Plasterboard company pleads guilty to safety failure

Reported by Haydee | 02 Dec, 2013

A company manufacturing plasterboard products was fined $40,000 and more than $1800 in costs over a worker’s serious injury. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment causing serious harm to an employee. They were fined in the Midland Magistrates Court on Monday. The incident happened in June 2010 when a …

‘Home Insulation Program’ Inquest Says Risk Assessments Can Prevent Fatalities

Reported by Zoe | 05 Jul, 2013

Michael Barnes, the Queensland State Coroner delivered his findings yesterday at the inquest into the deaths of three young Queensland workers during the Home Insulation Program that was a government initiative during the Global Financial Crisis. He said that the deaths by electrocution of Reuben Barnes 16, Mitchell Sweeney 22, and Matthew Fuller 25 could …

Construction company and director fined for desal plant fatality

Reported by Haydee | 28 Jun, 2013

A construction company and its director have been fined $200,000 each for safety breaches which caused the death of a worker at the Adelaide Desalination Plant in 2010. The 35-year-old worker was fatally injured when a sling broke and a monorail steel beam fell on him. The company was charged with failure to provide a …

Crane hire company pleaded guilty over fatal accident

Reported by Haydee | 07 Sep, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A crane hire company was fined $100,000 over an incident which killed one man and injured four others in Telarah, northwest of Newcastle. The workers were unloading steel tracks and sleepers from a crane when the panel holding the materials broke apart and fell on them in March 2009. The Melbourne-based company …

$120,000 Fine Over Workplace Injuries

Reported by Zoe | 08 Aug, 2012

A $120,000 fine has been handed out to a business in North Brisbane after one worker was crushed between a silo and crane and another caught an arm in a manufacturing machine. The business entered a plea of guilty at the Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court to a breach of the Workplace health and Safety Act …

Coroner: Worker’s water jet death a result of workplace safety failures

Reported by Haydee | 21 Jun, 2012

A NSW worker, who was killed in May 2008 when a high-pressure water jet hit him in the chest as he was cleaning a sediment pit at Port Kembla, was a victim of numerous workplace safety failings by his employer, according to a coroner. Illawarra Mercury reported that Wollongong Coroner’s Court heard on Wednesday the …

QLD: Recycling Firm Fined as Sweeper Gets Run Over

Reported by Julia | 22 Oct, 2010

The Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a recycling company over a vehicle-related accident that claimed the life of an employee. The Mackay company has been fined $120,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of section 24(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, having failed to ensure workplace safety. The court was told …

NSW: Unsafe Plant Caused Winery Employees Death

Reported by Julia | 12 Oct, 2010

The NSW Industrial Court has fined a Riverina winery $125,000 over a worker fatality at its premises in 2008. The Leeton-based company was found guilty of breaching section 8(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 (NSW) on October 1. The court heard the worker was crushed to death by a mobile bin while …