Fatigue a Major Factor in Truck Accidents According to Curtin University Study

Reported by Admin | 31 Aug, 2013

According to a new study released by Curtin University truckies who have not undergone fatigue management training are six times more likely to have an accident. This study looked at “heavy vehicle crashes” over a twelve month period through interviews with Western Australian truckies who had been involved in accidents. The study is released at …

Bushwalker Dies after Falling from Victorian Air Ambulance

Reported by Admin | 31 Aug, 2013

The use of helicopter winches has been suspended by Ambulance Victoria while it investigates how a patient fell and died this afternoon while he was being winched to safety in bushland. The man had broken his ankle while bushwalking with a group near Mansfield at about 10 this morning. The air ambulance was sent to …

Worker Awarded Compensation for Chair Collapse at Work

Reported by Admin | 31 Aug, 2013

A woman from Canberra who was injured when the office chair she was sitting on collapsed will receive over $1 million in compensation awarded in a private court case. The worker who was working as a team leader at the time of the incident in 2002 had bought ex-government furniture which included a chair for …

WorkSafe WA Free Workplace Poster for Hearing Awareness Week

Reported by Admin | 30 Aug, 2013

WorkSafe Western Australia has produced a poster that can be displayed in workplaces to raise awareness about noise-induced hearing loss as a part of Hearing Awareness Week 2013. The poster is an initiative of Commission for Occupational Safety and Health and can be downloaded free from the WorkSafe website. Ian Munns, the WorkSafe Acting Executive …

Hazard of electric shock associated with excessive sweating whilst using mains powered tools

Reported by Haydee | 30 Aug, 2013

NT WorkSafe recently released a safety alert on electric shock hazards associated with excessive sweating whilst using mains powered tools. The alert aims to highlight the risks of electric shock to workers sweating excessively whilst using mains powered tools. “During the build-up temperatures easily reach or exceed 35°C and the humidity  levels can rise as …

New ‘SpotMe’ Forklift Warning System Released to Improve Safety

Reported by Admin | 30 Aug, 2013

‘SpotMe’ is a new safety system designed by Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has been launched to improve forklift safety in busy workplaces. The ‘SpotMe’ safety system improves safety by guarding against both pedestrian and vehicle collisions at blind intersections, doors and exits in work areas. Infrared (IR) direction-sensitive sensors are able to sense the …

Hearing Awareness Week

Reported by Haydee | 29 Aug, 2013

As Australia marks Hearing Awareness Week, SafeWork SA is reminding workers and employers to ensure safer, low-noise work environments. “Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common occupational injuries, but it can be avoided if a worker is able to limit exposure to excessive noise,” said SafeWork SA Executive Director, Bryan Russell. “We want …

South Australia set to Close Loophole in Work Safety Legislation

Reported by Admin | 29 Aug, 2013

The South Australian State Government is looking to close a loophole in workplace law that lets companies dodge fines that they have been awarded for breaches of safety regulations. Industrial Relations Minister John Rau said that he is looking at a solution that is based in South Australia but will also bring up the issue …

Worker Dies in Wemen Orchard in Equipment Accident

Reported by Admin | 29 Aug, 2013

A worker has died this morning at a Victorian orchard after he was caught in farm equipment. The orchard is in Wemen, approximately 100 kilometres south-east of Mildura. A spokesperson for WorkSafe said that the worker, believed to be in his 50’s, became entangled in harvesting equipment that was attached to the rear of a …

Truck Driver Entered Guilty Plea over Student’s Death in Smash

Reported by Admin | 28 Aug, 2013

A truck driver pleaded guilty today in the Newcastle Local Court to “dangerous driving occasioning death” after an incident where his prime mover collided with a school bus and a nine-year-old student died. The boy was thrown 10 metres through a side window when the bus that he was a passenger on was hit by …

RiskSpotter Safety Training App for High Risk Industries

Reported by Admin | 28 Aug, 2013

A new tablet based app called RiskSpotter to teach people about workplace safety has been developed at the Edith Cowan University. The app is interactive and designed to train workers in the mining and other high risk industries about workplace safety through using real life scenarios on the screen. Dr Susanne Bahn, chief investigator at …

Two Workers Injured at Curtis Island Construction Site

Reported by Admin | 27 Aug, 2013

The CFMEU has voiced their concern about safety on Curtis Island after two workers were injured at a Curtis Island construction site on Saturday. One of the workers was flown to Rockingham by helicopter for treatment. The incident happened on the compressor deck as workers were moving a crane rail along a structural steel beam. …

NZ Research Shows that OHS Paperwork not Understood by Many

Reported by Admin | 27 Aug, 2013

According to a recently released study, any effort to reduce workplace accidents and fatalities will not be effective until employers change the language they use in health and safety documents. The study reveals that complex language is often used and many workers do not understand it. The study by Workbase, an adult literacy organisation, polled …

Truck Driver Steered off Road to Save Motorists

Reported by Admin | 27 Aug, 2013

According to police, a truck driver who intentionally steered off the road into a dam did so because he wanted to save other motorists. The incident happened at around 5.30 Friday afternoon. Police believe that the driver of a fully laden B-double on the Hume Freeway south of Albury and Wodonga, suffered medical complications behind …

New WorkSafe ACT safety app launched

Reported by Haydee | 26 Aug, 2013

A new WorkSafe ACT app available for Apple devices was launched by ACT Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe. “I am delighted to launch WorkSafe ACT’s first app designed for use on mobile devices,” said Mr McCabe.” “This app will make it very easy for practitioners in the field to access our legislation and all of …

Updated Driver Work Diary Available from 1st Sept This Year

Reported by Admin | 26 Aug, 2013

After the National Transport Commission (NTC) called for feedback in April 2013 on the proposed revisions to the driver work diary, an updated version of the diary is going to be released on the 1st September this year. The changes in the diary align it with the new fatigue regulations that were approved in March …

Companies and directors fined for worker’s head and brain injuries

Reported by Haydee | 26 Aug, 2013

Several companies and directors were fined a total of $330,500 after a 54-year-old worker suffered serious head and brain injuries when he fell almost four metres between two floors at a building site in Auburn. In August 2009, the worker was moving materials between floors when he fell through an uncovered hole. He suffered head …

This ATSB Video Emphasises the Danger of Input Errors

Reported by Admin | 26 Aug, 2013

The ATSB (Australian Transport Safety Bureau) released a video last week that demonstrates the serious results of simple human error with data calculation that goes undetected. Via its SafetyWatch initiative, the ATSB discovered that data input error is a top safety priority that needs greater attention from the aviation industry. Risk can be greatly reduced …

Safety Audits Assist Safety Authority to Locate Unseaworthy Ships

Reported by Admin | 25 Aug, 2013

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is cracking down on unseaworthy ships docking at Australian ports and has been conducting ship safety audits. These audits are performed both here and at overseas ports to evaluate whether foreign ships on their way to Australia meet the required standards. So far five ships have been held at the …

Quad Bike Crash Leaves Rider Critically Injured

Reported by Admin | 25 Aug, 2013

A man is fighting for his life at the Royal Adelaide Hospital after he received serious injuries in a quad bike accident. It is believed that a number of bikes were involved in the incident that ended up in a head on collision; a second person is being treated at the Waikerie Hospital. Police are …

Helmets and Lifejackets Essential for Surf Lifesaver Safety

Reported by Admin | 24 Aug, 2013

From January 2014, all surf boat rowers and sweeps will have to wear helmets and from October 2014, it will be mandatory for lifesavers on rescue boats at surf meets and on patrols to wear lifejackets in an effort to increase safety for both patrols and competitions. Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) said that every …