Safety alert on fitting automotive LPG vessels to forklifts

Reported by Haydee | 06 Jan, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW has released a safety alert on the danger involved in fitting forklifts with automotive LPG vessels. A recent incident in which a forklift operator suffered serious injuries after the forklift caught fire when it was fitted with the wrong type of LPG vessel prompted WorkCover to issue the alert. WorkCover …

Tassie Awards Record Payout for Forklift Accident

Reported by Zoe | 18 Jul, 2013

A court in Tasmania has awarded a man whose injuries from a workplace accident left him a quadriplegic a payout of $5.5 million in damages. At the time of the incident the man was working at his carpet and floor covering business in 2008 when he was hit by a number of packages of laminate …

Worker Fatality Means $275,000 Fine for Boat Company

Reported by Zoe | 31 Jan, 2013

A boat company located in the northern suburbs of Melbourne has been fined $275,000 after a worker died at their site in December 2011. The company was convicted last Friday on charges that related to the death of an independent contractor during a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court. The boat company makes, services and …

WorkCover reminds businesses to ensure workplace safety following series of incidents

Reported by Haydee | 06 Jul, 2012

WorkCover reminded businesses across New South Wales to stay vigilant about workplace safety following a spate of incidents in the past week. General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson, said there were two fatalities involving forklifts, death of a grain farmer and two serious falls where workers involved are critically injured. …

Company fined over forklift accident

Reported by Haydee | 30 May, 2012

A food distribution business in Adelaide was fined $73,000 over a forklift accident which seriously injured a worker. The worker sustained serious injuries in 2009 when a forklift he was driving tipped over as it struck a loose metal grate. ABC news reports that the worker was trapped under the forklift and suffered leg injuries, …

NSW: Man Dies in Forklift Accident

Reported by Julia | 03 Sep, 2011

WorkCover is investigating the death of a man has yesterday in an accident at a container terminal in south-eastern Sydney. Emergency services were called to the Patrick container terminal at Port Botany yesterday morning. Paramedics say one man was discovered dead at the scene and another person was taken to St George Hospital with serious …

NSW: Cardboard Box Manufacturers Fined $193,000

Reported by Julia | 30 Jun, 2011

Two Sydney based manufacturing companies and a manager have been fined a total of $193,000 after three workers were seriously injured in 2007. The two companies, which manufacture cardboard boxes, operated out of the same facility in Ingleburn. They were charged with breaching the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2000 resulting from an incident where a one-tonne pallet …

WA: Company Fined for Forklift Amputation

Reported by Julia | 13 May, 2011

A Perth employer and a labour hire company have been fined a total of $120,000 after a man lost his leg while operating a forklift in 2008. The man, from the United Kingdom, was on a working holiday and was one of two men employed by a labour hire company and contracted to a bed …

WA: Manager Prosecuted Over Forklift Accident

Reported by Julia | 05 Nov, 2010

A warehousing employee has been fined after putting three of his colleagues at risk, with one suffering a hand injury. The Perth Magistrates Court fined the regional manager of the Osborne Park company $2000 after admitting his failure to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the safety and health of three other employees. The …

VIC: 743 Workplace Injuries Reported in Brimbank

Reported by Julia | 28 Oct, 2010

New figures show that 743 injuries were reported in Brimbank in the last financial year. WorkSafe Victoria mentions construction, community services, trades, manufacturing, and storage/transport as the five industries with the most compensation claims. Among age groups, workers aged 45-49 years old had recorded the highest number of incidents. Figures show musculoskeletal disorders, open wounds, …

QLD: Transport Firm Fined over Truck Unloading Accident

Reported by Julia | 20 Oct, 2010

The Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a transport company after its manager and a truck driver of another company were hurt during unloading of a truck trailer. The defendant pleaded guilty to breaching s.24(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995. It was fined $34 000 and ordered to pay investigation and court …

VIC: Inspections Highlight Unsafe Farm Plant and Equipment

Reported by Julia | 19 Oct, 2010

Safety issues over plant and equipment remain a major concern for the agricultural industry, WorkSafe Victoria reveals. WorkSafe inspectors have issued over 200 safety improvement notices to farm businesses from July to September as part of a year-long statewide farm safety campaign. Now in its third month, the campaign focuses on the most common causes …

VIC: WorkSafe Inspector Shares Safety Insights

Reported by Julia | 25 Sep, 2010

A WorkSafe inspector of 11 years shares his experiences on the job, and quips that his role is like “hamburger with the lot”. Dan Nolan, a Senior Inspector in the manufacturing, logistics and agriculture industry, says inspectors see everything in the workplaces they visit. “I deal with people from all walks of life and across …

VIC: Supermarket Pledges Better Safety in Facility

Reported by Julia | 22 Sep, 2010

A supermarket operator is giving its assurance to WorkSafe to implement safety upgrades following a forklift accident in its facility. The safety commitment comes after a workplace incident in its Wodonga distribution centre in June 2008. An unsupervised and unlicensed worker attempted to operate a reach truck – an equipment similar to a forklift – …

WA: WorkSafe Sets Safety Blitz for Construction on October

Reported by Julia | 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 …

VIC: Firm Fined for Failing to Separate Pedestrian and Forklift Areas

Reported by Julia | 17 Sep, 2010

An irrigation product supplier has been fined after a worker was struck by a forklift in its warehouse in 2008. At the Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court, the Braeside-based company pleaded guilty on August 27 to failing to separate forklift and pedestrian areas and failing to provide safety training to workers. Magistrate Franz Holzer ordered the company …

VIC: Magistrate Fines Packaing Firm Over Forklift Accident

Reported by Julia | 10 Sep, 2010

The Wodonga Magistrate Court has fined a packaging company yesterday over an industrial accident involving a forklift n its Wodonga plant in 2008. The firm pleaded guilty to failing to ensure a workplace exit was safe. It was fined $112,500 and has been put on a 12-month bond. Magistrate John Murphy heard a woman was …

NSW: Skylarking Incident Seriously Injures Worker

Reported by Julia | 23 Aug, 2010

A worker is in critical condition after an alleged skylarking incident with a forklift at a plastic pipe manufacturing plant near Wagga Wagga on Wednesday. The 30-year-old worker remains confined in a Sydney hospital after sustaining critical head injuries at the Bomen plant. Early reports indicate the workers began playing around with a forklift by …

NSW: Workcover Probes Toormina Factory Death

Reported by Julia | 23 Aug, 2010

A WorkCover investigation is continuing into a Toormina factory fatality last week. According to WorkCover, a 60-year-old man fell from a platform that had been placed on a forklift at a factory south of Coffs Harbour. The man suffered critical head injuries and later died in hospital because of the four-metre fall. John Watson of …

WA: WorkSafe Program Targets Forklift Safety

Reported by Julia | 11 Aug, 2010

WorkSafe has begun an inspection campaign aimed at high-risk-work licences for forklift operators in the manufacturing sector. The inspection program is slated for the next six months in both regional and metropolitan areas. It will focusing on making sure forklift operators possess the necessary licences or certification. WorkSafe Commissioner Nina Lyhne said they will be …

QLD: Care Urged on Forklift Use

Reported by Julia | 09 Jun, 2010

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is urging employers to have safe work practices in place for forklift use and ensure its workers receive suitable safety training. The reminder comes after a string of cases involving forklift related incidents. The safety body said the prosecutions highlight the value of training and risk management in preventing injuries …