TAS: Worker Loses Leg in Brick Crusher

Reported by Julia | 29 Dec, 2010

A man who lost his leg in a workplace accident three months ago feared he would be “eaten alive” when he was sucked into a brick crusher. The 26-year-old was clearing a blockage from a crusher at a brick plant in New Town when a co-worker mistakenly turned the machine on. The machine sucked him …

ACT: WorkSafe Audits Retailers

Reported by Julia | 29 Dec, 2010

An audit of 119 businesses conducted by WorkSafe ACT has found that workers at four businesses in the Fyshwick DFO Retail Centre were not covered by workers compensation. During the two-week audit, 18 notices to provide employees with compulsory workers compensation information were issued; 35 employers were cautioned about their obligation to display workers compensation …

QLD: Government Urges Sun Protection for Workers

Reported by Julia | 24 Dec, 2010

QLD’s Industrial Relations Minister has stressed the importance of employers ensuring their workers are protected from the sun and heat now that summer has arrived. Cameron Dick said the start of summer meant many workers faced heat-related risks while at work. He said Queensland’s workplace health and safety laws obliged employers to provide protection from …

NSW: Toys Removed from Shops in Safety Blitz

Reported by Julia | 24 Dec, 2010

NSW Fair Trading investigators have seized almost 150 dangerous toys – 110 of those for children under three – from shops across the state. The toys included those with choking hazards, toys that could cause eye injuries, yo-yos containing cords that could strangle a child and flotation devices without safety warnings. Of the 142 toys removed, …

NSW: Restaurants Breach Health and Safety Standards

Reported by Julia | 23 Dec, 2010

Newcastle and Maitland Council food and safety inspectors have fined three Hunter Valley restaurants for health and safety breaches. The first incident occurred at a noodle outlet in September where inspectors measured a pot of chicken stock at a hazardous temperature. Inspectors found the stock had been out of temperature control for four hours. Its …

NT: Worker Killed in Tractor Accident

Reported by Julia | 23 Dec, 2010

NT WorkSafe is investigating the death of a man who was crushed in a workplace accident at a mango farm near Darwin. NT WorkSafe said the incident happened at a farm at Humpty Doo earlier this week. It is believed a tree branch fell onto the man while he was on a tractor. “Preliminary inquires by …

QLD: Man Burnt in Drill Rig Fire

Reported by Julia | 23 Dec, 2010

Workplace Health and Safety investigators are investigating the cause of an industrial accident in Queensland’s south-west. A man in his 60s has been flown to a Brisbane hospital suffering significant burns after a diesel fire at Eromanga on Monday afternoon. It is believed the fire happened at an exploration drilling rig. Senior Sergeant Steve Perkins …

VIC: Cardboard Manufacturer Fined Over Roller Death

Reported by Julia | 19 Dec, 2010

A manufacturing business has been sentenced over the death of an 18 year-old worker at a cardboard packaging factory in February 2009. The death of the man, who was dragged into an exposed roller on a machine that printed and stacked cardboard, was described by Magistrate Sarah Dawes as “the sudden, unexpected and agonising loss …

WA: Motorcycle Death on Farm Prompts Safety Warning

Reported by Julia | 18 Dec, 2010

WorkSafe has warned of the dangers of four-wheel motorcycles on rural properties after a farmer was killed last weekend. The 68-year-old farmer was moving sheep from one paddock to another when he crashed a quad bike and was trapped underneath. WorkSafe inspector Chris Kirwan says the man’s death serves as a tragic reminder to take …

SA: firms fined in guillotine accident

Reported by Julia | 18 Dec, 2010

SafeWork SA has prosecuted two South Australian companies over a guillotine accident in May 2008 that crushed a worker’s finger tips so badly they had to be amputated. The document management companies were fined respectively $26,400 and $22,400 in the Industrial Magistrates Court on Wednesday. They both worked at the same premises and both pleaded guilty …

VIC: Man Injured in Roof Fall

Reported by Julia | 17 Dec, 2010

A man received spinal injuries in a workplace fall from a roof in South Gippsland last month. The 41 year-old painter fell more than four metres after a trailer-mounted elevating work platform tipped over on a slope behind a holiday house. The man was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with suspected spinal injuries. WorkSafe …

Cth: Work Related Injuries Fall by Almost 20%

Reported by Julia | 17 Dec, 2010

According to figures released last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the number of people experiencing a work-related injury or illness has dropped by almost 20 percent in 2009-10. In 2009-10, about 640,700 people experienced a work-related injury or illness, compared with 690,000 in 2005-06. This represents a fall of 17 percent. Men were …

WA: Bakery Fined for Transport Safety Breaches

Reported by Julia | 17 Dec, 2010

A Geraldton business has been fined for the third time for failing to give its staff appropriate breaks before long haul driving. The bakery was fined $60,000 for breaching the state’s laws on fatigue management for commercial vehicle drivers. The business had previously been fined twice for failing to implement adequate fatigue management when it …

NSW: Company Fined $190,000 over Glass Crushing Death

Reported by Julia | 17 Dec, 2010

A glass importing and supply company has been fined $190,000 after a man was crushed to death when large glass sheets weighing more than a tonne fell on him in 2007. The man had been offloading the glass sheets from shipping containers in southwestern Sydney when they fell on him. He had no glass handling equipment, and …

NSW: Grandfather Run Over by Excavator

Reported by Julia | 17 Dec, 2010

Authorities are investigating the death of a Cessnock man last week who was run over by an excavator at a Beresfield worksite.Central Hunter duty officer Inspector Brian Tracey said Mr Woodbury had been in the path of a reversing bobcat, driven by another worker.

NSW: Asbestos Shuts Rail Facility

Reported by Julia | 14 Dec, 2010

The Newcastle site of the company responsible for building NSW’s Waratah trains has been forced to shut, following the discovery of asbestos in dust samples. Staff are being briefed on the discovery after the asbestos was found in a storage area about a week ago. Air samples tested negative but dust samples were found to …

ACT: Safety Concerns at Airport

Reported by Julia | 12 Dec, 2010

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) says there have been a number of worrying safety incidents at the new terminal at Canberra Airport and has called for immediate action. However, the union says it is confident concerns about safety will be addressed. TWU representatives have met with the Canberra Airport Group and Qantas and say agreement …

SA: Forklift Safety Audit to Commence

Reported by Julia | 12 Dec, 2010

A national campaign and audit to assess the safety of forklifts will commence in South Australia. The campaign will investigate the dangers of forklifts and the cost to the industry of injuries. SafeWork SA will concentrate on forklift safety in the wholesale grocery and fruit/vegetable industries. South Australian statistics alone for the period 2005-08 show there were 2,800 …

QLD: Fair Trading Conducts Annual Toy Safety Blitz

Reported by Julia | 12 Dec, 2010

Fair Trading safety officers have been out in force in the lead up to Christmas to ensure children’s toys are safe. Fair Trading conducts a pre-Christmas toy safety blitz each year – to find and remove unsafe toys from shelves so they don’t wind up under the Christmas tree. Fair Trading product safety officers have …

QLD: WorkSafe Urges Safe Work Practices

Reported by Julia | 09 Dec, 2010

Employers have been urged to ensure safe work practices after a series of court cases have highlighted dangerous incidents, one case involving a death in a scrap metal yard. Industrial relations Minister Cameron Dick says recent prosecutions by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland highlight the importance of appropriate training and risk management in preventing injuries …

WA: Man dies in Goldfields workplace accident

Reported by Julia | 09 Dec, 2010

Worksafe is investigating an incident where one man has died and authorities have rescued a second after a workplace accident in Western Australia’s Goldfields. A contractor working at a cement plant in Boulder, died when he fell 20 metres from a crane. A second person, who was working on the crane, was trapped. Two more …