QLD: No Charges After Forklift Death

Reported by Julia | 30 Nov, 2010

A report by the coroner and workplace safety officials has recommended no charges be laid following a workplace death which occurred last year. The victim, 18, was crushed to death by the forklift he was operating during a shift at a meat-processing department at an abattoir at Dinmore. He had worked there for about six …

VIC: Forestry Company Fined for Safety Failures

Reported by Julia | 30 Nov, 2010

A forestry company has been convicted and fined for safety failures after a female worker died at its Morwell wood processing plant in 2008. The employee aged 35 died when a one and half tonne timber pack hoist fell on her as she was dislodging a jammed piece of timber. The company was yesterday fined …

VIC: ‘Be Careful’ Warning Not Enough, Employer Learns

Reported by Julia | 12 Nov, 2010

“Telling your workers to ‘be careful’ isn’t going to cut it,” WorkSafe Victoria’s Executive Director for Health and Safety Ian Forsyth said after the prosecution of an employer over the death of a worker. The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court has fined the owner of a building company $30,000 after a man fell to his death in …

VIC: Cattle Worker Suffers Massive Crush Injuries

Reported by Julia | 12 Nov, 2010

A man has been critically injured in an equipment-related accident at a meat processing plant near Wonthaggi. The 32-year-old worker was crushed by a machine that is used to immobilise cattle being prepared for processing. According to ambulance officers, first aid treatment had to be performed on the man after he had gone into cardiac …

VIC: Fire Interrupts Construction Work in School

Reported by Julia | 12 Nov, 2010

Construction work in a college in Bendigo has been halted after a fire broke out at the construction site on Wednesday. Students had to be evacuated after about 300 polystyrene cubes caught fire around noon. Greg Stead, CFA station officer, said a spark from an oxy acetylene cutter may have started the fire. “That sort …

QLD: Firm charged over use metal fasteners in insulation installation

Reported by Julia | 11 Nov, 2010

A Sunshine Coast company is facing charges for using metal staplers to secure insulation in a home in Pelican Waters. The owner and operator of the company has been charged by the Queensland’s Department of Justice and Attorney-General with breaching section 27 of the Electrical Safety Act 2002. The charges allege that ceiling insulation was …

QLD: Contractor Hurt in Wall Collapse

Reported by Julia | 11 Nov, 2010

A subcontractor was taken to hospital after suffering a head injury in a construction accident earlier today. Reports indicate the accident took place at an Old Cooper Road construction site in Sta Lucia about 6am. The worker was demolishing a brick wall of a university building when a section of the wall collapsed onto him. …

VIC: Worker Receives Electric Shock While Dismantling Sign

Reported by Julia | 11 Nov, 2010

A worker has received an electric shock in Northern Melbourne when he came into contact with an overhead powerline on Tuesday. 22,000 volts coursed through his body before a colleague was able to save him by kicking him free. The two were working at height while taking down an advertising across the entrance road of …

VIC: Education Dept Fined over MetalWork Breaches

Reported by Julia | 08 Nov, 2010

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) has been brought to court by WorkSafe Victoria over injuries sustained by two secondary school students in metalwork classes. At Melbourne County Court, the department pleaded guilty to breaching Section 23 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and was fined $60,000. The charges were in …

Study Takes a Look at Stress for Agricultural Workers

Reported by Julia | 08 Nov, 2010

A new research has revealed that farmers and fishers turn to what they know and who they trust in times of stress, highlighting the vital role of industry associations in trying times. The findings of Deakin University professor Sue Kilpatrick were presented at the National Centre for Farmer Health’s inaugural conference in Hamilton. Ms Kilpatrick …

VIC: Demolisher Prosecuted for Unauthorised Asbestos Removal

Reported by Julia | 08 Nov, 2010

A demolisher has been fined after it was found that it was performing asbestos removal without the required licence. The Geelong Magistrates Court was told the demolition company had potentially exposed workers, at least one client and nearby properties to asbestos due to its questionable practices. The owner of the company pleaded guilty failing to …

SA: Construction Firm Convicted over Dangerous Lifting Operations

Reported by Julia | 05 Nov, 2010

The SA Industrial Relations Court has fined a construction company after concrete panels collapsed at a building site in the northern suburbs. According to SafeWork SA, the construction company placed its employee and others at risk over its unsafe lifting operation of a concrete panel. The court was told a crane was being used to …

VIC: Man Falls From Silo

Reported by Julia | 05 Nov, 2010

A man has been airlifted to hospital following a farming accident near Shepparton on Tuesday. Reports say a man fell from height at a farming property at Arcadia about 3:30pm (AEDT). A 63-year-old man reportedly fell six metres while cleaning the top of a silo. He was suspected to have sustained spinal injuries and was …

WA: Manager Prosecuted Over Forklift Accident

Reported by Julia | 05 Nov, 2010

A warehousing employee has been fined after putting three of his colleagues at risk, with one suffering a hand injury. The Perth Magistrates Court fined the regional manager of the Osborne Park company $2000 after admitting his failure to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the safety and health of three other employees. The …

NSW: Man Killed by Lawn Mower

Reported by Julia | 05 Nov, 2010

A man has died in a mower accident at a Defence facility yesterday. Reports say the victim was a gardener who went under a ride-on lawn mower before midday at a golf club in Sydney. The golf club on the Northern Road near Penrith is part of an RAAF site. Police are still investigating, but …

VIC: Paramedic Speaks About Nail Gun Mishaps

Reported by Julia | 05 Nov, 2010

WorkSafe Victoria says 11 people were injured across Melbourne because of nail gun accidents since May, including five in September alone. Of the 11, two people were struck to the head by 5cm nails. One person pulled out a nail that was lodged near his eye. Shaun Columbine, Ambulance Victoria paramedic team manager, said being …

WA: Innovative OHS Solutions Recognised in Work Safety Awards

Reported by Julia | 04 Nov, 2010

The winners of this year’s Work Safety Awards Western Australia have been announced on Friday. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Nina Lyhne said the winners were great examples of excellent workplace innovations and occupational safety and health systems in the state. “These awards provide the opportunity for innovative Western Australians to gain national recognition for their achievements,” …

SA: Study Says Work Fatigue Impacts Personal Life

Reported by Julia | 04 Nov, 2010

A new research has revealed that longer work hours are negatively affecting employees’ balance between life and work. SafeWork SA’s Work Life Balance project and the University of South Australia’s Centre for Work and Life and its Centre for Sleep Research completed the research as part of Safe Work Week. According to the report, overworked …

NSW: 3-Year-Old Child Killed by Hay Baler

Reported by Julia | 04 Nov, 2010

A boy, aged three, has been killed in a NSW north coast farm. According to Ambulance Service of NSW, the boy was fatally injured by a hay baler in a farming accident about 2.40pm (AEDT) yesterday. Paramedics said the boy came into contact with the equipment, but details of the incident were not yet clear. …

WA: Shopping Centre Fined as Contractor Falls from Ladder

Reported by Julia | 03 Nov, 2010

The Perth Magistrates Court has fined the operator of a Mandurrah shopping centre following the fall of a maintenance worker from a ladder. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for a contractor. It was fined $25,000 on Thursday. The contractor who provided maintenance and gardening services was …

QLD: Blaze Guts Business Block

Reported by Julia | 03 Nov, 2010

An industrial fire has spread and gutted a business complex in Arundel on Monday evening. At least two businesses in a block at Queensland’s Gold Coast sustained massive damages because of the overnight fire. The blaze damaged prestige cars at a vehicle restorer centre and earth moving equipment of an excavation company. According to Fire …