VIC: Worker Receives Electric Shock While Dismantling Sign

Reported by Julia | 11 Nov, 2010

A worker has received an electric shock in Northern Melbourne when he came into contact with an overhead powerline on Tuesday. 22,000 volts coursed through his body before a colleague was able to save him by kicking him free. The two were working at height while taking down an advertising across the entrance road of …

VIC: Union Raises Concern About School Building Project

Reported by Julia | 21 Sep, 2010

The Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER) program has been under fire from a trade union following the death of a glazier in a Melbourne primary school. A 48-year-old man was working at a gym construction site when fell from an elevated work platform on Thursday. He suffered head injuries from the 18-metre fall, …

VIC: Glazier Dies After Falling from Aerial Platform

Reported by Julia | 20 Sep, 2010

A 48-year-old-man has fallen to his death at a primary school construction site in Melbourne’s east on Thursday. The man, who was working as a glazier, fell 18-metres from an elevated work platform. His work was part of the Federal Government’s Build the Education Revolution project, a school building program. WorkSafe Victoria said it will …

VIC: Transport Company Fined Over Loading Mishap

Reported by Julia | 05 May, 2010

The Melbourne County Court has convicted a transport company over the death of a worker who succumbed to fatal head injuries. The Court imposed a fine of $130,000, following the company’s guilty plea to two charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. In February 2007, a 44-year-old driver was loading an elevated work …

SA: Info Sessions on Licensing High Risk Work Launched

Reported by Julia | 21 Apr, 2010

SafeWork SA has launched a series of information sessions in the Greater Adelaide Area on the new licensing requirements that will take effect in Southern Australia later this year. The first information session was held on April 12 and will continue to run until May 3. The licensing changes will affect high risk workers, including …

QLD: Platform Owner Fined for Fruit Picker’s Injury

Reported by Julia | 12 Mar, 2010

The Gympie Industrial Magistrates Court has fined the owner of an elevated platform, after his platform caused the injuries of a fruit picker at an Amamoor farm. Stanley Stephen Haman was found guilty of breaching section 28 (1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995 for failing to ensure workplace safety. He incurred $10,000 …