Worker Crushed by Truck with Learner at the Wheel

Reported by Admin | 31 May, 2013

A man was killed in Kiama at one of the National Broadband Network (NBN) worksites according to a report released by the company. According to the NSW police the 57-year-old man was retrieving something from the rear of his truck when a 20-year-old learner driver who was unaccompanied got into an NBN truck parked directly …

200 Safety Specialists Hired by Telecommunications Firm for Asbestos Inspections

Reported by Admin | 30 May, 2013

Telstra has committed to hiring 200 safety specialists according to an ABC Online report after a number of sites in different states have been closed due to concerns about asbestos exposure.  These inspectors will be responsible for asbestos inspections at asbestos-related worksites connected to the NBN (National Broadband Network) rollout. Brendan Riley, the company’s chief …

Are you Eligible for the Safety Coach Program?

Reported by Admin | 30 May, 2013

WorkCover NSW is making safety coaches available for the Wooden structural component manufacturing industry. It is a limited opportunity and open to 50 businesses in the Wollongong, Sydney metropolitan, Central Coast and Newcastle areas. The program involves an expert safety coach visiting your business to help improve safety for kitchen manufacturing and timber joinery businesses …

Dangerous Amusement Rides Closed with Prohibition Notices in QLD Last Year

Reported by Admin | 29 May, 2013

In Queensland last year, ten amusement rides were deemed dangerous to potentially cause injury and were issued prohibition notices and temporarily stopped from operating. A further 41 improvement notices were issued by inspectors for not meeting the required regulations requirements. Auditors and engineers in the carnival industry say that the safety of rides has improved …

Man Injured in Leongatha Quad Bike Accident

Reported by Admin | 29 May, 2013

A man received critical injuries in a quad bike accident on Monday and was airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. The accident happened at a rural property in Leongatha at about 4.45pm. Emergency services were called to the scene, when they arrived they found the 38 year old man unconscious next to his overturned quad …

Workers Comp Premiums set to Rise for ACT Construction in July

Reported by Admin | 28 May, 2013

Due to a record number workers compensation claims in the last 12 months for serious injuries insurance premiums for the ACT construction industry are likely to rise. The newest actuarial calculations of employment risk are used to decide on the premiums in the ACT and they have been mostly steady since the data was initially …

Mine Safety Fears with Change to Vehicle Policy

Reported by Admin | 28 May, 2013

The CFMEU (Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union) has said that it is concerned about a new light vehicle policy being rolled out in 2016 by a large mining company that will not allow ROPS (rollover protection systems) on site. The company concerned denies that their planned policy will jeopardise the safety of workers as …

Truck Driver Fatality on Tonkin Highway in Perth

Reported by Admin | 28 May, 2013

A truck driver was killed at Maddington in the North East of Perth about 8pm on Sunday evening. According to police the 41-year-old truck driver was hit by a car that was northbound on the Tonkin Highway. At the time of the incident the truck driver was wearing black and standing next to his truck …

Australian Chicken Producer Faces Charges Over Worker Fatality

Reported by Admin | 25 May, 2013

One of the largest chicken producers in Australia is facing four charges of the death of one of contract their workers by decapitation in North Laverton in 2010. WorkSafe Victoria has brought four charges against the company including: – Failure to supply a safe system of work – Failure to provide information, instruction, training or …

APS Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference

Reported by Admin | 25 May, 2013

The 10th Industrial and Organisational Psychology (IOP) Conference will be held at the Perth Convention Centre from Wednesday the 3rd of July to Saturday the 6th of July 2013 and it is now open for registration. This is an international conference that is attracting experts on workplace safety, wellbeing and leadership from all over the …

Unions Feel Victorious About QLD Compensation Outcome

Reported by Admin | 24 May, 2013

Unions in Queensland are feeling victorious now that a state parliamentary committee has recommended that most of the state’s workers compensation scheme remain intact. Some of the recommendations in their findings include: – Retaining the existing definitions about who and the types of injuries that are covered – Keeping the ability of workers to submit …

Funding Announced to Improve Health Worker Safety

Reported by Admin | 23 May, 2013

The Victorian state government announced funding boosts over the weekend that are designed to reduce or eradicate violence against hospital staff. The Health Minister David Davis announced the funding for regional hospitals to ensure the safety of doctors, nurses and other health staff working hospitals. The state government is also drafting legislation that will ensure …

Caustic Soda Served Instead of Salt Affects Diners Eating Fast Food

Reported by Admin | 23 May, 2013

Eleven people, including 5 children under the age of 10, needed to have hospital treatment after caustic soda was added to their food at a fast food restaurant in Bunbury instead of salt. Two adults needed to be flown to Perth for further treatment and 3 of the children had to stay in hospital. Caustic …

Productivity Lost Last Year Equals 1500 Years in South Australia

Reported by Admin | 23 May, 2013

WorkCover SA said that the total of working days that were lost in the financial year 2011-2012 was more than 560,000 days. In addition to the days that were lost in South Australia there were 26,523 claims recorded for the same financial year for a cost of almost $208 million to the SA Workers Rehabilitation …

Four Workers Hurt as Boat Collides with Pier

Reported by Admin | 23 May, 2013

Four workers were transported to hospital after the fishing boat they were working on collided with the Portsea pier yesterday. A spokesperson for the police said that the commercial fishing boat that had a captain and three divers aboard hit the pier at about 12.15pm yesterday. Police said that the boat was travelling at an …

Comcare granted leave to appeal injury during sex case

Reported by Haydee | 23 May, 2013

The High Court has granted Comcare a special leave to appeal application in the PVYW case earlier this month. In a media statement, Comcare said that it is “seeking a ruling from the High Court that the circumstances surrounding an injury may be relevant to an assessment of whether an injury occrs in the course …

Worker Falls at Victorian Power Plant

Reported by Admin | 23 May, 2013

A worker has been taken to hospital after he fell more than two metres yesterday afternoon at a power station in the east of Victoria. Emergency services were called to the power plant around 2pm after a worker fell from a mezzanine floor to the floor directly below it. According to the Ambulance Victoria spokesperson …

Google Glass is here. Can it save Workers’ Lives?

Reported by Admin | 23 May, 2013

Google’s development of a wearable, hands-free, computer/camera/communication device is a major technological advance. As innovators in the field of cutting-edge Safety Management Systems, we at SafetyCulture are asking the question… Can Google Glass Save Workers’ Lives? At the very least, can it help us manage worker safety more efficiently? We think the answer is yes. …

Asbestos Audit Project

Reported by Haydee | 22 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library SafeWork SA and the Environment Protection Authority are conducting an ongoing audit to examine licence compliance among asbestos removalists in South Australia. Fifteen percent of the state’s licensed asbestos removalists have already been audited between June 2012 and January 2013. “The incorrect and illegal removal of asbestos, as well as its transport …

Prison Van Overturns on the Way to Lithgow Jail in NSW Blue Mountains

Reported by Admin | 22 May, 2013

A prison van that was carrying 12 inmates, including maximum security prisoners, overturned near Lithgow jail on Monday. The van ended up on its side at around 2.45pm, two prison officers were able to extract themselves from the vehicle but a number of people were trapped inside. Additional prison officers were sent to the scene …

NSW Minerals Council Research Reveals New Information

Reported by Admin | 22 May, 2013

New statistics revealed at the NSW Health and Safety Mining Conference this week were mostly positive though it showed that 49% of residents in NSW think that mining companies do not put a high enough priority on “responsible environmental management.” The report also revealed that two thirds of NSW support the mining industry and a …