Workplaces urged to be first aid ready

Reported by Haydee | 19 Oct, 2016

Workplace incidents can happen anytime. Its impact to the business, workers and community can be devastating so getting ready for the unexpected is always ideal.

Preventing heat stress among workers during warmer weather

Reported by Haydee | 17 Sep, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library As the Australian Bureau of Meteorology predicts a warmer weather than average spring, WorkCover Queensland reminds everyone to prepare for the hotter months and to protect workers against heat stress. Workers and employers can prevent heat stress by considering the following steps: Rescheduling work so hot tasks are done during the cooler …

Research: Majority of Australian workplaces not compliant with first aid procedures

Reported by Haydee | 15 Mar, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A research conducted by St John Ambulance found that only 13 percent of Australian workers know proper first aid, which means more than 85% of the Australian workforce could be at risk. St John Ambulance Australia Chief Executive Officer, Peter LeCornu said the report, “First Aid Readiness in the Australian Workplace,” aims …

Importance of Proper First Aid to Reduce Workplace Injuries

Reported by Haydee | 21 Feb, 2013

WorkCover NSW issued a reminder for all businesses to give importance on the proper first aid procedures to reduce workplace injuries. General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson said many businesses are taking for granted the importance of having proper amenities and first aid. “Every worker should go home safely at …

VIC: Cattle Worker Suffers Massive Crush Injuries

Reported by Admin | 12 Nov, 2010

A man has been critically injured in an equipment-related accident at a meat processing plant near Wonthaggi. The 32-year-old worker was crushed by a machine that is used to immobilise cattle being prepared for processing. According to ambulance officers, first aid treatment had to be performed on the man after he had gone into cardiac …

VIC: Fire Interrupts Construction Work in School

Reported by Admin | 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 …

NSW: WorkCover Lauds Heinz for Safety Record

Reported by Admin | 18 Oct, 2010

WorkCover has congratulated Heinz Wagga Wagga after reaching a year without a single workplace injury recorded. John Watson, WorkCover’s General Manager of Occupational Health and Safety said the safety record of the plant puts it in the top 5 per cent of all Heinz facilities across the world. “Heinz Wagga Wagga employs more than 100 people …

QLD: Man Hurt After Bobcat Explodes

Reported by Admin | 27 Sep, 2010

A 70-year-old man has sustained serious burns to his body in a bobcat explosion at Lawton on Friday. It is believed the man’s bobcat caught on fire and exploded after it leaked fuel, a police spokesperson said. Paramedics responded to the scene and performed first aid on the elderly man. He was later taken to …

QLD: Court Imposes Record Fine Over Insulation Worker’s Electrocution

Reported by Admin | 18 Sep, 2010

The Rockhampton Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a Queensland firm $135,000 yesterday over the death of an insulation installer. A 16-year-old employee of the company was electrocuted on 18 November 2009 while installing fibreglass insulation in a home in central Queensland. The teenager was one of four workers killed during the axed home insulation program …

VIC: Inadequate First Aid System Costs Firm

Reported by Admin | 04 Sep, 2010

A metal products manufacturer has been convicted by a Melbourne magistrate over a fatal forklift accident. In 2008, a 60-year-old worker fell over after being hit by a forklift. His head then hit the concrete. He was later found unconscious at work. He died in the hospital two days later. WorkSafe’s Trevor Martin said the …

VIC: Small business safety campaign targets Campbellfield

Reported by Admin | 04 Aug, 2010

Campbellfield will be one of 14 areas to be visited by WorkSafe inspectors as part of Safe Towns and Safer Work Zones program. WorkSafe’s Trevor Martin said the campaign aims to encourage small businesses to identify and remedy basic safety issues. “We’re not out to get anyone – we’ll be giving businesses prior notice that …

VIC: Melton Inspection Blitz Set

Reported by Admin | 27 Jul, 2010

WorkSafe inspectors are expected to conduct an intensive inspection of small businesses in Melton next week The inspections between 2-6 August are part of the safety body’s Safer Work Zones campaign, a program targeting small business safety. “We’d recommend that businesses concentrate on basic safety issues – sort out your housekeeping, make sure electrical equipment …

VIC: Williamstown Visit Yields 200 Safety Notices

Reported by Admin | 21 May, 2010

Williamstown has recently received a visit from WorkSafe inspectors as part of Safe Towns, Safer Work Zones campaign. Inspectors visited 167 small businesses in the area over a span of five days. With a total of 200 notices issued, some workplaces received multiple notices while others did not receive any. WorkSafe will do follow up …