Asbestos found at Barangaroo construction site

Reported by Haydee | 28 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Officials from the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) found 23 asbestos fragments at Sydney’s Barangaroo site. The discovery happened just ten minutes after a building and engineering company told them the area has been certified to be asbestos-free. According to a Courier Mail report, CFMEU organiser Darren Taylor said workers …

New action plan for wood industry safety launched

Reported by Haydee | 28 Feb, 2013

A new action plan which aims to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, and improve injury management has been launched today. WorkCover NSW launched the Wood Products Manufacturing Industry Action Plan at the Smithfield business Carrera by Design. General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson launched the plan together with the Industry …

Research projects on compensation health funded

Reported by Haydee | 28 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Twelve new research projects focused on improving outcomes for WorkSafe Victoria clients and the Transport Accident Commission has been funded through the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCCR) 2013 Development Grants Program. A total funding of almost $530,000 was allotted to these research projects which are expected to offer benefits …

Union partners with health organisation to raise awareness on workplace mental health

Reported by Haydee | 27 Feb, 2013

The Australian Workers Union partners with beyondblue to tackle depression and anxiety in the workplace. The partnership was launched last Wednesday, 20 February, by AWU Secretary Paul Howes and beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO at the AWU National Conference 2013 on the Gold Coast. AWU National Secretary Paul Howes said mental illness resulting from circumstances …

Peak construction body questions levy hike to ensure work safety

Reported by Haydee | 27 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Master Builders Australia expressed its commitment in promoting work safety in the ACT construction sites but has questioned on the necessity of imposing further costs on business through new levies to reduce workplace injuries. According to a Canberra Times report, Canberra’s peak construction body is questioning whether the levies will actually reduce …

QLD: Flood Safety Caution for Rural Workers

Reported by Julia | 27 Feb, 2013

Given that there are still a few months to go in this year’s wet season, Workplace Health and Safety QLD is urging rural workers cleaning up after flooding to work safely. There are many unique risks for rural workers that their city cousins never have to face in offices or factories – not least from snakes …

Nanotechnology research conducted to ensure workplace safety

Reported by Haydee | 27 Feb, 2013

A new Queensland report for Safe Work Australia has recommended using handheld measuring instruments and conventional sampling techniques for airborne contaminants to measure exposure to nanomaterials in the workplace. The report prepared by the Queensland University of Technology’s International Laboratory for Air Quality and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), studied the operations of 6 …

QLD: Free Workshops for Businesses

Reported by Julia | 27 Feb, 2013

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is providing free workshops for small to medium enterprises to help business operators better manage workplace safety. The workshops cover a range of basic safety issues and suit both new and established businesses. Being held at most regional centres across the state, the workshops cover the following topics: basic safety …

QLD: New film for accommodation industry workers

Reported by Julia | 27 Feb, 2013

WorkCover Queensland has released a new film which features injury prevention and management for accommodation industry workers at a high risk of manual tasks related musculoskeletal injuries. WorkCover Queensland Customer Services Manager Melissa Steadman, who manages employers in the accommodation industry, said injuries at work often led to higher workers’ compensation insurance premiums and affect …

Be a Part of the 2013 Top Tradie Cup

Reported by Admin | 27 Feb, 2013

WorkSafe Victoria is ready to again run the Top Tradie contest this year beginning in April after a successful event last year. The Top Tradie Cup is specifically for construction industry workers and supervisors and the idea is for tradies to compete against their mates for the title of Victoria’s Top Tradie. The purpose of …

VIC: Safety Alert for Heat Illnesses at Work

Reported by Julia | 27 Feb, 2013

Purpose WorkSafe Victoria has issued a guidance note which provides practical advice for dealing with heat illness and related health and safety problems at workplaces. It contains recommended actions and measures to prevent or minimise the likelihood of heat illness. Background Heat illness occurs when the body cannot sufficiently cool itself. Factors that contribute to …

Safe Work Australia: 24 Australians died at work so far this year

Reported by Haydee | 27 Feb, 2013

As at 25 February 2013, 24 Australian workers have been killed at work. This is according to the latest data gathered by Safe Work Australia. Safe Work Australia records cases of work fatality and injury, updates statistics and prepares several reports. The data is an initial estimate for the number of people killed and is …

Union welcomes WorkCover Improvement Project

Reported by Haydee | 26 Feb, 2013

South Australia – Unions welcome the State Government’s announcement of the WorkCover Improvement Project. SA Unions secretary, Janet Giles said unions were promised a review in 2010 and is glad that it’s finally in progress. “A whole series of changes were made to WorkCover in 2008, which we were told would make the scheme more …

Cth: Ombudsman Speaks on Employee Rights

Reported by Julia | 26 Feb, 2013

On Friday 22 February, Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson spoke at the Aitken Workplace Forum in the Sunshine Coast. In his speech, he highlighted some common excuses employers use for underpaying staff, and outlined measures employers can take to make sure they’re meeting their obligations. Some of the common excuses we hear include: I can’t …

ACT: Workers Compensation Funding Regulatory 2013-14

Reported by Haydee | 26 Feb, 2013

Starting this year, private sector workers’ compensation insurers and self insurers will have to pay an annual levy to ensure the long term sustainability of workers’ compensation and work health and safety regulation. According to a news release by the WorkSafe ACT, the government expends around $5 million each year regulating and administering the Territory’s …

ACT: Government Acts on Construction Safety

Reported by Julia | 26 Feb, 2013

The ACT has the worst record for construction site safety in Australia, with one in every 40 workers expected to sustain a serious injury on the job each year. The territory’s rate of serious injury is nearly double the national average. As a result, the ACT government is adopting all of the 28 recommendations of …

WA: Fleet Company Fined $60,000

Reported by Julia | 26 Feb, 2013

Following a prosecution by WorkSafe WA, the Perth Magistrates Court last week fined a fleet company $60,000 after a workplace accident left a woman with a fractured skull, broken ribs and serious spinal injuries nearly three years ago. The company, which employs and contracts drivers who transport goods, pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe …

Forum to improve safety outcome for beef industry held

Reported by Haydee | 25 Feb, 2013

A forum to help employers in the beef industry improve health, safety and injury management outcomes was held on Friday. Customer Services Manager Kylie Maras considers the forum a success. “It featured a case where the employer was involved in the rehabilitation and return to work process from the onset, and how this lead to …

NECA warns against unsupervised electrical work of apprentices

Reported by Haydee | 25 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) issues a warning today reminding everyone that electrical apprentices should never undertake live electrical work nor work without suitable supervision. The warning was issued following two incidents in the ACT where apprentices suffered electrical shocks while working unsupervised on metal ladders. NECA is involved in …

Carbon monoxide dangers when using portable generators

Reported by Haydee | 25 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library NT WorkSafe has released a safety alert to remind workers and persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU’s) of the dangers of carbon monoxide exposure when suing portable generators. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas emitted during the use of petrol, gas, and to a lesser extent, diesel powered motors. It is …

NSW: WorkCover Assists with Post Storm Asbestos Removalists in Malabar

Reported by Julia | 25 Feb, 2013

WorkCover NSW has today provided assistance to the Environment Protection Authority and Randwick City Council in the immediate aftermath of Saturday night’s storm and has liaised with the licensed asbestos removalists on site. A WorkCover inspector has been on site this morning providing advice and assistance to Randwick City Council and the licensed asbestos removalists …