Immediate Fines for Safety Breaches in ACT a Week Away

Reported by Zoe | 24 Jun, 2013

New fines to be issued on the spot in the ACT will be implemented from next Monday the 1st July. This will extend the quantity of offences that can earn fines of $3600 and place the responsibility for safety more on the shoulders of ACT employers than workers. Simon Corbell, Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations …

Asbestos Discovered at NBN Sites in Queensland

Reported by Zoe | 03 Jun, 2013

Asbestos has been reportedly found at Queensland national broadband network (NBN) worksites. At one site it was water blasted onto workers faces inside an underground telecommunications pit in Brisbane and at another site in Mackay asbestos dust was left unattended for five days. Jarrod Bleijie, the state Attorney-General, said that he is concerned about the …

Safety blitz found breaches in housing construction sites

Reported by Haydee | 07 Mar, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A WorkSafe VIC safety blitz found 90 safety breaches on housing construction sites across western Victoria last month. WorkSafe inspectors inspected almost 120 housing construction sites in and around Bendigo, Ballarat, Mildura, Warrnambool and Geelong as part of their Operation SafeSite program. WorkSafe Chief Executive, Denise Cosgrove said everyone should be concerned …

Go-kart owner fined for safety breaches

Reported by Haydee | 13 Dec, 2012

A former owner of a go-kart business in Port Stephens was fined after a woman’s hijab got caught in one of the vehicle’s wheels, killing her. On 8 April 2010, the 26-year-old victim from Yagoona was riding around the track when the hem of her garment got caught in the rear axle of a go-kart. …

Work resumes at construction site after days of dispute over safety issues

Reported by Haydee | 31 Aug, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Builders and sub-contractors return to work at a construction site today after days of demonstrating over alleged safety breaches. AAP reported that members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) chanted “the workers united, will never be defeated” as padlock was removed and workers entered the site. According to CFMEU …

Improvement notices issued to Shepparton businesses

Reported by Haydee | 23 Aug, 2012

More than 85 improvement notices were issued to small businesses in Shepparton during the ‘Safe Towns’ workplace blitz last week. WorkSafe Group Leader for Shepparton, Simon Brown was happy to see that some businesses were prepared for the inspection but said that there was still room for improvement in some workplaces. “It was pleasing that …

Safe Towns visit to Bendigo found workplace health and safety breaches

Reported by Haydee | 09 Mar, 2012

A visit to Bendigo by WorkSafe inspectors last week uncovered a number of health and safety breaches with 117 notices issued to concerned businesses. Notices which require businesses to act on breaches by a certain date include forklift maintenance, guarding, racking, traffic management, personal protective equipment and insufficient return to work information. Sixty breaches were …