Safer and more productive workplaces for Australians with the harmonised WHS laws

Reported by Haydee | 30 Dec, 2011

Millions of Australians will enjoy safer and more productive workplaces from January 1 when most states and territories have implemented harmonised health and safety laws. This is according to new Employment and Workplace Minister Bill Shorten who also expressed his disappointment to Victoria and Western Australia for deciding to defer the implementation of the harmonised …

Director of lunch vans fined over worker accident

Reported by Haydee | 29 Dec, 2011

The Industrial Court convicted and fined a director of a company which ran lunch vans in Adelaide because of safety breaches which caused the injury of a worker. The director has pleaded guilty to two charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Welfare Act 1986 – failure to do the duties of a Responsible Officer …

New National Work Health and Safety Strategy developed for 2012 to 2022

Reported by Haydee | 26 Dec, 2011

As the current National Occupational Health and Safety Strategy 2002-2012 will be completed next year; Safe Work Australia is coming up with a new national strategy on work health and safety which will start in the second half of 2012. The new strategy is said to introduce “a range of national actions to support change …

Safe Work Australia announces first Safety Ambassador of the Year winner

Reported by Haydee | 23 Dec, 2011

Safe Work Australia has announced the winner of the 2011 Safety Ambassador of the Year Award on 5 December 2011. Janine Coleman, Workplace Health and Safety Coordinator from Campbelltown NSW was proclaimed winner of the 2011 Safety Ambassador of the Year Award. Organised by Safe Work Australia as part of the National Safe Work Australia …

WA: Freight Company Fined $100,000 After Security Guard Injured

Reported by Admin | 22 Dec, 2011

The Perth Magistrate’s Court has today fined a freight logistics company $100,000 after a security guard was injured when a gate fell on him in January 2009. The company, based at Kewdale, a suburb of Perth, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace for a person who was not an employee. Worksafe WA commissioner …

Queensland Government embraces recommendations to protect workers from sham contracting

Reported by Haydee | 22 Dec, 2011

The Queensland Government will regularly conduct audits on employment-related provisions for State-Government-funded construction projects to ensure that “sham contracting” does not happen in the Queensland construction industry. A news release says that the audit was recommended in a report by the Industry Reference Group on sham contracting ordered by Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick. “Sham …

Applications for WorkCover Small Business Assistance Grants close January 2012

Reported by Haydee | 22 Dec, 2011

The NSW State Government and WorkCover NSW are inviting business enterprise centres, professional bodies whose members provide advice and support to small business and regional business organisations to apply for a funding grant under the Small Business Assistance Grant Program. As new work health and safety legislation will be implemented in New South Wales on …

Paramedics warn Victorians as five ladder falls happened over the past week

Reported by Haydee | 21 Dec, 2011

Paramedics warn Victorians to be careful when working with ladders after a popular music guru received serious injuries from a ladder fall. This was followed by four similar incidents over the weekend. The Herald Sun reports that the 58-year old music guru fell three metres to the ground as he was putting up Christmas decorations …

SafeWork probes death of worker in Kapunda

Reported by Haydee | 21 Dec, 2011

A worker was killed at a Kapunda stockfeed manufacturing business in a work accident which happened around 5.45 pm on Sunday. Initial investigations revealed that the 58-year old worker suffered from serious crush injuries after being struck by a shuttle used to move hay bales across work area. He was brought to Kapunda Hospital, where …

Industrial accident survivor speaks for OH&S Awareness across Australia

Reported by Haydee | 20 Dec, 2011

Health and safety is a personal responsibility. This is what Ian Johnson wants to emphasise as a speaker for occupational health and safety awareness. An industrial accident survivor himself, Ian Johnson delivers a powerful presentation for Health and Safety Awareness. Ian was involved in a serious industrial accident in 1991 where he suffered severe burns …

What’s up with the work health and safety laws harmonisation?

Reported by Haydee | 16 Dec, 2011

With some states confirming their decision to delay the commencement of harmonised WHS laws, it is now understood that the full harmonisation of the laws won’t be possible by 1 January 2012. While the Northern Territory, New South Wales, ACT, Queensland and Commonwealth have committed to the commencement of the new harmonised laws, Victoria, Western …

Worker exposed to asbestos will receive more than $300,000 payout

Reported by Haydee | 15 Dec, 2011

An asbestos victim will receive more than $300,000 compensation after the High Court dismissed an appeal made by an industrial building materials company against the award. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the High Court decided there was enough evidence to uphold The Dust Diseases Tribunal’s original verdict that asbestos-containing brake linings manufactured by the …

Abattoir fined after process worker endures severe hand injury

Reported by Haydee | 14 Dec, 2011

A meat processor based in Adelaide Hills was convicted and fined by the Industrial Court after a teen worker was injured while doing holiday work. The company pleaded guilty to violating workplace safety laws in their failure to ensure the safety of their employee. SafeWork investigation revealed that the victim was employed as a process …

Restumping company fined over an accident which seriously injured house owners

Reported by Haydee | 14 Dec, 2011

A restumping company based in Geelong was cited and fined after their customer was trapped under a house which was being re-stumped and was seriously injured. The restumping company pleaded guilty to workplace safety violation for failing to provide a safe workplace and for failing to ensure the public’s safety from health and safety hazards. …

WorkSafe appeals to Victorians to make workplaces safe

Reported by Haydee | 13 Dec, 2011

“Make safety improvements today, because tomorrow may be too late.” This was the message of WorkSafe’s news release in relation to yesterday’s fatality from gas explosion. WorkSafe appealed to all Victorians to take immediate action in making all workplaces and equipment as safe as possible. General Manager for Operations, Lisa Sturzenegger said that WorkSafe is …

Refrigeration mechanic dies from exploding van

Reported by Haydee | 12 Dec, 2011

A refrigeration mechanic died from serious injuries after a van exploded in a suspected gas leak in Melbourne’s south-east this morning. The victim who was in his mid-20s was leaving for work when the accident happened outside his home at Stadium Circuit at Mulgrave. Arson and explosives squad Detective Senior Constable Mick Cashman said that …

WorkSafe investigates death of man at sewage plant

Reported by Haydee | 09 Dec, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a lab technician who died after falling into a sewage plant. The 52-year old victim was taking samples from the pits in Bangholme when he slipped into the pond and went missing. According to a report on ABC News, the County Fire Authority, police and specialist divers spent more …

Proposed workplace bullying code does not go far enough…

Reported by Haydee | 08 Dec, 2011

A proposed code of conduct is being made by Safe Work Australia as a response to the increasing number of workplace bullying cases in the country. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, withholding information and training, not assigning enough work or giving tasks beyond a worker’s qualifications will all be included in the proposed code …

Postal company fined after worker lost leg from forklift accident

Reported by Haydee | 07 Dec, 2011

A postal company has been fined after a contractor lost his right leg when he was run over by a forklift at work at the Toowoomba Mail Centre in July 2008. The victim was three days shy of his 73rd birthday when the accident happened. Surgeons weren’t able to save his lower right leg leading …

Skin cancer claims doubled in less than a decade

Reported by Haydee | 06 Dec, 2011

The amount of compensation claims that businesses spend to workers suffering from skin cancer has doubled in less than a decade. This is according to a report provided by the Cancer Council in Western Australia which says that total compensation claims for skin cancer has increased to $4 million in 2008-2009 from $2 million in …

Tasmania votes to delay OHS Harmonisation

Reported by Haydee | 04 Dec, 2011

The Tasmanian Parliament voted to delay the commencement of the Occupational Health and Safety Harmonisation laws for a year. The Parliament’s decision to delay the implementation of the OHS laws follows that of Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. Majority won with 11-3 votes to postpone discussions of the bill until March 2012. The OHS …