WorkHealth checks and photo ID rollout for Ballarat cabbies this week

Reported by Haydee | 29 Feb, 2012

WorkHealth checks will be offered to taxi drivers getting their photo identification pictures taken at Ballarat this week. WorkSafe Victoria will provide a 15-minute free, confidential WorkHealth check where drivers will learn about the health risks associated with developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. This will also involve a short survey along with having …

Machine supplier fined after worker loses fingers

Reported by Haydee | 29 Feb, 2012

 A machine supplier was fined $30,000 after equipment they supplied caused a West Australian woodchipper operator to lose three fingers. The company was found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of the woodchipping machine and seriously harming a worker. They were fined $30,000 in the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay $12,000 in …

WorkSafe to offer WorkHealth check at the Port Fairy Folk Festival

Reported by Haydee | 27 Feb, 2012

A WorkHealth check will be given for free to Victorian workers heading to the Port Fairy Folk Festival from Saturday 10 – Monday 12 March. Workers will also get the chance to learn their risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The WorkHealth checks is part of WorkSafe Victoria’s WorkHealth program, and are completely …

WorkSafe inspectors to visit Bendigo businesses starting Monday

Reported by Haydee | 25 Feb, 2012

Bendigo businesses can expect a visit from a safety inspector beginning Monday as part of WorkSafe’s week-long blitz. Around 200 businesses will be visited by a WorkSafe inspector as part of the Safe Towns campaign which involves a team of inspectors visiting a regional area to check on health and safety compliance and return to …

Universities unable to keep up with the high demand for occupational safety professionals, survey says

Reported by Haydee | 24 Feb, 2012

Universities failed to keep up with the increasing demand for workplace safety professionals, a survey released Tuesday revealed. According to the survey conducted by SafeSearch, the “pipeline of qualified professionals graduating from universities are diminishing,” as corporate Australia struggles to meet demand for work safety. The survey showed majority of respondents emphasized the importance of …

Worker burnt after item he was disposing exploded

Reported by Haydee | 24 Feb, 2012

Photo: Bill Hearne Source:The Daily Telegraph A worker at a domestic airport suffered burns to his face when an item he was disposing exploded overnight. The Daily Telegraph reports that the 20-year old victim was disposing of the can into a bin when it suddenly self-ignited. NSW Ambulance Inspector Michael Corlis said they will try …

ACT: New Food Safety Laws Enacted

Reported by Admin | 23 Feb, 2012

New food safety legislation passed the Legislative Assembly in the ACT on Tuesday which means that eateries that breach hygiene laws will be published on a government website. Under the new laws, businesses will have to display their registration certificates, and a closure notice if the government issues them with a prohibition order. Eateries will also …

Tree lopper dies after falling from cherry picker

Reported by Haydee | 22 Feb, 2012

Photo: 6PR throughThe Sydney Morning Herald A man has died after falling nine metres to the ground at a worksite in South Perth on Tuesday. According to reports, two men were using a cherry picker to prune a 50-metre tree when the boom snapped, sending them nine metres to the ground. The 47-year old tree …

Workplace carcinogens cause about 5000 cancers every year, study reveals

Reported by Haydee | 22 Feb, 2012

Carcinogens in the workplace cause about 5,000 cancers every year and there is insufficient action being done to reduce the risks, says medical experts. In an article on the Medical Journal of Australia published on Monday, Professor Lin Fritschi and co-authors said an estimated 5000 cancers each year are caused by occupational exposures. According to …

WorkCover releases new safety videos

Reported by Haydee | 21 Feb, 2012

WorkCover have released new safety videos on Sunday to raise awareness on its new advisory services and  the new harmonised work health and safety laws. The new TV commercials for WorkCover NSW “Here to help” campaign will focus on the importance of occupational health and safety. In a report published by the Liberal Party of …

Safety Audits – iPad iAuditor App

Reported by Angela | 21 Feb, 2012

SafetyCulture proudly announce the release of iAuditor, the iPad auditing app that is helping people work smarter and safer. iAuditor means that people conducting audits no longer need to carry clipboards, notepads, checklists, forms, sign-off sheets or cameras. All of these features are built into iAuditor, and more! Audits are vital to successful safety management, …

Manufacturer convicted over workplace accident

Reported by Haydee | 20 Feb, 2012

One of Australia’s largest food manufacturers was convicted and fined $50,000 on Thursday at the Castlemaine Magistrates’ Court over an incident where a worker suffered with a crushed hand when it was caught in a machine. The company pleaded guilty for failing to provide a safety plant. The incident happened on 30 July 2010. The …

VIC: Roof Tiling Company Fined for Failing to Provide Fall Protection

Reported by Admin | 18 Feb, 2012

The Dandenong Magistrate’s Court on Thursday fined a roof tiling company $7,500 for failing to install fall protection on a Rowville house which led to an apprentice falling 2.4 metres to the ground. The company was also ordered to pay court costs of $2,894.52. The Bayswater-based company pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to provide …

Incident Notification Changes

Reported by Lee | 18 Feb, 2012

Under the new work health and safety harmonised laws, incident notification requirements have changed. Each State faces varying degrees of change based on their pre-existing health and safety laws. One major area of change concerns reporting dangerous occurrences – in particular, collapse, overturn, failure or malfunction of “authorised’ plant. During this time of transition, earthmoving …

Cth: Debate of New Building Legislation

Reported by Admin | 16 Feb, 2012

A new building and construction law, the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2011, is currently being debated before Federal Parliament. The bill seeks to replace the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC) with the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate. The bill also seeks to …

WorkCover and NatRoad to conduct free workshops for NSW transport industry workers and employers

Reported by Haydee | 16 Feb, 2012

NatRoad and WorkCover NSW will conduct four workshops for transport industry workers and employers throughout regional NSW this week. The workshops aim to provide information and advice on the new work health and safety laws, industrial relations and transport industry policy issues. NatRoad CEO, Chris Melham said the workshops are designed to assist road transport …

NSW: Truck Driver Fined for Driving in Restricted Area

Reported by Admin | 16 Feb, 2012

Yesterday, a truck driver was fined $500 in the Camden Local Court for driving his prime mover in a restricted area in Camden. The driver was convicted of driving his B-double in an area other than permitted in November last year. He told police he was directed to drive there by his employer. Magistrate Roger …

Australian coal miners to start week-long strike today

Reported by Haydee | 15 Feb, 2012

Over 3,000 coal miners at seven operations in Queensland state-owned coking coal producer commences their week-long strike today. Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) district president, Steve Smyth said that the week-long strike will be the biggest in ten years. Workers coming from the company’s mines in Goonyella Riverside, Broadmeadow, Peak Downs, Saraji, Norwich …

VIC: Watchdog Recommends Health Checks for Workers at Risk of Heart Disease

Reported by Admin | 15 Feb, 2012

A study by WorkSafe Victoria and Monash University of 400,000 employees in Victoria found one in four are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes or heart disease. The study shows more than 90 per cent of workers do not eat enough fruit or vegetables and almost 70 percent do not get enough exercise. …

VIC: Safety Alert for Use of Earthmoving Equipment

Reported by Admin | 15 Feb, 2012

WorkSafe has issued an alert concerning the safe use of earthmoving equipment. Falls from earthmoving equipment may result in death or serious injury such as fractures, spinal cord injuries, concussions and brain damage. Plant operators and service personnel may be at risk of falls from earthmoving equipment during on- site inspection, maintenance or repairs. These …

VIC: Building Company Fined $60,000 After Worker Becomes Paraplegic

Reported by Admin | 15 Feb, 2012

A magistrate has given a small building company six years to pay a fine imposed on it after a 27-year-old worker became a paraplegic as a result of a four metre fall. The incident occurred at Keysborough, a suburb of Melbourne, in June 2010. The company was charged with breaching section 21(1) & 21(2)(a) of the …