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Boat operators urged to make safety a priority

Reported by Haydee | 20 Jan, 2016

South Australian transport and infrastructure minister Stephen Mullighan reminded boat operators to navigate the safer course by making sure all their safety equipment was above-board.

Cth: Boat Manufacturer Fined for Breaches of OH&S Laws

Reported by Admin | 08 Aug, 2011

The Federal Court of Australia has fined a boat manufacturer $242,000 for its part in a boating tragedy that killed five people. The vessel Malu Sara was travelling in the Torres Strait in October 2005 when it sank. Two federal workers and three members of the public, including a five-year-old girl all died in the …

WA: Foot Severed in Boat Accident

Reported by Admin | 22 May, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating an incident that occurred this week where a man had his foot severed after it was caught in a tow-boat rope off the coast of Onslow, a town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. WorkSafe spokeswoman Carolyn De Vaney said the 40-year-old man was working on a barge a few hundred …

QLD: Surfer Dies in Boat Collision

Reported by Admin | 10 May, 2011

The death of a 42-year-old Gold Coast surfer on Sunday has raised calls for a warning system, and for surfers and boaties to work together to avoid further tragedy. The incident occurred at Currumbin and involved a head-on collision between a boat and the surfer. Regional Coordinator for Marine Rescue Northern Rivers, Stephen Reading says …

SA: Fishing Company Fined After Diver Blacks Out

Reported by Admin | 17 Apr, 2011

The Industrial Court in South Australia has fined a fishing company $26,000 after it allowed a diver affected by alcohol make a “breath-hold” dive to retrieve dead fish in 2007. The diver blacked out at the bottom of an aquaculture pen at Arno Bay and had to be resuscitated. He later returned to work but suffered …

QLD: Jet Ski Operator Fined for Failure to Provide Safety Demonstration

Reported by Admin | 14 Apr, 2011

A jet ski hire operator who has pleaded guilty to failing to show two men how to use the water vessel, has been fined this week in the Townsville Magistrates Court. The Magnetic Island jet ski owner aged 50, pleaded guilty to failing to give a practical demonstration to the men on how to operate …

QLD: Worker Crushed by Steel Beam

Reported by Admin | 06 Apr, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety is investigating an incident where a Cairns man is on life support and may be paralysed after being crushed by a steel beam. The man was working at a boat building and repair company, when the accident occurred last Wednesday. Workers were shifting a boat when the supporting steel beam fell and …

Cth: Safety Watchdog Issues Draft Diving Regulations

Reported by Admin | 01 Apr, 2011

Safe Work Australia has issued draft work health and safety rules for commercial divers, altering a range of existing safety, qualification and supervision measures. A public comment period ends on Monday, 4 April and the agency says it will consider all submissions before compiling a final model later this year. The proposed changes to commercial …

Cth: Study Reveals Fisherman at Risk

Reported by Admin | 27 Mar, 2011

A new study has found young and older commercial fishers are at risk from being injured on the job. The study, partly funded by the fishing industry, was based upon more than 100 reports of on-vessel accidents. It found young commercial fishers, between 20 and 25, were most at risk, followed by older fishers aged …

Study Takes a Look at Stress for Agricultural Workers

Reported by Admin | 08 Nov, 2010

A new research has revealed that farmers and fishers turn to what they know and who they trust in times of stress, highlighting the vital role of industry associations in trying times. The findings of Deakin University professor Sue Kilpatrick were presented at the National Centre for Farmer Health’s inaugural conference in Hamilton. Ms Kilpatrick …

WA: Businesses Told to Prepare for Cyclone Season

Reported by Admin | 29 Oct, 2010

WorkSafe WA is reminding businesses throughout the state’s north-west to ensure emergency management plans are established with the onset of the cyclone season. WorkSafe Commissioner Nina Lyhne said it is crucial for everyone, whether on sea on or land, to know what to do when there was a cyclone hits the area. “The cyclone season …

WA: Union Pushes for Change After Seafarer’s Death

Reported by Admin | 04 Oct, 2010

A union is calling for clarifications as to which regulatory body has authority over the shipping sector following the death of a seafarer. In 24 December 2008, a 43, year-old man died on a tanker after being struck on the head by a heavy line. It was later found that he was cutting the lashing …

WA: Seafarer Killed Due to Dangerous Position – Report

Reported by Admin | 30 Sep, 2010

A mariner who was killed on board a floating storage, north of Dampier in WA, placed himself in a precarious situation, a report reveals. The 43-year-old man died on December 24 2008 after being hit in the head with a heavy line while crew members disconnected the ship from its mooring buoy. They were trying …

WA: New Code for Commercial Fishing Launched

Reported by Admin | 03 Sep, 2010

Western Australia’s safety watchdog is hoping the introduction of a new code of practice for the state’s commercial fishing industry will result in fewer work-related injuries and deaths. The code of practice, a first in Australia, gives details the way of preventing incidents of man overboard on boats. WA Commission for Occupational Safety and Health …

Guilty Verdict Delivered in Shark Boat Death

Reported by Admin | 20 Aug, 2010

A fishing company and a boat skipper have been convicted following the death of a deckhand in the Great Australian Bight in 2005. The Industrial Court was told the worker had been killed in the direst circumstances while on a shark boat. The 36-year-old was crushed to death in a revolving net after becoming entangled …

SA: Vessel operator, skipper, found liable for deckhand’s death

Reported by Admin | 13 Jul, 2010

The Adelaide Industrial Court has found a shark fishing firm and a skipper liable for the death of a deckhand. The operator of the vessel and the skipper were found guilty by Industrial Magistrate Richard Hardy on July 2 for breaching workplace laws. In November 2005, the 36-year-old deckhand was helping wind in a net …