NT: Cattle Station Owners Fined After Worker’s Death

Reported by Admin | 30 Nov, 2011

The owners of a cattle station have been fined $55,000 by the Alice Springs Magistrates Court for failing to maintain a machine which killed a worker in 2008. The man, aged 24, was working as a station hand at Kurundi Station, about 140 kilometres south-east of Tennant Creek. He died while driving a bull catcher when …

Survey reveals that truck drivers are forced to compromise safety

Reported by Haydee | 29 Nov, 2011

A recent survey conducted by the Transport Workers Union’s revealed that one in four truck drivers were pressured to drive at risky speeds to meet deadlines and that they are pushed through their limit. The Transport Workers’ Union’s 2011 Safe Rates Survey which was done over a three-week period was concluded on 11 November 2011. …

VIC: Tree Cutter Dies Falling From Cherry Picker

Reported by Admin | 29 Nov, 2011

A 45-year-old man has died after falling 15m from a cherry picker last Thursday. He suffered severe head trauma when he fell while tree trimming on a private property in Lara, near Geelong. Police believe a mechanical error caused the machine to malfunction. Work colleagues performed CPR on the man until paramedics arrived, but he died at the …

WorkSafe Victoria’s pre-Christmas blitz to target domestic construction sites

Reported by Haydee | 28 Nov, 2011

A pre-Christmas blitz of domestic housing sites will be conducted by WorkSafe construction inspectors in Melbourne’s west from 8 December. Worksafe’s Construction and Utilities Division acting Director, Allan Beacom said that the pre-Christmas blitz is the first of a series of statewide campaign visits concentrating on basic safety issues. “At this time of the year …

Cth: Delayed Start to Model Regulations

Reported by Admin | 28 Nov, 2011

The Federal Government has announced a delayed start to the model WHS Regulations, with provisos. Companies forced to make “significant changes” to comply with national occupational health and safety laws will have an extra 12 months to comply, after Victoria and Western Australia said they would not reach the January 2012 deadline due to delays …

NSW: Safety Forum for Miners Set in Dubbo

Reported by Therese | 26 Nov, 2011

NSW Miners are meeting in Dubbo in the coming week for the annual New South Wales Minerals Industry Regional Occupational Health and Safety Forum. The focus of this year’s event will be on the improvement of health and safety outcomes, and its keynote speakers will be discussing under the theme “No Room for Error: Risk …

Many Business Managers Believe New WHS Laws Beneficial

Reported by Therese | 26 Nov, 2011

A study conducted by ComOps Research shows that managers are confident the new work health and safety (WHS) laws that will be implemented on the 1st of January 2012, will bring about positive changes in the business. About 87 percent say that these reforms will benefit their companies, while 60 percent agree that the provisions …

Rigging Worker Fined for Steel Roof Fall

Reported by Therese | 20 Nov, 2011

An employee hired by the Perth Rigging based in Western Australia, has been fined $1250 by the Rockingham Magistrates Court this week for failing to ensure proper safety measures that resulted in the damage of its building site and endangering its workers. According to WorkSafe WA, the rigging company was without the necessary equipment when …

Volunteers in Victoria may delay new OH&S Laws Implementation

Reported by Therese | 20 Nov, 2011

Volunteering organisations in Victoria is asking more time to comply with the national OH&S Laws that is expected to take effect on the 1st of January 2012, thus possibly delaying implementation in this part of the region to at least a year. According to Volunteering Victoria, the new laws should have legal support for its …

Asbestos Awareness Week Kicks Off Nov. 21

Reported by Therese | 20 Nov, 2011

The Asbestos Diseases Research Institute is launching an awareness campaign in order to protect homeowners and renovators who may not know of the risk involved when it comes to doing home renovations of structures built before the 80’s. Many of these structures can bring asbestos-related diseases to the people working in it. According to the …

NSW: Pacific Highway’s safety barrier to be started next month

Reported by Therese | 17 Nov, 2011

A wire rope safety barrier, about one kilometer in length, will be placed along Pacific Highway in Valla. The known deadly stretch located near Oyster Creek, will be part of the state and federal government’s promise of improving Pacific Highway’s safety. According to research, the safety wire rope barriers would help prevent head-on crashes casualties …

New OHS Reform Laws Implementation Almost Complete

Reported by Therese | 16 Nov, 2011

About seven State and and Territory Governments have recently approved the new system for workplace health and safety in Australia, pushing forward its adaption that is expected to unite and streamline Work Health and Safety Regulations and Codes of Practice across the country by 2012. Victoria and Western Australia are the only two remaining governments …

Siemens believes that sensor revolution can help prevent workplace accidents, Australia

Reported by Therese | 12 Nov, 2011

Sensor technology is the answer to Australian workplace safety. According to Siemens, through the introduction of embedded sensor devices in workers’ garments, machines will be able to “detect a person who is about to operate it and, if they are not suitably trained, it will literally shut down. “ Siemens also said that that safety …

NSW Plant Ordered Shut Down After Leak Incident

Reported by Therese | 10 Nov, 2011

The NSW environmental regulator has ordered shutting down an Orica operated chemical plant when it was discovered that a leak at their work site has resulted in the hospitalization of two of its workers. The said workers were apparently overcome with ammonia fumes that came from a tank’s relief valve. The tank started leaking when …

Delays Conceded in Introduction of Harmonisation Laws

Reported by Angela | 10 Nov, 2011

(Photo: Chris Evans, Minister for Workplace Relations) As reported in The Australian, Workplace Relations Minister Chris Evans has today conceded that it is possible for businesses to delay the implementation of the new WHS laws by up to 12 months. Harmonisation is due to be rolled out on January 1, 2012. However, if a business …

TAS: Inquiry into Independent Contractor’s Amputated Leg

Reported by Admin | 02 Nov, 2011

Workplace Standards Tasmania has conducted an investigation into a workplace accident where a man lost his leg. The 26-year-old worker had his right leg amputated just below the hip after he was sucked into a brick crusher at brick plant in New Town in September last year. The safety watchdog will take the brickworks company to …

QLD: Construction Worker Dies After Struck by Heavy Machinery

Reported by Admin | 02 Nov, 2011

A fatal accident has occurred on a University of Queensland construction site at St Lucia. A 65-year-old died on Monday when building materials fell from a crane and crushed him. Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union workplace health and safety co-ordinator Andrew Ramsay said the site foreman was struck by a piece of heavy machinery. …

iJSA App – Job Safety Analysis on iPhone & iPad

Reported by Therese | 02 Nov, 2011

SafetyCulture are proud to publicly release their “iJSA app” – a breakthrough way for workers in all industries to perform Risk Assessments, commonly referred to as a Job Safety Analysis (JSA). The iJSA app is available for free on all iOS devices, and allows users to perform Risk Assessments with a level of detail and ease that …

Winners of 2011 SafeWork Awards

Reported by Therese | 01 Nov, 2011

The Government of South Australia has announced the winners of the 2011 Safe Work Awards and has bestowed this to the following: 1. Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System (Public Sector) UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE Impressing the judges for its commitment to the OHS, the university has introduced a well-laid safety plan that includes proper …

Victoria Reinforces Safety Concerns By Launching Campaign

Reported by Therese | 01 Nov, 2011

Considered as one of Australia’s safest workplaces, Victoria, which has been confirmed in a report to have the lowest number of work-related injuries compared to other territories, is gearing up for inspector visits in a few weeks by launching the ‘Any Day Now’ campaign. The campaign should help raise awareness and encourage companies to take …