Number of work deaths increasing

Reported by Haydee | 31 Jul, 2013

Latest Safe Work Australia statistics show that 101 Australian workers have been killed while at work (as at 29 July 2013). The data is an initial estimate for the number of deaths and is based on initial media reports. Industry of workplace Work Deaths (2012) Worker deaths YTD (2013) Transport, postal & warehousing 74 25 …

WorkCover Safety Bus in Helensburgh

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jul, 2013

The WorkCover Safety Bus will visit Helensburgh on Wednesday, 31 July. Safety experts will provide free work health and safety advice to local businesses and workers. Business owners and workers can take advantage of practical advice from safety experts on how to apply work health and safety laws in workplaces. WorkCover NSW Regional South Team …

Unions call to improve work safety in WA

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jul, 2013

Unions say more should be done to improve the work safety status of many workers in Western Australia. Unions WA secretary Meredith Hammatt was concerned with the recent WorkSafe data showing an increase in the number of workers suffering serious injuries requiring more than 60 days off from work. “There are still on average one …

Free practical safety advice for small businesses in Moruya

Reported by Haydee | 29 Jul, 2013

Small businesses in Moruya can take advantage of the free WorkCover meetings on Tuesday, July 30. WorkCover inspectors will be at the Moruya CWA Hall to provide practical advice on applying work health and safety laws in their workplaces. General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson is encouraging all local businesses …

Staff Treated for Smoke Inhalation after Prison Fire

Reported by Admin | 29 Jul, 2013

What is being referred to as a suspicious fire in a cell at Alexander Maconochie Centre yesterday afternoon will be investigated by ACT police who have not yet confirmed how the fire started, whereabouts in the prison it was and if prisoners were involved. A police statement said that “several staff members and another male …

Union Says PS Budget Cuts Fuelling Bullying

Reported by Admin | 29 Jul, 2013

According to the Community and Public Sector Union, Public Service budget cuts are the cause of increased claims for bullying in the federal sector. Nadine Flood, the Community and Public Sector Union national secretary, said that the union has an increasing number of workers who are naming bullying and harassment by their managers to undertake …

Worker Fatality Every 21 Days in Western Australia

Reported by Admin | 29 Jul, 2013

The latest government figures released in Western Australia show that somebody dies every 21 days from work related injuries. The research by WorkSafe Western Australia for the period from 2011-212 shows that 5,350 people at work suffered severe injuries and a work fatality was recorded every three weeks from 2008 to 2013. The summary for …

Workers Subjected to Unsafe Working Conditions

Reported by Admin | 29 Jul, 2013

Concerns have been raised regarding the conditions workers are expected to work under at Melbourne’s Station Pier. Workers who have been sacked from a stevedoring company have said that workers are forced to “manage dangerous machinery without support, breathe carbon monoxide in confined spaces” and are threatened with violence if the talk to their managers …

WorkCover QLD Releases Communications Guide

Reported by Admin | 28 Jul, 2013

Workplace injuries have the potential to seriously impact workers lives and they can also have a considerable impact on the workplace, including colleagues and business revenue. Communicating regularly with injured workers, providing support and understanding are essential in helping a worker to return to work successfully after an injury. However some employer’s struggle knowing what …

Workplace Stress can affect the Whole Family

Reported by Admin | 28 Jul, 2013

At a recent conference sponsored by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, research conducted in family supportive workplaces and how workers health is affected by their supervisors in both a positive and negative way was one of the hot topics. What they found is that when stress from the workplace overlaps into …

Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference 2013

Reported by Admin | 27 Jul, 2013

The Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference 2013 will be held at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre from 4.30pm on Sunday 18th to 12.30pm on Wednesday 21st August and will focus on improving health and safety in the mining industry. This year the theme of the conference will be ‘The one constant – …

Automatic Compensation Could Mean Huge Bill

Reported by Admin | 27 Jul, 2013

Government documents have revealed that the Country Fire Authority (CFA) would need to pay out an additional $130 million in claims if firefighters with particular cancers were allowed to automatically access workers compensation. The Greens Bill that mirrors federal law and would mean that Victorian firefighters would automatically be compensated for 12 work related cancers, …

Worker Receives Electric Shock at Restaurant

Reported by Admin | 26 Jul, 2013

A worker at a Brisbane pier restaurant received a severe electric shock this afternoon and was transported to hospital for treatment. The incident happened at about 1.40 this afternoon and the worker, believed to be a chef, was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

NSW Gas Tank Explosion Injures Two

Reported by Admin | 26 Jul, 2013

A worker was operating an excavator to remove a gas tank from a work site, an abandoned lot on the corner of Blaxland road and First street in Eastwood, when it exploded today as soon as he started to move it. He said that there was a big fireball in front of him. The operator of the …

Neighbours Actress Sues Over Pain and Humiliation

Reported by Admin | 26 Jul, 2013

Kym Valentine, who played Libby Kennedy on Neighbours between 1994 and 2011, is claiming that FremantleMedia Australia failed to provide “a working environment that was safe” and also broke “the relationship of trust and confidence”. She is alleging that the producers of the show “subjected her to sex and disability discrimination.” Kym Valentine has suffered …

Jockey Sues after Debilitating Injury

Reported by Admin | 26 Jul, 2013

A former apprentice jockey who was injured when a 450-kilogram horse fell backwards on top of her is suing Racing NSW, the horse trainer and the race day attendant for significant damages because she claims that the fall happened because of negligence. At the time of the incident in December 2006, the apprentice jockey was …

NSW Health System Suffering from Bullying According to Survey

Reported by Admin | 26 Jul, 2013

A new survey has revealed that seven of the ten government agencies that have the most issues with bullying in NSW are local health districts. In the worst district, approximately three quarters of the staff stated that they had seen some type of bullying in the workplace last year. In the other districts two thirds …

Tassie Unions Expect Downward Trend in Work Injuries With Tougher Regulations

Reported by Admin | 26 Jul, 2013

Unions in Tasmania think that the tougher fines that accompany new workplace regulations will cause the injuries in the state to keep reducing; the new laws came into effect at the start of the year. Data that was released for WorkSafe month, registrations for this year open on the 27th July,  show a drop on …

Concerns About “Fluffy” Asbestos Still in ACT Commercial Buildings

Reported by Admin | 25 Jul, 2013

According to The Canberra Times, the ACT government is spending $2 million to get rid of asbestos from a Downer St house but has not expended funds to check commercial buildings that may have the same asbestos inside them as it was installed in numerous commercial premises in the 60’s and 70’s. Keith McHenry, who …

Suspected Equipment Tampering on Curtis Island

Reported by Admin | 25 Jul, 2013

Police and Workplace Health and Safety have investigated allegations that equipment has been tampered with at a work site on the island. Initially Gladstone police were called to the work site on Monday when workers discovered that there seemed to be nuts missing from a number of chain block lifting devices. The general manager of …

Working Together: Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work

Reported by Admin | 25 Jul, 2013

“Working Together: Promoting mental health and wellbeing at work” is a new guide that has been launched across the Australian Public Service (APS). It is a collaborative initiative between the APS and Comcare and its purpose is to foster the creation of workplaces that are mentally healthy with positive attitudes that can respond appropriately to …