NT: Transport Safety Direction Issued to Minerals Company

Reported by Julia | 09 Jan, 2012

NT WorkSafe has ordered a mining company to clean up the site of a train derailment in the Edith River, north of Katherine. About 1,200 tonnes of the toxic mineral ore copper concentrate was washed from a freight train into the river during a flash flood last week. WorkSafe says the material is a health …

NSW: Plumber Fined After Explosion Burns Workers

Reported by Julia | 25 Aug, 2011

The NSW Industrial Court last week fined a plumbing company and its director a total of $98,000 after two apprentices were seriously injured in an explosion at a Bondi Junction apartment block in 2009. The two apprentice plumbers aged 20 and 24, received serious burns while purging the main (natural gas) supply line to a residential …

VIC: EPA Fines Building Companies for Dumping Contaminated Soil

Reported by Julia | 25 Aug, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined two building businesses for illegally transporting contaminated soil to sites where houses were to be built. The companies were each fined $6000 dollars for taking truckloads of contaminated soil from a former service station in Strathfieldsaye, near Bendigo, and depositing it at two properties in Emu Creek and Junourton. …

NSW: Man Blinded in Gas Installation

Reported by Julia | 19 Jul, 2011

A gas installation which left a man blinded has resulted in two companies being fined a total of $155,000 by the NSW Industrial Court. The incident occurred at a welding facility in Yagoona, in western Sydney in October 2006. A 63-year-old shift supervisor was badly injured after a high-pressure gas hose fitting came loose. The …

QLD: WHSQ Advises Businesses About Regulatory Changes

Reported by Julia | 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 …

NT: Noxious fumes overwhelm shipping worker

Reported by Julia | 07 Sep, 2010

An investigation is underway following exposure of a worker to hazardous fumes in Darwin yesterday morning. Northwern Territory WorkSafe is looking into the incident where the worker inhaled a noxious odour, which took place in the premises of a shipping company at Lindsay Street. Police said the worker was cleaning a container at the work …

SA: Power Surge Causes Smelter Shutdown

Reported by Julia | 26 Jul, 2010

Operations at the zinc works in Hobart have been halted on Thursday morning after a power surge triggered a plant shutdown. Reseidents in the plant’s vicinity said they saw steam and  smoke coming from the smelter about 7am. One worker was affected by sulphur dioxide gas escaping from the plant. He was taken to a …

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: Whistleblower Exonerated by Chief

Reported by Julia | 02 Jun, 2010

A nuclear facility whistleblower has received the backing of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) chief, who said the informant was “absolutely correct” to raise serious safety concerns at the site. The 55-year-old whistleblower, who worked as a reactor operator at the south Sydney facility for 28 years, was indefinitely suspended last year …

NT: Toxic Chemicals in Harbour to be Investigated

Reported by Julia | 19 Apr, 2010

The Northern Territory Government has announced an inquiry on Friday after a video showing chemical sludge in Darwin’s port became public. A video by ABC had shown big black plume in the water and sludge on the wharf. There is a concern that the copper concentrate coming from the port may wash into the city’s …

VIC: Worker nearly succumbs to chlorine fumes

Reported by Julia | 16 Apr, 2010

A factory worker who was almost overcome by toxic gas was rescued just in time by a truck driver yesterday, emergency authorities said. The 43-year-old man was handling waste at a factory in Melbourne’s west when he was exposed to chlorine. A truck driver, who arrived at the Lavern North plant to deliver chemicals, brought …

NSW: Coroner to Settle Cause of Gardener’s Death

Reported by Julia | 15 Apr, 2010

The coroner has the authority to determine whether the death of a man in Sydney’s west on Wednesday because of herbicide exposure, emergency authorities say. Emergency crews were called to a Horsley Park house around 8:00am after a gardener collapsed and died. The 56-year-old was spraying weeds with herbicides just before he collapsed. Fire and …

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 …

WA: 4 Workers Suffer Acid Burns

Reported by Julia | 03 Mar, 2010

Four workers have been sprayed with sulphuric acid when a pipe containing the hazardous substance blew up at an Australind plant on Thursday. The pipe blast took place at Millenium Inorganic Chemicals in Bunbury at 9.30am. Three of the workers sustained severe chemical burns. Two of the most seriously injured men had to be transported …