Study: Majority of Australian workplaces lack first aid awareness

Reported by Haydee | 26 Jun, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A new study conducted by St John Ambulance revealed that millions of employees are at risk due to lack of first aid awareness. The research entitled, First Aid Readiness in the Australian Workplace was done to assist employers in understanding their responsibilities in ensuring the safety of their employees. According to the …

Comparative studies on U.S. and Australia construction work safety

Reported by Haydee | 21 Feb, 2013

Brian Kleiner, right,Director of the Myer’s-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech, visits a construction site; Photo: Virginia Tech Researchers from the Centre for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health at the Virginia Tech in the United States have partnered with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in an effort to reduce construction …

Quad bike total ban for children pushed

Reported by Haydee | 01 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Safety advocates are now pushing for a total ban on children using quad bikes following the death of a girl in South Australia. According to a report by The Australian, the victim was a passenger on a quad bike when it crashed on Thistle Island on Sunday afternoon. She suffered from critical …

Union calls on Government to act on international trade of asbestos

Reported by Haydee | 20 Nov, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Australian Council of Trade Unions urges the Australian Government to use its influence to limit the international trade in asbestos and the use of the toxic material in the South East Asian region. ACTU president Ged Kearney said that the union will host an international delegation for the next fortnight of …

FWA favours airline’s stand on pre-flight safety checks

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jun, 2012

Fair Work Australia has upheld an airline’s decision to stop aircraft engineers from conducting maintenance checks on newer aircraft before takeoff. ABC News reported on Friday that the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association accused the airline of endangering the public by cutting back on safety checks before flights. The union ignored the airline’s instruction and …

Safety standards of Australian projects below world standard, says engineering consultancy manager

Reported by Haydee | 28 May, 2012

Australian projects’ safety standards are below world standards due to cultural tolerance of risk, says a foreign engineering contractor. Brian Kelly, Kentz country manager said that lost-time injury (LTI) rates in the country were worse than in other countries. The West Australian reports that Mr Kelly said while safety performance was a common topic of …

Mortality risk increases with prolonged sitting

Reported by Haydee | 25 Apr, 2012

Prolonged sitting is a significant risk factor for poor health and early death among workers. Sitting for a long time may increase your chances of dying within three years, even if you are physically active. A new study involving more than 200,000 participants was conducted in the University of Sydney, revealing that people who sit …

What’s up with the work health and safety laws harmonisation?

Reported by Haydee | 16 Dec, 2011

With some states confirming their decision to delay the commencement of harmonised WHS laws, it is now understood that the full harmonisation of the laws won’t be possible by 1 January 2012. While the Northern Territory, New South Wales, ACT, Queensland and Commonwealth have committed to the commencement of the new harmonised laws, Victoria, Western …

WorkSafe investigates death of man at sewage plant

Reported by Haydee | 09 Dec, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a lab technician who died after falling into a sewage plant. The 52-year old victim was taking samples from the pits in Bangholme when he slipped into the pond and went missing. According to a report on ABC News, the County Fire Authority, police and specialist divers spent more …

Survey reveals that truck drivers are forced to compromise safety

Reported by Haydee | 29 Nov, 2011

A recent survey conducted by the Transport Workers Union’s revealed that one in four truck drivers were pressured to drive at risky speeds to meet deadlines and that they are pushed through their limit. The Transport Workers’ Union’s 2011 Safe Rates Survey which was done over a three-week period was concluded on 11 November 2011. …

WorkSafe Victoria’s pre-Christmas blitz to target domestic construction sites

Reported by Haydee | 28 Nov, 2011

A pre-Christmas blitz of domestic housing sites will be conducted by WorkSafe construction inspectors in Melbourne’s west from 8 December. Worksafe’s Construction and Utilities Division acting Director, Allan Beacom said that the pre-Christmas blitz is the first of a series of statewide campaign visits concentrating on basic safety issues. “At this time of the year …