QLD: Web Resource for Manual Lifting

Reported by Admin | 30 Jun, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has a new web resource to help businesses target manual task injuries in the workplace – Participative Ergonomics for Manual Tasks (PErforM ). In 2009-10, 55 per cent of all compensated injuries were musculoskeletal. Manual task injuries are among the most common and can be prevented by taking simple precautionary …

NSW: Cardboard Box Manufacturers Fined $193,000

Reported by Admin | 30 Jun, 2011

Two Sydney based manufacturing companies and a manager have been fined a total of $193,000 after three workers were seriously injured in 2007. The two companies, which manufacture cardboard boxes, operated out of the same facility in Ingleburn. They were charged with breaching the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2000 resulting from an incident where a one-tonne pallet …

QLD: Tunnel Worker Injured

Reported by Admin | 29 Jun, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety is investigating an incident yesterday where a tunneller was injured after a fall at a building site. The incident occurred at the Airport Link construction site at Lutwyche, a northern inner-city suburb of Brisbane, located 5 km from the city’s central business district. A Department of Community Safety spokeswoman said the man fell from …

ACT: New OHS Legislation Tabled in Parliament

Reported by Admin | 28 Jun, 2011

On 23 June 2011, the ACT Minister for Industrial Relations introduced the Work Health and Safety Bill 2011 into the ACT’s Legislative Assembly. The proposed legislation would totally replace the Work Safety Act 2008 with effect from 1 January 2012. The Bill has been developed under the Inter- Governmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform …

VIC: Workshop on Return to Work Compliance After Injury

Reported by Admin | 28 Jun, 2011

Employers have a legal obligation to help injured people back to work and to offer alternate duties or reduced hours during the recovery period. A free workshop for employers on return to work compliance will be held in Melbourne’s CBD at WorkSafe’s office at 222 Exhibition St from 2pm to 4pm on 7 July. Speakers include …

VIC: Construction Worker Suffers Leg Injuries After Excavator Crash

Reported by Therese | 28 Jun, 2011

Crushed by an excavator and obtaining serious leg injuries as a result, a 45-year old construction site worker at the Weeroona College in Bendigo was rushed by an ambulance to the hospital yesterday, to get proper treatment. WorkSafe representatives immediately went to the scene to check the site and will continue their investigation of the …

VIC: WorkSafe Orders Improvement of Safety Protocols

Reported by Admin | 27 Jun, 2011

Further to last week’s story reporting on an incident where slabs of granite fell on two workers at a quarry, WorkSafe inspectors have ordered the quarry owners to improve its safety protocols within a fortnight. WorkSafe spokesman Michael Birt said inspectors would visit the quarry in two weeks to inspect the site again. Inspectors visited the Castlemaine business …

WA: Painting Company Fined After Worker Fell From Scaffolding

Reported by Admin | 24 Jun, 2011

A painting company has been fined $15,000 after an employee was seriously injured when he fell from scaffolding. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. The employee sustained serious and permanent injuries, including …

VIC: WorkSafe Inspection results in thousands of Health and Safety Breaches

Reported by Therese | 24 Jun, 2011

A 12-month crackdown initiated by Worksafe Victoria resulted in the issuance of some 2,118 notices for material handling improvements and safety breaches in the workplace.  Inspectors in both regional and suburban sites had visited a total of 1546 work areas across the state. This inspection had been a part of the “Safe Town, Safer Work …

VIC: WorkHealth Study Reveals Workers’ Alarming Health Status

Reported by Therese | 24 Jun, 2011

A Monash University study conducted in relation to WorkHealth checks done by WorkSafe Victoria showed that many workers are not fully aware of the health related risk and diseases they can develop while at work. The study, which had 340,000 workers participating in a free and confidential consultation in over 23,000 sites all around Victoria, …

VIC: Workers Injured Carrying Granite Slab

Reported by Admin | 23 Jun, 2011

Two men at a quarry in Castlemaine in rural Victoria were seriously injured on Tuesday after a 300-kilogram slab of granite they were moving fell on them. Inspectors from WorkSafe will look at the safety procedures of the business. The staff suffered serious leg and head injuries. The business manufactures polished granite, marble and composite …

SA: Company Fined after Truck Collision

Reported by Admin | 22 Jun, 2011

An industrial magistrate has fined a North Plympton business after a collision caused by a reversing delivery truck left a worker injured in 2007. The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 19(1) of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 1986 in failing to ensure the safety of its employee and was fined approximately $23,000. The …

QLD: Cotton Picker Safety Alert

Reported by Admin | 22 Jun, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has issued a safety alert concerning cotton pickers. The safety watchdog is investigating a fatal incident that occurred on Tuesday at a rural property west of Goondiwindi. A cotton harvesting contractor died when he was working under the cotton picker in order to remove a stick caught in the plant. …

QLD: Safety Alert on Sheet Material Stacking

Reported by Admin | 21 Jun, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety QLD has issued a safety alert to highlight the risks associated with storage and handling of sheet materials stacked on their edges. The alert follows the death of a worker who was hit by falling solar collectors for hot water systems which were stacked on their edges with inadequate support. Sheet …

WA: Watchdog Inspection Reveals No Fall Protection at Building Site

Reported by Admin | 21 Jun, 2011

Following a safety check by WorkSafe, a building company and a roofing company have been fined a total of $10,000 for unsafe work practices. They were each fined $5000 in the Rockingham Magistrates Court for failing to provide fall prevention measures for workers on a building site. Both companies pleaded guilty to failing to provide edge …

WA: Hay Processing Plant Fined after Worker Fractures Arm

Reported by Admin | 18 Jun, 2011

A hay processing plant has pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment after an employee’s arm was fractured when it was caught in a hay baling machine in January 2008. The company was fined $10,000 in the Joondalup Magistrates Court. The incident occurred when a blockage occurred in the hay process line, …

QLD: Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Investigates Death of a Roof Worker

Reported by Therese | 16 Jun, 2011

A disastrous workplace incident that killed a roof and guttering worker is now being investigated by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. The unfortunate event happened last Tuesday at a residential property in Auchenflower, Brisbane. The worker, who was working alone at the time, fell four meters down from the roof while removing guttering of a …

WA: Manufacturers Fined for Safety Breaches

Reported by Admin | 16 Jun, 2011

In March and April this year, WorkSafe carried out inspections of manufacturing businesses in Bunbury. Six inspectors conducted 57 examinations and found continual breaches of workplace safety regulations. They found many employers had not had previous contact with the safety watchdog and some had not even heard of the organisation. They issued 231 improvement notices and …

Cth: Safety Measures for Quad Bikes

Reported by Admin | 16 Jun, 2011

Australian and New Zealand workplace safety authorities have announced new safety measures governing quad bike safety. The safety measures have been endorsed by the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities, which includes representatives such as WorkCover NSW and WorkSafe Victoria. In March, SafetyCulture reported on the concerning number of deaths and injuries associated with quad-bikes in Victoria. The …

WA: Painting Company Fined After Worker Falls from Scaffolding

Reported by Admin | 14 Jun, 2011

In the Perth Magistrate’s Court last week a painting company was fined $15,000 after a worker was seriously injured after falling from scaffolding. The employee and the company’s director were working on a mobile scaffold in Northbridge in July 2007 when the incident occurred. The director attempted to move the scaffold while the employee was still …

VIC: Company Fined After Worker Burnt

Reported by Admin | 14 Jun, 2011

A Melbourne-based company has been fined $25,000 after a sub-contractor suffered an electric shock and third degree burns to almost half of his body. The amount of the fine is practically the same as that imposed on a Brisbane company after an electrical apprentice was burnt, as reported by SafetyCulture on Friday. The sub-contractor received …