NSW: Fire Safety Inspections at the Snow

Reported by Julia | 12 Jun, 2011

A blitz on fire safety has been undertaken by Fire and Rescue New SouthWales in the ski village of Thredbo. Officers inspected more than 60 lodges, hostels, apartments and motels. The Assistant Commissioner and Director of Community Safety, Jim Smith, said the audit involved ensuring smoke alarms were fitted, and that fire exits and safety equipment, such as …

WA: Businesses Told to Prepare for Cyclone Season

Reported by Julia | 29 Oct, 2010

WorkSafe WA is reminding businesses throughout the state’s north-west to ensure emergency management plans are established with the onset of the cyclone season. WorkSafe Commissioner Nina Lyhne said it is crucial for everyone, whether on sea on or land, to know what to do when there was a cyclone hits the area. “The cyclone season …

NSW: Toxic Fumes Escape from Water Treatment Plant

Reported by Julia | 23 Sep, 2010

The release of toxic fumes from a water treatment plant at Murwillumbah yesterday has prompted an emergency evacuation of several homes in the area. Around 10 residents on New South Wales’ north were asked to leave their homes just after midday after something went wrong during the cleaning process of a chlorine tank at the …

TAS: Rockfall will not affect workers – Mine COO

Reported by Julia | 23 Jun, 2010

No further landslides have been reported at an ore mining site on Tasmania’s west coast since a major crash happened almost a week ago. The major landslide took place on Thursday, when almost half a million tonnes of rock collapsed to the Savage River mine. The mining company’s chief operating officer (COO) said the area …

NT: Chemical Spill Forces Evacuation

Reported by Julia | 16 Jun, 2010

A factory at East Arm in Darwin has been evacuated on Thursday after reports of a chemical spill. Emergency crews cleared the factory just before 4pm. While several people were taken to the hospital for assessment, no injuries were reported. “They’re apparently dangerous,” Duty Superintendent Louise Jorgenson said about the chemicals. She said the hazardous …

NSW: Union Upset over Building Fumes

Reported by Julia | 14 Apr, 2010

Workers at an office building in Newcastle have been inhaling hazardous fumes for years – and it is time to find the source, the Public Services Association says. The building had to be evacuated twice this week. Twenty eight people were treated in the hospital for mild respiratory problems. According to the union, there had …

NSW: Qantas Issued Improvement Notices

Reported by Julia | 02 Mar, 2010

Qantas has been issued two improvement notices by WorkCover NSW, citing the company’s staff training for emergency evacuations and baggage handling. According to news reports, Qantas workers at Sydney’s domestic airport have not been given training in emergency procedures. Reports say some employees have not been in an emergency drill in 8 years. WorkCover has …