Mine inspectors join together for safety forum

Reported by Haydee | 19 Apr, 2018

Mine inspectors from Karratha, Collie, and Kalgoorlie gathered together last week in Perth for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Mines Inspectors Forum.


Annual WorkSafe Victoria Awards now open

Reported by Haydee | 01 May, 2015

Nominations for the 2015 WorkSafe Victoria Awards are now open, and WorkSafe calls on business and employees with demonstrated passion for improving workplace health and safety to enter the awards.


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 …