Plumbing company fined for safety breach

Reported by Haydee | 02 Nov, 2013

A plumbing company in Darwin was convicted and fined $5000 for storing acetylene cylinders in an enclosed van, even after being given a formal warning by NT WorkSafe. The company was fined in Darwin’s Court of Summary Jurisdiction under the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act after pleading guilty to the charge of …

NT WorkSafe Investigating Complaint Re Training Deficit

Reported by Zoe | 16 Sep, 2013

NT WorkSafe is investigating concerns that “Power and Water” is not appropriately training the workers that will oversee the operations at the new gas chlorination water treatment plants. These plants also use fluoride and are located in remote areas at Wadeye, Maningrida, Nguiu on Bathurst Island, and Angurugu on Groote Eylandt. A complaint was submitted …

Hazard of electric shock associated with excessive sweating whilst using mains powered tools

Reported by Haydee | 30 Aug, 2013

NT WorkSafe recently released a safety alert on electric shock hazards associated with excessive sweating whilst using mains powered tools. The alert aims to highlight the risks of electric shock to workers sweating excessively whilst using mains powered tools. “During the build-up temperatures easily reach or exceed 35°C and the humidity  levels can rise as …

Company fined for failing to report notifiable incident

Reported by Haydee | 19 Aug, 2013

A welding company was fined in the Darwin Court of Summary Jurisdiction for breaches under the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act and the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act. The company was fined $58,225 for failing to have compulsory insurance and $16,000 for failing to report a notifiable incident after one of its …

Independent asbestos test to be conducted at CBD worksite

Reported by Haydee | 21 Jun, 2013

NT WorkSafe has released a statement to clarify reports on the alleged asbestos discovery at a worksite at the end of Smith St Hall in Darwin. According to NT WorkSafe, they have received conflicting asbestos sampling results from the CFMEU and the builder. Because of this, NT WorkSafe has arranged for independent testing to be …

Carbon monoxide dangers when using portable generators

Reported by Haydee | 25 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library NT WorkSafe has released a safety alert to remind workers and persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU’s) of the dangers of carbon monoxide exposure when suing portable generators. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas emitted during the use of petrol, gas, and to a lesser extent, diesel powered motors. It is …

Container Falls After Crane Fails

Reported by Zoe | 22 Feb, 2013

There has been a workplace accident that involved a crane this afternoon at a shipping yard located near the Duck Pond. Whilst being loaded onto a ship in Darwin Harbour a shipping container reported to be carrying tonnes of steel fell and hit the deck of the vessel. According to a report in the NT …

Safety Alert on using mobile cranes in ‘pick and carry’ operations

Reported by Haydee | 05 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library NT WorkSafe issued a safety alert to remind persons conducting businesses and undertakings (PCBUs) that mobile cranes should be used on firm and flat grounds, when travelling with suspended loads (pick and carry). A recent bridge construction project in NSW wherein a crane tipped on its side while moving across a slope …

Unions call for an independent NT WorkSafe

Reported by Haydee | 09 Jan, 2013

Unions are calling for an independent work safety authority reporting directly to the Minister for Business and independent from other public sector agencies. Unions NT Secretary, Alan Paton said more acceptable contemporary management arrangements should ensure that WorkSafe is not diverted from important workplace health and safety issues and workers’ compensation related reform by “the …

Work Health and Safety Public Forum in Alice Springs

Reported by Haydee | 06 Aug, 2012

An open forum will be conducted in Alice Springs on Monday 13 August 2012 with Work Health and Safety Advisory Council members in attendance. The Council comprises employer organisations, Regulators, unions and representatives from different industries in NT including those from the construction, transport, health and community services, resources and agriculture industries. The open forum …

Electrical Safety Recall of Extension Leads

Reported by Haydee | 27 Jun, 2012

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued an electrical safety recall for a selection of HPM white extension leads. The extension leads were sold nationally between 1 March and 14 June 2012 in Mitre-10, Officeworks, Dick Smith Electronics and Big W. According to NT WorkSafe Executive Director Laurene Hull, the wires in the leads …

Pearling company pleads guilty over worker injury

Reported by Haydee | 15 Jun, 2012

A pearling company was fined $10,000 on Thursday after pleading guilty over the serious injury of its worker. A cook onboard a pearling vessel fell two metres from a roof onto the lower deck in September 2011. According to investigation, the vessel was docked during low tide and was being re-supplied for an upcoming voyage. …

Electrical Safety Recall of Generators

Reported by Haydee | 30 May, 2012

Photo: NT WorkSafe The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued an electrical safety recall for Cesco Greenpower LPG/NG Portable Generators. These generators were sold in the Northern Territory between December 2010 and May 2012. According to NT WorkSafe Executive Director Laurene Hull, the defects in the product could cause the generator to become live, …

National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work

Reported by Haydee | 15 May, 2012

The National Standard for Licensing Persons performing High Risk Work (the Standard) was adopted in the Northern Territory on June 30, 2010. The Standard has created training, assessment and licensing of high risk work consistent across Australia to ensure safer workplaces. It aims to facilitate the operation of a nationally uniform, competency-based licensing system to …

NT WorkSafe slams businesses for complacency over flammable gas cylinder storage and transport

Reported by Haydee | 04 May, 2012

WorkSafe Executive DirectorLaurene HullPhoto: Safe Work Australia NT WorkSafe criticised the complacency of Territory businesses in transporting and storing flammable gas cylinders in the rear of enclosed work vans. According to WorkSafe Executive Director, Laurene Hull, many businesses in the air-conditioning, refrigeration and plumbing repair services were ignoring the dangers and continuing the lives of …

NT Worksafe Cleared…..by NT Worksafe, in Edith River Derailment

Reported by Angela | 05 Mar, 2012

  Edith River Derailment. Picture courtesy of www.news.com.au The investigation into the derailment of a train carrying copper concentrate near Katherine in the Northern Territory on December 27, 2011 continues, with the drivers of the train being cleared by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The report states that the ‘drivers were suitably qualified, competent and …