WA: WorkSafe Turns Sights on Escalator Safety

Reported by Julia | 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 …

NSW: Owner-Builders Face Stricter Rules Starting Next Month

Reported by Julia | 13 Sep, 2010

New NSW rules requiring people who want to renovate their homes to undergo a rigorous training are expected cut the number of owner-builders by half. The new rules, which will take effect next month, will require home renovators to undergo face-to-face training and learn a 700-page training course. The NSW Office of Fair Trading currently …

VIC: Wharf Workers Return to Work After Strike

Reported by Julia | 20 Jul, 2010

Work at 27 wharves has resumed on Wednesday after workers staged 24-hour stop work action the day before. The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has called a 24-hour walk-off at wharves across the country after the death of a wharf worker on July 13. The 41-year-old Merlbourne man was killed during pick-up and delivery operations …

WA: Inspections for Restaurants All Set

Reported by Julia | 15 Jul, 2010

WorkSafe WA has launched an inspection program aimed at improving OHS standards in restaurants. As part of the program, restaurants across the state will be randomly chosen and inspected. Inspections will continue throughout the financial year and will cover both regional and metropolitan areas. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Nina Lyhne said the campaign will focus on …

VIC: Sale Safety Blitz Results in Over 100 Notices

Reported by Julia | 16 Jun, 2010

WorkSafe inspectors have visited Sale last month, ending in the issuance of 150 improvements notices. Inspectors, who visited 58 small businesses in the area, issued the notices for an assortment of safety violations. They also found some employers have no return to work plans for injured employees. According to WorkSafe’s Charlotte Bull, their inspectors will …