VIC: Watchdog Investigates Wine Spillage

Reported by Admin | 31 Jan, 2012

WorkSafe is investigating an incident that occurred last night at a winery near Mildura. About 250 000 litres of wine poured out of a wine tank when a door failed. A spokeswoman from the winery said no workers were at risk of injury as the incident occurred late at night. The wine was captured using …

VIC: Fourth Quad Bike Accident in a Week

Reported by Admin | 31 Jan, 2012

A 38-year-old man is in a stable condition after crashing his quad bike in a rural area at Mooroopna, near Shepparton, yesterday afternoon. The man was treated at the scene for a head injury and was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Michael Birt from WorkSafe says it is the fourth quad bike accident is as …

Harmonisation: Updates on Licensing for Earthmoving & Cranes

Reported by Lee | 31 Jan, 2012

There have been several changes to Australia’s health and safety laws as a result of harmonisation. Workplaces are suffering from some confusion about what has changed and when these changes will take effect for their own States and Territories. Currently, Queensland, Northern Territory, ACT and New South Wales have all adopted the new legislation, albeit …

QLD: Watchdog Cracks Down on Scaffolding Compliance

Reported by Admin | 30 Jan, 2012

The QLD safety watchdog, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, has announced it will be targeting compliance of swing stage scaffold erection. The state-wide enforcement campaign commences next month. Inspectors will be looking for evidence that erectors and users meet the revised training requirements and that standards described in the amended Scaffolding Code of Practice 2009 are met or exceeded. …

WorkSafe to conduct Return to Work free workshop for employers

Reported by Haydee | 27 Jan, 2012

A free workshop which aims to give employers the tools they need to help injured workers back to work sooner will be conducted on February 16 in Melbourne’s west. Occupational Physiotherapist Nick Economos and psychologists Jacqui Stanford and Dr Peter Cotton will serve as speakers for this event. Each will share their industry experience and …

Company fined more than $37,000 over crush incident

Reported by Haydee | 26 Jan, 2012

A Reservoir business has been fined more than $37,000 after a worker’s hand was crushed in a defective machine. The company pleaded guilty at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to two offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. They admitted to have failed in providing a safe working environment for its workers …

QLD: Construction Industry Promotes Healthy Return to Work

Reported by Admin | 25 Jan, 2012

With  the Christmas and New Year period over for another year, returning to work can be a daunting prospect for those who have over-indulged during the break. Too much food, drink or time spent relaxing can have a detrimental effect on cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and flexibility. Workers might also notice feelings of fatigue or …

Timber company fined after worker was injured from unguarded machinery

Reported by Haydee | 25 Jan, 2012

A South Eastern timber processing company has been fined more than $26,000 by the Industrial Court after a worker was injured by unguarded machinery. The company already pleaded guilty to breaching section 19 (1) of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 1986 when it failed to provide and maintain plant in a safe condition. …

VIC: WorkSafe Investigates Truck Depot Death

Reported by Admin | 24 Jan, 2012

 WorkSafe Victoria is investigating the death of a man this evening who was killed in a workplace accident in northeastern Victoria. The incident occurred at about 7pm at a truck depot in Hepburn Springs, when a semi-trailer pinned the 63-year-old man against machinery before rolling over the top of him. Emergency services were called to …

WorkCover releases new publication to assist training providers in applying for approval to conduct HSR training

Reported by Haydee | 24 Jan, 2012

WorkCover has released a new publication to assist training providers in applying for approval to conduct WorkCover approved initial and gap HSR training under the Work Health and Safety Act. The document summarises the process and requirements in applying for approval to conduct HSR training. It includes information on: Conditions for submitting an application for …

ACT: Possible Charges to be Brought Against Hospital

Reported by Admin | 24 Jan, 2012

The ACT Work Safety Commissioner is considering laying charges relating to two industrial accidents at the Canberra Hospital last year. In one incident, an electrical worker engaged by a subcontractor struck a live wire as he put a bolt through a concrete ceiling. He suffered an electric shock and nearly died. Two weeks later, a …

NSW: Watchdog Issues Forklift Safety Alert

Reported by Admin | 24 Jan, 2012

NSW WorkCover has issued a safety alert reminding forklift users of the inherent dangers of using a forklift. The safety watchdog recently responded to two incidents involving forklift related injuries. In the first incident, a worker received crush injuries when chains used to suspend the load slipped off the tines, causing the load to fall. …

New fathers face greater work safety risk, study reveals

Reported by Haydee | 23 Jan, 2012

A new study conducted by Gary Mellor, a senior lecturer in the school of health and human sciences at Southern Cross University revealed that many new fathers are suffering fatigue, and that it can have serious consequences on workplace safety, especially for those who are involved in physically demanding work or operating machineries. Dr Mellor …

WorkSafe ACT reminds employers to secure full dogging licence

Reported by Haydee | 20 Jan, 2012

In a news release, ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe reminded employers in the local construction industry the importance of securing a full dogging licence to perform dogging work. This is in accordance with the new Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. “The requirement for a dogging licence was necessary under the previous Work Safety Regulation …

VIC: Hospital Trolley Collapse

Reported by Admin | 19 Jan, 2012

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a great-grandmother in a hospital, after the side of a mobile shower trolley she was using collapsed. The incident happened at the Wimmera Base Hospital at Horsham in western Victoria on Tuesday. The 85-year-old woman, who was a resident of a nursing home, fell to the floor when the side …

WA: Rubbish Truck Driver Killed

Reported by Admin | 19 Jan, 2012

WorkSafe is investigating an accident on Wednesday night where a man died after being crushed by his rubbish truck. The incident occurred in Perth’s central business district. Police believe the 56-year-old driver from Stirling did not apply the handbrake when he left the rubbish truck just before midnight. It rolled forward and he was crushed between …

Safe Work Australia clarifies issue on volunteers and the new WHS laws

Reported by Haydee | 19 Jan, 2012

Mr Tom Phillips of Safe Work Australia expressed his concern over media reports pertaining to volunteers’ concerns and the new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws. He expressed concern that inaccurate and alarmist claims regarding the new WHS laws could seriously discourage volunteers and potential volunteers from doing volunteer work. Safe Work Australia clarifies that …

Volunteer organisations may have to cut back on services due to new health and safety laws

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jan, 2012

Some organisations with volunteer workers are worried that they will have to cut back on their services because of the new OHS laws. Under the OHS laws, volunteers are now considered as workers and organisations claim that this new law will cost them more money. ABC News reports that latest figures from the Australian Bureau …

ACT: Building Accidents Not Properly Disclosed

Reported by Admin | 17 Jan, 2012

The CFMEU claims half of accidents and injuries on Canberra building sites are not being reported properly. Union spokesman Dean Hall says under-reporting of incidents is an ongoing problem, particularly in the civil construction sector. The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 requires employers to report workplace injuries and near-misses. “It’s extremely concerning. I’d say …

ACT: Decline in Restaurant Safety Audits

Reported by Admin | 17 Jan, 2012

A recent report released by the ACT Auditor-General’s office has found a decline in the number of restaurant inspections by the Health Protection Service and a lack of formal policies for managing compliance. In December last year, the ACT Government introduced the Food Amendment Bill into the Legislative Assembly, which will require all eateries to …