ACT: Blitz Results in Over 80 Improvement Notices

Reported by Julia | 31 Jan, 2013

Further to Safetyculture’s story yesterday on the safety blitz by WorkSafe ACT on building sites in the north Canberra suburb of Harrison, the watchdog has issued scores of improvement notices and on-the-spot fines. The raids by WorkSafe ACT inspectors on Wednesday were part of an ongoing campaign to improve safety in the construction industry. More …

Cth: PM Releases National Security Strategy

Reported by Julia | 31 Jan, 2013

Prime Minister Julia Gillard last week released the National Security Strategy, which has been welcomed by employers. The establishment of the Australian Cyber Security Centre forms part of the strategy. Last year more than five million Australians fell victim to cyber crime, which cost the economy $1.65 billion. The centre will work with industry to protect …

Cth: New Heavy Vehicle Regulator Still Only Partly Operative

Reported by Julia | 31 Jan, 2013

Further to Safetyculture’s story on the commencement of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator in January, the regulator is currently only partly operative. Initially it  restricted to administering the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and national Performance-based Standards (PBS) design and vehicle approvals. It won’t be able to administer the Heavy Vehicle National Law until …

Cth: Public Comment on Chemical Security Legislation Open Until 1 March

Reported by Julia | 31 Jan, 2013

Further to Safetyculture’s story on the federal government’s proposed national voluntary code of practice for businesses to prevent chemicals being used in terrorist attacks, public comment is open until 1 March The proposed legislation is the draft National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern. The 11 chemicals which have been identified as being of …

WorkCover cautions workers from re-using drums

Reported by Haydee | 31 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW reminds all workers to take extra caution when working with empty drums after a man suffered serious burns when a drum he was cutting exploded. Acting General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy, said the 41-year old worker was injured last week when the 44 gallon …

Investigation Commences into QLD Train Derailment

Reported by Admin | 31 Jan, 2013

A six-car commuter train broke through a concrete stopper and derailed this morning about 9.40, coming to a stop in the newly refurbished bathrooms at Cleveland station in Queensland. Jim Benstead, the acting CEO of Queensland Rail said that it was too early to speculate as to why the train failed to stop but the …

Workers injured from wall collapse

Reported by Haydee | 31 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Two workers were brought to the hospital after they were injured in a wall collapse at a Hawthorn building site in Victoria. According to The Age, the two men, both in their twenties were working at the building site just before 11am today when the accident happened. They were smoothing off concrete …

Health workers given stronger protection from assault with law reforms

Reported by Haydee | 31 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Health workers will now have increased protection as changes to regulations under the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 will make it an aggravated offence to assault a broad range of health professionals. Offenders will face increased penalties of up to 25 years imprisonment under the amended laws. Attorney General John Rau said …

Work health and safety advocates recognised in Australia Day Honours

Reported by Haydee | 31 Jan, 2013

WHS achievers were some of this year’s Australia Day Honours recipient. Honours were given to people from different areas of expertise. Mr James Patrick Smith received the Australian Fire Service Medal for ensuring highest levels of safety, ensuring effective outcomes for the firefighters under his command and the community. Sergeant Michael James Butler was awarded …

WorkSafe Victoria Urges Care for Asbestos Removal After Bushfires

Reported by Admin | 31 Jan, 2013

WorkSafe Victoria has issued a reminder to Victorians that are cleaning up following property loss in the recent bushfires to be careful and avoid exposure to asbestos during the process. Asbestos was used a lot up until the late 80’s in roofing, sheet walls, ceilings and moulded products like flues, downpipes, guttering and, water and …

Worker Fatality Means $275,000 Fine for Boat Company

Reported by Admin | 31 Jan, 2013

A boat company located in the northern suburbs of Melbourne has been fined $275,000 after a worker died at their site in December 2011. The company was convicted last Friday on charges that related to the death of an independent contractor during a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court. The boat company makes, services and …

VIC: New WorkHealth mobile unit to visit business parks

Reported by Julia | 31 Jan, 2013

Workers at the many businesses based at Virginia Park business park, Bentleigh East, will be the first to receive a visit from WorkSafe Victoria’s new WorkHealth mobile unit, which will be on site delivering free, confidential WorkHealth checks from 30 January to tomorrow, 1 February. The WorkHealth mobile unit is designed to give Victorian workers …

TAS: Preventing body strain for dental workers

Reported by Julia | 31 Jan, 2013

Oral Health Services Tasmania has received a grant from WorkCover Tasmania to investigate how body strain injuries in dental health care workers can be prevented. Oral Health Services is part of the Tasmanian Health Organisation South and employs over 200 workers, providing dental services to the public. ‘The body strain injuries that dental health care …

Canberra construction site shut down by WorkSafe ACT

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A construction site in Canberra where an apprentice suffered from an electric shock last week has been shut down by WorkSafe ACT. The building contractor has been issued with a prohibition notice for breaches of work safety legislation which will prevent them from undertaking further work on the site. According to ABC, …

Finalists for the 8th annual Safe Work Australia Awards announced

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jan, 2013

The finalists for the 8th annual Safe Work Australia Awards have been announced today by the Chief Executive Officer of Safe Work Australia, Mr Rex Hoy. Mr Hoy commended the outstanding contributions that the finalists have made to improve work health and safety. “The 29 finalists across five categories have demonstrated what can be achieved …

VIC: Tips for workplace health and wellbeing programs

Reported by Julia | 30 Jan, 2013

WorkSafe Victoria and WorkHealth have issued some tips for workplace health and wellbeing programs. The thought of implementing a health and wellbeing program in a workplace can be a bit daunting, but the small things can really make a difference. Try these things in your workplace and get off to a healthy start in 2013! …

QLD: Government Funds Workplace Quit Smoking Program

Reported by Julia | 30 Jan, 2013

Under the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (Healthy Workers), the Queensland and Australian Governments are implementing the Workplace for Wellness Initiative. The initiative seeks to engage and support Queensland workers to make positive and sustainable behaviour changes that reduce lifestyle-related health risk factors and improve their health. The Workplace Quit Smoking Program is a key activity of the …

ACT: Blitz on Canberra Building Sites

Reported by Julia | 30 Jan, 2013

WorkSafe ACT, the territory’s work safety watchdog, has continued its crackdown on construction sites, concentrating most recently on north Canberra. Seven inspectors are currently working in three-teams across new housing in the suburb of Harrison. WorkSafe ACT says its priority is to ensure builders have appropriate safety signage, fencing and protections in place. Late last …

Two Workers Hurt in Melbourne Construction Site Accident

Reported by Admin | 30 Jan, 2013

WorkCover Victoria inspectors are investigating an incident that happened at a Melbourne construction site at around 11am today. In the incident two workers were trapped when a rock wall that they were building at the construction site collapsed. The wall was being built in a 20 metre pit and rescue crews needed to lift the …

NSW: Death at Metal Factory

Reported by Julia | 30 Jan, 2013

WorkCover NSW is investigating after a male worker died following an incident at a Tomago metal manufacturing plant last week. Initial enquiries indicate that the 40 year old worker was removing chains from a load when he was struck by lifting equipment suspended from an overhead crane. The worker was transferred to hospital but later …

Safety first for workers and employers involved in flood clean-up

Reported by Haydee | 29 Jan, 2013

After the heavy rains and flood experienced in Queensland during the weekend, it’s time for clean-up. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) reminds workers and employers involved in the flood and storm recovery efforts of their safety rights and responsibilities. “These laws are in place to protect Queenslanders. By being vigilant and maintaining safety during …