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Sawmill owners fined $1M for Burns Lake blast

Reported by Haydee | 07 Apr, 2014

Canada – The owners of a Burns Lake sawmill has been fined more than $1 million for its role in a 2012 fire and explosion that killed two workers.

Workers evacuated after steelworks chemical spill

Reported by Haydee | 06 Mar, 2013

Image: Google Maps Almost a hundred people were evacuated from a steelworks in Wollongong after a chemical spill. According to ABC, the Fire and Rescue New South Wales said HAZMAT crews are currently monitoring the situation. A spokesman from the steel production plant said a few litres of chemical were spilt in the plant’s central …

Serious injuries rate reduced but still below target, says report

Reported by Haydee | 08 Oct, 2012

Chair of Safe Work Australia, Tom Phillips announced the release of the Fourteenth Edition of the Comparative Performance Monitoring (CPM) report on the country’s work health and safety and workers’ compensation outcomes for 2010 – 2011. According to the report, there has been a significant improvement (28%) in serious injuries rate. But this figure is …

Timber recycling mill fined for worker’s serious crush injuries

Reported by Haydee | 05 Oct, 2012

A timber recycling mill in Taree has been fined $80,000 after a worker received serious spine injuries resulting in paraplegia. The company pleaded guilty to a charge under section 8 (1) of the Occupational Health and safety Act 2000 for failing to provide a safe workplace. The NSW District Court found there were several failures …

NSW state-owned company loses bid to conduct urine drug testing

Reported by Haydee | 16 Aug, 2012

Fair Work Australia upheld its decision prohibiting a state-owned company from conducting urine tests on its workers. SafetyCulture reported in April that the state-owned energy company appealed on Fair Work Australia’s ruling stating that conducting urine drug tests would be “unjust and unreasonable” because these tests could provide positive results from drug use days earlier. …

About 1 in 3 young workers experience workplace bullying, survey reveals

Reported by Haydee | 08 Aug, 2012

A country-wide survey conducted by Essential Research has revealed that almost one in three young individuals have been bullied or have witnessed bullying at work. SA Unions State Secretary, Janet Giles said the survey presented significant statistics on the rate of workplace bullying. “Thirteen percent of people between the ages of 18 and 34 said …

Deadline for conversions to High Risk Work Licence nears

Reported by Haydee | 06 Aug, 2012

SafeWork SA reminded South Australians who undertake high risk work that the deadline for second year conversions to the new national Licence to Perform High Risk Work is coming near. According to a news release by SafeWork SA, the new Licence applies to all people who work with forklifts, cranes and hoists, scaffolding and pressure …

Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy to be launched this year

Reported by Haydee | 09 Jul, 2012

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 (The Australian Strategy) has now moved into the next phase of its development and will be launched later this year. A draft Australian Strategy went under an eight week public comment period after months of extensive consultations with workers, employers, industry, union and community leaders, inspectors, academics …

Company fined after worker was nearly killed from inhaling deadly fumes

Reported by Haydee | 09 Jul, 2012

A concrete manufacturing business was fined $80,000 and was ordered to pay WorkCover’s legal costs after a worker was almost killed when he inhaled toxic fumes. The company, which provides premix concrete and materials to construction sites throughout NSW, owns and operates a concrete manufacturing plant at Tumut, west of Canberra. According to WorkCover, the …

Shark shields cannot always be relied on to prevent attacks, study revealed

Reported by Haydee | 25 Jun, 2012

A research commissioned by SafeWork SA to assess the effectiveness of shark shields for commercial fishing crews, revealed that these shields cannot always be relied on to prevent shark attacks. According to a report by ABC News, the shields can deter some great white sharks but they do not always work. The device sends out …

Ageing oil and gas facilities pose significant OHS risks

Reported by Haydee | 14 May, 2012

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) released a report on Friday saying that oil and gas companies operating in Australia fail to recognise the occupational health and safety risk  caused by ageing facilities. NOPSEMA chief executive Jane Cutler said that there are three uncontrolled hydrocarbon releases of particular concern because of …

WorkSafe inspector recruitment kicks off

Reported by Haydee | 05 Apr, 2012

Photo: WorkSafe Victoria WorkSafe begins its inspector recruitment campaign this week and is calling on those who want to help keep Victoria the safest to work in Australia to join them. Ian Forsyth, WorkSafe’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, said that inspectors play a vital role in protecting Victorian workers from workplace hazards. “Our …

Master Builders to launch new workplace safety program

Reported by Haydee | 29 Mar, 2012

Master Builders Association (MBA) will launch a new program – the Safety Observations and Conversations Program which is aimed at increasing safety awareness at work sites. MBA ACT executive director, John Miller said that the new initiative will be launched next month. “This program has been in development for many months and recent tragic events …

Augusta Zadow Scholarships open for applications

Reported by Haydee | 27 Mar, 2012

Augusta Zadow. Photo: SafeWork SA Applications for the 2012 ‘Augusta Zadow’ Scholarships which recognise outstanding workplace health and safety initiatives for South Australian women are now open. According to Industrial Relations Minister, Russell Wortley, two scholarships valued at up to $10,000 each is awarded every year to assist with Occupational Health and Safety improvements undertaken …

Port worker crushed by crane

Reported by Haydee | 21 Mar, 2012

A 43-year old man working at the port of Brisbane was killed after being crushed by a crane. Emergency services were called to the scene just at 11.40pm (AEST) on Tuesday, but the man had already died. Police are still investigating the incident and have not revealed the man’s identity yet. Police will prepare an …

WorkCover releases new safety videos

Reported by Haydee | 21 Feb, 2012

WorkCover have released new safety videos on Sunday to raise awareness on its new advisory services and  the new harmonised work health and safety laws. The new TV commercials for WorkCover NSW “Here to help” campaign will focus on the importance of occupational health and safety. In a report published by the Liberal Party of …

SAFF: Work Health and Safety Act puts more liability to farmers

Reported by Haydee | 13 Feb, 2012

The new Work Health and Safety Act will make farmers liable for the safety of contractors, says SAFF. The South Australian Farmers Federation (SAFF) through its president, Peter White, said that workers, who are defined under the bill would include contractors, sub-contractors, students and volunteers in private homes, and they would be subject to occupational …

Company fined more than $37,000 over crush incident

Reported by Haydee | 26 Jan, 2012

A Reservoir business has been fined more than $37,000 after a worker’s hand was crushed in a defective machine. The company pleaded guilty at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to two offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. They admitted to have failed in providing a safe working environment for its workers …

Volunteer organisations may have to cut back on services due to new health and safety laws

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jan, 2012

Some organisations with volunteer workers are worried that they will have to cut back on their services because of the new OHS laws. Under the OHS laws, volunteers are now considered as workers and organisations claim that this new law will cost them more money. ABC News reports that latest figures from the Australian Bureau …

Tasmania votes to delay OHS Harmonisation

Reported by Haydee | 04 Dec, 2011

The Tasmanian Parliament voted to delay the commencement of the Occupational Health and Safety Harmonisation laws for a year. The Parliament’s decision to delay the implementation of the OHS laws follows that of Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. Majority won with 11-3 votes to postpone discussions of the bill until March 2012. The OHS …