Julia | 29 Oct, 2010

A concrete pumping company has been fined $37,500 after a worker sustained injuries while in a 2009 construction accident. The Townsville-based company pleaded guilty to breaching section 24(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, having failed to ensure workplace safety. The Townsville Industrial Magistrates Court was told a worker suffered broken ribs, severe …

WA: Businesses Told to Prepare for Cyclone Season

Reported by Julia | 29 Oct, 2010

WorkSafe WA is reminding businesses throughout the state’s north-west to ensure emergency management plans are established with the onset of the cyclone season. WorkSafe Commissioner Nina Lyhne said it is crucial for everyone, whether on sea on or land, to know what to do when there was a cyclone hits the area. “The cyclone season …

SA: 37 Injuries Recorded in Desal Plant Construction

Reported by Julia | 28 Oct, 2010

SA Water has revealed in a parliamentary inquiry that 37 injuries have been recorded in connection with the construction of the Adelaide desalination plant. The inquiry heard that in 27 of the cases medical treatment had been required. In seven cases, workers needed time off to recover. The inquiry was also told that nine workers …

Electrical Group Shows Support for Safe Work Australia Week

Reported by Julia | 28 Oct, 2010

The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) has welcomed the National Safe Work Australia Week (SWAW), and reiterating the importance of workplace safety in the electrical industry. Now in its sixth year, SWAW is an initiative of Safe Work Australia that is held every October to raise awareness in workplace safety. James Tinslay, NECA’s chief …

VIC: Man Safe After Fall from Third Storey

Reported by Julia | 28 Oct, 2010

A man who fell from a third-storey of a building has miraculously landed on his feet. Reports say the incident happened at a Pakenham worksite on Tuesday. According to ambulance officers, a 28-year-old man was working at height when he fell 10 metres to the ground. He broke his ankle and fractured his lower back …

QLD: Falling Steel Plate Snaps Worker’s Leg

Reported by Julia | 28 Oct, 2010

Paramedics have responded in a shipyard north of Brisbane after a steel plate weighing 500kg fell on a worker on Tuesday. The industrial accident happened in Burpengary about 8.45am, and it was feared that the man was trapped. However, he was freed before paramedics arrived. According to a spokeswoman from the Department of Community Safety, …

VIC: 743 Workplace Injuries Reported in Brimbank

Reported by Julia | 28 Oct, 2010

New figures show that 743 injuries were reported in Brimbank in the last financial year. WorkSafe Victoria mentions construction, community services, trades, manufacturing, and storage/transport as the five industries with the most compensation claims. Among age groups, workers aged 45-49 years old had recorded the highest number of incidents. Figures show musculoskeletal disorders, open wounds, …

TAS: Mental Stress a Headache for Tasmanian Workplaces

Reported by Julia | 26 Oct, 2010

Mental stress has been identified as one of the primary causes of workplace injuries in Tasmania, a State official reveals. David O’Byrne, Tasmania’s Minister for Workplace Relations, said that of the 9,273 injuries reported in 2009, 372 were caused by mental stress. “On a national level, statistics show that more than three million people in …

VIC: Companies, Director Prosecuted After Overhead Powerline Accident

Reported by Julia | 26 Oct, 2010

Two companies and a director have been fined after a worker touched an overhead powerline on a construction site. The Melbourne Magistrate’s Court has convicted the construction company responsible for the site and its director on Thursday. They were fined $30,000 and $20,000 respectively. The roofing company that employed the 21-year-old victim was also convicted …

NSW: Man Crushed to Death by Printing Press

Reported by Julia | 26 Oct, 2010

A man has been killed in an industrial accident in Sydney’s west on Friday. A call was received by paramedics at a Kellaway Place, Wetherill Park, printing firm around 6pm (AEDT). According to Police and Amublance Service, the man had come into contact with an equipment at the company’s premises. Reports say the worker, believed …

QLD: Construction Firm Fined as Grader Runs Over Worker

Reported by Julia | 25 Oct, 2010

The Cairns Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a civil construction company over a grader accident in Atherton. The company pleaded guilty to a breach of section 24(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, having failed to ensure workplace safety. On August 2009, a 26-year old soil tester suffered abdomen and pelvis injuries after …

WA: Construction Firm Found Guilty over Cyclone George Deaths

Reported by Julia | 25 Oct, 2010

A construction company has been fined for safety violations when a cyclone hit the Pilbara region in Western Australia. The company was charged after Cyclone George tore through a rail camp in 2007, killing two people and injuring dozens others. Supreme Court Judge Michael Murray found the company guilty, overturning the acquittal by the Perth …

QLD: Queensland Health Under Fire Over Bullying

Reported by Julia | 25 Oct, 2010

A female worker has allegedly been bullied by Queensland Health staff after claiming she was raped by a colleague. At the Southport Magistrates Court last month, a 33-year-old doctor was charged with sexual assault. He was allowed to post bail provided that he will not make any contact with the alleged victim and other witnesses. …

SA: Wine Firm Fined After Tank Collapse

Reported by Julia | 25 Oct, 2010

A wine producer from McLaren Vale has admitted to breaching workplace safety laws following a plant accident that injured a worker. On March 2008, a structure holding the tanks collapsed merely days after being installed. A teenage cellar hand suffered severe injuries in the incident. He fractured his spine and ribs, bruised his lungs, torn …

WA: WorkSafe Turns Sights on Escalator Safety

Reported by Julia | 22 Oct, 2010

WorkSafe WA is about to embark on a three-month inspection program to check on the safety standards of moving walks and escalators. According to WorkSafe Director Health Hazards and Plant Safety John Innes, raising awareness of the safety risks will be the campaigns main thrust. “This inspection program is part of an ongoing series of …

QLD: Update on National Harmonisation of OHS Laws

Reported by Julia | 22 Oct, 2010

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has affirmed its commitment for the harmonisation Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws, stating that it will continue working with other jurisdictions over the coming year. Workplace Relations Ministers from around Australia had come to a consensus in 2008 to nationally harmonise OHS laws. Currently, Safe Work Australia is …

NSW: Worker Airlifted to Hospital After Fall from Silo

Reported by Julia | 22 Oct, 2010

A worker of a bulk grain handling firm has sustained serious injuries at a grain terminal in northern New South Wales. The 56-year-old man was performing maintenance work on the roof of a shed in Willow Tree when he slipped. He fell five metres onto the concrete floor as a result. Emergency crews quickly responded …

QLD: Recycling Firm Fined as Sweeper Gets Run Over

Reported by Julia | 22 Oct, 2010

The Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a recycling company over a vehicle-related accident that claimed the life of an employee. The Mackay company has been fined $120,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of section 24(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, having failed to ensure workplace safety. The court was told …