WA: Trapped Man Rescued From Brick Machine

Reported by Admin | 12 Jul, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a man was trapped in a brick-making machine at a Guildford factory yesterday afternoon. It took Fire and Emergency Services (FESA) over an hour to rescue the man who got pulled into the chute (conveyor belt) of the machine when he tried to dislodge clay that had become stuck to the sides of …

NSW: Engineering Contractor Fined After Miner’s Leg Crushed

Reported by Admin | 11 Jul, 2011

An engineering contract company has been fined $55 000 after a miner’s leg was crushed by plant equipment. The 52 year old contractor was injured at an underground coal mine in the Hunter Valley in August, 2008. The victim and other miners were moving plant weighing around 4.7 tonnes when the victim’s right leg was caught and …

VIC: Workers Injured Carrying Granite Slab

Reported by Admin | 23 Jun, 2011

Two men at a quarry in Castlemaine in rural Victoria were seriously injured on Tuesday after a 300-kilogram slab of granite they were moving fell on them. Inspectors from WorkSafe will look at the safety procedures of the business. The staff suffered serious leg and head injuries. The business manufactures polished granite, marble and composite …

QLD: Safety Alert on Sheet Material Stacking

Reported by Admin | 21 Jun, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety QLD has issued a safety alert to highlight the risks associated with storage and handling of sheet materials stacked on their edges. The alert follows the death of a worker who was hit by falling solar collectors for hot water systems which were stacked on their edges with inadequate support. Sheet …

WA: WorkSafe Investigates Plant and Machinery

Reported by Admin | 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: Cattle Worker Suffers Massive Crush Injuries

Reported by Admin | 12 Nov, 2010

A man has been critically injured in an equipment-related accident at a meat processing plant near Wonthaggi. The 32-year-old worker was crushed by a machine that is used to immobilise cattle being prepared for processing. According to ambulance officers, first aid treatment had to be performed on the man after he had gone into cardiac …

VIC: Education Dept Fined over MetalWork Breaches

Reported by Admin | 08 Nov, 2010

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) has been brought to court by WorkSafe Victoria over injuries sustained by two secondary school students in metalwork classes. At Melbourne County Court, the department pleaded guilty to breaching Section 23 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and was fined $60,000. The charges were in …

NSW: 3-Year-Old Child Killed by Hay Baler

Reported by Admin | 04 Nov, 2010

A boy, aged three, has been killed in a NSW north coast farm. According to Ambulance Service of NSW, the boy was fatally injured by a hay baler in a farming accident about 2.40pm (AEDT) yesterday. Paramedics said the boy came into contact with the equipment, but details of the incident were not yet clear. …

WA: Shopping Centre Fined as Contractor Falls from Ladder

Reported by Admin | 03 Nov, 2010

The Perth Magistrates Court has fined the operator of a Mandurrah shopping centre following the fall of a maintenance worker from a ladder. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for a contractor. It was fined $25,000 on Thursday. The contractor who provided maintenance and gardening services was …

SA: Wine Firm Fined After Tank Collapse

Reported by Admin | 25 Oct, 2010

A wine producer from McLaren Vale has admitted to breaching workplace safety laws following a plant accident that injured a worker. On March 2008, a structure holding the tanks collapsed merely days after being installed. A teenage cellar hand suffered severe injuries in the incident. He fractured his spine and ribs, bruised his lungs, torn …

WA: WorkSafe Turns Sights on Escalator Safety

Reported by Admin | 22 Oct, 2010

WorkSafe WA is about to embark on a three-month inspection program to check on the safety standards of moving walks and escalators. According to WorkSafe Director Health Hazards and Plant Safety John Innes, raising awareness of the safety risks will be the campaigns main thrust. “This inspection program is part of an ongoing series of …

VIC: Inspections Highlight Unsafe Farm Plant and Equipment

Reported by Admin | 19 Oct, 2010

Safety issues over plant and equipment remain a major concern for the agricultural industry, WorkSafe Victoria reveals. WorkSafe inspectors have issued over 200 safety improvement notices to farm businesses from July to September as part of a year-long statewide farm safety campaign. Now in its third month, the campaign focuses on the most common causes …

TAS: Plant Reopens After Worker’s Leg Amputation

Reported by Admin | 05 Oct, 2010

A Hobart brick plant where a worker’s leg was amputated on September 23 has been allowed to resume operations by Workplace Standards. The 25-year-old man’s lower body was trapped for more than an hour by a clay crusher in the New Town plant. A doctor had to perform an on-the-spot amputation to free the man …

SA: Produce Firm Fined Over Worker’s Amputated Fingers

Reported by Admin | 04 Oct, 2010

A produce wholesaler has been fined $44,000 by an Industrial Court after an employee severed his fingers to the moving blades of a fan in a worksite accident. The Pooraka-based operator pleaded guilty on Wednesday to breaching section 19(1) of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 1986 in failing to ensure the safety of …

SA: Unsafe Plant Costs Baker Her Livelihood

Reported by Admin | 29 Sep, 2010

The absence of a simple interlock device in a plant has cost the livelihood of an experienced baker, the SA Industrial Court was told. A baking company pleaded guilty to breaching section 19(1) of the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986, having failed to provide plant in a safe condition and failed to provide …

TAS: Doctor performs on-the-spot amputation on trapped worker

Reported by Admin | 27 Sep, 2010

A contract worker pinned by a machine in a Tasmanian brick plant had one of his legs amputated on the spot in order to free him. The 25-year-old man’s lower body was crushed by an equipment, believed to be a clay crusher, at a work site in Gilbin St. for over an hour on Thursday. …

VIC: WorkSafe Inspector Shares Safety Insights

Reported by Admin | 25 Sep, 2010

A WorkSafe inspector of 11 years shares his experiences on the job, and quips that his role is like “hamburger with the lot”. Dan Nolan, a Senior Inspector in the manufacturing, logistics and agriculture industry, says inspectors see everything in the workplaces they visit. “I deal with people from all walks of life and across …

SA: Farmer Dies in Air Compressor Accident

Reported by Admin | 08 Sep, 2010

The death of a farmer at Marabel, north of Adelaide, on August 30 is being investigated by SafeWork SA. The 53-year-old man sustained fatal injuries after operating an air compressor in his own property. SafeWork SA personnel went to the scene to find out the circumstances surrounding the accident and prepare a report for the …

VIC: WorkSafe Starts Probe on Water Tank Death

Reported by Admin | 07 Sep, 2010

WorkSafe Victoria has commenced investigation of a work-related fatality in West Melbourne. On August 31, A 53-year-old man was crushed when the large plastic water tank he was helping move fell on top of him. The workplace death is Victoria’s 17th in 2010. It also marks the fifth incident where a heavy item had collapsed …