WA Summit on Injury Prevention

Reported by Admin | 30 Sep, 2012

The 2012 Injury Prevention Summit will be held on the 26th November this year with the theme “Partnership and Community Engagement.” The Summit is hosted by the Injury Control Council of Western Australia and WA Department of Health and will ask about attendee’s hopes for the future and what the next ten years will hold …

Workers’ mental health – an ongoing concern

Reported by Haydee | 29 Sep, 2012

Young workers lose 9M working days per year frommental illnessPhoto: SafetyCulture Library Mental health is an important issue faced by many workers today. Employers and workers need all the support they can get to manage work-related depression. The World Mental Health Day which will be held on October 10 aims to increase awareness on the …

Construction of National Workers Memorial begins

Reported by Haydee | 29 Sep, 2012

National Workers MemorialPhoto: The Sydney Morning Herald Construction of the National Workers Memorial has commenced in Canberra. The memorial funded by the federal government will pay tribute to all Australian workers who lost their lives to work-related accidents and diseases. The design for the memorial features a series of tall columns which represent the contributions …

Increased work intensity not good for Australian workers’ health

Reported by Haydee | 29 Sep, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Increased work intensity has greatly affected the work-life outcomes of many Australian workers, according to a new survey. According to the fifth Australian Work and Life Index, 36.8 percent of workers say they work at great speed for three-quarters of their working time or more (40.2 percent of women and 33.9 percent …

WorkSafe Victoria Awards 2012 Finalists Publicised

Reported by Admin | 28 Sep, 2012

The full list of finalists in the 24th annual WorkSafe Victoria Awards have been released in a year that see a record number of entrants, 286 from all different parts of Victoria which is a 62% increase from last year. The acting chief executive for WorkSafe, Ian Forsyth, said that the increase interest in the …

Chemical Leak Affects Workers

Reported by Admin | 28 Sep, 2012

An east Brisbane oil refinery was evacuated following a reported chemical leak that injured four workers. Emergency crews attended the site near the Port of Brisbane just after 7pm on Tuesday in response to the leak and reports that a vapour cloud hade been released and soon had the situation under control. The details of …

Painter Hospitalised in ACT after fall from a Ladder

Reported by Admin | 27 Sep, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A painter was taken to hospital with suspected broken bones and a back injury yesterday after he fell several metres off a ladder when he was painting a house in O’Conner ACT yesterday. According to an ABC News report the health of the injured worker is improving. Mark McCabe, the ACT WorkSafe …

Queensland Work Strategies Forum

Reported by Admin | 27 Sep, 2012

Queensland WorkCover is hosting a forum for Manufacturing industry employers on the 17th October 2012, particularly for those employers whose claim registrations and premium rates are higher than the average. This is an opportunity to network and listen to ways to create a positive safety culture in the workplace, including planning for staying at or …

Cash in hand Work for Young People Can be Unsafe

Reported by Admin | 27 Sep, 2012

According to the ABC, research that was commissioned by the Victorian Trades Hall Council and the Australian Council of Trade Unions indicates that many young people are being underpaid and endangered. The research concluded that one in four people that are between the ages of 18 and 30 have been recently engaged in cash in …

Brewery Strike Over Safety Concerns 3 Days Before Footy Grand Final

Reported by Admin | 27 Sep, 2012

Workers at Victoria’s premier brewery called a strike yesterday because they are concerned about their safety in the workplace. The issues, according to the Herald Sun, centered on changes that have been implemented to the flow of work at the premises in Abbotsford with a worker sustaining injuries because there are less workers on one …

Some workers take advantage of workplace bullying laws, experts say

Reported by Haydee | 26 Sep, 2012

A new research on workplace bullying revealed that bosses are hesitant to discipline workers due to fear of being accused a bully. The Herald Sun reported that Comcare told the federal parliamentary inquiry the number of “mental harm” claims lodged by federal bureaucrats have increased to 30 percent  in three years, with payouts soaring to …

WA Risk Assessment Workshop

Reported by Admin | 26 Sep, 2012

On the 16th October 2012 WorkSafe WA is holding a risk assessment workshop titled – “How to assess safety and health risks and why it matters” Understanding and indentifying risks is a critical aspect of the risk management process and this workshop talks about the tolls for risk assessment and explains the necessity for both …

WorkCover offers assistance for workers compensation disputes

Reported by Haydee | 26 Sep, 2012

WorkCover will provide free legal assistance for workers compensation disputes. Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce announced today the establishment of a legal assistance and review service offering a free process to resolve disputes between injured workers and insurers. “This Government has acted to ensure that there will be no unnecessary financial burden on …

WorkSafe Victoria Launches News Website

Reported by Admin | 26 Sep, 2012

WorkSafe Victoria has a new website that is dedicated to latest news regarding prosecutions, campaigns, events and inspection blitzes. To find the site go to worksafenews.com.au and see featured news and the safety videos from their YouTube channel. On this new site you can subscribe to have email updates delivered to your inbox as soon …

Dealing with Heart Attack as a Workplace Medical Emergency

Reported by Admin | 26 Sep, 2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has issued a warning about recognising the early signs of heart attack following the death of a 52-year-old man on a construction site last month. They are also encouraging workplaces to create procedures for handling with all medical emergencies when they arise. The colleagues of the man that died were …

Industrial Fire to be Investigated in Queensland

Reported by Admin | 25 Sep, 2012

A fire yesterday morning at an engineering shed in Mackay, North Queensland will be the subject of an ongoing investigation. Fortunately there were no workers injured in the fire in Paget but it took fire crews several hours to bring the fire under control. Buildings close by were evacuated and the eight firefighting crews that …

Police Officers Compensation Overturned

Reported by Admin | 25 Sep, 2012

A police officer from South Australia has lost an appeal in the South Australian Supreme Court for workers compensation. He was injured when he was in Queensland for a counter terrorism training course. He returned to his motel after a social get-together at the end of the course and was struck on the back of …

WorkSafe ACT urges workers to support Walk to Work Day

Reported by Haydee | 25 Sep, 2012

ACT Work Safety encourages all workers in Australia to participate in the annual Bupa Walk to Work Day on Friday 28 September to promote healthier and more productive working environment. ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe said only 65 percent of ACT workers are getting the recommended daily physical activity. “The challenge for employers is …

WA: Union Alleges Report on Crane Accident Concealed

Reported by Admin | 25 Sep, 2012

800 workers at a building site for a new children’s hospital in Nedlands, Perth stopped work yesterday after the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union claimed a major building contractor had reneged on a verbal agreement to obtain an independent engineer’s report into a near-fatal crane accident last Tuesday. The construction union says the strike could …

Union pushes for national safety code following dock worker’s death

Reported by Haydee | 25 Sep, 2012

The Maritime Union of Australia pushes for a National Stevedoring Code of Practice following the death of a dock worker last Sunday as he was loading a 20-tonne pallet of aluminium into a ship at Carrington. The dock worker was crushed to death when the load shifted and fell on him. In an ABC News …

NSW: WorkCover May Prosecute Winery

Reported by Admin | 25 Sep, 2012

WorkCover will decide whether it is in the public interest to initiate prosecution proceedings in response to a fatal Hunter Valley winery blast. The explosion at the Draytons Family Winery in January 2008 killed high profile vigneron Trevor Drayton and welder Eddie Orgo. Assistant winemaker William Rikard Bell only survived after jumping into a dam …