An inquest into the death of a construction worker in a hospital building site in Adelaide in November 2014 was told that the victim shouldn’t have been working on a scissor lift when the incident occurred.
Union calls on NT Government to immediately act on asbestos problem following asbestos discovery at Alice Springs Hospital
Unions are urging the NT Government to take immediate action to act on the asbestos contamination incident at Alice Springs Hospital, where patients and staff were exposed to the deadly fibre during an air conditioning installation.
The call was prompted by a publication of a Curtin University study showing that three out of four tradespeople cannot identify asbestos in the workplace.
In an ongoing dispute over asbestos importation in Australia, Queensland Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace reacted to Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton’s interview on Sydney radio station 2GB on Thursday
The eighth case of black lung has been confirmed this week making it the second coal mine worker to have been diagnosed with the disease in less than a week.
Workers marched through the streets of Darwin to highlight safety issues on suicide among FIFO workers, effects of 4/1 rosters on the mental health of workers, and other work health and safety concerns.
The family of a 27-year-old worker who died in November 2015 after concrete panels fell on him and another worker at a construction site in East Perth travelled from Northern Island to find answers to their loved one’s death.
There are around 1,000 coal miners in Queensland who may have contracted black lung disease, says an Australian mining union.
The resurgence of black lung diseases exposes several flaws in mine site management practices, regulatory compliance systems and in the health monitoring system in Queensland according to a mining union’s submission to a senate inquiry on the re-emergence of the disease.
The Senate Standing Committee on Health recently announced a senate inquiry into the resurgence of Black Lung Disease.
For coal miners, coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP) or black lung disease is a devastating consequence of devoting years of work in coal mines. Black lung is a disabling occupational lung disease that is caused by long-term exposure to excessive levels of coal mine dust. A cure is yet to be discovered, but it can be …
The concerns were raised after the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists said that only a fraction of local radiologists are qualified to diagnose black lung disease.
CFMEU reminds businesses that exposing workers to hot weather conditions is a critical safety hazard which can cause serious illnesses and urged them to protect workers this time of the year.
An Adelaide apprentice was critically injured after collapsing due to heat stress.
The disease caused by long-term exposure to coal dust was thought to have been eradicated in Australia years ago. Inhaled coal dust can build up in the lungs and lead to inflammation, fibrosis, and in worse cases, necrosis.
In September, CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan welcomed the bill introduced by Senator Eric Abetz requiring drug and alcohol testing policies on construction sites, but said he was concerned about the lack of support and services for people with substance addiction.
The reportedly increasing number of workers using crystal methamphetamine prompted several unions in the country to support the mandatory drug testing.
A union claims that several maintenance workers at a refinery in Kwinana were exposed to asbestos.
A large block of stone fell from a building site at Martin Place. This is the second near-miss incident at the site in less than two months.
One of Australia’s powerful unions says mandatory drug and alcohol testing is important in the construction industry.
Safety barriers and speed humps removed from construction site days before worker’s tragic death, says union
A union claims that safety barriers and speed humps were removed at a warehouse club’s construction site days before a landscape gardener died when he was struck by a truck on a service road.