QLD: WHS Regulation Alert

Reported by Julia | 30 Jun, 2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has issued an update on the commencement of new requirements under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (the Regulation). Although the Regulation started on 1 January 2012, some of the requirements in it had a delayed commencement or transitional arrangements in place. Over the next eighteen months, these requirements will …

WorkCover promotes safety improvements in the livestock saleyard industry

Reported by Haydee | 29 Jun, 2012

WorkCover NSW together with the cattle saleyard industry is delivering on their commitment to improve safety in the industry as a program of visits to saleyards across the state is launched. An Action Plan was developed after a Narrabri stock handler was killed in 2010 when he was hit by a cattle saleyard gate as …

Worker seriously injured from fall

Reported by Haydee | 29 Jun, 2012

A worker from Kilmore was injured after falling 2.4m at a housing development at Doreen on Thursday. WorkSafe is conducting an investigation over the incident which happened around 8.10am at a Midland Rd. Site. Initial investigation found that the man was on top of a house frame marking the location of roof trusses. He was …

Opposition launches petition against WorkCover reforms

Reported by Haydee | 28 Jun, 2012

A petition against the O’Farrell government’s reforms to workers compensation scheme was launched by the NSW opposition. Changes to WorkCover scheme was passed into law last week amidst strong opposition from trade unions and opposition. The changes include capping benefits as well as medical expenses and putting an end to claims over travels to and …

National Farm Safety Week

Reported by Haydee | 28 Jun, 2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is encouraging farmers and other rural workers to focus on controlling the top six health and safety risks in the farming industry. These include quad bikes, tractors, other farm vehicles, unguarded machinery, hazardous manual tasks, and animal handling and mustering which has resulted to three deaths in rural Queensland workplaces …

NSW: WorkCover to Rule on Asbestos Discovery

Reported by Julia | 27 Jun, 2012

WorkCover is on site at Barangaroo today and will make a final arbitration on the asbestos find later in the day. Officials from the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) found asbestos at the site on Monday. A stop-work meeting held by workers on Tuesday resolved to stop excavation until an independent hygienist declared …

Aussie workers face greater health risks as summers become hotter

Reported by Haydee | 27 Jun, 2012

Australian workers are facing increased safety and health risks as summer becomes hotter, an expert warned. According to a report by the Herald Sun, academics at the National Climate Change Adaptation Conference, which opened on Tuesday, said a review on workplace laws should be done as summers become hotter. Dr Elizabeth Hanna from the Australian …

Electrical Safety Recall of Extension Leads

Reported by Haydee | 27 Jun, 2012

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued an electrical safety recall for a selection of HPM white extension leads. The extension leads were sold nationally between 1 March and 14 June 2012 in Mitre-10, Officeworks, Dick Smith Electronics and Big W. According to NT WorkSafe Executive Director Laurene Hull, the wires in the leads …

Asbestos contamination at mine sites in Pilbara

Reported by Haydee | 27 Jun, 2012

The Department of Mines and Petroleum is conducting an investigation over asbestos contamination at Pilbara mine sites. A mining company confirmed that brown asbestos was found last month at its West Angelas mine site. ABC News reported today that the fibres were identified in material which was brought in from a quarry in Newman as …

NSW: WorkCover Investigates School Ceiling Collapse

Reported by Julia | 26 Jun, 2012

WorkCover is investigating the sudden collapse of a ceiling in a Sydney primary school library last Thursday. The incident has sparked an urgent investigation into the safety of similar buildings erected under the federal government’s Building the Education Revolution. Dozens of children were evacuated from St Christopher’s Catholic primary school in Panania after the ceiling …

Forklift driver fatally injured

Reported by Haydee | 26 Jun, 2012

A worker was fatally injured when he was crushed after being trapped under a forklift at Flemington Markets about 5.20am (AEST) today. Ninemsn reported that paramedics and firefighters attempted to revive the forklift driver but he died at the scene. WorkCover is conducting an investigation over the incident. According to WorkCover, initial investigations found the …

QLD: Workers’ compensation review to commence soon

Reported by Haydee | 26 Jun, 2012

Hon Jarrod Bleijie Photo: QLD Government website This month, Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie announced the Queensland Workers Compensation scheme will be reviewed by a parliamentary committee ahead of a 2013 deadline. The five-year review, legislated under the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003, will be spearheaded by MPs in an open and transparent manner. In …

VIC Court of Appeal doubled fine over worker’s death

Reported by Haydee | 26 Jun, 2012

An equipment hire company has been convicted and fined a total of $500,000 after a worker was killed when an elevating work platform rolled down the tray of a truck, tipped and crushed him. Victoria’s Court of Appeal on Monday imposed the fine which was increased from the $250,000 penalty given by the County Court …

Hospital workers feel less safe than construction workers

Reported by Haydee | 25 Jun, 2012

A national survey found that nurses, doctors and community service workers feel less safe at work compared to construction workers. AAP reports that the findings about workplace attitudes towards health and safety come from a five-year study by the University of Sydney in partnership with the Australian Research Council and Unions NSW. The study involved …

Shark shields cannot always be relied on to prevent attacks, study revealed

Reported by Haydee | 25 Jun, 2012

A research commissioned by SafeWork SA to assess the effectiveness of shark shields for commercial fishing crews, revealed that these shields cannot always be relied on to prevent shark attacks. According to a report by ABC News, the shields can deter some great white sharks but they do not always work. The device sends out …

Rural workers’ safety at risk

Reported by Haydee | 24 Jun, 2012

A new survey revealed that rural Australia may lose doctors, teachers and other workers due to violence in regional workplaces. According to a report by ABC News, 600 police officers, teachers and health workers were surveyed as part of a project called Working Safe in Regional and Remote Australia. The project is managed by different …

O’Farrell: NSW compo changes saved employers from premium hike

Reported by Haydee | 22 Jun, 2012

Hon Barry O’FarrellPhoto: Premier of NSWFacebook page The Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 had spared employers from a 28 percent increase to their insurance premiums, says Premier Barry O’Farrell. “With premiums in NSW already between 20 and 60 percent higher than in Victoria and Queensland, any increase would only have driven more businesses and …

Comcare Rehabilitation Guidelines forums

Reported by Haydee | 22 Jun, 2012

Comcare will be facilitating forums throughout the month of July to introduce and inform the jurisdiction on the new Section 41 Rehabilitation Guidelines which will start on 1 July 2012. These forums will be approximately 90 minutes in duration and will include a presentation followed by a question and answer session. Representatives from Comcare’s Compensation …

Coroner: Worker’s water jet death a result of workplace safety failures

Reported by Haydee | 21 Jun, 2012

A NSW worker, who was killed in May 2008 when a high-pressure water jet hit him in the chest as he was cleaning a sediment pit at Port Kembla, was a victim of numerous workplace safety failings by his employer, according to a coroner. Illawarra Mercury reported that Wollongong Coroner’s Court heard on Wednesday the …

VIC: Company Fined $50,000 After Worker’s Leg Injury

Reported by Julia | 21 Jun, 2012

A bulk handling company has been fined $50,000 by the Horsham Magistrates’ Court after a worker was seriously injured when his leg was caught in a machine. The victim’s leg became entangled in an unguarded sweep auger, causing the calf muscle on his right leg to detach and lacerations requiring about 100 stitches. The company pleaded guilty …

NSW: Firefighters Protest Against WorkCover Changes

Reported by Julia | 21 Jun, 2012

Firefighters in Sydney, the Illawarra and the Hunter will stop work today, during which time major fire stations might be unstaffed for the first time since 1956. With the state government’s WorkCover changes expected to have passed the upper house some time last night, Fire Brigade Employees’ Union members are stopping work at 10am They will vote …