Safety heroes receive Australia Day Honours

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jan, 2014

A police officer, a resource industry reformer and a physiotherapist were among those who were given Australia Day Honours for their dedication to work health and safety. Sergeant Karen Mercia Owen was given the Australian Police Medal for her effort in managing WHS risks of pairing riders with horses. She is a sergeant at the …

Heavy vehicle law to commence in February

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jan, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The new heavy vehicle law will now commence on 10 Febraury 2014 after its implementation has been delayed last year. Ministers have agreed that the Heavy Vehicle National Law will start in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. The new law will replace up to five different sets of …

Safety inspection program to focus on labour hire workers

Reported by Haydee | 29 Jan, 2014

An inspection program which will focus on the safety and health of labour hire workers in Western Australia will be conducted by WorkSafe WA. Safety inspectors will look at the safety conditions of labour hire workers and will also visit labour hire agents. “Whenever an inspector visits a WA workplace for any reason, the employer …

Director fined for work safety breaches

Reported by Haydee | 29 Jan, 2014

A director of a construction company was fined $1750 plus legal fees due to a workplace incident which happened in June 2011 at Dry Creek. The defendant pleaded guilty to the offence and cooperated with SafeWork SA during the investigation. The defendant was prosecuted for failure to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the …

WorkCover reopens Sheep and Beef Cattle Industry Rebate

Reported by Haydee | 28 Jan, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Sheep and Beef Cattle Industry rebate was reopened to assist farmers in adopting better work health safety procedures. The safety rebate of up to $2,000 was first made available in October 2013 and received 1700 applications. Because of the interest shown by sheep and beef cattle farmers to improve safety in …

Businesses in Dickson Closed After Asbestos Discovery

Reported by Admin | 24 Jan, 2014

A number of businesses could potentially be closed for months after asbestos was found in a building in the inner north commercial precinct. Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe said it is believed that the asbestos was found in the roof of the building however additional tests need to be conducted to establish the extent, levels …

Queensland Bus Industry Health Initiative from February 2014

Reported by Admin | 23 Jan, 2014

The Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) is set to launch a new initiative next month to encourage workers in the industry that is high risk, to live healthier lifestyles. QBIC has teamed up with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland for this healthy workers initiative that comes under Queensland Workplaces for Wellness. The Executive Director of …

Company fined for safety failings

Reported by Haydee | 23 Jan, 2014

A manufacturing company and its director were prosecuted under the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 for failing to provide and maintain plant in a safe condition; and also failing to ensure that their plant was operated safely. The South Australian Industrial Court on Wednesday fined the company $41,250 plus legal fees for an …

Ensure safety when cleaning beer lines

Reported by Haydee | 23 Jan, 2014

A safety alert to remind businesses and workers to observe safety when cleaning beer lines has been issued by WorkCover NSW after a worker received burns to the face, permanent loss of vision in one eye and significant impairment in the other when he was splashed with beer line cleaning chemicals. WorkCover called on business …

Energy Company Barred from Testing Urine Samples

Reported by Admin | 22 Jan, 2014

The Fair Work Commission has found that workers employed by a state owned energy company are to be tested using saliva swabs to detect alcohol and drug use instead of urine. The union has been running a campaign to urine testing, and while both unions and employers believe that random drug and alcohol testing in …

WorkCover: Ensure safety in working around electricity and powerlines

Reported by Haydee | 21 Jan, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW reminded workers to observe safety when working with electricity and powerlines after a recent analysis revealed that there had been two electrocutions and 14 electric shocks in a recent 12-month period. The WorkCover analysis covers data from August 2012 to August 2013. “In one instance, a worker was installing air-conditioning …

WorkCover Queensland’s Small Business Guide

Reported by Haydee | 21 Jan, 2014

A small business guide has been developed by WorkCover Queensland to assist small businesses in complying with their obligations and educate them on WorkCover matters. The guide offers useful tips in making a claim, reducing their premium, and links to more information online. “As part of WorkCover Queensland’s commitment to working together with small business …

Health Checks Available Free for Truck Drivers

Reported by Admin | 21 Jan, 2014

A joint initiative of Safe Work Australia, the National Transport Commission, PreventionXpress and the Institute for Breathing and Sleeping is offering free health checks to truck drivers from January 20 to February 10. They will be conducted at various locations in  Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and are for drivers of heavy vehicles. PreventionXpress …

Follow-up Actions now available on iAuditor for Android!

Reported by Haydee | 20 Jan, 2014

Attention iAuditor Android users!  Introducing the much requested feature: Follow-up Actions. You can now schedule items for follow up corrective action.  For example, if you were conducting a workshop inspection, and noted that something required attention, you can input a follow up action right there on the spot to get the issue resolved as quickly …

Work-related death toll for September 2013 released

Reported by Haydee | 17 Jan, 2014

Safe Work Australia has recently released the Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Report for September 2013, and 14 more work-related fatalities have been added to the official toll. The report shows that 8 male workers and 5 bystanders died in September 2013. These figures bring the death toll to 152 from January to September 2013. Of these …

School Gardener Dies After Working in Melbourne Heat

Reported by Admin | 16 Jan, 2014

A Melbourne private school is mourning the death of one of their gardeners who died in yesterday’s heat whilst at the school. The 76-year old gardener had worked at the school for 32 years and he was well known for his sense of humour and hard work. A spokesperson for the school said that the …

Building bill re-establishment scrutinised

Reported by Haydee | 16 Jan, 2014

The bill aiming to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC) is before Senate Committee for further review. The Building and Construction Industry Bill 2013 was first examined by a Senate Committee last year. Last month, members of the Committee recommended that the bill pass the Senate, but two political parties – the ALP …

Workplace fatality: New figures

Reported by Haydee | 16 Jan, 2014

Safe Work Australia has recently released data on the number of worker deaths year-to-date, and as at 7 January 2014, 3 Australian workers have been killed at work. The data is an estimate for the number of people killed and is based on media reports. Industry of workplace 2012 2013 2014 Year-to-date Transport, postal & …

Research on crush injury prompts call for safety

Reported by Haydee | 14 Jan, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A research showing that almost four dozen people had received crush injuries while working with moving large machinery or heavy vehicles prompted WorkCover NSW‘s call for safety. According to research, 46 people working near or in large machinery or heavy vehicles received crush injuries in the 12 months from August 2012 to …

Risks of unlicensed fireworks

Reported by Haydee | 14 Jan, 2014

SafeWork SA issued a reminder to the general public on the dangers of unlicensed fireworks. Fireworks ignited by an unqualified person can be risky to people and property especially during extreme hot weather. “As South Australia is currently experiencing a heat wave it is time to be extra vigilant in how we work and play. …

Protect workers from heat stress

Reported by Haydee | 13 Jan, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library SafeWork SA reminds workplaces to ensure that measures are in place to cope with heat as temperatures are said to rise in South Australia in the days to come. “Hot weather is a workplace hazard that needs to be considered when planning work activities,” said SafeWorkSA Executive Director, Bryan Russell. “Heat stress …