Feedback on draft COP for Chemicals of Security Concern

Reported by Haydee | 28 Dec, 2012

Feedback is being sought from industry on the draft National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern. The Australian Government together with state and territory state governments will pursue a voluntary code of practice for businesses which manage, handle or use products containing 11 chemicals identified as having the potential to be used to …

Safe Work Australia: 190 Australians died at work so far this year

Reported by Haydee | 28 Dec, 2012

As at 21 December 2012, 190 Australian workers have been killed at work. This is according to the latest data gathered by Safe Work Australia. During the same period last year, 161 deaths had occurred. Safe Work Australia records cases of work fatality and injury, updates statistics and prepares several reports. The data is an …

WorkSafe reminds everyone to avoid using fireworks during New Year festivities

Reported by Haydee | 28 Dec, 2012

WorkSafe Victoria reminds everyone to stay safe and to avoid fireworks with the New Year fast approaching. Fireworks are illegal and dangerous, and Victorians risk fines of up to $10,000 if they are caught possessing or using fireworks. Almost a tonne of illegal fireworks have been confiscated so far this year. “Fireworks are banned in …

Taxi driver died on Christmas Day work accident

Reported by Haydee | 26 Dec, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A taxi driver was killed on Christmas day in a collision at the corner of Anakie and Ballarat roads in Geelong. According to a report from the Geelong Advertiser, the victim stopped at a set of traffic lights on Anakie Road when another vehicle which went out of control cut into his …

Farmers group encourages quad bike safety during holiday season

Reported by Haydee | 24 Dec, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is calling on farmers to look after their families and themselves during the holiday season by taking safety precautions when using quad bikes. “Quad bikes are a major cause of deaths and injuries to Australian farmers and their children,” said VFF Farmsafe Alliance manager Tim McKenzie. “The …

Freight company convicted and fined for worker’s death

Reported by Haydee | 24 Dec, 2012

A freight company was convicted and fined over the death of a worker when he was crushed by a computer server which fell from a forklift at its Laverton North Depot. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe system of work and was sentenced last week in Melbourne County Court. The court …

NSW: Authority Provides Family Support

Reported by Julia | 23 Dec, 2012

WorkCover has a counselling and liaison Coordinator who can provide information on counselling and other supports available to all close family members when a relative has died or been seriously injured in a workplace incident. The Coordinator can be contacted on 1800 806 626, or email familysupport@workcover.nsw.gov.au. WorkCover’s Coordinator Counselling and Liaison can provide updates to next of kin …

NSW: New WorkCover Certificate of Capacity

Reported by Julia | 23 Dec, 2012

WorkCover NSW has issued a reminder concerning the new certificate of capacity which from 1 October 2012 replaced the WorkCover medical certificate as the primary tool for the nominated treating doctor to communicate with all parties involved in the return to work process. The nominated treating doctor or treating specialist medical practitioner is responsible for completing the WorkCover certificate …

Quad Bike Safety Forum Meets in Sydney

Reported by Julia | 23 Dec, 2012

As part of a $1 million project to improve quad bike safety, thirty of the world’s leading experts in quad bike safety met in Sydney this week. The Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA), the body representing Australasia’s work safety and health regulator, is undertaking the quad bike crash performance research, testing and design project. The …

Are your Christmas lights safe?

Reported by Julia | 23 Dec, 2012

Workplace Health and Safety QLD has issued a timely reminder about Christmas lights. Like any electrical product, Christmas lights should be purchased and used with caution. If you use unsafe lights, or use lights incorrectly it can result in electric shock or house fires. Before decorating your business, home or garden you need to make …

QLD: Notifications for Hazardous Chemicals

Reported by Julia | 23 Dec, 2012

Under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation), a notification must be submitted to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland regarding the use, handling or storage of hazardous chemicals in the following circumstances: Notification of hazardous chemicals above manifest quantities. Presence of Schedule 15 chemicals in excess of 10 per cent of the prescribed quantities for …

VIC: Alert for Evacuation Lighting on Construction Sites

Reported by Julia | 22 Dec, 2012

WorkSafe Victoria has issued an information sheet clarifying the requirements for emergency lighting and exit signage on designated emergency evacuation routes on construction sites. Background Principal contractors have management and control of construction sites and therefore have the primary obligation to ensure lighting is sufficient for workers to safely evacuate in emergencies and permit emergency …

VIC: Safety Alert for use of Rotating Knocking Boxes

Reported by Julia | 22 Dec, 2012

WorkSafe Victoria has issued a safety alert highlighting the potential hazards and risks associated with operating cattle rotating knocking boxes used in the red meat industry. Background An employee at a red meat producer received fatal crush-related injuries when he became trapped between the pneumatically powered lid of the rotating knocking box (the top wall …

Tractor Fatality in Renmark South Australia

Reported by Admin | 21 Dec, 2012

A male worker died yesterday at about 9am after being trapped underneath a tractor. The 45 year old was working for an excavation and earth moving company when the accident happened The worker was transported to the Renmark Hospital where he later died; further details regarding the accident have not yet been released. Safework SA …

Union petitions oil company to give workers a break

Reported by Haydee | 21 Dec, 2012

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is asking workers and the community to sign a petition asking a leading oil company to give its employers a break and to stop bullying workers. According to a news release released by the union, labourers have been banned from using chairs and told not to sit down …

Updated Commonwealth Codes of Practice

Reported by Admin | 21 Dec, 2012

Changes that are related to the Work Health and Safety (WHS) regulations and Codes of Practice may affect your organization and the way that you work. Additional Work Health and Safety Codes of Practice came into effect on December 19th 2012 within the Commonwealth jurisdiction. These replace the relevant chapters in the 2008 OHS Codes …

Building product manufacturer fined over worker’s injury

Reported by Haydee | 21 Dec, 2012

A building products manufacturer based in Kewdale has been fined $45,000 and required to pay $3500 in costs over an incident in which a supervisor severed two of his fingers through a fly wheel press. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm …

Cth: Depression Sufferers in the Millions says Report

Reported by Julia | 20 Dec, 2012

According to a new Safe Work Australia report, over two million Australian workers experience depression, costing workplaces billions. “The Australian Workplace Barometer: report on psychosocial safety climate and worker health in Australia” estimates 1.7 million workers experience mild depression, while 562,000 experience symptoms of clinical depression. Depression costs Australian employers about $8 billion a year …

Reminder for workers to avoid fatigue during the Christmas rush

Reported by Haydee | 20 Dec, 2012

Queensland’s safety watchdog reminds employers and workers to avoid dangers of fatigue during the peak periods as people work longer hours to complete jobs before the holidays start. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland provides helpful information to assist both employers and workers to manage the risks of fatigue. “Your ability to think clearly is vital …

August 2012 Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Report now available

Reported by Haydee | 20 Dec, 2012

Safe Work Australia has recently released the Notifiable Fatalities Monthly report for the month of August. There were 22 work-related notifiable fatalities reported during August 2012 – 19 male workers and 1 female worker, and 1 male bystander and 1 female bystander. Of the 22 fatalities, 5 involved a vehicle incident – public road crash …

Quad bike safety discussion paper released

Reported by Haydee | 20 Dec, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Safe Work Australia has released its report outlining the key findings from the discussion paper and forum on design and engineering controls to improve quad bike safety. The report was submitted to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Bill Shorten MP. A roundtable discussion on quad bike safety was …