ATSB: Planes take off at night without runway lights

Reported by Haydee | 31 Oct, 2012

An investigation conducted May this year revealed that several planes took off at night without runway lights at the Gladstone airport. According to the report, the runway lights are pilot-controlled and that two airline companies have established measures to prevent accidents in the future. Gladstone airport’s chief executive Phillip Cash said in an ABC report …

Safety Ambassador of the Year recognised

Reported by Haydee | 31 Oct, 2012

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten announced the winner of the Safety Ambassador of the Year Awards at a ceremony at Australian Parliament House in Canberra. Jacinta Macaulay from Ron Finemore Transport was given the award for her commitment to improving work health and safety. This year’s winner is a Return to …

Tasmania Launches Workplace Health and Wellbeing Guide

Reported by Admin | 31 Oct, 2012

Michelle O’Byrne, the Minister for Health, launched a new tool on Friday designed to assist employers in Tasmania to improve productivity, health and safety in the workplace. She said that the guide outlines how businesses in Tasmania can create a workplace health and wellbeing program or if they already have one, tips for improvement. Ms …

QLD: Conveyor Belt Accident

Reported by Julia | 31 Oct, 2012

A teenager was almost killed after being crushed by a conveyor belt in a workplace accident at Wacol on Tuesday afternoon. The 18-year-old man was working on an engineering site on Tile Street when he was crushed by the conveyor belt. Emergency crews rushed to the scene but the man had been freed before they arrived. Ambulances …

QLD: Minister Urges Vigilance as Mine Safety Incidents Increase

Reported by Julia | 30 Oct, 2012

Queensland Mines Minister Andrew Cripps has urged mining companies of the need for constant vigilance to ensure their operations provide the safest possible environment for workers in light of an increase of nearly 15 per cent in mine safety incidents in the state. However, despite the lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) increasing from 3.4 per …

Sexual harassment in workplaces still high in Australia, expert says

Reported by Haydee | 30 Oct, 2012

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick Photo: Australian Human Rights Commission A Human Rights Commission survey conducted over four months earlier this year showed that one in five workers experienced sexual harassment in the past five years. According to a report by ABC News, the survey found that one-third of all women and one in ten …

SA: WH&S Legislation Set to Become Law

Reported by Julia | 30 Oct, 2012

South Australia’s Labor government says it now has enough support to pass the nationally harmonised work health and safety legislation. The national harmonised laws have been under development for more than two years and follow extensive public consultation. Premier Jay Weatherill says independent MP John Darley has agreed to join two other upper house minor …

Maritime workers rally for a safer workplace

Reported by Haydee | 30 Oct, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Maritime workers will set a rally at major ports and stevedoring headquarters around Australia to demand for the introduction of a national safety code, following the death of a wharfie in September. Members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) will stage their protest today to call for a national safety code. …

Cleaning up After a Work Accident

Reported by Julia | 30 Oct, 2012

Some workplace accidents are harmless and easy to fix. Others, however, can be more serious. The following are some of the types of workplace accidents that business owners/employers need to prepare for: Auto and road accidents Hazardous waste leaks Floods and water leaks Leaks and spills which require clean-up and disinfectant   Most businesses will already …

Cth: Liberal Senator Criticises Proposed Anti-Bullying Laws

Reported by Julia | 30 Oct, 2012

Further to Safetyculture’s story on the proposed national anti-bullying laws, the Liberal Senator Eric Abetz says some aspects of the new anti-bullying code, particularly sections that ban “eye-rolling”, will create a nanny state. The Tasmanian senator said Safe Work Australia’s revised draft national code made some improvements but was out of the “socialist playbook”. The …

Winners of the 2012 National Safety Awards of Excellence announced

Reported by Haydee | 30 Oct, 2012

Winners of the 2012 National Safety Awards of Excellence were announced in a ceremony held this month at Doltone House in Sydney. This year’s awards saw the introduction of a new category – Best Workplace Health and Wellbeing Program. With 140 submissions this year, the National Safety Awards of Excellence honours the dedication and hard …

VIC: WorkSafe Staff on Strike

Reported by Julia | 30 Oct, 2012

Victorian staff of WorkSafe walked off the job for four hours yesterday. The strike followed six months of failed pay negotiations with the State Government. The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) Victorian secretary, Karen Batt, says the government’s pay policies show it does not value the achievements of WorkSafe. “They’re only rewarding their executives …

Worker Injured by Lightening When Working on Rail Line in WA

Reported by Admin | 30 Oct, 2012

A 24-year-old worker from Queensland was directly struck by lightening when working on a rail line southeast of Port Hedland in Western Australia; a second worker was thrown to the ground with the force of the lightening strike. Both workers were taken to the Hedland Health Campus for treatment. The man that was struck received …

Tips to Minimise Fatigue in Contact Centres

Reported by Admin | 30 Oct, 2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland have released some helpful tips for employers and managers of contact centres to ensure that they are looking after the safety and welfare of their workers when it comes to fatigue. Understanding fatigue There are a number of factors that contribute to fatigue in contact centre workers and these include: …

Injured zookeeper now in better condition

Reported by Haydee | 29 Oct, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A zookeeper who was crushed by an elephant calf is now in stable condition. The 40-year old zoo keeper is still in intensive care at the Royal North Shore Hospital after the elephant crushed her against a bollard on October 19. Read SafetyCulture report. The zoo director confirmed that the victim is …

AMSA welcomes ATSB report on coastal pilotage and shipping safety improvements

Reported by Haydee | 29 Oct, 2012

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority welcomes the release of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report of Queensland’s coastal pilotage. AMSA is working closely with pilots and pilotage providers to work on the report’s three recommendations by 2013, including assigning overall responsibility of risk management of pilotage to pilotage providers. Shipping traffic safety at the …

Will National Bullying Laws Allow Compensation for Idle Workers?

Reported by Admin | 28 Oct, 2012

According to a report in today’s edition of The Telegraph, workers that are employed in jobs considered “cushy” will be able to claim worker’s compensation for not being given enough work in the new national laws designed to fight bullying in the workplace. Various employer groups are calling the laws included in a draft code …

Study on side airbags for crash protection

Reported by Haydee | 27 Oct, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder has recently announced the results of a study on the effectiveness of side airbags at the Australian Performance Vehicles (APV) Tech Centre. The research was conducted by analysing a range of side airbag systems along with police injury crash data in Australia and New Zealand. This was …

Comcare to take the lead in promoting quad bike safety

Reported by Haydee | 27 Oct, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Minister Bill Shorten has asked ComCare to lead in helping eliminate the risks associated with quad bike use within the Commonwealth jurisdiction. Comcare’s role will include: Requiring senior leaders of employers in the scheme to review their use of quad bikes Agreeing with employers plans to replace in the scheme to replace …