Report on the Seacare Scheme review released

Reported by Haydee | 21 May, 2013

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten has released the report of Seacare Scheme review on Monday. The report sets out 67 recommendations to improve the scheme’s coverage, governance, workers’ compensation costs and legislative inconsistencies. A number of the recommendations seek to align the Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 with the …

Reviewed Guidance Requirements for Apprentices Released in ACT

Reported by Admin | 21 May, 2013

According to WorkSafe ACT, apprentices undertaking high risk work at construction sites in Canberra will be safer under their new crackdown. Commissioner Mark McCabe is releasing two sets of guidance requirements for the supervision of apprentices. They include a ban on trainees and apprentices working without the mandated supervision or working without the necessary accreditation. …

Computer Safety Simulation is More than a Game

Reported by Admin | 21 May, 2013

The White Card Game is a first-person shooter game that trains people in safety for construction sites. To play you choose a character and then enter a virtual building site where you must identify, control and report workplace hazards without being injured or causing the death of a fellow worker. White card certification is a …

Two Seriously Injured at Meatworks

Reported by Admin | 21 May, 2013

Two workers suffered serious injuries at a meatworks in Warrnambool on Sunday. The factory was closed by WorkSafe Victoria pending an investigation into the incident that left one man with life threatening injuries and a second in a serious condition. The incident happened on Sunday afternoon, according to WorkSafe inspectors both received an electric shock …

Fete Ride Incident Investigated by Workplace Health and Safety

Reported by Admin | 20 May, 2013

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland are investigating an accident that occurred at a school fete on the weekend. A five year old boy was flung from a spinning carnival ride called the Frisbeem during a school fete near Toowoomba. He received severe head injuries and was flown to the Mater Children’s Hospital with a suspected …

MEA: WA Government should act on illegal electrical work to ensure safety

Reported by Haydee | 20 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Australia Master Electricians Australia has called on The Western Australian Government to take illegal electrical work seriously, and to direct more inspection resources to discourage unsafe do-it-yourself electrical works in homes. MEA urges the Government to do the following actions: Conduct major media campaign by highlighting electrical safety and the dangers of unlicensed …

Poultry worker injured while handling cutting machine

Reported by Haydee | 20 May, 2013

A poultry worker in Geelong was injured after his right arm was pulled into a cutting machine at a poultry processing plant in Breakwater, Victoria on Friday. The 40-year-old worker was dragged into the cutting machine when his clothing became stuck. According to Geelong Advertiser, he was brought to Geelong Hospital for an emergency surgery. …

Conference Focus is Mine Health and Safety Through Technology

Reported by Admin | 20 May, 2013

A conference on mine health and safety will be held this week in Pokolbin with one of the key speakers being a former risk manager for an international space station. The focus of the conference will be on how the latest in technology can be utilised to help manage workplace health and safety within the …

Builder Renovations Expose Family to Asbestos

Reported by Admin | 18 May, 2013

A couple and their two young children aged 5 and 3 have had to leave their home because of the way the builder renovating their home allegedly mishandled asbestos materials. WorkSafe ACT will be referring the builder involved to the Director of Public Prosecutions because workers have put the family at risk for illnesses related to …

Local Work Health Initiatives Awarded Funding

Reported by Admin | 18 May, 2013

Two businesses operating in Darling Downs have been awarded almost $80,000 that Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has on offer for the state’s organisations that demonstrate they are leading the way with work health initiatives. Easternwell Camp Management received a grant of $37,000 to assist with the funding for its ‘Live Well with Easternwell’ program …

Truck Driver Critical After 20 Metre Fall

Reported by Admin | 17 May, 2013

There has been a call for changes to the layout of CityLink following a truck accident today where the driver was ejected from the cabin of his vehicle over a 20 drop on an overpass. The accident happened early this morning on an overpass located between Flemington and Footscray Roads. According to police a car …

WorkSafe WA reissues warning against fake High Risk Work Licences

Reported by Haydee | 17 May, 2013

Further to SafetyCulture’s story, WorkSafe WA has issued another warning on fake work licences. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said they have received additional reports of fraudulent licences since after they issued a warning this week. “We issued a warning on Tuesday to check on NSW-issued High Risk Work Licences after two fake licences were …

ATSB: Miscommunication resulted to paramedic’s death

Reported by Haydee | 16 May, 2013

A report into the death of a paramedic in 2011 when he fell to the base of a cliff after trying to rescue an injured canyoner from a rock ledge revealed issues with several safety measures in the NSW Ambulance Service. The report released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau found that the paramedic and …

Launceston Hotel Owner Fined for Safety Breaches

Reported by Admin | 16 May, 2013

The owner of a Launceston hotel and his company was awarded $20,000 in fines for a conviction on workplace safety breaches. A worker in 2012 suffered a fractured skull after falling three metres in 2012 when the hotel was being renovated. At the time of the incident he was moving furniture to a room that …

SafetyCloud is now live!

Reported by Admin | 16 May, 2013

Secure, private cloud based management for the safety checklist and inspection application, iAuditor is now live. SafetyCloud has launched offering iAuditor users a Central Management System for all their auditing activities, from any computer in a private cloud environment. This greatly extends iAuditor’s ability to meet the demands of any business or organisation that conducts …

Plan Launched to Improve Truck Safety

Reported by Admin | 15 May, 2013

The heavy freight industry is considered one of the most dangerous in NSW. Over 5500 injuries and 29 fatalities were recorded from 2008 to 2010. Trucking is regarded as one of the most high risk industries in the state, with more than 5500 injuries recorded over three years, from 2008 to 2010, along with 29 …

WA: Man fined for unsafe work practices

Reported by Haydee | 15 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A roofing contractor was fined $2500.00 for conducting work on a roof without sufficient fall prevention system. The contractor pleaded guilty to failing to provide adequate fall prevention where there was a risk that a person could fall two metres or more, and was fined in the Mandurah Magistrates Court last week. …

$40,000 Fine for Worker Fatality

Reported by Admin | 15 May, 2013

A company has spent more than $1 million on upgrading its safety management system since the death of one of their workers. The incident happened on the 15th November 2010. The employee was a traffic controller with the company and a spreader truck hit him when they were resurfacing the road at Glenden. The company …

Australian Government to invest more than $10.5M for asbestos safety

Reported by Haydee | 15 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Australian Government will invest more than $10.5 million to establish a national approach in protecting the people from asbestos-related diseases. This was revealed by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten on Tuesday. “Asbestos is a cruel, indiscriminate killer, and because of its widespread use over much of the …

Businesses Warned About Fake High Risk Licences

Reported by Admin | 14 May, 2013

WorkSafe WA has released a warning to businesses and workers about fake high risk licences that have been circulating. Two workers in Karratha were alerted to the fact that their permits were fake when they attempted to upgrade them and fake licences have also surfaced in NSW. Western Australia’s Worksafe Commissioner Lex McCulloch said that …