NSW: Cleaning Company Fined After Pressure Cleaner Death

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2011

An industrial cleaning company has been fined $130,000 after a man died while using a high pressure hose at a steel site in Port Kembla. The man sustained fatal injuries in May 2008 while cleaning sludge from a settlement tank. The 39 year old lost control of the jet after the nozzle was changed to …

QLD: Construction Company Fined

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2011

A Mackay-based construction company has been fined $42,000 over a workplace accident in January last year, in which a worker suffered a fractured right leg at a subdivision at Eimeo. Staff at the worksite had identified a risk in a general purpose telecommunications pit, known as a GPT pit, but failed to manage it, Crown …

NSW: Safety Alert on Stable Excavations

Reported by Julia | 29 Mar, 2011

The WorkCover Authority of NSW has released a safety alert as a reminder to employers and principal contractors to ensure the stability of excavations before workers enter them. An unsupported trench wall, three metres in height, collapsed onto three workers.  One worker died and the other two were seriously injured. The workers were constructing a …

Cth: Workers’ Compensation Statistics Released by Safety Watchdog

Reported by Julia | 28 Mar, 2011

The annual Compendium of Workers’ Compensation Statistics Australia 2008–09 has been released by Safe Work Australia. The report details the latest OHS statistics Australia-wide.  A summary of the key findings include: There were 128 735 serious workers’ compensation claims in 2008–09. Men were almost twice more likely to be injured than female employees. There were …

NSW: Business Calls For OHS Laws to be Changed

Reported by Julia | 28 Mar, 2011

The NSW Business Chamber has called on the new Premier, Barry O’Farrell to support the federal government’s national occupational safety regime. In October last year Ms Keneally refused to support Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s workplace harmonisation laws, saying workers in NSW would lose important protections if she agreed. “We have always insisted that our safety …

SafetyCulture Now On Facebook

Reported by Julia | 28 Mar, 2011

SafetyCulture is now on Facebook, giving you more ways to intereact with our team, ask questions, post comments of interest and see what we are doing in the Industry. You can access the page through your Facebook account by clicking here.

Cth: Study Reveals Fisherman at Risk

Reported by Julia | 27 Mar, 2011

A new study has found young and older commercial fishers are at risk from being injured on the job. The study, partly funded by the fishing industry, was based upon more than 100 reports of on-vessel accidents. It found young commercial fishers, between 20 and 25, were most at risk, followed by older fishers aged …

QLD: Two Contractors Die from Electric Shocks

Reported by Julia | 26 Mar, 2011

Two electrical contractors have died from electric shocks in the Townsville area over the past two weeks. The deaths prompted a warning from one Townsville electrician who said such tragedies were inevitable because cyclone damage had made many buildings treacherous. Attempts were made by ambulance officers to save a man 50s who suffered an electric …

WA: Logging Company Fined After Worker’s Fingers Amputated

Reported by Julia | 23 Mar, 2011

A logging company has been fined $15,000 after a worker had to have several fingers amputated. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace at a plantation where the incident occurred in July 2008. A worker operating a mobile wood chipper was attempting to clear a blockage from the overspout, designed to …

VIC: Man Injured in Tractor Accident

Reported by Julia | 23 Mar, 2011

A man in his 30s sustained serious injuries in a tractor accident in South Gippsland on Monday. The man fell off his tractor and sustained multiple fractures and possible spinal injuries and was flown to hospital. This incident follows a quad bike accident that claimed the life of a 11-year-old boy near Hamilton last week. WorkSafe …

WorkSafe VIC OHS Video

Reported by Julia | 23 Mar, 2011

Worksafe Victoria’s excellent awareness campaign on the importance of working safely.

iPad 2 Mobile Platform

Reported by Julia | 23 Mar, 2011

Finally, the iPad 2 has arrived paving the way for a safer workplace. Queensland based company SafetyCulture Pty Ltd has been waiting on the iPad 2 release so they can complete the integration with their SafetyCulture Mobile Platform. Company CEO, Luke Anear states that this is an exciting time for work place safety. “I flew …

NSW: Police Force Charged after Officers Exposed to Toxic Fumes

Reported by Julia | 22 Mar, 2011

WorkCover is prosecuting the New South Wales Police Force after two officers were seriously injured when they were exposed to toxic fumes. The safety watchdog has laid the charges in the Industrial Court for an alleged breach of health and safety laws. A sergeant and a detective senior constable have developed serious lung problems after …

NSW: Miner’s Fatigue Alert Issued

Reported by Julia | 20 Mar, 2011

The New South Wales Mine Safety Advisory Council has issued a fatigue risk management chart. The chart sets out the contributing factors that can result in fatigue on the job such as long commute times, night work and shift work. The release of this chart follows the call for changes on how the mining industry deals with …

VIC: Metal Foundry Fined for Chemical Spill

Reported by Julia | 19 Mar, 2011

A metal foundry in Victoria has been ordered to pay $90,000 after a chemical explosion in 2007 left one worker badly burnt and another worker traumatised. Two workers were attempting to decant chemicals left over in a 1000-litre container into another container they thought contained the same chemical. The two chemicals were a resin and …

QLD: Workers Injured in Roof Collapse

Reported by Julia | 19 Mar, 2011

A construction worker had both his legs broken and suffered chest injuries after part of a roof collapsed on the Sunshine Coast this week. Three other workers were injured in the accident. Paramedics were called to a multisport complex following reports that a section of the external awning at the centre had collapsed. The man, …

VIC: Safety Alert for the Use of Meat Bandsaws

Reported by Julia | 19 Mar, 2011

WorkSafe Victoria has issued a safety alert called ‘Safe use of meat bandsaws’ with a view to minimising OHS risks and hazards in food manufacturing. The alert provides practical advice for employers about controlling hazards while using meat bandsaws. “Meat bandsaws are commonly used in the meat industry for portioning meat and other products,” the …

NSW: Developer Fined After Worker Falls from Scaffolding

Reported by Julia | 17 Mar, 2011

A property developer and its director have been fined a total of $133,000 after a labourer fell about six metres to his death from scaffolding. The company was redeveloping a property at Cabramatta in August 2007 which included reroofing, repainting and new plumbing. The company and the director pleaded guilty to two charges each in …

NSW: Man Falls from Roof

Reported by Julia | 17 Mar, 2011

WorkCover NSW is investigating an incident that occurred yesterday where a man in his 40s fell 12 metres from a roof in Surry Hills, suffering serious injuries. The man was working at the building on Commonwealth St when he fell at about lunchtime. The man suffered severe bruising to his ribs and legs, injuries to his right …

VIC: WorkSafe Issues Quad-Bike Safety Warning

Reported by Julia | 16 Mar, 2011

WorkSafe says the number of deaths and injuries associated with quad-bikes is concerning and people need to be more careful when using them. The warning comes after the death of an 11-year-old boy who was found trapped under the quad-bike he was riding on his family’s property in Victoria’s west on Monday. Last month, a …

Cth: National Convention on Truck Loading Safety

Reported by Julia | 15 Mar, 2011

The best practices for loading and unloading equipment and stock from vehicles will be demonstrated at this year’s Australian Trucking Convention. The 2011 Convention will be held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra from 25 to 28 May. Compliance Manager at K&S Freighters, Simon Skazlic, said the safety of truck drivers and other workers …