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Cross Border Project promoting construction site safety

Reported by Haydee | 26 Aug, 2014

WorkCover NSW inspectors together with representatives from the Victorian WorkCover Authority are visiting construction sites in Cobram, Barooga, Yarrawonga and Mulwala from 25-29 August.

Be a Part of the 2013 Top Tradie Cup

Reported by Zoe | 27 Feb, 2013

WorkSafe Victoria is ready to again run the Top Tradie contest this year beginning in April after a successful event last year. The Top Tradie Cup is specifically for construction industry workers and supervisors and the idea is for tradies to compete against their mates for the title of Victoria’s Top Tradie. The purpose of …

NSW: Worker Hit by Roller at Roadworks

Reported by Julia | 29 Aug, 2011

Workcover is investigating an incident where a worker was partially driven over by a heavy roller at roadworks at Beresfield, near Newcastle this morning. The injured man aged 43, was part of a roadworks crew on a busy road when the incident occurred. Investigators are determining whether the injured man may have tried to jump …

QLD: Truck Driver Dies In Excavator Accident

Reported by Julia | 18 Aug, 2011

Queensland’s safety watchdog, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, is investigating a fatal incident that occurred last week at a lagoon at Roma. A truck driver was standing near an excavator that was de-silting the lagoon when the excavator hit a tree and a branch fell. The falling branch struck the truck driver on the head. …

SA: Building Company Fined for Falling Tool Kit

Reported by Julia | 17 Aug, 2011

An Adelaide building firm was fined by an Industrial Magistrate after a work box full of building materials fell seven storeys at a city building site. The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 22(2)(b) of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 2006, in that it failed to ensure that people other than employees were safe …

VIC: Safety Alert for Trench Safety

Reported by Julia | 17 Aug, 2011

WorkSafe Victoria has issued a safety alert highlighting the importance of protecting workers from trench collapse. The alert was prompted by a number of recent incidents where workers have been seriously injured after being engulfed while working in trenches that have collapsed. Wet weather and increased ground moisture has created a higher risk of ground …

VIC: Worker Buried in Trench

Reported by Julia | 26 Jul, 2011

Last Wednesday, a workman was buried when a trench collapsed in Templestowe, a suburb in Melbourne. He was dug out by his workmates and suffered suspected fractured ribs, a suspected collapsed lung and leg injuries. Advanced life support paramedics attended the scene and he was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious but stable condition. ‘He’d …

NSW: Drill Bit Injures Man’s Eye

Reported by Julia | 19 Jul, 2011

Ambulance Victoria issued a media alert concerning a workplace incident involving a power drill at Newport in Sydney’s northern beaches last month. A man was using a power drill on a screw when the tool slipped and the drill bit flew into his left eye resulting in serious injury. The man removed the bit and …

WA: Crane Operator Crushed by Concrete Slab

Reported by Julia | 14 Jul, 2011

A 43-year-old crane operator/rigger has died at a construction site in Karratha, in Western Australia’s Pilbara region yesterday morning after being crushed by a slab of concrete. WorkSafe WA is investigating. The man was reportedly crushed after the slab fell while being lifted by a crane. As reported by safetyCulture, it is the fourth work-related …

QLD: Results of Construction Site Audit

Reported by Julia | 08 Jun, 2011

Between September and November last year, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) conducted an audit of major construction projects in and around the Brisbane. Approximately 235,000 or 10.5 per cent of employed persons in Queensland are construction workers. Compared to other workers, construction workers have a significantly higher rate of serious injury claims– on average …

NSW: Woman Injured Falling into Trench

Reported by Julia | 28 Apr, 2011

WorkCover is investigating an incident yesterday where a woman aged 56 fell into a trench on a construction site at Mortdale. The woman fell almost four metres through a fence in her backyard into the site next door. She was taken to St George Hospital with serious head, neck and back injuries and is in a serious …

QLD: Removalist Contractor Crushed to Death

Reported by Julia | 20 Apr, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating the death of a 24-year old man was who crushed by a collapsing house during a building relocation. The incident occurred yesterday at Bundaberg Airport where the man was part of a removalist crew lowering the building at the airport when a jack failed, causing the building to collapse …

SA: Steel Worker Hit by Bar

Reported by Julia | 19 Apr, 2011

SafeWork SA is investigating an incident where a female steel operator  was struck by a large steel bar at steelworks in Whyalla on Friday night. SafeWork SA spokesman Peter Adams said the incident occurred during a maintenance procedure. The worker was cleaning slag from the roller of a steel moulding machine when a large steel ‘dummy …

NSW: Safety Alert on Stable Excavations

Reported by Julia | 29 Mar, 2011

The WorkCover Authority of NSW has released a safety alert as a reminder to employers and principal contractors to ensure the stability of excavations before workers enter them. An unsupported trench wall, three metres in height, collapsed onto three workers.  One worker died and the other two were seriously injured. The workers were constructing a …

VIC: ‘Be Careful’ Warning Not Enough, Employer Learns

Reported by Julia | 12 Nov, 2010

“Telling your workers to ‘be careful’ isn’t going to cut it,” WorkSafe Victoria’s Executive Director for Health and Safety Ian Forsyth said after the prosecution of an employer over the death of a worker. The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court has fined the owner of a building company $30,000 after a man fell to his death in …

VIC: Fire Interrupts Construction Work in School

Reported by Julia | 12 Nov, 2010

Construction work in a college in Bendigo has been halted after a fire broke out at the construction site on Wednesday. Students had to be evacuated after about 300 polystyrene cubes caught fire around noon. Greg Stead, CFA station officer, said a spark from an oxy acetylene cutter may have started the fire. “That sort …

QLD: Contractor Hurt in Wall Collapse

Reported by Julia | 11 Nov, 2010

A subcontractor was taken to hospital after suffering a head injury in a construction accident earlier today. Reports indicate the accident took place at an Old Cooper Road construction site in Sta Lucia about 6am. The worker was demolishing a brick wall of a university building when a section of the wall collapsed onto him. …

SA: Construction Firm Convicted over Dangerous Lifting Operations

Reported by Julia | 05 Nov, 2010

The SA Industrial Relations Court has fined a construction company after concrete panels collapsed at a building site in the northern suburbs. According to SafeWork SA, the construction company placed its employee and others at risk over its unsafe lifting operation of a concrete panel. The court was told a crane was being used to …

NSW: Developer Fined Over Apprentice Fall

Reported by Julia | 01 Nov, 2010

A Kiama-based builder has been fined by the NSW Industrial Court following a 3.5 metre fall of an apprentice in 2007. The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 8(2) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000. It was fined $80,000. The court heard the company, which carries out residential and commercial construction projects, was …

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 …

QLD: Concrete Firm Prosecuted for Unsafe Scaffold

Reported by Julia | 29 Oct, 2010

A concrete pumping company has been fined $37,500 after a worker sustained injuries while in a 2009 construction accident. The Townsville-based company pleaded guilty to breaching section 24(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, having failed to ensure workplace safety. The Townsville Industrial Magistrates Court was told a worker suffered broken ribs, severe …