VIC: WorkSafe Issues Safety Warning to Tram Company

Reported by Admin | 30 Jul, 2011

A major tram company in Melbourne has been issued with a warning by the state’s safety watchdog. WorkSafe claims that the tram company is putting the safety of its drivers at risk, by forcing them to walk into moving traffic on a main road in Kew when they need to change the direction their tram …

NSW: WorkCover Investigates Fatal Glass Handling Incident

Reported by Admin | 29 Jul, 2011

WorkCover is investigating a fatal accident on Wednesday at a warehouse in Sydney’s west. A 41-year-old man died after being crushed by sheets of glass at Condell Park. A workcover spokesman said the man was loading large sheets of glass on to a truck when up to 20 sheets fell and crushed him against the vehicle. Colleagues reportedly …

QLD: Employee Sacked for Telling of Employer’s Sex Life

Reported by Admin | 26 Jul, 2011

A Queensland employer who sacked a female staff member for telling his wife he had cheated on her has been vindicated by the Fair Work Australia Commission. The employee brought a claim for unfair dismissal, which was dismissed last week by the Commission. The commission’s deputy president, Reg Hamilton ruled a “breach of trust” was a …

NSW: Man’s Arm Caught in Industrial Machinery

Reported by Admin | 26 Jul, 2011

WorkCover is investigating an incident yesterday where a factory worker had his arm caught in an industrial drill. Police and ambulance were called to the business at the Bathurst Industrial Estate and the man was freed from the machinery. He was transported to Bathurst Base Hospital, but his injuries were not considered serious. His torn shirt …

NSW: NSW Minerals Council Calls for Uniform Mining Regulations

Reported by Admin | 26 Jul, 2011

The mining industry’s three-day Occupational Health and Safety conference kicked-off yesterday in the Hunter Valley. Speaking at the conference, Nikki Williams, Chief Executive of the New South Wales Minerals Council has warned against each Australian state developing its own mining regulations, saying it will put the health and safety of workers at risk. Under the new …

VIC: Worker Buried in Trench

Reported by Admin | 26 Jul, 2011

Last Wednesday, a workman was buried when a trench collapsed in Templestowe, a suburb in Melbourne. He was dug out by his workmates and suffered suspected fractured ribs, a suspected collapsed lung and leg injuries. Advanced life support paramedics attended the scene and he was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious but stable condition. ‘He’d …

VIC: WorkSafe Investigates Gas Leak

Reported by Admin | 25 Jul, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating a potentially lethal gas leak at an oil refinery in Geelong last Thursday. Emergency crews were called to the plant after hydrogen sulfide, a flammable and poisonous gas, was found to have leaked from one of the refinery pumps, exposing two workers. The gas is found in crude oil and is removed …

QLD: Demolition Company Fined $40,000 After Worker Loses Toe

Reported by Admin | 25 Jul, 2011

Last Friday, the Industrial Magistrate’s Court in Mackay fined a demolition company $40,000 after a man had one toe and half of another amputated. In February last year, the company was building a three-barge pontoon for Maritime Services Queensland to be used to clear sand and mud from waters around Mackay. Three barges were to carry a …

Cth: Stress Claims Increase in the Workplace by 54%

Reported by Admin | 25 Jul, 2011

Stress has become one of the biggest threats in the Australian workplace. Recent analysis by Comcare, the federal agency responsible for workplace safety, has found there has been a 54 per cent increase in mental stress claims in the past 5 years. The research also reveals that in the last 12 months, bullying is now equal to work …

SA: Wine Company Loses $1Million After Forklift Crashed Wine Crates

Reported by Therese | 23 Jul, 2011

Some one million dollars worth of fine wine, the flagship Shiraz of a wine making company from McLaren Vale South Australia, have been crushed, spilled and destroyed when a forklift lost its support and crashed on the wine cartons. Sparky Marquis, who owns Mollydooker Wines, was devastated upon learning the incident. Talking to reporters, he …

Fact Sheet on Earthmoving Equipment

Reported by Therese | 23 Jul, 2011

With the new Work Health and Safety Laws taking effect on the first day of January 2012, workers who are licensed to operate earthmoving equipment should find that certificate of competency to operate the following are no longer required: front end loader (LL) front end loader/backhoe (LB) front end loader of the skid steer type …

How To Prevent Structural Collapse During Demolition

Reported by Therese | 23 Jul, 2011

In order to prevent accidents, which can be detrimental not just to its workers, but the company as a whole, this guide should be useful for companies handling demolition sites and making use of suspended concrete slabs to haul machinery and debris. Overloading of the slab can cause its collapse. The load it is carrying …

VIC: Timber Company Fined $80,000 for Forklift Accident

Reported by Admin | 22 Jul, 2011

Last week, a timber company was fined $80,000 by the Frankston Magistrates’ Court after a worker was injured by a forklift. The incident occurred in March 2009 in Sommerville, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsular.  Two workers tried to remove a fence post with a forklift by attaching a chain to the post and the forklift. The chain broke …

WA: Construction Supervisor Fined for Tilt Up Panel Negligence

Reported by Admin | 21 Jul, 2011

A site supervisor on a Perth tilt-up construction site has been fined $6000 over an incident in 2008 whereby four concrete panels fell into a lift shaft. The tilt-up method of construction involves the erection of large pre-cast concrete panels which are supported by temporary braces until they are safely incorporated into the structure and …

ACT: Crane Operator Trapped Due to Electrical Malfunction

Reported by Admin | 21 Jul, 2011

WorkSafe ACT is investigating a crane malfunction which trapped a crane operator working at a Kingston construction site yesterday. An electrical fault most likely caused the problem. Emergency services were called in to rescue the man. Work safety commissioner Mark McCabe said the crane had been shut down until an investigation had occurred. “Before the crane …

Cth: Legislative Changes to Maritime Law

Reported by Admin | 21 Jul, 2011

From January 2013, the way commercial vessel safety in Australia is regulated and operated will change in three ways: A proposed Maritime Safety (National Law) Act will apply to operations of the domestic commercial vessel fleet; Domestic commercial vessel safety will be regulated under one national law – a National System for Commercial Vessel Safety …

VIC: Hardware Company Admits Negligence, Pays $80,000 Fine

Reported by Therese | 21 Jul, 2011

On July 15, a hardware company pleaded guilty for violating provisions under the Occupational Health and Safety Act Section 21 and is expected to pay the $80,000 fine set by the Frankston Magistrates Court. The company, Tait Timber and Hardware Pty Ltd, admitted its failure of keeping its workplace safe, when one of its workers …

NSW: Building Company Fined After Worker Struck by 100kg of Concrete

Reported by Admin | 21 Jul, 2011

Last Thursday, the NSW Industrial Court fined a building company and its director a total of $137,500 following a fatal accident in Grafton in 2008. The deceased, aged 34 at the time of his death, was in his first month of work at the shopping centre construction site when he was struck by a steel concrete …

VIC: Man Dies in Tractor Accident

Reported by Admin | 21 Jul, 2011

Further to Monday’s story reporting on the rising number of farm deaths in Victoria, WorkSafe is investigating yet another fatal incident involving a 44-year-old farmer at a Yarrawonga farm on Tuesday. The man was killed in an accident involving a tractor. WorkSafe spokesman Michael Birt said a 71-year-old was driving the tractor which had a cage fitted …

VIC: Man Suffers 2nd Degree Burns in Car Yard Blast

Reported by Therese | 20 Jul, 2011

A 32-year old male worker suffered second degree burns when a car he was working unexpectedly exploded. The worker, who remains unidentified, had been stripping an LPG cylinder when the blast happened. The incident took place in a car wrecker factory located in Cambellfied north of Melbourne around 6:30 in the evening. According to eyewitnesses, the …

VIC: New Dangerous Goods Regulations

Reported by Admin | 19 Jul, 2011

Effective as of 26 June 2011, the Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Regulations 2011 replaced the Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Regulations 2000. WorkSafe Victoria has released a fact sheet outlining the legislative changes. There is a 12 month transition period that means any activity under the 2000 Regulations will remain lawful for 12 months after the new regulations …