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 …

WA: Angle Grinder Safety Alert

Reported by Admin | 17 Apr, 2011

WorkSafe WA has issued a safety alert regarding the use of angle grinders to cut metal drums following two recent incidents involving serious injuries. Angle grinders are one of the most dangerous tools in any workplace. WorkSafe says that where a safer alternative cutting tool is available or can be obtained, an angle grinder should never …

QLD: Update on National Harmonisation of OHS Laws

Reported by Admin | 22 Oct, 2010

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has affirmed its commitment for the harmonisation Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws, stating that it will continue working with other jurisdictions over the coming year. Workplace Relations Ministers from around Australia had come to a consensus in 2008 to nationally harmonise OHS laws. Currently, Safe Work Australia is …

SA: Produce Firm Fined Over Worker’s Amputated Fingers

Reported by Admin | 04 Oct, 2010

A produce wholesaler has been fined $44,000 by an Industrial Court after an employee severed his fingers to the moving blades of a fan in a worksite accident. The Pooraka-based operator pleaded guilty on Wednesday to breaching section 19(1) of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 1986 in failing to ensure the safety of …

QLD: Safety Exemptions Revoked in Rural Areas

Reported by Admin | 09 Sep, 2010

Farmers and workers in rural industries in Queensland will have to deal with new safety rules beginning this month after the phase out of legislated occupational health and safety exemptions. Dr Simon Blackwood, Executive Director for Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), said the phasing out of exemptions, which began in 1990, mandates rural property …

VIC: Workplace Deaths for 2009/10 Tallied

Reported by Admin | 19 Jul, 2010

WorkSafe Victoria has announced that 26 fatalities had been recorded in the 2009/10 financial because of breaches in workplace safety. Among those who died, all but one was male – a female vineyard worker in Woori Yallock died when a falling a branch struck her during heavy storms in June. Nine deaths were reported in …

SA: Man fined after lit cigarette causes blast

Reported by Admin | 31 May, 2010

A man who caused an explosion at work by lighting a cigarette has been fined for violating occupational health and safety laws. The man pleaded guilty before the Industrial Court to causing the blast at a workplace at West Croydon in Adelaide in June 2007. He was fined $4,000. The Industrial Court heard the man …

VIC: Hotel Ordered to Install Alarms in Cellar

Reported by Admin | 12 Mar, 2010

A hotel at Biguerra near Colac has been directed to install an alarm in its cellar alerting anyone coming in of any carbon dioxide leaks. WorkSafe issued an Improvement Notice to the hotel following the death of a man in its cellar while delivering beer kegs yesterday. The safety watchdog is now investigating the circumstances …

VIC: Delivery Man Dies in Hotel Cellar

Reported by Admin | 11 Mar, 2010

A man has died today while delivering beer kegs to the cellar of a Birregurra hotel. WorkSafe is looking into the circumstances surrounding the 54-year-old man’s death. According to WorkSafe, carbon dioxide could have possibly leaked in the cellar. While the investigation is at its preliminary stages, Acting Executive Director Stan Krpan reminded everyone of …