Nine Workers Trapped in WA Mine Following Earthquake

Reported by Admin | 31 Oct, 2013

Nine workers have been trapped today in an underground nickel mine following an earthquake in central Western Australia. Bill Marmion, WA mines Minister, said that the nine fitters are trapped in a refuge chamber at a mine in Leinster but the expectation is that they will be freed sometime today. The men are all free …

Public Service Workers’ Comp Claims on the Increase

Reported by Admin | 31 Oct, 2013

Workers’ compensation claims for public servants are on the rise with an estimated $100 million bill for the last twelve months. Comcare is set to announce a $98 million loss in its annual report saying that there are increases in psychological claims in public service and a tendency for workers to take longer to return …

Union Claims Two Safety Officers Dismissed after Crane Incident

Reported by Admin | 31 Oct, 2013

The CFMEU has claimed that two safety officers were unfairly dismissed at an Adelaide construction site after an incident with a crane last Friday. A total of eight cranes were working at the site and they all stopped work after a load on one of them got out of control and came into contact with …

Superhero Hazardman Helps WorkSafe ACT with Safety Education

Reported by Admin | 30 Oct, 2013

WorkSafe ACT has launched comic style superhero story around the character Hazardman to help reach younger audiences and educate them about how important workplace safety is. Commissioner Mark McCabe said that the initial idea was developed around three years ago when WorkSafe ACT realised that their core messages were not getting through to younger audiences. …

Students Work on Jacket to Prevent Lung Disease in Miners

Reported by Admin | 30 Oct, 2013

Mining is a dangerous occupation and one of the risks that many miners face is developing siliciosis, which is a type of lung disease that originates from the inhalation of crystalline silica dust. The Intel Global Challenge, a business plan competition that encourages students to address world issues with technology, has been won by a …

High Court Rules no to Compo for Work Trip Sex

Reported by Admin | 30 Oct, 2013

The High Court has ruled that a public servant who received an injury whilst having sex in a motel when she was away on a work trip is not eligible for compensation. The public servant was injured in 2007, she was hurt when a light dislodged from the wall and fell on her as she …

Seven Steps for Small Business to improve health and safety

Reported by Haydee | 29 Oct, 2013

In its efforts to educate small businesses on their work health and safety responsibilities, SafeWork SA offers the Seven Steps for Small Business which will guide business in identifying and managing risks in the workplace. “We recognise that small businesses don’t have the same resources as large companies. This is why we’ve developed a simple, …

WorkSafe Awards winners recognised

Reported by Haydee | 28 Oct, 2013

Winners of the 25th annual Victoria WorkSafe Awards have been announced in a ceremony on Thursday. Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips congratulated the winners for their achievements in work health and safety, return to work and wellbeing. “Whether it is coming up with solutions to safety hazards, implementing a wellbeing program or helping an injured worker …

Social Media Emerging as a Tool to Catch Cheats

Reported by Admin | 28 Oct, 2013

Both Facebook and Google are being considered as tools to help fight to catch public service workers’ compensation cheats. Guidance from Comcare, the federal workplace insurer, encourages officials nationwide to be “on the look-out” for workers uploaded images of their sporting triumphs on social networking sites. Also flagged as a red flag for suspicion is …

50000 Evacuated During Sydney University of Technology Chemical Scare

Reported by Admin | 28 Oct, 2013

A mass evacuation of 5000 students from three buildings at the University of Technology last week was prompted by an explosive chemical scare that caused major road closures in the inner Sydney area. Emergency crews attended the Chippendale campus after they received an emergency call regarding the crystallising of picric acid which is a highly …

The International Labour Organisation Launches Bangladesh Safety Campaign

Reported by Admin | 28 Oct, 2013

Last week the International Labour Organisation (ILO) along with local authorities launched a $24 million safety campaign in Bangladesh to improve what have been described as “appalling work conditions” in the countries garment industry. This campaign is prompted by recent disasters where countless workers lost their lives or were severely injured – see the Safety …

Staff Engaged in Work from Home Must Have a Safe Environment

Reported by Admin | 25 Oct, 2013

More and more workers are engaged with flexible work arrangements and employers need to ensure that staff working from the home environment is dealt with effectively and according to the current OHS laws. All flexible work arrangements must be carefully planned and put into place so that risks are reduced for the worker and liability …

Winners of 2013 National Safety Awards of Excellence announced

Reported by Haydee | 25 Oct, 2013

Winners off the 2013 NSCA/GIO Workers Compensation National Safety Awards of Excellence have been announced at a gala event on 17 October in Sydney. Now on its 21st year of honouring the Work Health and Safety Industry’s Best Practice, Best People and Best Performance, the National Safety Awards of Excellence honours organisations and individuals that …

Small Business Rebate Program expanded

Reported by Haydee | 25 Oct, 2013

Good news to all NSW small businesses! WorkCover NSW’s Small Business Rebate Program will now include businesses with up to 50 workers. They can now apply for rebates of up to $500 towards the purchase and installation of safety improvements. General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson, said the expanded rebate …

Pilot Dies While Fighting NSW Bushfires

Reported by Admin | 24 Oct, 2013

The Rural Fire Service confirmed that the pilot of the crashed water bomber near Braidwood has died while fighting fires west of Ulladulla. The 43-year-old pilot from Trangie in central NSW was waterbombing the bushfires when the plane crashed on Thursday morning in rough terrain. An ambulance officer was winched into the area and confirmed …

Drivers Escape Injury after Vehicle Collision at Upper Hunter Mine

Reported by Admin | 23 Oct, 2013

On Friday last week a dozer and a light vehicle accidentally hit each other at an open cut mine in Muswellbrook, the passenger side of the light vehicle was crushed. A spokesperson for the mine owner said that it was lucky that nobody was hurt in the accident and that they will conduct an internal …

Worker Injured in Dump Truck Accident at Pilbara Mine Site

Reported by Admin | 23 Oct, 2013

A 42-year-old worker was injured at about midnight on Monday night after the dump truck ran into the rear of another at a Pilbara mine site. He was pinned inside of the cabin of his truck for over 5 hours after suffering severe pelvis and leg injuries. The man was flown to the Royal Perth …

Safety of farm workers during harvest season

Reported by Haydee | 22 Oct, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkSafe Victoria is urging farmers to make safety a priority as the harvest season draws closer. “As the warmer months are fast approaching, the hay season is about to get under way and farmers are getting busier and preparing for the season ahead,” said Ms Sturzenegger. “But we know from past experience …

Firefighter Impersonator Convicted and Fined in Tassie

Reported by Admin | 22 Oct, 2013

An 18-year-old was convicted and fined for repeatedly pretending to be a firefighter during Tasmania’s January bushfires. From the Clarendon Vale in Hobart, the man pleaded guilty in court to three charges of impersonating an emergency services worker, and one charge of possessing Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) equipment. The man claimed that he was a …

Inspection program to focus on cafes and restaurants

Reported by Haydee | 21 Oct, 2013

Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe has recently announced that WorkSafe ACT will be implementing an inspection program for cafes and restaurants in the ACT, which will commence on Tuesday 22 October 2013. The program will initially run for a week. “Injuries arising from manual tasks, fire, slips, trips and falls in this industry impose a …

Ensuring safety from asbestos after bushfires

Reported by Haydee | 21 Oct, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW has waived the five-day asbestos removal work notification timeframe to allow immediate clean-up and protect people from asbestos. NSW is currently experiencing one of the worst fire seasons in 10 years and WorkCover NSW Work Health and Safety Division General Manager, John  Watson, said fast-tracking assessments will ensure that fire …