Repeat workplace safety offenders land in court

Reported by Haydee | 31 May, 2012

Three companies and two persons landed in court this month for serious repeat workplace safety offences. Lisa Sturzenegger, WorkSafe’s General Manager of Operations, said the courts took workplace safety issues seriously, particularly when there had been prior offences. “If you have been dealt with by the courts once, they and the community expect you to …

WorkCover Queensland: Understanding who is a worker

Reported by Haydee | 31 May, 2012

WorkCoverv Queensland has recently released a 90 second animation Understanding who’s a worker to help employers understand what is deemed a worker according to the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003. While there are many elements used to consider if someone is deemed a worker according to the Act, meaning you will need to cover …

WA: Man Hit by Heavy Machinery

Reported by Julia | 31 May, 2012

WorkSafe is investigating a work accident at Karratha on Monday. A 52-year-old man is in a critical condition after being hit on the head by a piece of machinery. A Worksafe spokeswoman said the man was carrying out maintenance on a road grader machine, when part of it fell and struck him on the head. …

Company fined over forklift accident

Reported by Haydee | 30 May, 2012

A food distribution business in Adelaide was fined $73,000 over a forklift accident which seriously injured a worker. The worker sustained serious injuries in 2009 when a forklift he was driving tipped over as it struck a loose metal grate. ABC news reports that the worker was trapped under the forklift and suffered leg injuries, …

Prosecution of unlicensed asbestos removalist

Reported by Haydee | 30 May, 2012

An unlicensed asbestos removalist was convicted and fined $13,250 for doing unlicensed work, his second offence in two years. In November 2010, the unlicensed asbestos removalist told a renovation company he was licensed by WorkSafe to conduct asbestos removal at an Anglesea property. He was convicted and fined under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations …

Electrical Safety Recall of Generators

Reported by Haydee | 30 May, 2012

Photo: NT WorkSafe The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued an electrical safety recall for Cesco Greenpower LPG/NG Portable Generators. These generators were sold in the Northern Territory between December 2010 and May 2012. According to NT WorkSafe Executive Director Laurene Hull, the defects in the product could cause the generator to become live, …

Workplace health and safety compliance inspection in Traralgon

Reported by Haydee | 29 May, 2012

WorkSafe is conducting a week-long inspection campaign in Traralgon to check on businesses’ workplace health and safety compliance. The Safe Towns campaign which started on Monday involves a team of inspectors visiting a regional area to check on health and safety compliance as well as return to work laws. Businesses found to have not addressed …

Free workplace safety webinar for small businesses and workers

Reported by Haydee | 29 May, 2012

WorkCover NSW conducted today a free workplace safety webinar for small businesses and workers to help them understand the recent changes in work health and safety laws. This webinar is part of WorkCover’s program which aims to support NSW business, industry and workers in adjusting to the new laws. The webinar will cover how the …

NSW: Teenager Falls three Metres from Roof

Reported by Julia | 29 May, 2012

Workcover is investigating an accident last week where a teenager sustained head injuries after falling from the roof of a home at Stanwell Tops, north of Wollongong. The 14-year-old boy was taken to Sydney’s St George Hospital in a serious condition after falling three metres. A hospital spokeswoman says the teenager is in a stable …

Safety standards of Australian projects below world standard, says engineering consultancy manager

Reported by Haydee | 28 May, 2012

Australian projects’ safety standards are below world standards due to cultural tolerance of risk, says a foreign engineering contractor. Brian Kelly, Kentz country manager said that lost-time injury (LTI) rates in the country were worse than in other countries. The West Australian reports that Mr Kelly said while safety performance was a common topic of …

Nominations open for 2012 Seacare Awards

Reported by Haydee | 28 May, 2012

Nominations are now open for the 2012 Seacare Awards. The Awards aim to recognise and acknowledge the positive and successful initiatives done by employers, operators, seafarers and others who are leading the way in best practice OHS, rehabilitation and return to work systems and programs. Nominations are encouraged from all employers, employees and others who …

TAS: Mental Stress on the Increase in Public Service

Reported by Julia | 27 May, 2012

As work pressure takes its toll on public servants, the weekly cost to taxpayers for stress and mental health issues is more than $100,000 per week. The total workers’ compensation bill for public servants was $30 million last financial year, up from $25 million in 2009-2010. WorkCover Tasmania has released statistics which show there were …

Crane Rollover Fatally Injures Worker

Reported by Julia | 27 May, 2012

WorkCover is investigating an incident this week where a man was crushed to death by a crane at a metal factory in Sydney’s west. Police say the small crane fell and pinned the man against another piece of machinery at the factory at Saint Marys. Two workmates freed the man in his 40s and tried to …

VIC: Prevention the Key on Construction Sites

Reported by Julia | 27 May, 2012

Last year, more than 20 Victorian construction workers were seriously injured on a weekly basis on housing constructions sites, costing the industry $17 million in medical costs, wages and other expenses. WorkSafe inspectors had addressed more than 1250 safety breaches on housing constructions sites across the state over the past year and all, it were …

QLD: Builder Dies on Site

Reported by Julia | 27 May, 2012

Police are investigating a building accident in Brisbane this week in which a man in his 60s died. The licensed owner-builder was working on the first floor of a house in Sunnybank when a wall frame collapsed, knocking him off the building. A neighbour tried to resuscitate him but he died at the scene. Another …

WorkSafe to conduct information sessions in Ballarat

Reported by Haydee | 25 May, 2012

In an effort to help businesses understand how WorkSafe can help them prevent workplace health and safety incidents, WorkSafe’s annual business session program is underway with Ballarat being visited on 6 June. Four people have died over the past five years due to work-related incidents and 3833 people have been hurt badly enough to lodge …

More than 3000 QLD coalminers commence strike this week

Reported by Haydee | 25 May, 2012

More than 3000 coalminers begin a week-long strike on Thursday in Queensland’s Bowen Basin against alleged poor working conditions. The strike is a result of a dispute between Queensland union members and the BHP-Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA).  CFMEU spokesperson Stephen Smyth told AAP that the latest strike will involve more than 3500 workers and will halt …

Young worker crushed to death at construction site

Reported by Haydee | 24 May, 2012

A 19-year-old man was crushed to death by a crane as he was delivering timber logs to a construction site on Wednesday. The Queensland Times report that the worker was driving a Mack prime mover loaded with treated logs and was using a small crane on the trailer to unload the pieces of timber. According …

Changes to WorkCover not yet set

Reported by Haydee | 24 May, 2012

Premier Barry O’Farrell Photo: Premier of NSW Official Facebook page NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell denied allegations that his government has already made up its mind regarding reforms to the state’s workers’ compensation scheme. Unions have alleged that the government has a “pre-determined agenda” to cut benefits to injured workers, after the NSW Premier said on …

WA to introduce WHS Bill into parliament

Reported by Haydee | 24 May, 2012

The Western Australia Government will introduce its Work Health and Safety (WHS) Bill into parliament in the next financial year. The announcement was made by the WA Government in its 2012-2013 Budget released last week. The 2012-2013 Budget says that a draft bill is underway and “is expected to be introduced into Parliament” in the …

Unions support inclusion of workers over 65 in WorkCover Bill

Reported by Haydee | 23 May, 2012

South Australian unions are giving their support behind a Green’s plan to ensure that older workers over 65 are covered by workers’ compensation. SA Unions State Secretary, Janet Giles believe that as retirement age grows, there will be some people caught in the gap between when they can claim WorkCover benefits for an injury and …