Comcare Appeal to Reduce Compo for AFP Officer Delayed

Reported by Admin | 29 Nov, 2013

Three federal court judges have frozen a challenge by Comcare, to decrease the entitlements of a police officer who was injured on the job, until they receive additional information. The Australian Federal Police officer at the centre of the appeal hurt his shoulder during training in 2009 and was judged unfit for work. At the …

ACT Appoints First Industrial Magistrate

Reported by Admin | 29 Nov, 2013

The ACT established a specialised court to hear matters pertaining to workplace health and safety and Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker have been appointed as its first industrial magistrate. These changes are a part of the governments work to reduce workplace incidents after the report on safety in the territory’s construction industry was released; a key …

Contract Worker Fatality at QLD Mill Site

Reported by Admin | 29 Nov, 2013

According to local Bundaberg police a truck driver, contracted to collect molasses, arrived at the mill site at 5.30 this morning to fill his truck. He had filled the first tank and was moving the molasses drainage pipe when he overbalanced and fell onto concrete from the top of the tank. According to the police …

Safety information sessions for fishermen

Reported by Haydee | 29 Nov, 2013

The NSW Government will be conducting a series of information sessions next week for South Coast commercial estuary to improve and enhance safety in the industry. WorkCover NSW, Fisheries NSW, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will be joining industry representatives to visit the key estuary fishing areas of Eden, Bermagui, Narooma and Bateman’s Bay to …

Worker Hurt at Sydney Tyre Factory

Reported by Admin | 28 Nov, 2013

A worker at a Sydney tyre factory caught his arm in machinery on Monday evening around 7pm. When emergency services crews arrived they found the 48-year-old man with his entire right arm caught in a rolling machine. Paramedics helped the man while firefighters worked to free his arm from the machine which took around 45 …

Truck Cab Contained Mobile Phone After Mine Accident

Reported by Admin | 28 Nov, 2013

According to the ABC, a truck driver whose leg was amputated following an accident at a West Australia mine in October this year had a mobile phone in the cab of the truck. The 42-year-old driver suffered serious leg and pelvic injuries when he ran into the back of a parked dump truck at midnight …

Weipa Mine Gas Leak Causes Evacuation

Reported by Admin | 28 Nov, 2013

A worker was treated in hospital last week after an incident at a bauxite mine in Weipa on western Cape York in Queensland. His hand was injured after an acetylene gas cylinder started to leak. Eighty workers at the site were evacuated when an acetylene cylinder started hissing gas and smoke; a 300-metre exclusion zone …

New Website Provides Asbestos Answers

Reported by Admin | 28 Nov, 2013

A new website asbestos.vic.gov.au, that was launched today, is a comprehensive resource for home owners, businesses, industry and other members of the community. Frequently asked questions like how to recognise asbestos containing material, are answered and a guide on how to handle and remove asbestos safely is available. There are also interactive tools that provide …

Public Hospital Staff Safety at Risk in Vic According to Auditor-General

Reported by Admin | 28 Nov, 2013

According to Victoria’s auditor-general, workers in the state’s public hospitals are facing risks to their safety that are unacceptable considering there are shortcomings with hazard management in the system. Victorian Auditor-General John Doyle discovered that systems for reporting safety incidents are inadequate and a lack of action to look at the underlying causes in an …

Handler Attacked by Tiger at Zoo

Reported by Admin | 27 Nov, 2013

Australia Zoo has denied claims that it placed a worker at risk after a tiger handler was injured in front of onlookers on Tuesday. The 33-year-old hander was bitten on the shoulder and neck when a tiger dragged him into a pool in the middle of a public show. He is in a stable but …

TWU Wants all Trucking Deaths Investigated by WHS

Reported by Admin | 27 Nov, 2013

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has stated that workplace health and safety investigators should investigate trucking fatalities and that investigations shouldn’t be limited to police. Assistant secretary Scott Connolly said that at the moment only police investigate accidents involving trucks; however it is only trained health and safety investigators who can provide a more in-depth …

Chemical incident at Cloverlea leaves three workers critical

Reported by Haydee | 27 Nov, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library At least three workers are in serious condition while others are injured following an accident at a dairy farm in Victoria. According to initial news reports, the workers were trapped while working inside a water tank in a Cloverlea farm, near Warragul. They have suffered a reaction to the chemical contents of …

Beating heat stress at work

Reported by Haydee | 27 Nov, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Working in the heat has several risks which if not addressed properly, can lead to workplace injuries and fatalities. This is according to John Watson, General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division. “Working in hot and sunny conditions during the summer months can lead to fatigue and heat stress,” said …

Asbestos Awareness Week in South Australia

Reported by Haydee | 27 Nov, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library As Australia celebrates Asbestos Awareness Week (25-29 November), South Australians remember all the victims of asbestos-related diseases. The annual event focuses on the dangers of asbestos management and removal. Asbestos was used widely in the country prior to 1990, yet its effects are still being felt up to now with about 650 …

Contractors More at risk According to Mine Deaths Report

Reported by Admin | 26 Nov, 2013

A Queensland mine safety report has revealed that contract workers are more likely to die at work than full-time workers. The Queensland Mines and Quarry Safety Report for 2012-13 shows that nine out of ten fatalities in the coal mining industry over the past ten years has involved a contract worker. The report also reveals …

Strategy to protect young workers launched

Reported by Haydee | 26 Nov, 2013

A strategy launched on Friday includes recommendations from young workers  on reducing injuries and deaths in the workplace. South Australia’s Work Health and Safety Youth Strategy, focuses on young workers (15 to 24), who are most vulnerable to injuries due to inexperience. “A teenage or young worker is often unaware of how important it is …

ACT Firefighters Concerned Emergency Calls Damage their Mental Health

Reported by Admin | 25 Nov, 2013

Firefighters that are working at Canberra’s triple-0 call centre are requesting to be moved as they are concerned that overhearing ambulance calls that involve traumatic situations is damaging their mental health. However executives have rejected their call for a separate Fire and Rescue call centre and revealed their plan to review ACTs emergency communications hub. …

SafetyFirst App Addresses Workplace Safety in Food Manufacturing Industry

Reported by Admin | 25 Nov, 2013

The Group Training Association of Victoria recently released the SafetyFirst App to help promote workplace safety in food and beverage manufacturing because of data that indicates as an industry it records the highest number of workplace incidents across the country. Recently released Safe Work Australia information demonstrates that workers in the food and beverage industry, …

QLD Road Worker Dies when hit by Reversing Vehicle

Reported by Admin | 22 Nov, 2013

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has issued a safety alert following the death of a road worker today. The worker died after being hit by a reversing work vehicle. For more information on road construction safety from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland: – Working around mobile plant during construction of roadworks and related infrastructure – Traffic management …

Fisherman Rescue More Difficult Without Safety Equipment

Reported by Admin | 22 Nov, 2013

Police who rescued a fisherman near Sandringham believe that they passed within 100 metres of him twice but couldn’t see him because he didn’t have a torch or flare with him. They have urged boat owners to make sure that they have safety equipment on board at all times and make sure that it is …

Crane Collision at SA Construction Site Causes Stop Work

Reported by Admin | 22 Nov, 2013

Workers have stopped work at an Adelaide construction site after a crane collision yesterday, the second safety incident in two days and prompting the third major safety enquiry in the last three weeks. They voted this morning to “hold work” at what is described as a site with a toxic atmosphere according to Mick McDermott …