SA: Construction Company Fined for Inadequate Fall Protection

Reported by Admin | 25 May, 2011

Following a prosecution by SafeWork SA, a construction company has been fined $30,000 over safety lapses that resulted in a worker falling from the Rapid Bay Jetty, Adelaide. The man suffered injuries which include a fractured vertebra, two broken ribs, a broken wrist and severe bruising. The company pleaded guilty to a breach of section …

SA: Construction Company Fined for poor Crane Safety

Reported by Admin | 17 May, 2011

The South Australian Industrial Court has fined a construction company $30,000 over the injuries suffered by a worker who fell from a jetty, south of Adelaide. The company pleaded guilty to breaching occupational health and safety laws by failing to ensure the health and safety of an employee at work. The incident occurred in October 2008 …

SA: Construction Firm Convicted over Dangerous Lifting Operations

Reported by Admin | 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 …

QLD: WHSQ Advises Businesses About Regulatory Changes

Reported by Admin | 20 Oct, 2010

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is reminding businesses of the amendments to the Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2008 and the Dangerous Goods Safety Management Regulation 2001 The regulatory changes, which commenced on 25 June 2010, give recognition to the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) as an alternative option to …

NSW: Union Raises Concern for Harbour Bridge Workers

Reported by Admin | 19 Oct, 2010

There may be a cancer cluster among Sydney Harbour Bridge painters and maintenance workers, a union claims. Members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) had met with the management of Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) on Thursday to raise the issue of cancer cases among bridge workers. According to the union, the …

WA: WorkSafe Sets Safety Blitz for Construction on October

Reported by Admin | 21 Sep, 2010

WorkSafe WA is gearing up for the changes in licensing requirements for high-risk workers by visiting construction sites starting October 1. A new WorkSafe campaign will target people employed in rigging, scaffolding, forklift, dogging, hoist and crane operations. Inspectors will visit metropolitan and regional WA construction sites to ensure stake holders know about the new …

SA: Work at Desal Plant Resumes

Reported by Admin | 26 Jul, 2010

The suspension of construction work has been lifted at an Adelaide’s desalination plant on Friday following a site safety audit. Work was suspended after a 35-year-old worker died at the site on July 16. The use of a soft sling lift has been blamed for the death of the worker. The man was hit by …

VIC: Wharf Workers Return to Work After Strike

Reported by Admin | 20 Jul, 2010

Work at 27 wharves has resumed on Wednesday after workers staged 24-hour stop work action the day before. The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has called a 24-hour walk-off at wharves across the country after the death of a wharf worker on July 13. The 41-year-old Merlbourne man was killed during pick-up and delivery operations …

WA: Worker Fined After Crane Crashes

Reported by Admin | 30 Jun, 2010

The Fremantle Magistrates Court has fined a crane operator last week after his crane collapsed while residential construction work was going on. The crane narrowly missed other workers in the site. The crane operator pleaded guilty to failing to endure his safety and the safety of others. He was fined $8000 by the court. The …

TAS: Case on Fishing Boat Death Adjourned

Reported by Admin | 19 Jun, 2010

A salmon producer has asked the Hobart Magistrates Court to drop the charges against it in connection with a worker fatality. The 19-year-old Dover native died in a workplace incident while on board one of the company’s fishing boats near Surveyors Bay in March 2009. A large crane fell on him, causing serious chest injuries …

SA: Firm Sorry for Employee Death

Reported by Admin | 19 May, 2010

The Industrial Court has been told the failure of a company to follow safety standards has been the cause of a worker’s death at the Olympic Dam. The company entered a guilty plea for failing to maintain a safe workplace. The company’s lawyer read a statement in court apologising for the incident. The fatal accident …

VIC: Worker Flung Out of Crane

Reported by Admin | 26 Apr, 2010

A worker has been thrown out of a crane’s cabin at a construction site in Melbourne on Thursday. The incident took place around 5.30pm at a Springvale shopping complex. Early reports indicate that a counterbalance of the crane fell off. The construction worker, who was held by his safety harness, was left suspended 40 metres …

NSW: Workers Nearly Crushed By Falling Steel

Reported by Admin | 11 Apr, 2010

A steel company is standing by its loading operations following an accident at Port Kembla, in Wollongong, where tonnes of steel fell from a crane on Thursday. Reports say 28 tonnes of steel were being loaded onto a Korea-bound ship. A cable snapped, causing the steel and parts of the crane to fall several metres …

WA: WorkSafe Sets Sight on Crane Safety

Reported by Admin | 16 Mar, 2010

WorkSafe has launched an inspection program addressing the OHS standards of bridge and gantry crane use. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Nina Lyhne said the program, which kicked off last week, aims to bring the safety risks to light and to ensure that employers has the necessary knowledge to comply with the laws. “This inspection program is …