Van Roll Over Causes Inmate Injuries

Reported by Admin | 30 Apr, 2013

Two prisoners were flown to hospital last week after a prison van lost control in southern New South Wales. It was suspected that the prisoners needed treatment for leg fractures and spinal injuries. The accident happened at about 2pm on a dirt road actually inside the correctional centre where the inmates were working. An additional …

Construction Workers Rally in the Name of Workplace Safety

Reported by Admin | 30 Apr, 2013

According to a report in the Herald Sun thousands rallied today, marching through the centre of Melbourne led by the CFMEU in the name of safety in the workplace. The march began outside the Trades Hall with a minute’s silence while facing the site in Swanston Street where three people died in a recent wall …

Shorten urges workers not to ignore small work hazards

Reported by Haydee | 29 Apr, 2013

Photo: Ministers’ Media Centre Employment Minister Bill Shorten encouraged Australian workers to observe even small hazards in their workplaces as it could result to injuries or death. Speaking after unveiling the National Workers Memorial at Kings Park in Canberra for the inaugural International Workers Memorial Day, Mr Shorten said most workplace related deaths and injuries …

Workers Day Memorial Series: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Reported by Admin | 29 Apr, 2013

For the last in our serious we are going to look at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire that happened in New York City and is considered the deadliest industrial accident in New York’s history. What Happened in New York The fire happened on Saturday the 25th March 1911 and out of the 500 workers that …

Appeal to stop quad bike deaths from happening

Reported by Haydee | 29 Apr, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Safe Work Australia is calling on all quad bike manufacturers to immediately reconsider their position on fitting crush protection devices to quad bikes to help prevent quad bike deaths and injuries. Chief Executive Officer, Mr Rex Hoy said quad bikes are the leading cause of fatalities in Australian farms. “With over an …

A Call For Tougher Laws for Negligent Employers

Reported by Admin | 29 Apr, 2013

There has been a call for tougher laws for negligent employers following the opening of the Canberra national memorial attended by Kay Catanzariti whose son died in a workplace accident in July 2012. The memorial is a place where loved ones will be able to mourn the loss of the thousands that have lost their …

Workers Day Memorial Series: Courrières Mine Disaster

Reported by Admin | 27 Apr, 2013

Today we are going to look at what is considered the worst mining accident in Europe. The Courrières mine disaster was the cause of death for 1,099 miners many of them were children. What Happened in France The Courrières mine disaster happened on the 10th March 1906. A dust explosion filled the mine, operating since …

Workers Day Memorial Series: 2012 Pakistan Garment Factory Fire

Reported by Admin | 26 Apr, 2013

In today’s post we are going to visit a more recent incident from our Asian neighbours. It concerns an incident in the Pakistani city of Karachi on the 11th September last year that is considered the worst industrial accident in the country’s history. What Happened in the Fire In Karachi the fire occurred at a …

Lessons Learned From the Fertiliser Plant Tragedy

Reported by Admin | 26 Apr, 2013

A number of people died and the small town of West in Texas was devastated by the massive explosion that reportedly levelled a fertiliser plant last week. The casualties included emergency responders and volunteer fire crew members however the authorities cannot confirm the number of casualties till they have thoroughly searched the rubble that was …

Company fined after worker severed finger

Reported by Haydee | 26 Apr, 2013

The Industrial Court on Monday fined a Monarto-based manufacturing company $26,250 plus legal fees after a worker’s finger was caught in a machine that had no guard in place in August 2011 resulting to amputation. The company was prosecuted under the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 for failure to ensure the machinery was …

WorkSafe appeal on work safety breach fines succeeds

Reported by Haydee | 26 Apr, 2013

WorkSafe WA was successful in appealing a reduction in penalties against a Malaga-based crane company and its two Directors. The company was originally fined $90,000 and the directors were each fined $45,000 in March 2011 over the death of a 22-year-old rigger in 2007. The Directors appealed the penalty against them and the company. This …

Remember workplace deaths on International Day of Mourning

Reported by Haydee | 26 Apr, 2013

A few days before the International Day of Mourning on April 28, WorkCover NSW is reminding all businesses and workers to remember people who have lost their lives from workplace incidents. Chief Executive Officer Julie Newman said the event is a time to pay tribute to workers who have died as a result of a …

Entries now accepted for the WorkSafe Awards

Reported by Haydee | 25 Apr, 2013

WorkSafe Victoria is calling on all people and organisations who are dedicated in making a positive difference in workplaces to enter this year’s WorkSafe Awards. The awards, which recognise safety ideas and innovations, groups and businesses who have demonstrated excellence in workplace safety and in the return to work field will have twelve categories this …

Workers Day Memorial Series: Boston Molasses Disaster

Reported by Admin | 25 Apr, 2013

The Boston Molasses Disaster was also known as the Great Molasses Flood and it happened in the North End neighbourhood of Boston on January 15th, 1919. A Sticky Situation in Boston The Great Molasses Flood happened on a day where the temperature had reached more than 40˚ F after much cooler temperatures the preceding few …

Police Officer Injured While on the Job

Reported by Admin | 25 Apr, 2013

A police officer in Western Australia was injured when a car at a random breath testing station hit him. Senior Sergeant Richard Moore, the acting officer in charge at Bunbury, said that it would be alleged that the police were holding a Random Breath Test Action at Norton Promenade in Dalyellup when the incident happened. …

Tassie Worker Fatality to be Investigated

Reported by Admin | 25 Apr, 2013

Workplace Standards has begun an investigation onto the death of a man in a workplace incident yesterday at Bell Bay in the north of Tasmania. A police spokesperson said that the 43-year-old worker from Gravelly Beach was trapped under steel plating. The Fire Service was called to the scene to rescue the man but he …

Celebrate Safety Heroes with the NSCA/GIO Awards

Reported by Admin | 24 Apr, 2013

The 21st annual National Safety Awards of Excellence are open for nominations and the NSCA (National Safety Council of Australia) is encouraging all ‘safety heroes’ to enter and gain recognition for leadership, best practice initiatives and innovations around safety. The National Safety Awards of Excellence are Australia’s premium safety recognition and they celebrate the ‘outstanding …

Workers Day Memorial Series: Texas City Disaster

Reported by Admin | 24 Apr, 2013

In this second post in our series we saw it fitting, in the wake of last weeks fertiliser plant explosion, to look at another disaster in Texas that involved an explosion of 2,300 tonnes of ammonium nitrate. What Happened at Texas City It was April 16, 1947 when what is still classed as the ‘deadliest’ …

WorkSafe ACT launches new work safety campaign

Reported by Haydee | 24 Apr, 2013

The ACT Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe has announced today the launch of a new safety campaign, Speak Up About Safety. The campaign aims to encourage workers and supervisors in the ACT to be actively involved in discussions about safety concerns. The campaign will be an ongoing initiative and will kick-off with a series of …

ACCI rejects bullying provisions

Reported by Haydee | 24 Apr, 2013

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has rejected provisions to establish a new bullying jurisdiction. These provisions are part of the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013, which is now before a Senate inquiry. The bill will give effect to the federal government’s response to the report, Workplace Bullying – We just want to stop …

Workers Day Memorial Series: The Westgate Bridge Disaster

Reported by Admin | 23 Apr, 2013

It is International Workers Memorial Day on Sunday the 28th April and this week we are going to look back over some of histories major workplace accidents. We will not just have a look at what happened but also the causes and at the things that we have learned especially with the benefit of hindsight. …