How to Avoid Tyre Pyrolysis Explosions

Reported by Admin | 29 Jun, 2013

In some circumstances, tyres on trucks, cranes and other heavy vehicles can catch fire and possibly explode. One of these situations is when contact is made with overhead power lines. In the last few years here have been 5 worker fatalities and numerous injuries when excessive heat has built up in tyres, which has then …

New Worker Definition Affects Workers Compensation

Reported by Admin | 28 Jun, 2013

New legislation has been passed in Parliament that alters the definition of a worker for the purposes of workers compensation. This legislation is effective from the 1st July 2013 and it brings into line the definition of a worker with the PAYG test that is applied under Australian Taxation Office laws. The adjusted definition says …

Project Investigates Workplace Bullying and Effects

Reported by Admin | 28 Jun, 2013

A report has been released, ‘The relationship between work characteristics, wellbeing, depression and workplace bullying’ that explains the initial findings of a joint project being conducted by Safe Work Australia and The Australian National University. In the report it is shown that particular conditions and experiences in the workplace may raise the risk of depression …

Building Company Fined Over Glazier Fall Fatality

Reported by Admin | 28 Jun, 2013

The Melbourne County Court has fined a local building company $475,000 for failing to ensure that their work site was safe after a glazier fell 8 metres and died. The judge said that the supervisors of the worker that died should have been aware of the fact the the ground below the elevated work platform …

ADF Maintenance Worker Injured During Helicopter Move

Reported by Admin | 28 Jun, 2013

A male worker that is thought to be a maintenance worker was hurt yesterday as a helicopter was being moved at the Holsworthy army base in Sydney. According to a report in The Australian, the worker received multiple fractures when he became entangled in a trolley that was being used to transport a helicopter into …

Construction company and director fined for desal plant fatality

Reported by Haydee | 28 Jun, 2013

A construction company and its director have been fined $200,000 each for safety breaches which caused the death of a worker at the Adelaide Desalination Plant in 2010. The 35-year-old worker was fatally injured when a sling broke and a monorail steel beam fell on him. The company was charged with failure to provide a …

Safety alliance to improve work health and safety

Reported by Haydee | 27 Jun, 2013

A safety alliance was signed by WorkCover NSW and Shellharbour City Council to improve work health and safety and injury management for Council staff. The alliance will allow WorkCover and Shellharbour City Council to establish effective and practical approaches to work health and safety and injury management through communication, consultation, cooperation and industry leadership. Part …

Culpable Driving Verdict for Fatigued Truck Driver

Reported by Admin | 27 Jun, 2013

A truck driver has been found guilty of culpable driving after an incident where he moved into an emergency lane a hit the rear of a car and killing a person inside. The finding was handed down after a five week trial at the Melbourne County Court to the 57 year old truck driver who …

Study: Majority of Australian workplaces lack first aid awareness

Reported by Haydee | 26 Jun, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A new study conducted by St John Ambulance revealed that millions of employees are at risk due to lack of first aid awareness. The research entitled, First Aid Readiness in the Australian Workplace was done to assist employers in understanding their responsibilities in ensuring the safety of their employees. According to the …

Miner Receives Leg injuries at Mt Kembla Mine

Reported by Admin | 25 Jun, 2013

A miner received leg injuries when he was hit by a large piece of coal at a Mt Kembla mine yesterday afternoon. The 23-year-old man was treated by paramedics at the scene and then taken in a stable condition to Wollongong Hospital.

Chinese Embassy Site in ACT a Safety Concern for Australian Workers

Reported by Admin | 25 Jun, 2013

Unions are concerned that any Australian worker injured on the construction site for the new Chinese embassy in Canberra may not have access to compensation. Dean Hall, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) ACT secretary said yesterday that he had found out that Australian workers have been delivering supplies to the “secretive” site …

$330,000 Fine for Dock Fatality

Reported by Admin | 25 Jun, 2013

A conviction was handed down to a transport company last week for an incident where a worker died after being crushed by a beam that fell at the docks in West Melbourne. The company was fined $330,000 on Friday at the County Court in Melbourne after pleading guilty to two charges of failing to provide …

Timboon School Closed Over Asbestos and Other Safety Issues

Reported by Admin | 24 Jun, 2013

The Timboon School was closed by WorkSafe Victoria today after asbestos was found during an audit and students were evacuated to Timboon hall. Parents have been assured by the school that students have not been exposed to asbestos. It was discovered in an area that the students do not use however no classes will be …

Company fined for worker’s injuries

Reported by Haydee | 24 Jun, 2013

A South Australian company was fined with $90,000 plus legal fees after an employee’s wrist and forearm were crushed in a machine. The company was prosecuted by SafeWork SA under the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 for failing to ensure the safety of an employee due to an ineffective guard over the machine. …

Immediate Fines for Safety Breaches in ACT a Week Away

Reported by Admin | 24 Jun, 2013

New fines to be issued on the spot in the ACT will be implemented from next Monday the 1st July. This will extend the quantity of offences that can earn fines of $3600 and place the responsibility for safety more on the shoulders of ACT employers than workers. Simon Corbell, Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations …

Investigation Finds Cause of Banyo Accident

Reported by Admin | 22 Jun, 2013

A report by Queensland’s Rail Safety Regulator found that a truck in the wrong place and a small delay in communications were the causes of the accident at Banyo train station last year – see the SafetyCulture Report. According to the report the truck should not have been there. The truck driver, from Victoria, didn’t …

Ex-soldier Awarded Pension for Work Related Obesity

Reported by Admin | 22 Jun, 2013

An ex-soldier has been awarded an increased pension following a decision by a tribunal that agreed that his military service was the cause of his morbid obesity. The ex-soldier served in the army for more than 10 years and was discharged in 1990 because of service related injuries to his left arm, ankles, knees and …

Worker Hospitalised After Hand Injury at Waste Water Treatment Plant

Reported by Admin | 22 Jun, 2013

A worker was transported to hospital after she suffered a serious hand injury at a waste water treatment plant at approximately 11am yesterday. According to Ambulance NSW the worker was taken to the John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition after she caught her hand in a conveying machine. A Hunter Water spokeswoman said the …

Cheese Machine Incident Means Fine for Dairy Company

Reported by Admin | 21 Jun, 2013

A major Victorian dairy company has been convicted and fined $35,000 after an incident where a worker’s finger was severed in a machine that shreds cheese. The company pleaded guilty of failing to provide a safe working environment in a hearing at the Geelong Magistrates’ Court this week. The incident happened on the 7th August …

Report Warns of Mine Site Collapse Risk in Latrobe Valley

Reported by Admin | 21 Jun, 2013

An expert advisory group has warned that at least seven brown coal mines in the Latrobe Valley are at risk of shifting and collapse. This information was part of a report released yesterday that documented the findings of an independent investigation into the collapse of the Morwell River diversion that flooded the Yallourn mine last …

Safe Work Australia: 81 Australians killed at work so far this year

Reported by Haydee | 21 Jun, 2013

As at 19 June 2013, 81 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 …