Vaccine provides best protection against Hendra virus

Reported by Haydee | 31 Dec, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library While the Hendra vaccine, Equivac HeV launched last year is the single most important way to prevent infection in horses and therefore in human handlers, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland still recommends ensuring good personal hygiene and biosecurity measures when working with horses, regardless of their vaccination status. The vaccine provides at …

Worker fatally injured in Christmas Creek mine

Reported by Haydee | 30 Dec, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A worker has died at the Christmas Creek Mine in Pilbara, the second death at the iron ore mine in less than five months. According to The Australian, the 23-year-old contractor was carrying out maintenance work on large mining machinery when the accident happened overnight. The worker’s death happened just months after …

Firefighter Injured in SA Grass Fire

Reported by Admin | 29 Dec, 2013

A firefighter with the South Australian Country Fire Service firefighter was injured yesterday when fighting a grass fire at Lower Light, north of Adelaide. The fire started about 1pm and it was fanned by strong winds. Two water bombers were helping to fight the fire that had spread in a south easterly direction and at …

Study: Many Australian workers exposed to carcinogens

Reported by Haydee | 29 Dec, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A study conducted by researchers at The University of Western Australia and the Harry Perkins Institute shows that many Australians are exposed to carcinogens at work. According to the Australian Work Exposures Study (AWES), 3.6 million (40.3%) workers could be exposed to carcinogens in their workplace. A random sample of workers aged …

Worker Awarded Damages for Fall Through Gym Roof

Reported by Admin | 27 Dec, 2013

A worker has been awarded $300,000 in damages for a 4 metre fall from the roof of a gym under construction. In June 2008, the worker was installing a gas line in the roof of a gym that was under construction. A number of penetrations had been cut into the roof for the installation of …

Young Worker Injured When Car Drives Through Shop Window

Reported by Admin | 27 Dec, 2013

A 14-year-old worker was one of three people transported to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital after a car drove through the window of a Subway shop in Taigum. At around 9.30 this morning a 68-year-old woman was parking in front of the store when she apparently pushed the accelerator instead of the brake according …

Business groups air concern over new bullying laws

Reported by Haydee | 27 Dec, 2013

Businesses aired concerns regarding new bullying laws which will come into effect on January 1 as part of amendments to the Fair Work Act passed by the Federal Parliament in June. According to an ABC News report, business groups the new laws could cause problems. “The workplace bullying jurisdiction does give rise to a lot …

Workplace Academic Warns Bullying Claims May Rise After January 1

Reported by Admin | 27 Dec, 2013

A workplace academic has warned that the Fair Work Commission could be inundated with bullying complaints after the new laws take effect in January because there are not “adequate filters” to eliminate dubious or unsuitable claims. A corporate law company has also warned businesses that they should be taking steps to ensure that they have …

New explosives laws

Reported by Haydee | 27 Dec, 2013

Recent changes to NSW explosive laws have been implemented affecting explosives licence holders. From 1 September 2013, the Explosives Regulation 2013 replaced the Explosives Regulation 2005. This means that a licence is not necessary to learn blasting; storing up to 12kg of propellant powder for reloading purposes – and hold a licence under the Firearms …

Concerns About Potential Exploitation of Teenage Workers

Reported by Admin | 26 Dec, 2013

Both unions and parents have voiced their concerns about young people that are working in hospitality and retail at a time when many teenage workers are earning some additional pocket money during the school holidays. South Australia and Tasmania do not have specific child labour laws in place and there are concerns that these young …

Union: Toughen workplace safety laws to protect workers

Reported by Haydee | 24 Dec, 2013

A union is urging the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program to ensure the safety of workers. Australian Council of Trade Unions Assistant Secretary Michael Borowick said the Royal Commission presented an opportunity to improve work safety laws to help decrease the number of injuries and fatalities in the workplace. “The sole focus of …

Small Fire Causes Evacuation of French Embassy

Reported by Admin | 24 Dec, 2013

A fire in a paper shredder triggered the evacuation of the French Embassy in Yarralumla; seven people were treated for smoke inhalation. ACT Fire and Rescue put out what was a paper fire in an industrial shredder that is located on the ground floor of the embassy in Perth Avenue. Around fifty people were evacuated …

ANU Lab Shut Down Because of Gas Leak

Reported by Admin | 24 Dec, 2013

The ANU emergency crews have given the all clear following a gas leak in their laboratories this morning that set off their alarms. Three pumpers, the Hazardous Materials Unit, a breathing apparatus van and two commanders attended the site in North Road at approximately 2am. The ACT Fire and Rescue vented the gas and then …

Two People Run Over By Lifeguard Vehicle on Gold Coast Beach

Reported by Admin | 24 Dec, 2013

A man and a woman in their 20’s are in the Gold Coast Hospital after being run over by a lifeguard vehicle on the Gold Coast Beach. According to police, the couple were lying on the beach at about 5pm yesterday when they felt a slow moving vehicle run over them. They both received non-life-threatening …

Checks on Trucks Registered in Victoria Reveals Hundreds of Faults

Reported by Admin | 22 Dec, 2013

Checks carried out on over 6000 trucks that are registered in Victoria revealed hundreds of faults with steering, suspension and brakes. The blitz on trucks was held in NSW last month and it showed that heavy vehicles that are registered in Victoria are twice as likely to have defects than those in the north. Some …

Warning Signs Required for Schools Containing Asbestos

Reported by Admin | 22 Dec, 2013

The Education Department was taken to court by WorkSafe Victoria and “ordered to lift its game following a series of safety breaches” according to a report in The Age, as a result any schools that contain asbestos will have to have warning signs at their front gate. The breaches were at three Victorian schools that …

NSW Police Fined for Workplace Safety Breaches

Reported by Admin | 21 Dec, 2013

The NSW Police Force has been given a $350,000 fine after pleading guilty to failing to ensure the health safety and welfare of officers on two occasions. The first incident happened in 2009. Three officers were conducting an audit of drug exhibits when they smelt something like boot polish. The Industrial Court of NSW was …

WA Worker Killed at Grain Terminal

Reported by Admin | 21 Dec, 2013

A sub-contractor for a haulage company was killed when he was hit by a truck trailer yesterday afternoon at about 12.10. According to a WA police spokesperson, it is believed that the worker was inside and to the rear of the Rockingham facility when he was hit by the trailer. Emergency crews attended but the …

ACT Workshop Manager Awarded Over $1m for Back Injury

Reported by Admin | 21 Dec, 2013

A $1.4 million payout has been awarded to an engine repairer who suffered a protruded disc and spinal nerve damage when he lifted a pressure cleaner weighing 105 kg into a van. The incident happened in 2007 when the 49-year-old man was working for a small engine repair business as one of 5 workers. He …

Canberra Barista Awarded $600,000 for Permanent Injury

Reported by Admin | 21 Dec, 2013

A barista in Canberra has been awarded a payout of almost $600,000 for a permanent injury from years of steaming milk. The female barista, who had a rib removed and suffered permanent disability because of years spent steaming jugs of milk, began working for a not-for-profit café in 2004. She made coffee weekdays between 8.30am …

Company fined for worker’s serious burns

Reported by Haydee | 19 Dec, 2013

A food company has been fined $11,000 and $1316 in costs over a young worker’s serious work injury in 2010. The company pleaded guilty in November for failing to provide a safe work environment, and was fined in the Bunbury Magistrates Court last week. The fine was reduced due to the employer’s guilty plea and …