Worker injured with an angle grinder

Reported by Haydee | 14 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A 44-year-old worker was brought to Albury Hospital on Monday when his thigh was severely lacerated with an angle grinder. According to a Border Mail report, the accident happened on a building site in Wodonga. Paramedics were called in to the site at 9.20 am. Several of the victim’s colleagues assisted the …

Three new categories introduced in this year’s Queensland Safe Work Awards

Reported by Haydee | 14 May, 2013

The Queensland Safe Work Awards which is now open for nominations have introduced new categories this year. Category Five – Most significant improvement to work health and safety performance This award recognises an organisation that has made a significant demonstrated improvement to its work health and safety performance. This may include making changes that have …

Call to make safety switches mandatory among Victorian homes

Reported by Haydee | 13 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Master Electricians Australia has called on the Victorian Government to order the immediate legislation of safety switches as mandatory in all Victorian homes to avoid accidents. MEA Australia VIC state manager Carl Rankin said now is the best time for Victoria to act against electrical fatalities and injuries. “We’ve seen a shocking …

Study: Standardised approach to work safety education among students necessary

Reported by Haydee | 13 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A new study conducted by the occupational health and safety experts at the University of Adelaide have called for a better health and safety education in the State’s secondary schools, to prepare young workers for the workplace. The researchers from the University of Adelaide’s School of Population Health and the School of …

Report Shows Transport Claims Falling

Reported by Admin | 13 May, 2013

According to a recently released report, focusing on safety in the transport industry is paying off with the number of claims for compensation falling. The report ‘Transport and Storage Industry Report’ by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland examined the risks of injury in the transport and storage industry. In the report it is noted that …

Safety Alert Issued After Drill Rig Incident

Reported by Admin | 13 May, 2013

The Incident The operator of a drill rig received injuries that were disabling. He was operating a rig when the blooie line and driller’s platform were lifted by a strong force. At the time he was drilling a services borehole to intersect underground coal workings approximately 600mm in diameter from the surface of the mine. …

Federal Budget Set to Allocate $20 Million for Bullying Fight

Reported by Admin | 11 May, 2013

The Herald Sun has revealed that the Fair Work Commission will be allocated $20 million in Tuesday’s Federal Budget to take on the new role dealing with workplace bullying from July 1 this year. Currently lost productivity because of bullying costs the economy about $36 billion a year. Recently Bill Shorten, the Workplace Relations Minister, …

Safety Alert: Formaldehyde risk in Keratin treatments

Reported by Haydee | 10 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW has recently issued a safety alert for all salon workers on the potential exposure to formaldehyde whilst using Keratin treatments. According to WorkCover, workers may be exposed to formaldehyde during the entire hair straightening process especially when blow drying or flat ironing a customer’s hair. An inspected workplace was discovered …

Cancer-stricken Tasmanian firies now given better compo access

Reported by Haydee | 10 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Tasmanian firefighters will now be given better access to medical support and compensation as the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Fire-fighters) Bill 2013 has been introduced in the Tasmanian Parliament last week by Minister for Workplace Relations, David James O’Byrne. Firies in Tasmania need not prove a significant connection betweek their work and …

$160,000 in Fines for Conveyor Accident

Reported by Admin | 10 May, 2013

Two businesses were handed out fines that totalled $160,000 following an accident where a worker was seriously injured when his arm was trapped in a conveyor when he was working at a fertiliser factory. The fertiliser manufacturer and the labour hire company that employed the worker both entered pleas of guilty at the Geelong Magistrates’ …

Mine workers warned against work safety complacency

Reported by Haydee | 09 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Queensland Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health, Stewart Bell urged senior mining professionals to guide new mine workers and to follow safety standards to avoid a major mining disaster in the future. According to an article by the Fraser Coast Chronicle, Mr Bell said the state mining industry was among the safest …

IPAA “A day in the life of a public servant” photography competiition

Reported by Haydee | 09 May, 2013

The Institute of Public Administration’s photography competition, “A day in the life of a public servant” is now open. Sponsored by Comcare, the competition aims to show the diversity of public sector roles, highlighting the importance of workplace health and safety and worker wellbeing. To enter, participants must share their interpretation of ‘A day in …

Victorian Man Dies in Industrial Accident

Reported by Admin | 09 May, 2013

The police are organising a report for the coroner following the death of a man in an accident in North Bayswater, an eastern suburb of Melbourne. At the time of the accident it was believed that three men at an automotive engineering company were working on a big mechanical sliding gate when it fell from …

Worker Fatality at WA Potato Farm

Reported by Admin | 09 May, 2013

A truck driver died on a potato farm in WA when he tried to get inside of a vehicle while it was moving. A 65-year-old man died on Tuesday afternoon after he was reportedly run over by a truck that he was trying to get into as it was rolling down a hill. WorkSafe WA …

iAuditor for Android

Reported by Admin | 09 May, 2013

After more than a year as the highest rated Safety Audit App on Apple’s iOS platform, iAuditor is now available on Android. With over 3 million Audits having been conducted worldwide, iAuditor is now firmly established as a leading business compliance tool. iAuditor for Apple devices has been updated 22 times since it was released, …

Public Sector Workplace Injuries Increasing in WA

Reported by Admin | 09 May, 2013

Public sector workplace injuries are on the rise in Western Australia and according to UnionsWA the government needs to improve return to work planning for their employees. A report release by the WA Auditor General revealed that over the last few years there has been a 3% rise in the incidence of injuries that caused …

CEPU Says Untrained Workers Involved in National Broadband Network Rollout in Tassie

Reported by Admin | 08 May, 2013

An official from the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) has called for the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) to be stopped until the issues with asbestos are resolved. David Mier from CEPU has said that about 85% of the contractors that are working in pits with asbestos have not undergone the necessary …

2013 Stakeholder Feedback Survey Launched by ATSB

Reported by Admin | 08 May, 2013

The ATSB (Australian Transport Safety Bureau) wants to know what you think about how it is operating with performance, awareness and engagement. And so that you can have your say they have launched their 2013 Stakeholder Survey. The findings from the survey will help the ATSB with their future business planning and ensure that they …

53 Australians Killed at Work in the Past Four Months

Reported by Admin | 08 May, 2013

We recently reported on the Safe Work fatalities for November last year in our SafetyCulture report. The latest statistics that have been published show that 53 workers have already died this year with the highest number of fatalities being in the industries that we have come to view as the ones that have the greatest …

Union: Chrysotile asbestos export must be controlled

Reported by Haydee | 08 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Controlling the export of chrysotile asbestos is necessary to limit the death toll from the deadly substance in developing countries, a union said on Monday. ACTU President Ged Kearney said that the Rotterdam Convention in Geneva, Switzerland must include chrysotile asbestos in its list of hazardous substances which are being monitored for …

Free GHS Training and information sessions on chemical safety

Reported by Haydee | 08 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Safe Work Australia is rolling out a series of training and information sessions in most capital cities and in some regional centres in the country. The training and information sessions aim to raise awareness and understanding of the hazard classification, safety data sheet and labelling requirements for workplace chemicals in the model Work Health …