CFMEU Threatens Strikes if Queensland Safety Guidelines Weakened

Reported by Admin | 31 Aug, 2012

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is threatening to instigate strikes in Queensland’s coalmines if the safety guidelines in the state are weakened. The CFMEU issued a statement yesterday saying that the Queensland Government was under pressure to weaken the states safety regulations by the mining industry and that they would fight the …

WHSQ Publishes Work Safety Information for Taxi Drivers and Operators

Reported by Admin | 31 Aug, 2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) now has information available for both taxi drivers and operators to reduce the risks and injuries in the industry and inform them of their work health and safety obligations. Queensland has over 3,250 taxis operating in the state that play a vital role in the overall public transport equation, …

Work resumes at construction site after days of dispute over safety issues

Reported by Haydee | 31 Aug, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Builders and sub-contractors return to work at a construction site today after days of demonstrating over alleged safety breaches. AAP reported that members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) chanted “the workers united, will never be defeated” as padlock was removed and workers entered the site. According to CFMEU …

Safety forums receive strong support from construction and transport industries

Reported by Haydee | 31 Aug, 2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland recently conducted successful construction and transport forums which highlighted the importance of ensuring safe workplaces. The Zero Harm at Work Leadership Program forums held in recent weeks received strong support from industry leaders committing themselves to safer workplaces. The building and construction industry forum and the transport forum gave industry …

Police blitz on NSW trucks uncovers safety issues

Reported by Haydee | 31 Aug, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A police blitz has found one in every two trucks being inspected by traffic authorities were defective. According to a report by The Daily Telegraph, a total of 57 trucks were taken off the road due to defective or tampered speed limiters. Since February this year, the NSW Police force traffic and …

Queensland government willing to amend workplace health and safety laws

Reported by Haydee | 31 Aug, 2012

Hon Jarrod BleijiePhoto: Queensland Government website Queensland’s attorney general said he is willing to minimise burdensome workplace health and safety laws if necessary. Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie chaired a roundtable discussion on Wednesday with industry groups to examine the national Workplace Health and Safety laws introduced to Queensland in January. He said the Government is committed …

Cth: National Plan to Identify Asbestos

Reported by Admin | 30 Aug, 2012

The federal government has recommended that a national plan be implemented to identify and remove asbestos from government and commercial buildings and disposal sites. Asbestos–related disease remains high in Australia. In 2008, 661 new cases were diagnosed, seven fewer than in the previous year, says Safe Work Australia. Of these, 43 were men and 118 were women. …

WA: Government Conducts Assessment of WHS Regulations

Reported by Admin | 30 Aug, 2012

The WA Government is undertaking an assessment of the benefits and costs of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) regulations and codes. WA is yet to introduce any of the model WHS laws – unlike NSW, Queensland, the ACT, Northern Territory and the Commonwealth. Tasmania is due to start the laws in January. The …

QLD: New Heavy Vehicle Laws Passed

Reported by Admin | 30 Aug, 2012

The Queensland parliament has passed the Heavy Vehicle National Law Bill 2012 to establish the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. The new regulator will cover vehicles over 4.5 tonnes and starts on 1 January next year. But before the laws can operate nationally, other jurisdictions need to pass enabling legislation. A second bill is expected to …

Cth: New Shipping Safety Laws Enacted

Reported by Admin | 30 Aug, 2012

New shipping safety laws have been passed in federal parliament. The Navigation Bill 2012 and the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Bill 2012 passed federal parliament last week. These bills overhaul shipping and seafaring safety laws and make the Australian Maritime Safety Authority the national maritime regulator. The Navigation Bill also changes century-old laws, …

How to Offset the Effects of Sedentary Workplaces

Reported by Admin | 30 Aug, 2012

In the recent publication of her research Dr Griffiths, from the University of Sydney, concludes that ergonomics are no longer enough to prevent disease and injury to workers workplaces. What the research tells us is that regardless of the money being invested in ergonomically appropriate workstations the way that our workplaces have evolved are actually …

Aviation company fined over explosion at Adelaide Airport

Reported by Haydee | 30 Aug, 2012

An aviation company has been fined $56,000 over an explosion at Adelaide Airport where an engineer suffered serious injuries. ABC News reported that the victim suffered a broken arm, burns and cuts to his hands and face during an explosion last March. He was repairing the wing of an aircraft when the incident happened. SafeWork …

AMA Pushes for CCTV to Improve Workplace Safety

Reported by Admin | 29 Aug, 2012

Hospitals are likening working with high risk patients to working in “war zones” according to the Herald Sun today, and as a result the AMA (Australian Medical Association) is calling for CCTV cameras to be installed to increase the safety of its members. The AMA (Australian Medical Association) says that there is increasing violence being …

Presentation on workplace safety legislative requirements for agri employers

Reported by Haydee | 29 Aug, 2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland together with Q-COMP and WorkCover Queensland will conduct a presentation on Queensland employers’ legislative requirements and the financial impacts with workplace injuries. Guest speakers include: Lynne Milne from WorkCover Queensland will talk about the financial costs to an employer when workplace injuries happen, in addition to what happens when claims …

VIC: Worker Killed Repairing Truck

Reported by Admin | 29 Aug, 2012

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a worker in Epping this morning. It appears the 21-year-old worker was in the process of undertaking repair works to a truck when he sustained fatal crush injuries. WorkSafe General Manager for Health and Safety Operations, Lisa Sturzenegger, said the incident was a tragedy. “The impact a workplace fatality …

WorkSafe Launches Dangerous Machines Campaign

Reported by Admin | 29 Aug, 2012

WorkSafe has begun a campaign to raise industry awareness of the hazards associated with using certain types of dangerous machines and to promote WorkSafe’s new online plant registration system. Over the next 12 months, across all industry sectors, inspectors will be distributing new ‘Dangerous Machines and Your Worksite’ flyers. A specific construction industry flyer has been …

Unions call for safety review over gas rig fatalities

Reported by Haydee | 29 Aug, 2012

The death of two workers on a gas rig off the Victorian coast prompted unions to call for a safety review, saying that offshore rigs are one of the most dangerous workplaces in the world. The Australian Workers Union, through a report on ninemsn said they will be pushing for improved safety measures in the …

VIC: Improvement Notices Issued to Construction Businesses

Reported by Haydee | 29 Aug, 2012

Around 60 improvement notices to domestic construction businesses in Melbourne’s east were issued by WorkSafe inspectors last week. WorkSafe inspectors inspected over 100 businesses and issued 58 improvement notices over one week requiring businesses to address health and safety breaches. Forty four issues identified were dealt on the spot. WorkSafe Regional Director, Melinda Collinson said …

Workplace Ergonomics not enough to Prevent Health Issues

Reported by Admin | 29 Aug, 2012

The thinking used to be that ergonomics, standing desks or ensuring that we sit up straight were going to keep us in good health even after spending many long hours at a desk in front of a computer. Now researchers have discovered that as we spend increasingly longer hours at our desks the risk of …

Workplace Health and Safety Symposium in Brisbane

Reported by Haydee | 28 Aug, 2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will conduct a Work Health and Safety Symposium on 2 October 2012. The symposium will launch Safe Work Week 2012. WHS professionals and industry leaders will discuss important issues on work health and safety during the symposium. High profile speakers and safety experts will talk about innovative safety strategies. Speakers …

WorkSafe issues Notice of Decision to ACT employer

Reported by Haydee | 28 Aug, 2012

An employer was issued with a Notice of Decision today by the Workers Compensation Inspectorate at WorkSafe ACT to recover an amount of $4,024.55 for failing to maintain a compulsory workers’ compensation policy to cover its 16 workers during the period between 18 February 2012 and 6 August 2012. Section 147 of the Workers Compensation …