WorkSafe warns outdoor workers of strong winds on Friday

Reported by Haydee | 15 Aug, 2013

WorkSafe Victoria warned all outdoor workers to ensure the safety of their worksites before strong winds hit Victoria on Friday. WorkSafe received several reports related to structural collapse and other damage at worksites across Victoria after strong winds hit the state earlier this week. A pedestrian was also injured when a security fence collapsed at …

Budget Funding Boost for WorkSafe ACT

Reported by Zoe | 05 Jun, 2013

The ACT government has allocated $5.7 million in the budget to WorkSafe ACT to enable them to increase their reach. The additional funds will enable WorkSafe ACT to employ 12 new inspectors and get five new vehicles to ensure they can police the standards across residential, commercial and civil construction in the territory. Workplace Safety …

Construction Workers Need to Take Care in Wet Weather

Reported by Zoe | 17 Dec, 2012

According to WorkSafe WA as long as work at construction sites is organised so that wet weather hazards are minimised and safe work systems are adhered to, then work can continue safely. Steps need to be taken to control wet weather hazards to protect the health and safety of workers and will be to the …

ACT government to set up compulsory registration for engineers to ensure construction safety

Reported by Haydee | 12 Dec, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A recommendation to set up a compulsory registration scheme for engineers was agreed by ACT Workplace Safety Minister Simon Corbell. This recommendation was done after the government’s independent inquiry into construction industry safety. According to Fairfax Media, the scheme would be set up as soon as possible. The ACT would become the …

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 …

Zero Harm at Work Leadership Forum

Reported by Haydee | 28 Nov, 2012

A leadership forum which focused at the challenges of building safety into contractor management systems was conducted where construction industry leaders shared their expertise. McNab hosted a Zero Harm at Work Leadership Program forum for leaders in the construction industry. Representatives from James L. Williams, Lend Lease and BP discussed the importance of strong safety …

Survey: ACT construction industry most dangerous in Australia

Reported by Haydee | 26 Nov, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library An inquiry into the construction industry revealed that at least one injury happens on Canberra construction sites on a daily basis. Four workplace fatalities have been recorded in Canberra over the past twelve months. Because of this the ACT Government will commission an inquiry into the construction sector’s work practices. According to …

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 …

WorkSafe ACT develops new asbestos awareness training course

Reported by Haydee | 31 Jul, 2012

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe reminded local employers to ensure that appropriate training is provided to workers who may come in contact with asbestos as part of their work. Mr McCabe also confirmed that a new asbestos awareness training course has been developed in ACT. “A new asbestos awareness training course has been developed …

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 …

VIC: Timber Company Fined $80,000 for Forklift Accident

Reported by Julia | 22 Jul, 2011

Last week, a timber company was fined $80,000 by the Frankston Magistrates’ Court after a worker was injured by a forklift. The incident occurred in March 2009 in Sommerville, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsular.  Two workers tried to remove a fence post with a forklift by attaching a chain to the post and the forklift. The chain broke …

WA: Innovative OHS Solutions Recognised in Work Safety Awards

Reported by Julia | 04 Nov, 2010

The winners of this year’s Work Safety Awards Western Australia have been announced on Friday. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Nina Lyhne said the winners were great examples of excellent workplace innovations and occupational safety and health systems in the state. “These awards provide the opportunity for innovative Western Australians to gain national recognition for their achievements,” …

QLD: Return to Work Awardees Named

Reported by Julia | 29 Oct, 2010

Queensland’s most exemplary employers and individuals have been recognised in the annual Q-COMP Return to work Awards on Tuesday night. The program rewards acts of excellence, inspiring personal journeys and leadership in the field of worker’s compensation. Nine winners were personally commended by Minister for Industrial Relations Cameron Dick during the ceremony at the Brisbane …

VIC: 743 Workplace Injuries Reported in Brimbank

Reported by Julia | 28 Oct, 2010

New figures show that 743 injuries were reported in Brimbank in the last financial year. WorkSafe Victoria mentions construction, community services, trades, manufacturing, and storage/transport as the five industries with the most compensation claims. Among age groups, workers aged 45-49 years old had recorded the highest number of incidents. Figures show musculoskeletal disorders, open wounds, …

QLD: Building Firm Fined Over Asbestos Contamination

Reported by Julia | 21 Oct, 2010

The Mackay Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a builder after failing to comply with asbestos removal guidelines while removing roofing. The construction company pleaded guilty to a breach of section 24(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, having failed to ensure workplace safety. The court was told a building site in Mackay was …

WA: WorkSafe Reminds Construction Sector to Work Safe for Summer

Reported by Julia | 14 Sep, 2010

WorkSafe WA is reminding the construction companies in West Australian to take precautions as they take on new projects for the summer. According to WorkSafe Commissioner Nina Lyhne, it is easy to take the risks of heat stress for granted. She said all employers and employees should be preparing on ways to minimise the risk …

VIC: WorkSafe to hold free training for leading hands

Reported by Julia | 02 Aug, 2010

WorkSafe is conducting a free training course for construction companies to help minimise injuries among construction workers. The training course called Safety Skills for Leading Hands will be held on August 11 and 26, and September 9 and 26. “Construction sites with trained leading hands are less likely to lose workers to injury,” WorkSafe’s Acting …

QLD: Company Fined over Winch Accident

Reported by Julia | 30 Apr, 2010

The Noosa Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a small construction company over a workplace incident which caused injuries to a worker. The Sunshine Coast firm was found guilty on March 11 to failing to ensure workplace safety under section 24 (1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995. Industrial Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan imposed a …

SA: Manufacturing Firm Fined for Lack of OHS System

Reported by Julia | 11 Apr, 2010

A leading supplier to the construction industry has been fined over a workplace accident in 2007, which caused serious leg injuries to a worker. The manufacturing firm pleaded guilty to breaching section 19(1) of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 1986 in failing to provide a safe system of work and to maintain plant …