SA: Shed Fall Leads Winemaker To Pay $90,000 Fine

Reported by Therese | 26 Sep, 2011

SafeWork SA has convicted and fined D’Arenberg Pty Ltd,  a winemaking company based in Southern Vales, for breaching section 19(1) of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 1986. The company has pleaded guilty of failing to implement a safety system while at work, causing one of its employees to suffer due to a fall. …

VIC: Safety warning issued on mouse plague haystacks

Reported by Therese | 26 Sep, 2011

The increasing population of rodents in Victoria is causing serious safety hazards for those in the agriculture and manufacturing industries. These rodents have been discovered as making haystacks and bale their homes and have been found digging through its foundation. Thus, the holes on the stacks are potentially undermining its stability. WorkSafe has issued a …

SA: For failing to report work injury, Directors fined by court

Reported by Therese | 26 Sep, 2011

The Industrial Magistrate handed down a joint penalty against two directors of a manufacturing over an injury of one of its workers and their failure to report this. The court has fined Robert Venning Pty Ltd and Richard Venning Pty Ltd in Eyre Peninsula of some $56,000 plus cost,  for breaching the Occupational Health, Safety …

NSW: RTA Fined $175,000 After Workers Fall from Bridge

Reported by Julia | 25 Sep, 2011

The Industrial Court of NSW has fined the Roads and Traffic Authority $175,000 over an accident that resulted in two of its workers falling four metres from a bridge in Corowa in 2008. The men suffered chest, back and pelvic injuries when they fell from a work platform suspended from the Murray River bridge. The …

NSW: Companies Fined Total of $500,000 After Rail Worker’s Arm Severed

Reported by Julia | 25 Sep, 2011

Following a NSW rail worker having his arm cut off by an excavator, the court has fined four companies and a director almost $500,000. The 24-year-old man was welding on the tracks at a rail construction project at Sandgate, in the Hunter Valley, when an excavator ran over his left arm and severed it just below …

WA: Manual Handler Crushed by Glass and Company Fined $15,000

Reported by Julia | 23 Sep, 2011

The Perth Magistrates Court last week fined a glass installation company $15,000 after a hired labourer became pinned under 30 panels of glass, each weighing 56 kilograms. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace under a labour hire arrangement. In July 2009, the glass company was contracted to supply and install the …

NSW: Company Fined $125,000 After Worker Paralysed

Reported by Julia | 23 Sep, 2011

A machinery hire company has been fined $125,000 after a worker was paralysed when a tractor he was unloading fell on him in 2008. The 43-year-old machine operator was using a truck ramp to unload the tractor in Kiama, on the NSW South Coast, when the ramp collapsed and the vehicle fell on him. A WorkCover …

NSW: Safety Authority Announces Quad Bike Safety Strategy

Reported by Julia | 23 Sep, 2011

Following another recent quad-bike death on a rural property in NSW, the Health Workplace Safety Authority has announced a strategy aimed at reducing quad bike accidents and injuries. The popular four wheeler has been responsible for more than 141 deaths on Australian farms since 2000. Tony Williams, from Workcover NSW, says the new approach starts with …

VIC: WorkSafe Investigates Manual Handling Accident

Reported by Julia | 23 Sep, 2011

WorkSafe has issued a prohibition notice on a company after two men suffered serious injuries while unloading aluminium sheets from a shipping container in North Geelong yesterday. The Safety watchdog suspended operation at the graphic supplies company until a safe system of work was established. The four-metre long sheets tipped onto the two men while …

WA: Company Fined After Workers Injured in Chemical Spill

Reported by Julia | 22 Sep, 2011

A West Australian chemical plant has been fined $90 000 after four workers were injured in an acid spill at its Australind chemical plant. The four workers suffered acid burns and one’s leg was required to be amputated. Another worker sustained injuries when he came to their aid. The chemical company is the world’s second-largest producer …

NSW: Company Fined After Worker’s Machine Death

Reported by Julia | 22 Sep, 2011

The NSW Industrial Court has fined a brakes company and its director a total of $127,400 after the death of an employee in an industrial blender. The machine operator was killed when he was cleaning out the high-powered blender in March 2008. The power to the machine had not been isolated, and the worker received extensive crush …

QLD: Safety Alert for Meat Processors

Reported by Julia | 21 Sep, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety QLD has issued a safety alert to highlight the risks associated with using small meat processing machines for slicing, mincing, grinding or tenderising meat. There are a number of imported meat slicing machines that can expose operators to a serious risk of injury. They are often found in takeaway outlets and …

VIC: Man Run Over by Truck

Reported by Julia | 21 Sep, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a man suffered serious arm and leg injuries after being runover by a grain truck’s rear trailer on Monday afternoon. The 60-year-old man had been assisting in unloading grain from the truck at a CBH shed in Esperance, when the truck accidentally backed over him. Police said when the driver …

NT: Fatigue Management System Alert for Drivers and Employers

Reported by Therese | 20 Sep, 2011

A safety alert has been issued by NT WorkSafe in relation to fatigue management system of drivers of heavy and light vehicles.  NT WorkSafe has noted an increase in the number of accidents involving these, resulting in grave injuries. In many cases, these drivers have been found to fall asleep while on the road or …

VIC: $2Billion Expected from OHS Reforms

Reported by Therese | 20 Sep, 2011

With the reforms being made on health and safety, Senator Chris Evans, the Minister for Workplace Relations says that about $2Billion a year can be expected in productivity gains with this new system. The reforms, which will be implemented by the 1st of January 2012, aim to make OHS nationally harmonised. The previous system, with …

NSW: License Requirement Changes for Loadshifting Compliance Ends September

Reported by Therese | 19 Sep, 2011

Operators of Loadshifting machines have until the end of the month to comply with the changes WorkCover NSW is implementing with regards its license requirements. The change is part of the transition that will be recognized under the new safety laws in the workplace. It shall be officially in effect by 1st of January 2012 …

VIC: Safety Alert for the Use of Portable Generators

Reported by Julia | 18 Sep, 2011

WorkSafe has issued a safety alert regarding the use of petrol powered portable generators. The alert deals with controlling the risk of static electricity when refuelling portable generators. Filling portable generators with petrol creates vapours that can be easily ignited by static electricity or other ignition sources. Workers can be killed or seriously injured if …

Cth: Return to Work Statistics Released

Reported by Julia | 18 Sep, 2011

The Heads of Workers’ Compensation Authorities have recently released their annual Return to Work (RTW) Monitor. The RTW Monitor is a national survey of injured workers who have had ten days or more compensation. The RTW Monitor is compiled through a series of in-depth interviews with injured workers. Campbell Research and Consulting conducts the surveys …

WA: Building Company Fined for Non-Compliance with Notice

Reported by Julia | 18 Sep, 2011

A building company has been fined $2000 by the Collie Magistrate’s Court for failing to comply with an Improvement Notice issued by WorkSafe. The company was the principal builder at the Bluewater Power Station construction site in Collie.  It had engaged a contractor to erect scaffolding on the site. In August 2008, two WorkSafe inspectors attended …

ACT: Firefighters Alleviate Fears Caused by Industrial Chemical Explosion

Reported by Therese | 16 Sep, 2011

Fireballs soared in the sky last night when a chemical exploded in an industrial area by the Canberra suburb. Residents near the Energy Services Environmental Factory were roused by loud booming noises, which, witnesses say, felt like bombs going off. The incident took place at two in the morning. The explosion brought thick smoke in …

Coal miners trapped in South Wales

Reported by Therese | 16 Sep, 2011

Four miners remain trapped in a flooded coalmine in South Wales, as rescuers attempt to pump water out of the 90 metres underground. The mine is located in the Swansea area at the Gleision Colliery and remains one of the few coal-mining sites, which used to dominate South Wales’ economy. It is not known what …