Comments sought on new Horse riding Code of Practice

Reported by Haydee | 01 Jun, 2016

The NSW Government is calling on everyone to have their say on a new Horse riding code of practice, which is aimed at reducing work-related injuries and fatalities involving horses.

Ensuring safety from asbestos after bushfires

Reported by Haydee | 21 Oct, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW has waived the five-day asbestos removal work notification timeframe to allow immediate clean-up and protect people from asbestos. NSW is currently experiencing one of the worst fire seasons in 10 years and WorkCover NSW Work Health and Safety Division General Manager, John  Watson, said fast-tracking assessments will ensure that fire …

Safety Alert: Winder Balance Rope Failure

Reported by Admin | 23 Apr, 2013

Incident The incident that prompted this safety alert occurred when a friction winder was used to bring 21 workers to the surface of a mine at the conclusion of their shift. The skip over cage with the workers inside stopped 5 metres below the surface when the winder stopped when a safety device was triggered. …

Asbestos warning over Coonabarabran bushfire

Reported by Haydee | 21 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Authorities have warned residents and workers assisting in the clean-up at the bushfire-devastated town of Coonabarabran in New South Wales on the potential asbestos contamination of buildings destroyed during the fire. According to an ABC News report, 53 homes, 113 outbuildings and farm machinery were destroyed during the fire. Fire and Rescue NSW …

Fine Handed out After Crushing Fatality in NSW

Reported by Admin | 17 Jan, 2013

Greg Pearce, the NSW Finance Minister has said the fine awarded to a construction company following the death of one of their workers is a reminder for employers to maintain and follow safety requirements. The construction company was upgrading sections of a highway to the north of Sydney was awarded a fine of $250,000 following …

Worker Fatality After Fall at Sydney Construction Site

Reported by Admin | 20 Sep, 2012

A 55 year old male worker died this just after 8am today after falling at a construction site in Mortdale in the south of Sydney. The man was working as a builder at the site and he reportedly died at the scene after a fall of 4 to 5 metres. A witness from the building …

Seatbelt use for NSW taxi drivers to be made mandatory to ensure safety

Reported by Haydee | 20 Sep, 2012

After more than 40 years of being exempted, NSW taxi drivers will now be required to wear seatbelts starting 2013. The Courier Mail reported that wearing seatbelts will be mandatory for taxi drivers from January next year. This change will end 41 years of exemption since seatbelt use was made compulsory in NSW in 1971. …

Cargo Ship Fatality

Reported by Admin | 16 Sep, 2012

A 55-year-old man died at Newcastle port in NSW on board a cargo ship. Apparently he suffered a cardiac arrest after an accident according to the Newcastle Herald on “Sage Sagittarius”, one of the largest coal carriers in the world, registered in Panama that reached Carrington on Friday morning. The man a Filipino was the …

NSW: New work scheme reforms could result to significant cut on workers compensation

Reported by Haydee | 23 Apr, 2012

The O’Farrell government will cut back on workers compensation by slashing lump-sum payments for injured workers and abolishing long-term recipients of weekly benefits from the scheme after a set period. The NSW government has flagged its intention to amend the $13 billion WorkCover system, which is currently facing a deficit of up to $5 billion …

Asbestos dumping and its risks

Reported by Haydee | 09 Apr, 2012

An investigation conducted by the Sun-Herald confirmed that tonnes of asbestos-contaminated materials are being illegally dumped across NSW, putting people at risk to the deadly fibres. The investigation revealed that rogue dumpers, commercial contractors and home renovators carelessly dump asbestos-contaminated materials as they avoid costly disposal fees. It was also revealed that a third of …