VIC: Man Dies in Quad Bike Accident

Reported by Julia | 28 Feb, 2011

Work Safe is investigating the death of a 54-year old man in a farming accident at Forrest on Saturday. Police said the man had been spraying bushland on his farm when the quad bike he was riding overturned. Investigators believe the 54-year-old tried to jump clear of the vehicle as it rolled, but it landed on …

NT: Near Miss as Container Falls From Crane

Reported by Julia | 27 Feb, 2011

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is investigating an incident where two workers at Darwin Port were almost killed when a 28- tonne shipping container on a crane almost fell onto them last weekend. The Maritime Union of Australia said the shipping container, which fell onto East Arm Wharf, exceeded the crane’s load limit. The Port …

NSW: Road Worker Hit by Car

Reported by Julia | 27 Feb, 2011

A Banora Point Upgrade Alliance worker was hit by a car on the Pacific Highway at Sleepy Hollow on Thursday. A female P-plate driver swerved and hit the man who was directing traffic at road works. Sergeant Brett Gibson from Kingscliff police said the man’s condition was stable but he was taken to Tweed Heads …

WA: Crane Company to be Sentenced for Worker’s Death

Reported by Julia | 27 Feb, 2011

The employer of of a 22-year-old Perth rigger who died in a workplace accident more than three years ago is being sentenced this week. The man suffered a fatal head injury when struck by a 37 5kg section of crane mast in October 2007. The section of crane fell out of a pack of 16 …

QLD: Man Loses Arm in Logging Machinery

Reported by Julia | 27 Feb, 2011

A 32-year-old man has been flown to Brisbane after injuring his arm in an industrial accident at Yarraman, north of Toowoomba, on Friday. A spokeswoman for RACQ Careflight said the man’s arm was crushed in logging machinery. “He suffered a fair bit of blood loss,” the spokeswoman said. “He was treated on the scene and …

Cth: Majority of Small Businesses Have no Fire Training

Reported by Julia | 25 Feb, 2011

According to a recent survey conducted by Wormald, nearly two thirds of small business managers and employees in regional and suburban areas of Australia have never been trained in how to use the fire equipment in their workplace, . In addition, more than half of the 210 small business respondents admitted that they were not …

SA: Roofing Company Fined After Worker’s Fall

Reported by Julia | 25 Feb, 2011

An Industrial Magistrate has fined a roofing company over safety shortcomings that resulted in serious injuries to the company’s owner and managing director. The company had already pleaded guilty to one count of breaching OH&S legislation in failing to ensure the safety of employees while at work. Three employees of the company were engaged in …

VIC: Rubbish Removal Company Fined after Pedestrian Hit by Truck

Reported by Julia | 23 Feb, 2011

A Glenroy rubbish removal company has been prosecuted after an 87 year-old was injured when she was hit by a skip truck. The company was convicted and fined $20,000 in the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court on Monday. The company pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to ensure that members of the public are not exposed …

TAS: New Mine Safety Laws Enacted

Reported by Julia | 23 Feb, 2011

New mine safety laws for Tasmania will come into effect next week. The existing work health and safety laws (the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995 and the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations 1998) will be amended to include sections that focus specifically on mine safety. The new laws require the mine operator to: appoint a site senior …

Company Offers Free Safety Audits of Hydraulic Equipment

Reported by Julia | 20 Feb, 2011

Enerpac, one of the world’s largest high-force tool suppliers, is offering free safety audits of hydraulic equipment following the floods in Queensland, Victoria and parts of NSW. Enerpac National Sales Manager Phil Dorahy said tools used for jobs such as lifting, pumping, cutting and bending will be required in the aftermath of the floods and …

VIC: Man Dies Unloading Shipping Container

Reported by Julia | 20 Feb, 2011

WorkSafe Victoria is investigating the death of a man from crushing injuries while unloading a shipping container at a metal fabrication business at Kilsyth, Victoria. The 53-year-old man was working alone when a sheet of steel fell on him. The steel was to have been lifted by crane out of the container. A number of others …

VIC: Getting the Injured Back to Work

Reported by Julia | 19 Feb, 2011

On 22 February, the first of this year’s Employer Return-to-Work (RTW) Network meetings will be in held in outer Melbourne. The meeting, at the Sanctuary Lakes Resort at Sanctuary Lakes runs from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. WorkSafe’s Return to Work Division Director, Dorothy Frost, said the network meetings helped employers and RTW coordinators consolidate their …

WA: Employer Fined for Filming Employees

Reported by Julia | 19 Feb, 2011

A man has been fined $11,000 over charges relating to the use of video cameras to tape his employees. The man installed cameras and audio recording equipment while working as a manager for a custodial company. One of the cameras recorded footage of a female employee taking a shower. During the trial, the defendant argued …

VIC: Metal Company Fined for Welding Accident

Reported by Julia | 18 Feb, 2011

A boilermaking and metal fabrication company has pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace under a labour hire arrangement which caused the injury of a worker. The company was fined in the Armadale Magistrates Court last week. In September 2007, the injured worker was employed under a labour hire arrangement as a welder to …

ACT: Construction Site Closed Amid Safety Concerns

Reported by Julia | 18 Feb, 2011

A construction site in Canberra has been shut down after a second accident this year. On Wednesday a 29-year-old plumber working at the site of new university accommodation at Acton broke his pelvis when part of the wall of a trench collapsed on him. Last month another worker fell into the same trench and was …

NSW: Man Crushed by Hydraulic Lifter

Reported by Julia | 16 Feb, 2011

A major transport company has been fined $100,000 after a 58-year-old man was crushed to death using a hydraulic lifter. The incident occurred when a loading ramp collapsed after a hydraulic lifter malfunctioned at a demolition site in Fairfield in January 2008. The company operated a trucking business transporting oversize plant and equipment to and …

VIC: WorkSafe Acts After Leaking Gas

Reported by Julia | 15 Feb, 2011

A major oil company has had restrictions placed on its operating licence by WorkSafe after corroded pipelines caused crude oil or gas to leak. The safety organisation imposed the condition after four separate corrosion-related leak incidents since December 2008. The most recent incident was in August 2010, when WorkSafe issued two safety improvement notices after …

NSW: WorkCover to Provide Training on National Workplace Laws

Reported by Julia | 12 Feb, 2011

WorkCover has offered to train unions and employers about the federal government’s planned national workplace laws. However, the Premier, Kristina Keneally, has said that they will not be implemented in NSW in their present form. In October Ms Keneally informed the Prime Minister that NSW would back out of a deal to sign up to …

QLD: Older Police Suffer Workplace Stress

Reported by Julia | 12 Feb, 2011

Police from he North Coast region of QLD lead the state in claiming work cover for emotional injuries. According to figures released by the Queensland Police Service, twenty-three work cover claims for “psychological injuries” were made during the past financial year. The figure was well above the other nine Queensland police districts including metropolitan Brisbane areas. …

WA: Working at Heights Safety Alert

Reported by Julia | 12 Feb, 2011

Following a series of workplace falls over the past three months, WorkSafe has urged construction workers to ensure they adhere to safety standards while working at heights. Since December last year, four workers have sustained serious injuries in workplace accidents. Over the past three-and-a-half years, 13 construction workers in WA have died as a result …

NSW: Hotelier Fined for Drunk Patrons

Reported by Julia | 11 Feb, 2011

A hotelier has been fined for allowing intoxicated patrons on licensed premises twice last year. The publican appeared at Moree Local Court this week charged with the two offences which occurred at a Moree hotel in January. He argued it was a safe hotel and that he had taken a number of steps to ensure …