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Guide on safe use of trolleys released

Reported by Haydee | 06 Jan, 2016

The use of trolleys can help reduce manual task injuries. However, inappropriate use of trolleys can increase safety risks.

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All for the love of coffee: Work injuries among baristas

Reported by Haydee | 04 Nov, 2015

Work-related injuries among baristas are on the rise due to repetitive stress from slinging coffee. Coffee tamping using manual pressure can increase the risk of barista elbow, repetitive strain injuries (RSI), and barista wrist.

Manual Handling Incident Equals Back Pain

Reported by Admin | 07 May, 2013

A 34-year-old plasterer had to be lowered from the second storey of a home construction site, where he was working this morning, with a hydraulic lift. The ACT Fire and Rescue was called to assist the man because he was not able to use the scaffolding to get down. ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe …

WorkSafe inspections to focus on hardware and building supplies retailing

Reported by Haydee | 08 Dec, 2012

WorkSafe is conducting an inspection program to check on safety issues associated with retail hardware and building suppliers. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said the inspections would focus on raising awareness of potential safety risks and making sure that employers possess the information required to comply with laws. “All our proactive inspection programs aim to provide …

WorkSafe inspections to target WA independent supermarkets

Reported by Haydee | 23 Nov, 2012

An inspection program targeting safety issues related to manual tasks in WA independent supermarkets is being conducted by WorkSafe. Workplaces included in the program include independently-operated supermarkets that are not part of national chains, including IGA, Supa IGA, Farmer Jacks and Food Works stores. This program will happen throughout the remainder of the financial year …

WorkCover: Manual handling injuries are preventable

Reported by Haydee | 22 Oct, 2012

WorkCover reminds businesses in regional areas to follow manual handling safety procedures to avoid workplace injuries. According to data from WorkCover, there were more than 100,000 claims for manual handling injuries between 2006/07 and 2008/09. General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson said manual handling injuries are preventable. “Nearly every job …

WA: Freight Company Fined $100,000 After Security Guard Injured

Reported by Admin | 22 Dec, 2011

The Perth Magistrate’s Court has today fined a freight logistics company $100,000 after a security guard was injured when a gate fell on him in January 2009. The company, based at Kewdale, a suburb of Perth, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace for a person who was not an employee. Worksafe WA commissioner …

WA: Manual Handler Crushed by Glass and Company Fined $15,000

Reported by Admin | 23 Sep, 2011

The Perth Magistrates Court last week fined a glass installation company $15,000 after a hired labourer became pinned under 30 panels of glass, each weighing 56 kilograms. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace under a labour hire arrangement. In July 2009, the glass company was contracted to supply and install the …

VIC: WorkSafe Investigates Manual Handling Accident

Reported by Admin | 23 Sep, 2011

WorkSafe has issued a prohibition notice on a company after two men suffered serious injuries while unloading aluminium sheets from a shipping container in North Geelong yesterday. The Safety watchdog suspended operation at the graphic supplies company until a safe system of work was established. The four-metre long sheets tipped onto the two men while …

VIC: Teen Worker Dies on Dairy Farm

Reported by Admin | 20 Aug, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a 17-year-old at a dairy farm in Yalcca, near Shepparton on Thursday. Police said the teen was kicked in the head by a cow as he placed cups on its teat in preparation for milking. Other reports have said the teen’s injuries were caused by machinery in the milking …

NSW: WorkCover Investigates Fatal Glass Handling Incident

Reported by Admin | 29 Jul, 2011

WorkCover is investigating a fatal accident on Wednesday at a warehouse in Sydney’s west. A 41-year-old man died after being crushed by sheets of glass at Condell Park. A workcover spokesman said the man was loading large sheets of glass on to a truck when up to 20 sheets fell and crushed him against the vehicle. Colleagues reportedly …

QLD: Web Resource for Manual Lifting

Reported by Admin | 30 Jun, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has a new web resource to help businesses target manual task injuries in the workplace – Participative Ergonomics for Manual Tasks (PErforM ). In 2009-10, 55 per cent of all compensated injuries were musculoskeletal. Manual task injuries are among the most common and can be prevented by taking simple precautionary …

VIC: Man Falls From Shelving

Reported by Admin | 04 May, 2011

A Wodonga company has been ordered to pay $10,000 into court and been placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond following injuries sustained by a customer after shelves collapsed on him. In February last year, a man went to the company’s premises to buy some angle iron and was told by a worker to …

VIC: Man’s Legs Crushed by Marble Slabs

Reported by Admin | 23 Apr, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating an incident on Wednesday where a man’s legs were crushed after marble slabs fell on him. The 32-year-old was moving the 220kg slabs from a factory at Mulgrave when three of the slabs came off a shelf, falling onto his legs. He was taken to The Alfred Hospital in a serious condition. WorkSafe spokesman …

WA: Innovative OHS Solutions Recognised in Work Safety Awards

Reported by Admin | 04 Nov, 2010

The winners of this year’s Work Safety Awards Western Australia have been announced on Friday. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Nina Lyhne said the winners were great examples of excellent workplace innovations and occupational safety and health systems in the state. “These awards provide the opportunity for innovative Western Australians to gain national recognition for their achievements,” …

WA: Shopping Centre Fined as Contractor Falls from Ladder

Reported by Admin | 03 Nov, 2010

The Perth Magistrates Court has fined the operator of a Mandurrah shopping centre following the fall of a maintenance worker from a ladder. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for a contractor. It was fined $25,000 on Thursday. The contractor who provided maintenance and gardening services was …

VIC: 743 Workplace Injuries Reported in Brimbank

Reported by Admin | 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: Update on National Harmonisation of OHS Laws

Reported by Admin | 22 Oct, 2010

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has affirmed its commitment for the harmonisation Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws, stating that it will continue working with other jurisdictions over the coming year. Workplace Relations Ministers from around Australia had come to a consensus in 2008 to nationally harmonise OHS laws. Currently, Safe Work Australia is …