SA: Company Fined After Guillotine Accident

Reported by Admin | 29 Apr, 2011

An incident in 2008 which led to a teenager losing parts of his fingers while using a guillotine, has led to his employer being fined and ordered to pay compensation. The 19-year-old employee had been cutting stainless steel with a large guillotine at a maintenance workshop at Adelaide Airport. While working, he came into contact …

VIC: Safety Concern at Unsecured Building Sites

Reported by Admin | 28 Apr, 2011

A WorkSafe investigation of building sites at Point Cook has revealed many are being left unsecured, causing safety concerns to residents. The suburb is a major growth region in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Residents have expressed alarm at children seen playing on high scaffolding on unsecured construction sites. WorkSafe spokesman Michael Birt said inspectors visited 11 …

NSW: Woman Injured Falling into Trench

Reported by Admin | 28 Apr, 2011

WorkCover is investigating an incident yesterday where a woman aged 56 fell into a trench on a construction site at Mortdale. The woman fell almost four metres through a fence in her backyard into the site next door. She was taken to St George Hospital with serious head, neck and back injuries and is in a serious …

VIC: Safety Blitz on Melbourne Suburb

Reported by Admin | 27 Apr, 2011

WorkSafe inspectors will attend businesses in Clayton in a safety campaign aimed at reducing the number of workplace accidents in the Monash area. Next month, ten inspectors will spend a week visiting about 100 workplaces of all sizes ranging from small businesses to large manufacturing plants, targeting unsafe workplaces. The inspectors will be in Clayton …

VIC: Man’s Legs Crushed by Marble Slabs

Reported by Admin | 23 Apr, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating an incident on Wednesday where a man’s legs were crushed after marble slabs fell on him. The 32-year-old was moving the 220kg slabs from a factory at Mulgrave when three of the slabs came off a shelf, falling onto his legs. He was taken to The Alfred Hospital in a serious condition. WorkSafe spokesman …

Cth: Installation of Batts in Breach of Building Code

Reported by Admin | 21 Apr, 2011

A CSIRO assessment has found that almost a quarter of 140,000 inspected households that received insulation under the government’s roof batts scheme were in breach of Australian Building Code standards. The government closed down the insulation program last February following the deaths of four workers. The scheme was linked to 205 fires, including 102 in Victoria …

WA: Safety Alert for Elevated Work Platforms

Reported by Admin | 21 Apr, 2011

WorkSafe Western Australia has issued a safety alert regarding the importance of preparation prior to operating an elevated work platform. The alert was prompted by a recent incident involving two men who were carrying out maintenance work from an elevating work platform which resulted in the death of one of them. The elevating work platform had not …

QLD: Removalist Contractor Crushed to Death

Reported by Admin | 20 Apr, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating the death of a 24-year old man was who crushed by a collapsing house during a building relocation. The incident occurred yesterday at Bundaberg Airport where the man was part of a removalist crew lowering the building at the airport when a jack failed, causing the building to collapse …

SA: Steel Worker Hit by Bar

Reported by Admin | 19 Apr, 2011

SafeWork SA is investigating an incident where a female steel operator  was struck by a large steel bar at steelworks in Whyalla on Friday night. SafeWork SA spokesman Peter Adams said the incident occurred during a maintenance procedure. The worker was cleaning slag from the roller of a steel moulding machine when a large steel ‘dummy …

VIC: Worker Trapped as Scaffolding Collapses

Reported by Admin | 19 Apr, 2011

A man was trapped under a one tonne steel cage at a building site in Frankston this morning after scaffolding he was working on collapsed. Emergency crews were called to the Peninsula Link building site about 8.10am. The 26-year-old was working on the scaffolding about three metres above the ground at a bridge being built over …

VIC: Man Falls Three Metres From Building Site

Reported by Admin | 19 Apr, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a man fell three metres at a building site in country Victoria yesterday. The 44-year-old man has been flown to Melbourne’s Alfred hospital with serious head injuries and remains in a critical condition. The fall occurred at a Buninyong building site, near Ballarat. WorkSafe spokesman Michael Birt said that …

SA: Fishing Company Fined After Diver Blacks Out

Reported by Admin | 17 Apr, 2011

The Industrial Court in South Australia has fined a fishing company $26,000 after it allowed a diver affected by alcohol make a “breath-hold” dive to retrieve dead fish in 2007. The diver blacked out at the bottom of an aquaculture pen at Arno Bay and had to be resuscitated. He later returned to work but suffered …

WA: Angle Grinder Safety Alert

Reported by Admin | 17 Apr, 2011

WorkSafe WA has issued a safety alert regarding the use of angle grinders to cut metal drums following two recent incidents involving serious injuries. Angle grinders are one of the most dangerous tools in any workplace. WorkSafe says that where a safer alternative cutting tool is available or can be obtained, an angle grinder should never …

VIC: Safety Alert for Trench Safety

Reported by Admin | 14 Apr, 2011

WorkSafe Victoria has issued a safety notice regarding working in trenches following an incident last month where a worker suffered serious injuries after being partially buried in a trench, when a two-tonne section of the trench wall collapsed on him. The safety alert warns employers and workers in the construction and utilities industries not be …

QLD: Jet Ski Operator Fined for Failure to Provide Safety Demonstration

Reported by Admin | 14 Apr, 2011

A jet ski hire operator who has pleaded guilty to failing to show two men how to use the water vessel, has been fined this week in the Townsville Magistrates Court. The Magnetic Island jet ski owner aged 50, pleaded guilty to failing to give a practical demonstration to the men on how to operate …

VIC: Man’s Leg Caught in Farm Equipment

Reported by Admin | 13 Apr, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating an incident at an orchard in country Victoria last week where a man’s leg was trapped in farm equipment. The incident has prompted WorkSafe to warn agricultural workers to take care on the job. Emergency services were called to orchardists in Bunbartha and the man, in his mid 20s, was airlifted to hospital …

NSW: Contractor Falls from Tree

Reported by Admin | 13 Apr, 2011

WorkCover is investigating an incident where a 37-year-old contractor fell up to 8m from a tree in Bulli yesterday morning. Paramedics were called to a site opposite an electricity substation after reports the man had fallen while cutting tree branches away from power lines. The man was wearing a safety harness at the time of his …

ACT: Workers Exposed to Hazardous Chemical

Reported by Admin | 12 Apr, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating an incident at a building site at Canberra Airport last week after a container carrying a hazardous chemical caused workers to become ill. The building site was closed temporarily. The container, which held materials coated in methyl bromide, did not have the required warning labels. Methyl bromide is used as a chemical treatment to …

VIC: Jail Term for Workplace Bullies

Reported by Admin | 11 Apr, 2011

The Victorian government announced last week that it would introduce a jail term of up to 10 years for workplace bullying. One in five workers in the Victorian public service claims to have been bullied and one in three claims to have witnessed it. A recent survey shows Victorian public servants are almost 25 per cent …

NSW: Employees Dismissed for Inappropriate Emails Usage

Reported by Admin | 11 Apr, 2011

A decision by a Tribunal to dismiss employees at a yoghurt factory for inappropriate email usage has been upheld by Fair Work Australia. Pornographic and racist emails were exchanged at the Wetherill Park production plant last year. After an investigation, 15 employees and six contractors resigned or were dismissed. The Tribunal held that an unhealthy workplace …

WA: Parliament Debates OH&S Legislation

Reported by Admin | 08 Apr, 2011

Western Australia’s Parliament yesterday debated whether to amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Criminal Code to include Industrial Manslaughter. The consequence of the legislative amendment, according to the Greens MP Alison Xamon, is that senior managers could face manslaughter charges if an employee dies as a result of their negligence or recklessness. Ms Xamon …