VIC: Motorist Injured in RACV Call-Out

Reported by Julia | 31 Mar, 2013

WorkSafe Victoria is investigating an incident where an elderly woman suffered serious injuries after being run over by her own car in an RACV roadside assistance call-out. The woman, believed to be in her 60s, is still recovering in The Alfred hospital, having sustained injuries to her leg, head and chest  – almost two weeks after she …

New Safety Levy Cost May be Passed on to Employers

Reported by Admin | 30 Mar, 2013

GIO as one of the largest workers’ compensation insurance companies in Australia has said that it is likely to pass the cost of the new construction industry safety levies in Canberra onto employers according to a report in the Canberra Times. But GIO has also warned that the safety record in the ACT is already …

New Bullying Legislation

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2013

The Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 has been introduced into federal parliament following the recent parliamentary inquiry into workplace bullying. The Bill includes the federal government’s response to a Standing Committee’s report, Workplace Bullying “We just want it to stop”. The Bill allows workers in constitutionally covered businesses to apply to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for …

WA: Working from home information session

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2013

WorkSafe WA is presenting an information session on working from home on 12 April 2013. The following issues will be canvassed: Meeting your duty of care as an employer/employee Hazards in the home Provision and maintenance of equipment and resources Working alone or in isolation Dealing with the work/life balance including distractions Workers’ compensation and …

Public Comment on Electrical Safety Regulation review

Reported by Haydee | 29 Mar, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Public comment is being sought on the Regulatory Assessment Statement (RAS) which opened on Thursday 28 March 2013. The Electrical Safety Regulation 2002 will expire and should be reviewed. A RAS has been prepared as part of the review process. Three options will be examined and are open for public comment: No …

Safe Work Australia: 34 Australian workers killed at work so far

Reported by Haydee | 29 Mar, 2013

As at 25 March 2013, 34 Australian workers have died at work. This is according to Safe Work Australia which records work fatality and injury, updates statistics and prepares several reports. The data is an initial estimate for the number of people killed and is based on initial media reports. Worker deaths by industry of …

Four Firefighters Injured in Dereel Grass Fire

Reported by Admin | 29 Mar, 2013

Four firefighters were injured while battling a grass fire at Dereel in western Victoria. At least one house was destroyed along with 12 other buildings in the fire that covered 1,300 hectares. Craig Lapsley, the Fire Services Commissioner, said that the firefighters were treated for superficial burns after the truck they were in hit a …

WorkSafe Investigates Melbourne Wall Collapse After Two Fatalities

Reported by Admin | 29 Mar, 2013

WorkSafe Victoria is investigating the collapse of a wall on a Melbourne street yesterday that has left two dead and a third, a teenager, fighting for her life in hospital. An 18-year-old woman is in a critical condition after surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She was crushed when the wall collapsed in Swanston Street …

WorkSafe Appoints New Ambassador

Reported by Julia | 29 Mar, 2013

WorkSafe Victoria has appointed paralympian Jack Swift as an ambassador for a campaign aimed at helping injured workers return to work. He was working as a labourer on a construction site when a 14-tonne excavator ran over his right leg and crushed it below the knee, requiring amputation. He was 21 years of age. He …

WA: Amendments to Provisional Improvement Notices

Reported by Julia | 28 Mar, 2013

WorkSafe WA has recently amended the provisional improvement notice (PIN) form used by qualified safety and health representatives (SHR). A PIN is a notice issued to a person requiring them to address a safety and health concern in the workplace. These amendments have been made to clarify the date the incident occurred and outline the …

WorkCover Stresses Care to Prevent Injuries from falls

Reported by Julia | 28 Mar, 2013

More than 71,000 workers were injured and 24 killed over the past three years as a result of injuries from slips, trips and falls. WorkCover NSW is reminding businesses of the importance of preventing such injuries. Slips, trips and falls are among the most common causes of workplace injuries and deaths. According to the General Manager …

WorkSafe Investigates Farm Death

Reported by Julia | 28 Mar, 2013

Worksafe WA is investigating the death of a man at a farm in Harvey  yesterday afternoon. A 56-year-old farmer died after he was struck on the head by the ramp of a horse transport truck. A WorkSafe spokeswoman said the incident happened just after the man had offloaded horses and was walking past the truck when …

Sedentary Work Dangerous for Blue Collar Workers

Reported by Admin | 28 Mar, 2013

New research is now showing us that sitting for shorter amounts of time is more important for our health than actual exercise. Most of the time when we think of jobs that are sedentary it is sitting in an office that we think of first but there are plenty of blue collar workers whose jobs …

The Compendium of Workers’ Compensation Statistics 2010-11 released

Reported by Haydee | 27 Mar, 2013

Safe Work Australia released today the Compendium of Workers’ Compensation Statistics Australia 2010-11 report. The Compendium gives a detailed analysis of compensated work-related injury and illness among employees in the country. This is the twentieth report released as part of the Compendium series. According to Safe Work Australia, preliminary data in the Compendium revealed that …

Work Safety Commissioner reacts to MBA review of Getting Home Safely Report

Reported by Haydee | 27 Mar, 2013

Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe Photo: WorkSafe ACT Work Safety ACT Commissioner Mark McCabe released a statement today in response to Master Builders Australia’s review of the Getting Home Safely report. Mr McCabe said that while he recognises MBA’s commitment to addressing safety issues and their cooperation, some aspects of their statement regarding the report …

Wharfies rally to fight for workplace safety

Reported by Haydee | 26 Mar, 2013

Photo: Maritime Union of Australia Hundreds of wharfies and union members have rallied across Australia to protest objections to a national stevedoring code of practice. The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is calling on the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to cease a campaign against the national stevedoring code of practice. Workers staged …

Feedback sought for draft Managing the Risk of Fatigue at Work Guide

Reported by Haydee | 26 Mar, 2013

Comcare is asking for public comments and feedback on the draft Managing the Risk of Fatigue at Work Guide released by Safe Work Australia. The draft model guide offers practical guidance for duty holders on managing fatigue and ensuring that it does not contribute to health and safety risks at the workplace. Feedback can be …

WorkCover issues warning on cherry picker safety

Reported by Haydee | 26 Mar, 2013

WorkCover NSW issued a reminder for workers and businesses using elevating work platforms (EWP) to ensure they have proper safety procedures in place following the fifth serious accident involving EWP in less than 12 months. A worker was killed while several others were seriously injured since May 2012 after either falling from a EWP while …

The AFL Working Man’s Club Supports Top Tradie Comp

Reported by Admin | 26 Mar, 2013

The AFL working man’s club has announced its support for safety in the workplace with four Bulldogs players being named as ambassadors for Worksafe Victoria’s Top Tradie Cup competition. Daniel Giansiracusa, Liam Jones, Jordan Roughead and Adam Cooney are the players named as the ambassadors for the WorkSafe program. The Top Tradie competition, which is …

Safety Alert: Rubber Seal Problem on Charge Kettle

Reported by Admin | 26 Mar, 2013

What happened? An ANFO loading kettle lid rubber seal failed when under pressure and the air began to quickly leak around the top. The workers that were operating the kettle saw what looked like smoke emanating from the seal. The rubber seal had become hot to touch and began to perish. The original seal had …

High Pressure Air Compressor Safety Alert

Reported by Admin | 26 Mar, 2013

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland have issued a safety alert on the use of high pressure air compressors the purpose being to warn owners and users of a possible issue with the aluminium alloy air compressor oil/water separator units. The background The separator units separate and push out oil from compressed air condensate which means …