NSW: Mercury Spill at Scrap Metal Yard

Reported by Admin | 31 May, 2011

WorkCover is investigating a large scale spillage of mercury at a scrap metal yard in the Lake Macquarie suburb of Teralba on Monday. An estimated two litres of the highly toxic material escaped at the site on Racecourse Road. One person had to undergo decontamination after some mercury came into contact with his clothing. Fire …

North Queensland Shopping Centre Expansion Workers Walk Out Amidst Safety Concerns

Reported by Therese | 31 May, 2011

Some 150 workers hired for the construction and expansion project being done in Stockland’s $180-million shopping centre in Townsville staged a walk out yesterday when its contractor, failed to address safety issues, the Townsville Bulletin has reported. The report indicates the workers raised their concern in a meeting held at 11:30 am last Friday with …

VIC: Stockyards Need to be Safer

Reported by Admin | 31 May, 2011

A truck driver has sustained serious head injuries at livestock saleyards after being charged by a bull. The 43-year-old Bendigo district man remains on the critical list in The Alfred hospital after being flown there by ambulance helicopter on Thursday. The incident occurred while cattle were being loaded onto a B-double truck. A bullock charged at a …

Dodgy Sign Safety Company Alert

Reported by Admin | 30 May, 2011

Safe Work Australia has released a press release in regards to a dodgy safety sign company. Telemarketers and field sales people are pressuring businesses into purchasing safety signs and posters by advising them they are ‘required’ by law. This is the first time business owners have been pressured into purchasing safety equipment. SafetyCulture’s CEO, Luke …

VIC: Rig Worker Falls to his Death

Reported by Admin | 29 May, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a rig worker who fell from a 20-metre-tall drilling rig after it collapsed at a Melbourne construction site yesterday afternoon. The 30-year-old, who had been wearing a harness, was setting up a drilling machine on the mast of the drilling rig when the mast collapsed, bringing him down with it, WorkSafe …

QLD: OHS Harmonisation Laws Passed

Reported by Admin | 29 May, 2011

The Work Health and Safety Bill 2011 passed through the Queensland Parliament on Thursday. The Bligh government has become the first state in Australia to pass the Work Health and Safety Bill as part of the three year national reform agenda. NSW followed suit on Friday, with the Upper House of that state also passing workplace …

NSW: Amended OH&S Bill is Passed

Reported by Admin | 29 May, 2011

Employers will no longer have to prove their innocence when facing a workplace safety hearing under new workplace safety laws passed on Friday in NSW. However, under the amendments, the unions’ right to prosecute employers in certain cases has been retained. The NSW upper house passed the workplace safety laws after the Shooters and Fishers …

VIC: Improvement Notices Issued to Agricultural Supplier

Reported by Admin | 28 May, 2011

Further to last week’s story on a man’s death due to exposure to toxic chemicals, WorkSafe Victoria has issued five improvement notices to the agricultural chemicals supplier. The 54-year-old died after being exposed to a toxic chemical used to make weed killer while working on a pipeline at the supplier’s chemical plant in Laverton North. …

SA: Safety Alert for ‘Planking’

Reported by Admin | 28 May, 2011

Further to our ‘planking’ story earlier this week, SafeWork SA has issued an alert to employers and employees reminding them of their legal obligations relating to workplace safety concerning ‘planking’. Recently, a major South Australian employer dismissed employees seen ‘planking’ atop areas of high risk plant, while working at height. Provided due process is followed, …

SA: Construction Company Fined for Inadequate Fall Protection

Reported by Admin | 25 May, 2011

Following a prosecution by SafeWork SA, a construction company has been fined $30,000 over safety lapses that resulted in a worker falling from the Rapid Bay Jetty, Adelaide. The man suffered injuries which include a fractured vertebra, two broken ribs, a broken wrist and severe bruising. The company pleaded guilty to a breach of section …

NZ: Truck Driver Inflates with Compressed Air

Reported by Admin | 25 May, 2011

A freak accident recently occurred in New Zealand involving a truck driver who inflated “like a balloon” when he fell buttocks-first onto a compressed air nozzle. The man was working on his truck at Opotiki on the North Island when he fell between the cab and the trailer, knocking the compressed air hose that feeds …

VIC: Plumber Fined for Gas Explosion

Reported by Admin | 24 May, 2011

A licensed plumber whose work van exploded causing property damage was convicted and fined $25,000 at the Frankston Magistrates’ Court yesterday. The man pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace and putting people other than employees at risk. The van was parked outside the man’s home in Chelsea Heights when a tank of acetylene …

WA: Engineer Dies After Ladder Fall

Reported by Admin | 24 May, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a 50-year-old mechanical engineer who fell at a printing business in Canning Vale, Western Australia in early May. The man was believed to have been adjusting machinery while standing on a ladder when he fell around two metres, sustaining serious head injuries. He remained in a coma on life …

VIC: Man Dies From Chemical Exposure

Reported by Admin | 23 May, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a man who was exposed to a toxic chemical used to make weed killer at a Melbourne agricultural chemicals plant. The man collapsed while trying to wash off the chemical. Four colleagues tried to resuscitate the 54-year-old, while another man suffered a minor chemical burn to his wrist. The …

Workplace Planking Craze Goes Viral

Reported by Admin | 23 May, 2011

The latest craze to hit workplaces across Australia is known as “planking”, where employees are photographed laying horizontally in unusual places. Two Australian workers last week gained world wide publicity after being sacked by Santos for planking on two smoke stacks 60 metres in the air at their refinery in Whyalla, South Australia. The Santos …

QLD: Safety Show in June

Reported by Admin | 22 May, 2011

The Queensland Safety Show is being held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 21 to 23 June. Over 200 companies will exhibit during the three day show, which is expected to attract over 5,000 trade visitors and industry professionals. The aim of the event is to enable people to find out what they …

WA: Foot Severed in Boat Accident

Reported by Admin | 22 May, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating an incident that occurred this week where a man had his foot severed after it was caught in a tow-boat rope off the coast of Onslow, a town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. WorkSafe spokeswoman Carolyn De Vaney said the 40-year-old man was working on a barge a few hundred …

NSW: Gas Explosion Causes Injury

Reported by Admin | 21 May, 2011

WorkCover is investigating an incident on Monday following a gas explosion that injured a man in Gundaroo, in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. An employee of a gas company attended a home to refill an LPG gas bottle. While refilling the cylinder an explosion occurred. The 40-year-old employee suffered burns to his hands and …

QLD: Builders Refuse to Work due to Safety Concerns

Reported by Admin | 21 May, 2011

More than 1,000 workers at a construction site of an alumina refinery near Gladstone in central Queensland are refusing to work unless safety is improved. A construction worker was seriously injured at the site when a hatchway cover fell on his legs on Tuesday. One of the man’s legs had to be partially amputated and …

VIC: Several Injured Falling From Trees

Reported by Admin | 21 May, 2011

In two separate incidents yesterday morning, two elderly men sustained injuries falling from trees. An 85-year-old man who fell from a tree in Avondale Heights had been up a ladder pruning when he lost his footing and fell onto a fence. He suffered a severe wound to the left side of his abdomen, internal injuries and …

QLD: Miner Suffered Stress from Explosions

Reported by Admin | 19 May, 2011

A Queensland miner who was employed at a mine near Rockhampton during three fatal explosions over a period of 19 years has been awarded workers’ compensation. The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) has found his work at the mine caused psychological damage. He commenced working at the mine in 1972. Three years later, 13 of …