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Workplace Quit Smoking Program

Reported by Haydee | 27 Feb, 2014

Workers and businesses are encouraged to participate in the free Workplace Quit Smoking Program, which is a key activity of the Workplaces for Wellness Initiative.

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Scaffolding collapse in Sydney

Reported by Haydee | 25 Feb, 2014

At least three people were hurt and around a hundred evacuated after a five-storey scaffolding collapsed at a building site at Mascot in Sydney’s south east.

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WorkCover NSW to host powerline safety workshop

Reported by Haydee | 24 Feb, 2014

A special workshop for the far north coast scaffolding and roofing industry will be hosted by WorkCover NSW, Essential Energy and Ballina Shire Council.

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Assaults of paramedics on the rise

Reported by Haydee | 24 Feb, 2014

Australian paramedics claim level of violence against them is increasing and call for an end to this issue.

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Safer Small Towns event in Coonamble

Reported by Haydee | 21 Feb, 2014

WorkCover will conduct a Safer Small Towns event in Coonamble on Wednesday, 26 February. The activity aims to provide free work health and safety advice to local businesses and workers.

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Focus On Industry – House Construction Project launched

Reported by Haydee | 18 Feb, 2014

WorkCover NSW has recently launched a project aimed at improving safety in the State’s house construction industry after more than 150 workers were seriously injured or killed at work in the last two years.

Safety inspectors to visit Hamilton

Reported by Haydee | 18 Feb, 2014

Safety inspectors from the Victorian WorkCover Authority will be visiting up to 200 workplaces in Hamilton this week to educate people on work health and safety and help them with their safety obligations.

Miners’ memorial nearing completion

Reported by Haydee | 13 Feb, 2014

A memorial to honour workers who have died in mining accidents in the Goldfields since 1892 is now nearing completion. ABC News reported that the miners’ memorial will hold more than 1400 names of workers.

Pay drops for safety managers as pressure to do more increases

Reported by Haydee | 13 Feb, 2014

A recent safesearch survey on safety managers revealed that some of them have experienced significant drops in remuneration. The survey was conducted to more than 1000 WHS and health safety and environment individuals at 130 predominantly ASX 200 companies. Salaries of WHS Managers in Western Australia dropped by 20.8 percent from $227,073 last year, to …

Fraudulent safety inspectors threatened to fine workers and businesses

Reported by Haydee | 13 Feb, 2014

SafeWork SA has recently received reports of people impersonating as safety inspectors and threatening to fine workers or companies. Employers believed these people to be legitimate inspectors. Because of this, SafeWork SA reminded workplaces to always require proof of identity and check the credentials of persons asking for access to a workplace. SafeWork SA assured …

Suicide attempts reported after Tasmania mine deaths

Reported by Haydee | 11 Feb, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Beyond Blue has recently been alerted to suicide attempts in the Tasmanian town where three mine workers have died. In December, two maintenance workers died after falling 35 metres down a Mount Lyell mine’s main shaft. Last month, a loader operator was the third fatality at the copper mine due to a …

Company improves safety standards after worker’s death

Reported by Haydee | 10 Feb, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library An almond processor announced the completion of its investigation into the death of a farm worker in north-west Victoria in 2013. The 55-year –old worker was operating a tractor at an almond orchard at Robinvale south of Mildura, when he died in August last year. The police and WorkSafe investigated the incident …

Businesses reopen after asbestos scare

Reported by Haydee | 10 Feb, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A few of the businesses which closed when loose asbestos was discovered in a building in Dickson have already reopened. According to ACT Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe, the prohibition notice was lifted on two of the five businesses in the commercial building along Woolley Street, Dickson after testing for asbestos traces …

Construction workers to face mandatory alcohol and drug testing

Reported by Haydee | 07 Feb, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Construction workers on all new government-funded projects will have to face random drug and alcohol testing, the Herald Sun reports. Widespread concerns on drug use in construction sites have prompted the crackdown. Companies bidding for government projects would also have to commit to have security measures in place. Premier Denis Napthine believes …