Cth: Retailers Underpaid by Almost $1 million

Reported by Admin | 31 Jan, 2011

One of Australia’s largest toy retailers has underpaid more than 1000 young employees a total of almost $1 million. Workers at the toy stores will receive $998,000 in backpay after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman into breaches of workplace laws. The investigation found NSW workers were among those paid below minimum hourly rates, …

Cth: Launch of $1.5 Million Asbestos Fund

Reported by Admin | 30 Jan, 2011

People suffering from asbestos-related diseases will benefit from a new Government fund. The $1.5 million Asbestos Innovation Fund, announced by the Minister for Jobs and Workplace Relations Senator Chris Evans, will sponsor programs and research to prevent and better manage asbestos exposure, as well as improve treatment for asbestos-disease sufferers. “It is a sad reality that asbestos …

WA: Worker Crushed at Abattoir

Reported by Admin | 30 Jan, 2011

Worksafe is investigating the death of an 18-year-old man whose body was found at an abattoir in Harvey Beef. It is believed the man’s head was crushed in machinery which was located in an isolated part of a roof space. His death went undetected for four days before he was discovered. Ros Weatherill from Police …

QLD: Flood Clean-Up Hotline Set Up

Reported by Admin | 28 Jan, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has set up a flood clean-up hotline to assist employers and workers to stay safe during the flood recovery period and re-open their businesses sooner. Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said the WHSQ clean-up hotline offered advice about general workplace health and safety matters as well as specific information …

ACT: Man Burnt in Restaurant Fire

Reported by Admin | 27 Jan, 2011

WorkSafe ACT is investigating an explosion at a Canberra restaurant on Wednesday which has left a man with serious burns. Emergency services were called to the restaurant in Braddon just after 8:30pm. About 40 people were safely evacuated. Fire Brigade District Officer Ron Weston says the blast came from the kitchen. “A can containing butane …

VIC: Port Company Fined for Discrimination

Reported by Admin | 27 Jan, 2011

A stevedoring company has been fined $180,000 after being found guilty of discriminating against a worker who raised health and safety concerns at the Geelong dock. The case brought by WorkSafe Victoria in the Melbourne Magistrates Court was the first discrimination conviction under workplace health and safety laws introduced in 2004. The court heard the …

WA: Truck Driver Dies in Extreme Heat

Reported by Admin | 27 Jan, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a 35-year-old truck driver whose body was found beside the Gun Barrel Highway in a remote part of Western Australia. The man’s truck was first noticed on Saturday near the town of Jundee as temperatures in the area reached the mid-40s. A woman driving along the Highway on Sunday …

NSW: Man Dies Falling From Cherry Picker

Reported by Admin | 24 Jan, 2011

A man has fallen to his death after a cherry picker toppled over in north-west Sydney this afternoon. The man was painting a block of apartments in Meadowbank, when he fell about 7.6 metres. He was dead when paramedics arrived. A male neighbour said the cherry picker had been parked on the street and he …

SA: WorkCover Scheme to be Revamped

Reported by Admin | 24 Jan, 2011

SafeWork SA is about to undergo an overhaul commencing today. South Australia’s union movement is demanding the scheme revert to a system based on protecting workers, after a contentious legislative overhaul in 2008 that undermined protection to save money. Submissions will be accepted until March 4. Unions SA has prepared a consolidated submission on behalf …

VIC: WorkSafe Farm Safety Campaign a Success

Reported by Admin | 23 Jan, 2011

Since it commenced its farm safety campaign six months ago, WorkSafe has issued nearly 300 safety improvement notices to Victorian farmers. The year-long campaign targets the most common causes of death and serious injury on farms. WorkSafe’s Manufacturing, Logistics and Agriculture Director Ross Pilkington said one work-related farm death had occurred since the campaign began, …

NT: WorkSafe Issues Electrical Safety Alert

Reported by Admin | 22 Jan, 2011

Northern Territory WorkSafe is investigating the death of a man in Darwin’s rural area who was electrocuted when he touched a damaged wire. The 66-year-old electrician was called to a house in Howard Springs last Thursday, to repair a power line damaged by a storm. Branches had fallen on the line and the man was …

TAS: Fisherman Injured at Sea

Reported by Admin | 22 Jan, 2011

Workplace Standards Tasmania is investigating an accident that occurred on Friday on a commercial fishing boat in the state’s south east. A 39-year-old man received serious head injuries while he was working on a Tassal boat, near Strathblaine. He was flown to the Royal Hobart Hospital The man was hit when rough swell dislodged a …

NSW: Worker Survives Five-Storey Fall

Reported by Admin | 22 Jan, 2011

WorkCover is investigating an incident in Caringbah where a construction worker survived a fall from the fifth floor of a building site. The man was on scaffolding stripping materials from the exterior of a lift shaft when he plummeted to the ground. He was taken to St George Hospital in a serious condition. ‘Working from heights …

VIC: Mining Companies Fined After Workers Posioned

Reported by Admin | 22 Jan, 2011

Two Victorian gold mining companies have been fined $260,000 after an underground explosion in 2007 led to 10 workers admitted to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning. The companies were fined after each pleading guilty to a breach of Section 21(1)(2a) the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which requires employers to provide a working environment including plant …

WorkCover Advises Caution During Flood Clean-Up

Reported by Admin | 22 Jan, 2011

WorkCover NSW has advised companies to take care when carrying out repair work caused by the recent flooding in NSW and QLD. WorkCover NSW Workplace Health and Safety Division Manager John Watson said particular care should be taken when moving, repairing and cleaning up electrical equipment and asbestos-containing materials. “Damaged wiring and electrical equipment can …

WA: Labour Hire Company Fined over Farm Death

Reported by Admin | 22 Jan, 2011

Following the death of an employee at a wheat farm in 2008, a labour hire employer has been fined $50,000 for failing to provide a safe workplace. The death occurred after the man rode an all-terrain vehicle into a wire gate. He was found lying on the road the following morning by a truck driver. …

Cth: Report on Work Related Deaths Released

Reported by Admin | 16 Jan, 2011

Safe Work Australia has released a report on national workplace fatalities, Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2007-08. The report, is the fifth in a series that estimates the number of workers and bystanders killed each year due to work-related injuries. Key findings of the report include: • A total of 442 work-related traumatic injury fatalities occurred in …

UK: Packaging Firm Fined after Worker Caught in Rollers

Reported by Admin | 16 Jan, 2011

A UK food packaging firm has been fined £27,500 (AUD 43,400) after one of its workers was dragged into a machine and badly injured at a factory near Manchester in 2009. The 35 year old employee was working on a laminator, used to produce absorbent pads for meat packaging, when he was pulled in by …

VIC: WorkSafe Campaign to Reduce Work Deaths

Reported by Admin | 15 Jan, 2011

WorkSafe is to unveil an advertising campaign in an attempt to reduce fatal accidents in Victorian workplaces. Twenty-three Victorians died at work in 2010. Even with increased awareness in recent years of the importance of a safe working environment, the figure is just below the yearly average since 2001. A further 29,000 Victorians were injured …

QLD: Insulation Company Charged over Worker’s Death

Reported by Admin | 15 Jan, 2011

An insulation company and its directors have been charged over the death of a worker last year. The 22 year old was electrocuted while insulating a home near Cairns under the federal government’s home insulation scheme. Queensland’s Department of Justice and Attorney-General charged the company with allegedly failing to conduct its business in an electrically …

ACT: Plumber Hit by Excavator

Reported by Admin | 15 Jan, 2011

A  plumber was hit by an excavator at a work site in Canberra’s city centre on Wednesday. The  39-year-old worker fell six metres into a trench at the site of new university accommodation in Acton. The worker is in a serious but stable condition in Canberra Hospital with a broken collarbone and several fractured vertebrae in his back.