Teachers Injured in School Gas Leak Incident

Reported by Admin | 30 Nov, 2012

In an incident yesterday afternoon, thirteen students and two teachers were transported to hospital after gas was released during a year seven science experiment at a Sydney High School, in all according to a Channel 9 online report 24 people were affected. Paramedics were called to the school at about 2.15pm when it was reported …

NSW: Engineering Checks Recommended for Cranes

Reported by Julia | 30 Nov, 2012

Further to SafetyCulture’s story on a crane that caught fire this week on a building site at the University of Technology in inner-Sydney, WorkCover has called for engineering checks on cranes at Sydney building sites. The construction company which manages the building site has promised to “work closely” with authorities investigating the accident. The construction workers’ union …

NSW: Chemical Leak Under Investigation

Reported by Julia | 30 Nov, 2012

WorkCover New South Wales is investigating a chemical leak at an Upper Hunter water treatment plant last month. 2,000 litres of hydrochloric acid escaped from a vat at the Denman plant before being contained by staff. Nobody was injured in the incident. WorkCover has issued three improvement notices to Muswellbrook Shire Council in relation to emergency …

NSW: National Parks Employees Exempt from WorkCover Changes

Reported by Julia | 30 Nov, 2012

In a recent judgment, the Industrial Court of NSW has ruled that NSW park and forestry employees are to be exempt from WorkCover changes when conducting firefighting duties, such as hazard reduction burning. The controversial WorkCover amendment, which caps benefits and medical expenses, was passed by the NSW parliament in June. But it included an amendment …

Comcare Calls for Feedback on Regulation Policy

Reported by Admin | 30 Nov, 2012

Comcare is looking for public feedback on its newly revised Regulation policy, which describes their regulatory approach to the enhancement of the health, safety and welfare of workers via education, assurance and enforcement. Comcare has an expectation that federal laws are complied with while encouraging best practice conformance. The Regulation policy communicates the framework and …

July 2012 Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Report now available

Reported by Haydee | 30 Nov, 2012

Safe Work Australia has recently released the Notifiable Fatalities Monthly report for the month of July where 10 work-related notifiable fatalities were reported – 8 male workers; 1 female worker and 1 male bystander. Of these fatalities, 2 were categorised as Fall from a height; and 2 as being Hit by falling object. The remaining …

WorkCover issues warning on working in hot weather

Reported by Haydee | 30 Nov, 2012

WorkCover NSW issued a warning for workers to take precautions during the coming weeks as the Australian Bureau of Meteorology expects hot weather conditions in NSW. WorkCover General Manager of Workplace Health and Safety Division John Watson said the Bureau predicted day time temperatures to reach the mid 40s during the period. “Employers and workers, …

Court Orders Labour Hire Firm to Pay for Safety Improvements

Reported by Admin | 30 Nov, 2012

The Geelong Magistrate’s Court ordered a labour hire company to spend $200,000 on the improvement of safety on what it deemed as dangerous machines at one of its client’s workplaces. The court order came about after a worker was dragged hip deep into rollers that were not guarded properly and received serious ankle and pelvic …

QLD: Doctor Seeks Compensation for Wrist Injury

Reported by Julia | 30 Nov, 2012

WorkCover Queensland is defending a compensation claim in excess of $2 million brought by a doctor who sustained a wrist injury he claims from writing too much and performing fiddly medical procedures. The doctor is seeking $2,336,198 in damages from the Cairns District Health Service and WorkCover. In a claim lodged with WorkCover, the health …

SunSmart Develops Education Services for Victorian Workplaces

Reported by Admin | 29 Nov, 2012

SunSmart has created a face-to-face Education Program for Workplaces in Victoria. All employers have Occupational Health and Safety responsibilities under the current legislation and the model Managing the Work Environment and Facilities Code of Practice when it comes to ensuring workers are protected when outdoors. The program is designed to help both employers and workers …

WorkCover calls for a roundtable discussion on crane safety

Reported by Haydee | 29 Nov, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW is calling for a special crane industry roundtable discussion next Tuesday in the wake of the crane collapse at inner Sydney’s construction site. Read SafetyCulture report General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division John Watson said the outcome could have been tragic, and had put the safety spotlight …

SA: 4-year Asbestos Safety Action Plan to be released this week

Reported by Haydee | 29 Nov, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library South Australia’s four-year Asbestos Safety Action Plan will be released at the end of this week, detailing practical activities and continued efforts by stakeholders to manage asbestos and prevent its effects. Minister for Industrial Relations Russell Wortley during the official launch of the Asbestos Awareness Week 2012 said every South Australian worker …

Companies Fined After Trench Collapse in Melbourne’s East

Reported by Admin | 29 Nov, 2012

Two companies were fined $30,000 each after an incident where a worker was hurt when a trench collapsed. At the time they were working on a major sewage pipeline project. Both companies entered a plea of guilty at the Ringwood Magistrate’s Court last Friday to two charges under the OHS Act. The first was the …

Safe Work Australia: 167 Australian died at work so far this year

Reported by Haydee | 29 Nov, 2012

As at 28 November 2012, 167 Australians have died while at work. This is according to the latest data gathered by Safe Work Australia. During the same period last year, 150 workers have died at work. Safe Work Australia records cases of work fatality and injury, updates statistics and prepares several reports. The data is …

More Support for Staying Healthy While Working in Sedentary Roles

Reported by Admin | 29 Nov, 2012

We reported at the end of the end of August on how living and working a sedentary lifestyle can be very bad for your health, see the SafetyCulture report here. Now Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) have released a Guide – “Physical Activity in the Workplace”  that WorkSafe Victoria has recommended in their latest bulletin …

New WorkSafe Online Portal for Health and Safety Representatives

Reported by Admin | 29 Nov, 2012

WorkSafe Victoria has launched an online portal for health and safety representatives at http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/hsr. The portal is a collection of practical information and advice on how to elect health and safety representatives (HSR’s), how designated work group’s function, consultation in the workplace, HSR committees and tips on issue resolution. People are encouraged to register so …

NSW: Broadening of Directors’ Duty of Care

Reported by Julia | 29 Nov, 2012

A significant change under the harmonised workplace health and safety (WHS) laws is the widening of the duty of care (previously imposed on employers and landowners) to cover ‘a person conducting a business or undertaking’ (PCBU). It is no longer a case of 9am to 5pm office operations; businesses must now consider where they send …

WHSQ Findings From “Control of Major Risks on Civil Construction Sites Campaign”

Reported by Admin | 28 Nov, 2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland released the report for the statewide enforcement campaign, Control of major risks on civil construction sites, in October 2012. Overall there were 590 assessments delivered by the campaign in the nine months that it ran, 362 businesses were visited by inspectors which equates to about 10-15% of the civil construction …

ACT construction industry report receives good response from government

Reported by Haydee | 28 Nov, 2012

Photo: WorkSafe ACT website A recent report on Canberra’s construction safety saying the ACT construction industry has the worst safety condition has received good response from the government. ABC News reported that ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe says he is satisfied with the overall response to the report. “There seemed to be wide-spread acceptance …

Crane operator hailed hero after crane collapse in Sydney

Reported by Haydee | 28 Nov, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The operator of a crane which collapsed yesterday became an instant hero after he swung the arm of the crane so it fell on scaffolding and not on the busy streets below. “The fire just began… just started,” the crane operator named Glen told Channel Ten. “I got down. I tried to …

Zero Harm at Work Leadership Forum

Reported by Haydee | 28 Nov, 2012

A leadership forum which focused at the challenges of building safety into contractor management systems was conducted where construction industry leaders shared their expertise. McNab hosted a Zero Harm at Work Leadership Program forum for leaders in the construction industry. Representatives from James L. Williams, Lend Lease and BP discussed the importance of strong safety …