Study: Millions of Australian workers suffer work stress

Reported by Haydee | 30 Sep, 2013

A new research conducted by The Australia Institute , Hard To Get a Break? reveals that more than half of the workers surveyed were unhappy with their work hours The new study focused on the experiences of the ‘overworked’ (those who would like to work fewer hours) and the ‘underworked’ (i.e. those struggling to enter …

Outdoor workers warned of dangerous winds

Reported by Haydee | 30 Sep, 2013

WorkSafe Victoria is warning outdoor workers to stay safe amidst dangerous winds across Victoria on Monday and Tuesday. Workers are encouraged to ensure loose materials at their worksites are secure. WorkSafe chief executive Denise Cosgrove said dangerous winds can harm workers if partially completed structures or temporary structures were not adequately braced or secured. “Buildings …

Driver Awarded Compensation for Milk Crate Accident

Reported by Admin | 30 Sep, 2013

A truck driver has been awarded over $1 million in damages by the Queensland Supreme Court after he was injured when more than 30 milk crates fell on him in November 2011. The amount is for damages as well as past and future economic losses. The 42-year-old driver received head injuries when he opened the …

Driver is Awarded Compensation after Tyre Change Injury

Reported by Admin | 30 Sep, 2013

A truck driver has been awarded $552,000 for an injury that he received while changing a tyre on his vehicle. At the time of the incident he was transporting forklifts and when the 47-year-old driver was loosening the nuts on one of the 37 tyres on the prime mover to change a deflated tyre  in …

Workers at WA Council Suspended after Failing Drug Test

Reported by Admin | 30 Sep, 2013

The Bunbury council suspended 12 workers without pay when they failed the urine drug test this month that was given to around 200 staff members. Under the drug and alcohol policy of the City of Bunbury the workers that have been suspended are required to give a clean urine sample prior to returning to work. …

Public Service Managers Warned About Bullying

Reported by Admin | 27 Sep, 2013

Comcare has said that with the current changes in government, departments and agencies are at risk of “psychosocial” injuries and warns that managers in the public service can be fined up to $600,000 for not stopping bullying and harassment. Comcare spoke to a group of managers in Canberra yesterday and warned that many leaders in …

Higher levels of alcohol drinking affects safety of workers

Reported by Haydee | 26 Sep, 2013

“Around five percent of all Australian workplace deaths and 11 percent of workplace injuries involve alcohol.” This is according to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland who issued a reminder on the risks of higher levels of drinking. WHSQ said increased levels of alcohol drinking can affect an individual’s health and hurt his family and work …

Work Safe Week safety sessions

Reported by Haydee | 26 Sep, 2013

As part of Work Safe Week, more than 40 seminars filled with practical solutions on ensuring work safety will be conducted across regional Victoria. The free seminars will also explore latest safety trends and ideas from around Australia and overseas. The seminars will commence from 21 October in Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Horsham, Mildura, Morwell, …

Bus Company Receives Fine for Breach of “Duty of Care”

Reported by Admin | 26 Sep, 2013

A ex flight attendant was awarded $242,250 in damages after she caught her skirt on a handle while exiting a bus which caused her to fall. The incident happened in January 2005. The woman was working as a part of a flight crew that was staying overnight in Canberra and the crew was driven from …

Former council worker claims he was asked to cover up asbestos

Reported by Haydee | 26 Sep, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A former northwestern NSW council worker says he was asked to cover up asbestos with garbage and green waste. According to the Herald Sun, the man claims that on several occasions he was asked to cover dumped asbestos, push it into wall or burn it. He used to work at landfill sites …

Man admits to killing road worker due to negligent driving

Reported by Haydee | 26 Sep, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A man pleaded guilty to hitting a traffic worker due to irresponsible driving and will be sentenced this week in Launceston’s Magistrates Court. He admitted to accidentally hitting and killing a road worker in February and apologised to the victim’s family. According to ABC News, the driver was adjusting his car radio …

Comcare Work Health and Safety Awards Winners Announced

Reported by Admin | 25 Sep, 2013

The winners of the Comcare Work Health and Safety Awards have been announced and they are: Category 1—Workplace Health and Wellbeing Initiative Bis Industries Category 2—Workplace Health and Safety Management System Australian Defence Force–Royal Australian Air Force, 303 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets Category 3—Solution to an Identified Workplace Health and Safety Hazard Bis Industries …

Alert Warning of the Dangers of Precast Concrete Panels

Reported by Admin | 25 Sep, 2013

According to a press release this week from WorkSafe Victoria, whilst precast concrete panels have become popular for building it is essential that workers do not underestimate the risks associated with their use. WorkSafe Victoria has used this message to start a ten week campaign where they will visit construction sites to educate builders about …

Queensland Safe Work Awards finalists announced

Reported by Haydee | 24 Sep, 2013

Finalists for the 2013 Queensland Safe Work Awards have been announced. The Awards received 106 entries from businesses and individuals across the state. Category 1 – Best work health and safety management system • FK Gardner and Sons Pty Ltd, Toowoomba • Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority (trading as Seqwater), Brisbane • Workpac, Fortitude Valley …

EnergySafe Victoria Releases New Safety Rules

Reported by Admin | 24 Sep, 2013

EnergySafe Victoria (ESV) recently released its “Electrical Safety Rules for Vegetation Management Work Near Overhead Powerlines by Non Electrical Workers.” The ESV is the independent technical regulator that is responsible in Victoria for electricity, gas and pipeline safety. These new rules superseded the “Guidelines for Tree Clearing Work by Authorised Persons” on September 16th this …

Safety inspectors to focus on wood industry

Reported by Haydee | 24 Sep, 2013

Two hundred wood manufacturing businesses in New South Wales will be visited by WorkCover NSW over the next two months in order to improve safety in one of the state’s highest risk industries. Safety inspectors will be visiting local kitchen, wall frame and roof truss manufacturing businesses. The inspectors will address health, safety or return …

SA students host Safety Expo

Reported by Haydee | 23 Sep, 2013

Mawson Lakes Primary School students on Friday hosted a Safety Expo. There were information stalls and presentations focusing on safety as part of the Safe Communities program. The event was also participated by SafeWork SA and representatives from the SES, CFS, Salisbury Council, Julian Burton Burns Trust and Cancer SA. “It is so rewarding to …

QLD Workers may lose Compensation for Travel

Reported by Admin | 23 Sep, 2013

According to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Queensland (CCIQ) workers in the state who receive compensation for injuries received whilst traveling to or from work are “enjoying an unnecessary and costly luxury.” A Brisbane Times report said that the Queensland president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nick Behrens, has called for …

Roofing company and Director fined over worker’s fall

Reported by Haydee | 21 Sep, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A roofing company including its Director have been fined $100,000 and more than $2200 in costs over an incident in which a worker suffered serious injuries after falling from a roof. The roofing company and its Director pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and because of that failure, …

Workplace Injury Rehabilitation Bill Introduced to Parliament

Reported by Admin | 20 Sep, 2013

The Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill 2013 has been introduced into Parliament by the Treasurer, the Hon. Gordon Rich-Phillips MLC and if it is passed will most likely be operational on the 1st July 2014. This Bill combines the Accident Compensation Act 1985 and the Accident Compensation (WorkCover Insurance) Act 1993 into a single …

Cheater bars, are they safe?

Reported by Haydee | 19 Sep, 2013

“Using cheater bars on dogs is dangerous.” This is according to WorkCover NSW which has recently issued a news release warning against the use of cheater bars (extension bars) on over-centre load binders, or ‘dogs’ as they are commonly known. The use of cheater bars on dogs is a widely accepted practice when securing loads, …