Timboon School Closed Over Asbestos and Other Safety Issues

Reported by Zoe | 24 Jun, 2013

The Timboon School was closed by WorkSafe Victoria today after asbestos was found during an audit and students were evacuated to Timboon hall. Parents have been assured by the school that students have not been exposed to asbestos. It was discovered in an area that the students do not use however no classes will be …

Union report: Australia’s offshore oil and gas safety standards lag behind international competitors

Reported by Haydee | 13 Nov, 2012

The Australian Council of Trade Unions together with the Maritime Union of Australia and the Australian Workers Union released today a new report highlighting major problems in Australia’s offshore oil and gas safety standards. This prompted unions to call on the Federal Government to bring Australian safety standards in line with international competitors. The report …

Police blitz on NSW trucks uncovers safety issues

Reported by Haydee | 31 Aug, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A police blitz has found one in every two trucks being inspected by traffic authorities were defective. According to a report by The Daily Telegraph, a total of 57 trucks were taken off the road due to defective or tampered speed limiters. Since February this year, the NSW Police force traffic and …

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 …

VIC: Many construction sites lack basic safety planning

Reported by Haydee | 13 Aug, 2012

A review of inspections conducted by WorkSafe for three months revealed that many construction sites lack basic safety planning. WorkSafe inspectors found high risk construction work being performed on up to 20 construction sites each week without proper safety plan. WorkSafe’s Construction Manager, Alan Beacom said that in most cases work was also being carried …

Repeat workplace safety offenders land in court

Reported by Haydee | 31 May, 2012

Three companies and two persons landed in court this month for serious repeat workplace safety offences. Lisa Sturzenegger, WorkSafe’s General Manager of Operations, said the courts took workplace safety issues seriously, particularly when there had been prior offences. “If you have been dealt with by the courts once, they and the community expect you to …