2011 SHP-IOSH Awards – London: Winners Show Innovation & Commitment

Reported by Angela | 10 Jan, 2012

The end of 2011 saw the announcement of the SHP-OSH Awards (London) for achievement, innovation and commitment to safety in the workplace. Here are the winners:  Best Achievement in Construction – Olympic Delivery Authority The Olympic Delivery Authority’s program included the Olympic Park, the Athlete’s Village, and remote sites for the 2012 London Olympics. Health …

QLD: Spill at Chemical Plant Forces Shut Down

Reported by Admin | 15 Aug, 2011

An explosives manufacturer was forced to shut down its plant after a chemical spill last week. Close to ten kilograms of hexavalent chromium, or chromium six, escaped from the Kooragang Island ammonia plant on Monday night. The company has been criticised for not immediately notifying local residents or authorities about the spill. The company’s General manager James …

NSW: WorkCover to Conduct Safety Review of Wine Industry

Reported by Admin | 16 Jul, 2011

Deputy State Coroner Hugh Dillon found on Wednesday that inadequate safety procedures contributed to the blast at a Hunter valley winery in 2008 which resulted in the deaths of two men. One of the men was welding a tank which, unbeknownst to him, contained 9000 litres of an ethanol-based liquid, known in the wine industry …

SA: Safety Watchdog Slow to Act

Reported by Admin | 04 Jun, 2011

A South Australian parliamentary inquiry has heard this week that WorkSafe SA was too slow to investigate the death of a worker at Adelaide’s desalination plant. The man died in hospital in February last year, about 10 weeks after ingesting diesel. The victim’s family believes his vehicle ran out of fuel when he was working …

NSW: Mercury Spill at Scrap Metal Yard

Reported by Admin | 31 May, 2011

WorkCover is investigating a large scale spillage of mercury at a scrap metal yard in the Lake Macquarie suburb of Teralba on Monday. An estimated two litres of the highly toxic material escaped at the site on Racecourse Road. One person had to undergo decontamination after some mercury came into contact with his clothing. Fire …

VIC: Improvement Notices Issued to Agricultural Supplier

Reported by Admin | 28 May, 2011

Further to last week’s story on a man’s death due to exposure to toxic chemicals, WorkSafe Victoria has issued five improvement notices to the agricultural chemicals supplier. The 54-year-old died after being exposed to a toxic chemical used to make weed killer while working on a pipeline at the supplier’s chemical plant in Laverton North. …

VIC: Man Dies From Chemical Exposure

Reported by Admin | 23 May, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a man who was exposed to a toxic chemical used to make weed killer at a Melbourne agricultural chemicals plant. The man collapsed while trying to wash off the chemical. Four colleagues tried to resuscitate the 54-year-old, while another man suffered a minor chemical burn to his wrist. The …

NSW: Gas Explosion Causes Injury

Reported by Admin | 21 May, 2011

WorkCover is investigating an incident on Monday following a gas explosion that injured a man in Gundaroo, in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. An employee of a gas company attended a home to refill an LPG gas bottle. While refilling the cylinder an explosion occurred. The 40-year-old employee suffered burns to his hands and …

SA: Poor Plant Maintenance Blamed Over Factory Blast

Reported by Admin | 28 Jul, 2010

A munitions factory in Gladstone was a ‘ticking time bomb’, the Industrial Relations Court was told on Monday. The munitions company is under fire over a 2006 factory explosion. The incident in mid-north of South Australia killed three workers and injured two others. The Court stated that friction inside a machine that blends chemicals caused …

QLD: Conference on Mine Safety Held

Reported by Admin | 21 Jul, 2010

Recent accidents at mines in north Queensland highlight the importance of meeting workplace safety needs, a trade union says. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) held its 25th annual safety conference in Mackay last week to discuss the concerns of mine workers and the development of better safety training. Operations at two mines …

VIC: Apprentice Fined for Workplace Prank

Reported by Admin | 17 Jul, 2010

The Ringwood Magistrates’ Court has convicted an apprentice on July 1 after setting a new worker on fire as a prank. The workplace prank took place on January 2008 at a Hallam workshop, where three apprentice mechanics sprayed brake-cleaning fluid on a colleague and set the flammable chemical alight. The injured apprentice had been working …

NSW: Man set on fire in industrial accident

Reported by Admin | 17 Jul, 2010

A worker has suffered serious burn injuries after his clothing has been set on fire at a sheet metal fabrication business in South Windsor on Thursday. According to police, the 25-year-old man from Sydney had been pouring out paint thinner from a drum when he slipped on the puddle of the flammable chemical just around …

VIC: WorkSafe to Focus on Farms Amid Deaths

Reported by Admin | 13 Jul, 2010

WorkSafe is letting the farming sector know that the safety watchdog is undertaking a year-long crackdown on workplace safety. Seven fatalities have been recorded in farms across the state in 2010. According to executive director Cath Bowtell, WorkSafe inspectors will check on Victorian farms starting this month. Ms Bowtell said they will focus on the …

NT: Chemical Spill Forces Evacuation

Reported by Admin | 16 Jun, 2010

A factory at East Arm in Darwin has been evacuated on Thursday after reports of a chemical spill. Emergency crews cleared the factory just before 4pm. While several people were taken to the hospital for assessment, no injuries were reported. “They’re apparently dangerous,” Duty Superintendent Louise Jorgenson said about the chemicals. She said the hazardous …

NT: Toxic Chemicals in Harbour to be Investigated

Reported by Admin | 19 Apr, 2010

The Northern Territory Government has announced an inquiry on Friday after a video showing chemical sludge in Darwin’s port became public. A video by ABC had shown big black plume in the water and sludge on the wharf. There is a concern that the copper concentrate coming from the port may wash into the city’s …

VIC: Worker nearly succumbs to chlorine fumes

Reported by Admin | 16 Apr, 2010

A factory worker who was almost overcome by toxic gas was rescued just in time by a truck driver yesterday, emergency authorities said. The 43-year-old man was handling waste at a factory in Melbourne’s west when he was exposed to chlorine. A truck driver, who arrived at the Lavern North plant to deliver chemicals, brought …

NSW: Coroner to Settle Cause of Gardener’s Death

Reported by Admin | 15 Apr, 2010

The coroner has the authority to determine whether the death of a man in Sydney’s west on Wednesday because of herbicide exposure, emergency authorities say. Emergency crews were called to a Horsley Park house around 8:00am after a gardener collapsed and died. The 56-year-old was spraying weeds with herbicides just before he collapsed. Fire and …