asbestos

Ainslie businesses closed due to asbestos fears

Reported by Haydee | 06 Mar, 2014

Prohibition notices have been issued to two businesses in Ainslie following water damage to the building ceiling, which contains loose-fill asbestos. WorkSafe re-inspected the site following a complaint from a local resident. During the visit, inspectors noticed water damage to the ceiling of the premises. “The Prohibition Notices have been issued as a precaution due …

Businesses reopen after asbestos scare

Reported by Haydee | 10 Feb, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A few of the businesses which closed when loose asbestos was discovered in a building in Dickson have already reopened. According to ACT Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe, the prohibition notice was lifted on two of the five businesses in the commercial building along Woolley Street, Dickson after testing for asbestos traces …

New Smartphone App Adresses Sign in Issues at Construction Sites

Reported by Zoe | 20 Nov, 2013

SignOnSite is a new smartphone app that has been developed by University of Canberra and Australian National University students that has been described by one of the students involved as a “Facebook check-in for construction sites.” Alexandria Garlan, SignOnSite developer and project manager for Banyan Construction, said that individuals need to sign on and off when …

Inspection program to focus on cafes and restaurants

Reported by Haydee | 21 Oct, 2013

Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe has recently announced that WorkSafe ACT will be implementing an inspection program for cafes and restaurants in the ACT, which will commence on Tuesday 22 October 2013. The program will initially run for a week. “Injuries arising from manual tasks, fire, slips, trips and falls in this industry impose a …

McCabe: High Risk Work Licence holders should be competent

Reported by Haydee | 08 Oct, 2013

Workers issued with high risk work licence under Work Health and Safety legislation should have and maintain the competencies the licence indicates they are holding, said ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe. “WorkSafe ACT will take action if it determines that a high risk work licence-holder does not have the competence required to undertake the …

Workers Comp Premiums set to Rise for ACT Construction in July

Reported by Zoe | 28 May, 2013

Due to a record number workers compensation claims in the last 12 months for serious injuries insurance premiums for the ACT construction industry are likely to rise. The newest actuarial calculations of employment risk are used to decide on the premiums in the ACT and they have been mostly steady since the data was initially …

Manual Handling Incident Equals Back Pain

Reported by Zoe | 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 …

On the Spot Fines for Asbestos on the Cards in ACT

Reported by Zoe | 07 May, 2013

Mark McCabe, the ACT Work Safety Commissioner, will be seeking the approval of the ACT government to impose $5000 on the spot fines on builders that do not dispose of asbestos correctly. He said that too many builders are risking the health of workers and the public by investing the time and money necessary to …

WorkSafe ACT launches new work safety campaign

Reported by Haydee | 24 Apr, 2013

The ACT Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe has announced today the launch of a new safety campaign, Speak Up About Safety. The campaign aims to encourage workers and supervisors in the ACT to be actively involved in discussions about safety concerns. The campaign will be an ongoing initiative and will kick-off with a series of …

Work Safety Commissioner reacts to MBA review of Getting Home Safely Report

Reported by Haydee | 27 Mar, 2013

Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe Photo: WorkSafe ACT Work Safety ACT Commissioner Mark McCabe released a statement today in response to Master Builders Australia’s review of the Getting Home Safely report. Mr McCabe said that while he recognises MBA’s commitment to addressing safety issues and their cooperation, some aspects of their statement regarding the report …

Healthier Work Incentive Program launched

Reported by Haydee | 19 Feb, 2013

A new incentive program has been launched on Monday by Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe to provide funding for healthier workplaces. The ACT Small Business Workplace Health and Wellbeing Incentive Program aims to provide funding to organisations for activities which promote healthy lifestyle choices for ACT workers by targeting the following key health areas: Increased …

Canberra construction site shut down by WorkSafe ACT

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A construction site in Canberra where an apprentice suffered from an electric shock last week has been shut down by WorkSafe ACT. The building contractor has been issued with a prohibition notice for breaches of work safety legislation which will prevent them from undertaking further work on the site. According to ABC, …

WorkSafety ACT lashes at site manager for its safety comments

Reported by Haydee | 28 Jan, 2013

The ACT’s Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe has lashed out at the manager of an apartment site in Canberra where an apprentice suffered from electric shock last Thursday. According to a Fairfax Media report, Mr McCabe accused the building site manager of dismissing the injury as an incident which could not have been prevented. The …

Workers walk off the job after electric shock incident

Reported by Haydee | 25 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Workers of an apartment site in Canberra have walked off the job after an apprentice electrician suffered from an electric shock in Canberra on Thursday. The apprentice was working alone on a platform ladder and received shock from a live circuit which she thought has been switched off. (Read SafetyCulture Report). According …

Apprentice suffered from electric shock at Canberra construction site

Reported by Haydee | 25 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library An electrical apprentice suffered from an electric shock at a building site in Canberra on Thursday. The woman was brought to the Canberra Hospital after the accident. Canberra Times reported that according to initial investigations, the apprentice was working alone on a platform ladder and received shock from a live circuit which …

McCabe: Surprise blitz prompted by safety complaints

Reported by Haydee | 07 Dec, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Following SafetyCulture’s story on the inspections conducted by WorkSafe on ACT construction industry, Work safety commissioner Mark McCabe says the surprise inspections particularly at an apartment building in New Acton was prompted by complaints of poor safety practices received by the agency. The construction site in Canberra’s city centre is due to …

ACT construction industry report receives good response from government

Reported by Haydee | 28 Nov, 2012

Photo: WorkSafe ACT website A recent report on Canberra’s construction safety saying the ACT construction industry has the worst safety condition has received good response from the government. ABC News reported that ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe says he is satisfied with the overall response to the report. “There seemed to be wide-spread acceptance …

Man suffers severe burns in petrol station accident

Reported by Haydee | 11 Sep, 2012

A man suffered severe burns in an accident in a petrol station in Canberra’s north today. According to Canberra Times, both ambulance services and ACT Fire and Rescue responded to the call from a gas station on Maribyrnong Avenue in Kaleen. The man suffered serious burns to his arms and legs and is suspected to …

WorkSafe ACT: CIT bullying investigation completed

Reported by Haydee | 13 Apr, 2012

WorkSafe ACT has completed their investigation into workplace bullying at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). This is according to ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe who said that the investigation was conducted in response to representations made to WorkSafe ACT by several staff about CIT policies and procedures for handling bullying and harassment complaints. …

WorkSafe ACT reminds employers to secure full dogging licence

Reported by Haydee | 20 Jan, 2012

In a news release, ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe reminded employers in the local construction industry the importance of securing a full dogging licence to perform dogging work. This is in accordance with the new Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. “The requirement for a dogging licence was necessary under the previous Work Safety Regulation …