SA: Car Parts Manufacturer Fined After Worker falls from Ladder

Reported by Julia | 31 Aug, 2011

The Industrial Court last week fined an automotive component maker more than $30,000 for failing to provide and maintain a safe system of work after an employee was injured in a fall in 2008. The incident occurred at the company’s Clovelly Park premises, where it manufactures shock absorbers and associated products. The company had earlier …

NSW: Worker Hit by Roller at Roadworks

Reported by Julia | 29 Aug, 2011

Workcover is investigating an incident where a worker was partially driven over by a heavy roller at roadworks at Beresfield, near Newcastle this morning. The injured man aged 43, was part of a roadworks crew on a busy road when the incident occurred. Investigators are determining whether the injured man may have tried to jump …

QLD: Fun and Safe Rides Ensured by Operators and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Reported by Therese | 27 Aug, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors recently checked the facilities at the Ekka Amusement Rides in preparation for this year’s Royal National Association Show. This is to ensure that safety obligations by amusement ride operators are set in place to avoid any incidents. Stakeholders, which includes owners and engineers, as well as regulators coming from …

QLD: Road Safety Incident Alert Released by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Reported by Therese | 27 Aug, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has issued incident alert as a result of a road traffic accident in Whitfield, Cairns. The alert has been splashed on their website with a provided a link to a PDF file of the Traffic Management for Construction or Maintenance Work Code of Practice 2008. On June 7, 2011, a …

QLD: Updated Asbestos Guide for Property Managers Now Out

Reported by Therese | 27 Aug, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland have released an updated information resource on asbestos, which property managers can make use in their operations. Called “The Play It Safe With Asbestos: Tips For Property Managers Fact Sheet”, this comes in a PDF file and contains details that should guide property managers when doing repairs and renovation in …

QLD: ROPS Campaign Found To Be Effective Against Tractor Deaths

Reported by Therese | 27 Aug, 2011

Queensland’s Roll-Over Protective Structures (ROPS) campaign, which was launched eight years ago, has helped reduce tractor fatalities in the region, according to a report published last May. Entitled “Fatalities Due to Working With Tractors”, statistics showed that a 72% decline between 2003 to 2007 was met as a result of this campaign. In July of …

WA: Safety Watchdog Audits Switchboard Safety

Reported by Julia | 27 Aug, 2011

WorkSafe WA this week commenced an inspection program to audit the safety standards of switchboard and switchroom manufacturers. The program aims to raise awareness of the safety risks and to ensure that employers have the information required to comply with the laws. The safety watchdog is working with industry bodies such as NESMA (the National …

NSW: Woman Loses Fingers in Juicer

Reported by Julia | 27 Aug, 2011

WorkCover is investigating an incident where a woman had two fingers amputated after her hand got caught in a juicer at Westfield Hurstville Shopping Centre on Thursday. The 24-year-old employee also lost the top of a third finger. WorkCover says her right hand became trapped in the internal compartments of a juicer.

NSW: Plumber Fined After Explosion Burns Workers

Reported by Julia | 25 Aug, 2011

The NSW Industrial Court last week fined a plumbing company and its director a total of $98,000 after two apprentices were seriously injured in an explosion at a Bondi Junction apartment block in 2009. The two apprentice plumbers aged 20 and 24, received serious burns while purging the main (natural gas) supply line to a residential …

VIC: EPA Fines Building Companies for Dumping Contaminated Soil

Reported by Julia | 25 Aug, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined two building businesses for illegally transporting contaminated soil to sites where houses were to be built. The companies were each fined $6000 dollars for taking truckloads of contaminated soil from a former service station in Strathfieldsaye, near Bendigo, and depositing it at two properties in Emu Creek and Junourton. …

VA: An Easier Return To Work Process For Employers and Injured Workers

Reported by Therese | 24 Aug, 2011

WorkSafe Victoria has released a new toolkit for employers as part of their “Return to Work, Return to Life” campaign. The kit is available for download at WorkSafe’s website and this contains forms, templates and checklists that employers would be able to customise. The toolkit offers great use for small and medium sized companies whose …

SA: Ladder Fall Resulted in $30,000 Sanction for Component Maker

Reported by Therese | 24 Aug, 2011

The Industrial Magistrate has sanctioned Monroe Australia Pty Ltd with a  $30,000 fine for breaching Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 1986. One of its employees was apparently injured while at work at its Clovelly Park premises and has suffered injuries. The worker was assigned to handle tasks related to the manufacture of shock absorbers. …

SA: Santos Sanctioned $80,0000 For Gas Blast in Moomba

Reported by Therese | 24 Aug, 2011

The SA Industrial Relations Court has sanctioned Santos, regarded as a resources giant, for violating section 19(1) of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act  of 1986. A fine of $80,000 is expected to be collected from the operator, who has earlier pleaded guilty to the charges, following an investigation of the Moomba facility. A …

QLD: Guidelines for Stillages and Material Boxes

Reported by Julia | 23 Aug, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has issued guidelines regarding the safe use and appropriate marking of stillages and material boxes. Such devices are used to store and lift scaffolding components on construction sites and other workplaces. Material boxes have a completely solid base and four solid and sealed sides, with lifting lugs on the top …

TAS: Launch of Transport Safety Awareness Campaign

Reported by Julia | 21 Aug, 2011

Last week, the second phase of WorkSafe Tasmania’s awareness and education campaign, targeting the health and transport industries, was launched. In 2010, 1,411 workers were injured in the health and community services industry, while 451 workers in the transport and storage industry were injured. “The campaign, including two TV advertisements, aims to raise awareness of …

QLD: Cattle Worker Killed by Bull

Reported by Julia | 20 Aug, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety QLD is investigating the death of a truck driver at saleyards in Longreach in central-west Queensland on Wednesday. A 44-year-old Warwick man was loading cattle for a transport company at the saleyards when the incident occurred. It is understood the truck driver was struck in the chest by a bull. He …

VIC: Teen Worker Dies on Dairy Farm

Reported by Julia | 20 Aug, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a 17-year-old at a dairy farm in Yalcca, near Shepparton on Thursday. Police said the teen was kicked in the head by a cow as he placed cups on its teat in preparation for milking. Other reports have said the teen’s injuries were caused by machinery in the milking …

WA: Worker Killed at Mine

Reported by Julia | 18 Aug, 2011

Police and the Department of Mines are investigating the death of a 27-year-old man at an iron ore mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara region on Tuesday night. The worker was fatally injured at a workshop at the Brockman 2 mine about 60km north-west of Tom Price. The man died after he became trapped in machinery. He had …

QLD: Truck Driver Dies In Excavator Accident

Reported by Julia | 18 Aug, 2011

Queensland’s safety watchdog, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, is investigating a fatal incident that occurred last week at a lagoon at Roma. A truck driver was standing near an excavator that was de-silting the lagoon when the excavator hit a tree and a branch fell. The falling branch struck the truck driver on the head. …

SA: Building Company Fined for Falling Tool Kit

Reported by Julia | 17 Aug, 2011

An Adelaide building firm was fined by an Industrial Magistrate after a work box full of building materials fell seven storeys at a city building site. The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 22(2)(b) of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 2006, in that it failed to ensure that people other than employees were safe …

VIC: Safety Alert for Trench Safety

Reported by Julia | 17 Aug, 2011

WorkSafe Victoria has issued a safety alert highlighting the importance of protecting workers from trench collapse. The alert was prompted by a number of recent incidents where workers have been seriously injured after being engulfed while working in trenches that have collapsed. Wet weather and increased ground moisture has created a higher risk of ground …