Oil and gas company prosecuted the second time for workplace safety violations

Reported by Haydee | 31 Jul, 2012

An oil and gas company has been convicted for the second time over workplace health and safety charges. WorkSafe VIC told the Sale Magistrates Court today that a leaking underground pipe in November 2009 prompted repairs. However, the pipes were not safely isolated and 650kg of highly combustible gas escaped. The Court was told the …

WorkSafe ACT develops new asbestos awareness training course

Reported by Haydee | 31 Jul, 2012

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe reminded local employers to ensure that appropriate training is provided to workers who may come in contact with asbestos as part of their work. Mr McCabe also confirmed that a new asbestos awareness training course has been developed in ACT. “A new asbestos awareness training course has been developed …

VIC: Electrician Saved by Hard Hat at Wind Farm

Reported by Julia | 31 Jul, 2012

WorkSafe in investigating an incident where an electrician almost died after being hit by a falling three-kilogram piece of tubing at a Macarthur wind farm owned by AGL on 20 July. The man, 24, was working on a tower at a height of about 50 metres when he was hit on the head and shoulder …

WorkCover NSW investigates workplace cancer outbreak

Reported by Haydee | 31 Jul, 2012

NSW WorkCover is investigating a coal loading facility in Newcastle after a report revealed that workers were three times more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than the general population. A study of 859 people who have worked at Kooragang Island from 1983 to 2006 found that 63 employees were diagnosed with cancer. Fifty eight …

WA: Unsafe Trucks on the Increase

Reported by Julia | 31 Jul, 2012

A truck safety blitz last week in WA’s south west region revealed that almost half of nearly 200 heavy trucks stopped had safety defects. Police stopped 196 trucks on Forrest Highway between Mandurah and Harvey and issued 85 work orders. Traffic sergeant Gerard Murphy said the defects included faulty seat-belts, bald tyres and cracked windscreens. …

QFRS Updates Emergency Planning Information for Worker Safety

Reported by Zoe | 31 Jul, 2012

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service have just updated their emergency planning information and it is a good reminder that every workplace needs an emergency plan for the safety of the workers employed there. According to Queensland’s Work Health & Safety Regulation 2011 (Section 43) an emergency plan needs to be documented with special requirements …

Feedback Sought For Stevedoring Code of Practice

Reported by Zoe | 31 Jul, 2012

Safe Work Australia is in the process of developing a code of practice for Stevedoring on Australia’s wharves and they are asking for public feedback regarding hatchmen and other issues that are considered important safety considerations for the code. The deadline for comments is the 3rd of August 2012. The MUA (Maritime Union of Australia) …

Safe Work Australia updates Hazardous Substances Information System

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jul, 2012

Safe Work Australia has recently updated the entry in Hazardous Substances Information (HSIS) for formaldehyde based on the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) Priority Existing Chemical Assessment Report for formaldehyde. The update includes a change to the carcinogen classification from category 3 (limited evidence of a carcinogenic effect) to category 2 (may …

One million dollar fund for quad bike safety

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jul, 2012

The NSW Government will spend $1 million to help reduce incidents of quad bike deaths across the state. The Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce said the money will be used to fund research into vehicle safety and improve quad bike protective devices and accessories. “According to Farmsafe Australia, more than 150 people have …

Queensland Island Conditions Cause Complaints

Reported by Zoe | 30 Jul, 2012

According to the Fraser Coast Chronicle a well-known Northern Queensland Island, is at the centre of claims about mismanagement. The international Group that owns and runs the island resort is conducting their own internal investigation after being made aware of complaints that have been lodged with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. Staff were allegedly compelled …

VIC: Trolley Company Fined $200,000

Reported by Julia | 30 Jul, 2012

Following a WorkSafe investigation, a trolley collection company has today been convicted and fined $200,000. In 2008, an elderly man died after being run over by a reversing vehicle at a shopping centre loading dock. The County Court heard how a shopping trolley collection car and trailer, which reversed over the elderly man, did not …

WorkCover develops Bullying Prevention kit

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jul, 2012

WorkCover has recently developed a Bullying Prevention Kit which aims to help employers identify bullying and learn ways to manage it. According to the Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce, there have been 4,746 workers compensation claims for bullying and harassment at a cost of almost $100 million in the last three financial years. …

OHS Conference “Visions” Being Held August 2012

Reported by Zoe | 29 Jul, 2012

Visions Conference 2012 is the 20th Annual Occupational Health & Safety Conference being hosted by the Safety Institute of Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory Divisions. This year the conference is at the Outrigger in Surfers Paradise from the 29th to the 31st August 2012. The cost to attend the Conference is discounted for Safety Institute …

JCB Launches Safer Skid Steer Loader

Reported by Zoe | 29 Jul, 2012

A new skid steer loader was introduced to the Australian marketplace by JCB. It is has improved safety features over previous models with a single arm loader and side door entry. The national executive manager of JCB, Ken Butler, at the launch of the skid steer loader emphasized that JCB designed the new models with …

Team “Risk Adverse” Wins Queensland Rail First Aid Challenge Regional Final

Reported by Zoe | 28 Jul, 2012

There were 6 teams that competed in the Queensland Rail First Aid Challenge regional final. The teams from QR National and Queensland Rail competed at the Redland workshops for the opportunity to be a part of the State finals. The challenge has been an event on the calendar since 1914 and employees from anywhere within …

Whistleblower Says Safety Compromised in ACT Construction

Reported by Zoe | 28 Jul, 2012

There have been serious concerns raised for worker safety in the ACT construction industry after a tragic fatality last week combined with number of other worker injuries in the last few weeks. According the Canberra Times today a construction industry whistleblower has told them about serious safety concerns within the industry in the ACT. According …

Safe Work Report Shows Workers Exposed to Contaminants

Reported by Julia | 28 Jul, 2012

According to a recent Safe Work Australia report, approximately 39% of Australian workers are exposed to airborne hazards in the workplace. They may be small and at times invisible, but airborne contaminants can be deadly. Fumes, dusts and other inhalable toxins can cause asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asbestosis and cancers of the respiratory system, …

Worker in Hospital After Fall at ACT Construction Site

Reported by Zoe | 27 Jul, 2012

A worker ended up in hospital in the ACT today after falling at Hindmarsh’s “Altitude” site before 7.45 this morning. The worker fell at the Chandler st site, suffering minor injuries and the ACT Ambulance Service was called to attend the scene. He was conscious when they arrived and not long after he was transported …

Food Safety Now Offers Food Handling Certification Online

Reported by Zoe | 27 Jul, 2012

Food Safety Now (FSN) in Queensland, a nationally recognised provider for Food Handling Certificate Courses, announced a series of courses that can be completed online, by correspondence or with on site training groups. Joanne Ballantyne, the owner of FSN, launched the latest courses today that will be Food Hygiene/Handling Courses and Food Safety Supervisor Courses …

VIC: Businesses Fined $35,000 After Worker Injured by Unguarded Machine

Reported by Julia | 27 Jul, 2012

A business has this week been fined $30,000 in the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court after a contractor had his thumb crushed in an unguarded machine in 2010. The prosecution come as WorkSafe begins a 12-month campaign targeting dangerous machines. Regional Director, Shane Gillard, said removing guarding from a machine was a recipe for disaster and urged businesses …

Safety Alert for Operating Cranes Near Overhead Electrical Lines

Reported by Julia | 27 Jul, 2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has issued an alert regarding contact with overhead electric lines when operating a crane or other plant. It is a risky scenario as as it can be extremely difficult for crane or plant operators to see or judge distances from them. Actual contact with the lines is not needed to …