SafeWork SA reminds workplaces to protect workers from heat stress

Reported by Haydee | 02 Jan, 2013

SafeWork SA reminds workplaces to ensure they have established ways to protect workers from heat as temperatures are forecast to rise above 40C over the coming days. A/Executive Director Robin Scott said hot weather should always be considered when planning work activities. “Heat stress can afflict workers at outdoor locations such as construction sites, storage …

QLD: Safety Alert for Meat Processors

Reported by Julia | 21 Sep, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety QLD has issued a safety alert to highlight the risks associated with using small meat processing machines for slicing, mincing, grinding or tenderising meat. There are a number of imported meat slicing machines that can expose operators to a serious risk of injury. They are often found in takeaway outlets and …

WA: WorkSafe Investigates Plant and Machinery

Reported by Julia | 08 May, 2011

WorkSafe is inspecting construction sites in regional Western Australia to ensure mobile equipment is being used safely. Inspectors will focus on lifting equipment, including telescopic handlers, elevating work platforms and mobile cranes. The inspections were prompted by a fatal accident at a cement plant in Boulder, Western Australia last December. A man was catapulted to …

VIC: Demolisher Prosecuted for Unauthorised Asbestos Removal

Reported by Julia | 08 Nov, 2010

A demolisher has been fined after it was found that it was performing asbestos removal without the required licence. The Geelong Magistrates Court was told the demolition company had potentially exposed workers, at least one client and nearby properties to asbestos due to its questionable practices. The owner of the company pleaded guilty failing to …

WA: WorkSafe to Weed Out Unsafe Garden Outlets

Reported by Julia | 04 Oct, 2010

WorkSafe WA has launched a campaign to improve health and safety in garden centres and nurseries. WorkSafe inspectors have started visiting gardening outlets in metropolitan and regional areas to ensure health and safety laws are being complied. According to WorkSafe Director Manufacturing, Transport and Service Industries Joe Attard, it is important for gardening retailers to …

WA: WorkSafe Warns of Powder Coating Dangers

Reported by Julia | 14 Sep, 2010

WorkSafe WA has turned its attention to powder coating operations following a recent survey revealing a lack of awareness of the hazards associated with the procedure. Joe Attard, WorkSafe’s Director Manufacturing, Transport and Service Industries, said the safety watchdog conducted a targeted inspection of 34 metropolitan and regional businesses. They found many businesses had limited …

VIC: Magistrate Fines Packaing Firm Over Forklift Accident

Reported by Julia | 10 Sep, 2010

The Wodonga Magistrate Court has fined a packaging company yesterday over an industrial accident involving a forklift n its Wodonga plant in 2008. The firm pleaded guilty to failing to ensure a workplace exit was safe. It was fined $112,500 and has been put on a 12-month bond. Magistrate John Murphy heard a woman was …

SA: Court Convicts Scrap Dealer Over Site Blast

Reported by Julia | 26 Jul, 2010

The Industrial Relations Court of South Australia has convicted and fined the owner of a defunct scrap metal business over a workplace explosion in 2007. The former scrap dealer was fined $11,250 on July 22 for violating s19(1) of the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986. The incident left an employee with severe burns …

VIC: WorkSafe to Focus on Farms Amid Deaths

Reported by Julia | 13 Jul, 2010

WorkSafe is letting the farming sector know that the safety watchdog is undertaking a year-long crackdown on workplace safety. Seven fatalities have been recorded in farms across the state in 2010. According to executive director Cath Bowtell, WorkSafe inspectors will check on Victorian farms starting this month. Ms Bowtell said they will focus on the …

QLD: New Safety Gear Sought for Rural Firefighters

Reported by Julia | 08 Jun, 2010

Volunteer firefighters in north Queensland lack basic safety equipment, the rural fire brigade says. The Scotts Rural Fire Brigade’s Ron Shaw says their members’ boots melted last fire season due to lack of proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Mr Shaw fears the incident last year might happen again this year. “Because we didn’t have our …

VIC: Ski Resorts Visited by WorkSafe

Reported by Julia | 03 Jun, 2010

WorkSafe inspectors have conducted surprise visits in Victoria’s snowfields to check on construction companies who were preparing the vacation spots for this year’s ski season. In May 20, inspectors carried out visits in four of the State’s major snowfields – Mt Buller, Mt Hotham, Dinner Plains and Falls Creek – to look into the maintenance …