Public Servant Claims Depression Because of Missed Redundancy

Reported by Zoe | 10 Jul, 2013

A public servant in Canberra, who applied for voluntary redundancy, was diagnosed with depression after he was told that he could keep his job. The worker who was severely depressed because he wasn’t made redundant has had his claim for workers compensation denied. The worker said that the decision by the Department of Education, Employment …

Chinese Embassy Site in ACT a Safety Concern for Australian Workers

Reported by Zoe | 25 Jun, 2013

Unions are concerned that any Australian worker injured on the construction site for the new Chinese embassy in Canberra may not have access to compensation. Dean Hall, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) ACT secretary said yesterday that he had found out that Australian workers have been delivering supplies to the “secretive” site …

New Safety Levy Cost May be Passed on to Employers

Reported by Zoe | 30 Mar, 2013

GIO as one of the largest workers’ compensation insurance companies in Australia has said that it is likely to pass the cost of the new construction industry safety levies in Canberra onto employers according to a report in the Canberra Times. But GIO has also warned that the safety record in the ACT is already …

Canberra construction site shut down by WorkSafe ACT

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A construction site in Canberra where an apprentice suffered from an electric shock last week has been shut down by WorkSafe ACT. The building contractor has been issued with a prohibition notice for breaches of work safety legislation which will prevent them from undertaking further work on the site. According to ABC, …

WorkSafety ACT lashes at site manager for its safety comments

Reported by Haydee | 28 Jan, 2013

The ACT’s Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe has lashed out at the manager of an apartment site in Canberra where an apprentice suffered from electric shock last Thursday. According to a Fairfax Media report, Mr McCabe accused the building site manager of dismissing the injury as an incident which could not have been prevented. The …

Workers walk off the job after electric shock incident

Reported by Haydee | 25 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Workers of an apartment site in Canberra have walked off the job after an apprentice electrician suffered from an electric shock in Canberra on Thursday. The apprentice was working alone on a platform ladder and received shock from a live circuit which she thought has been switched off. (Read SafetyCulture Report). According …

Apprentice suffered from electric shock at Canberra construction site

Reported by Haydee | 25 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library An electrical apprentice suffered from an electric shock at a building site in Canberra on Thursday. The woman was brought to the Canberra Hospital after the accident. Canberra Times reported that according to initial investigations, the apprentice was working alone on a platform ladder and received shock from a live circuit which …

ACT construction industry report receives good response from government

Reported by Haydee | 28 Nov, 2012

Photo: WorkSafe ACT website A recent report on Canberra’s construction safety saying the ACT construction industry has the worst safety condition has received good response from the government. ABC News reported that ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe says he is satisfied with the overall response to the report. “There seemed to be wide-spread acceptance …

Actew calls for reforms to evenly match work safety to cost and schedule

Reported by Haydee | 23 Nov, 2012

Mr Michael CostelloPhoto: ActewAGL website ActewAGL chief executive Michael Costello would prefer a disgruntled customer than a dead worker and Canberra’s construction industry risking safety due to unrealistic deadlines and cost-cutting. According to a Canberra Times report, ActewAGL and ACTEW Corporation called for reforms to tender processes including “weight given to a contractor’s workplace health …

Survey results on construction safety culture raises serious concerns

Reported by Haydee | 14 Nov, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A survey conducted during the Safety Culture Leadership Forum by the Master Builders Association in Canberra last month revealed that many construction bosses in Canberra believe the common approach to industry safety is to “tick and flick” paperwork (8 out of 10). Ninety four percent of the respondents agree that “the bottom …

Man suffers severe burns in petrol station accident

Reported by Haydee | 11 Sep, 2012

A man suffered severe burns in an accident in a petrol station in Canberra’s north today. According to Canberra Times, both ambulance services and ACT Fire and Rescue responded to the call from a gas station on Maribyrnong Avenue in Kaleen. The man suffered serious burns to his arms and legs and is suspected to …

National Workers Memorial to be built in Canberra

Reported by Haydee | 16 Mar, 2012

The winning design for the National Workers Memorial. Photo: The Sydney Morning Herald A $3 million national memorial for fallen workers will be built next year in Canberra. The winning design of the National Workers Memorial was unveiled on Thursday at Parliament House. The memorial funded by the federal government will pay tribute to all …