New Workers to Resources Sector Struggle to Identify Hazards

Reported by Zoe | 05 Oct, 2012

The Edith Cowan University School of Management in Perth has released research that indicates new workers to the resources industry do not have the expertise to recognise occupational risks and hazards. Researcher Susanne Bahn concluded that new workers were not fully trained about the risks that may be encountered whilst workers with more experience have …

Longford Improves Safety and Satisfies WorkSafe After 2009 Incident

Reported by Zoe | 06 Aug, 2012

WorkSafe is satisfied that with the safety changes implemented by the operators of the Longford gas Plant in rural Gippsland Victoria, there will not be a repeat of the gas leak incident in 2009. In the November 2009 incident a worker was injured after over half a tonne of gas leaked at high pressure from …

Mobile crane industry association launched safety training CD

Reported by Haydee | 03 Jul, 2012

The Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA) has recently launched its latest safety training CD, ‘Dogging in the Workplace.’ In a news release, CICA revealed that they have been consulting with industry since last year to develop the new safety training material. “I am quite excited with the release of this new CD,” said CICA …

2011 SHP-IOSH Awards – London: Winners Show Innovation & Commitment

Reported by Angela | 10 Jan, 2012

The end of 2011 saw the announcement of the SHP-OSH Awards (London) for achievement, innovation and commitment to safety in the workplace. Here are the winners:  Best Achievement in Construction – Olympic Delivery Authority The Olympic Delivery Authority’s program included the Olympic Park, the Athlete’s Village, and remote sites for the 2012 London Olympics. Health …

NSW: WorkCover Lauds Heinz for Safety Record

Reported by Julia | 18 Oct, 2010

WorkCover has congratulated Heinz Wagga Wagga after reaching a year without a single workplace injury recorded. John Watson, WorkCover’s General Manager of Occupational Health and Safety said the safety record of the plant puts it in the top 5 per cent of all Heinz facilities across the world. “Heinz Wagga Wagga employs more than 100 people …

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 …

NSW: Concrete Firm Charged over Fatal Cleaning Accident

Reported by Julia | 11 Oct, 2010

A concrete company has been prosecuted by WorkCover following the death of an employee in 2008. The Hunter Valley-based company was fined $85,000 by the Industrial Relations Court for beaching the Occupational Health and Safety Act In February 2008, the employee was cleaning one of the trucks of the company at its Gateshead premises. The …

VIC: Supermarket Pledges Better Safety in Facility

Reported by Julia | 22 Sep, 2010

A supermarket operator is giving its assurance to WorkSafe to implement safety upgrades following a forklift accident in its facility. The safety commitment comes after a workplace incident in its Wodonga distribution centre in June 2008. An unsupervised and unlicensed worker attempted to operate a reach truck – an equipment similar to a forklift – …

WA: WorkSafe Sets Safety Blitz for Construction on October

Reported by Julia | 21 Sep, 2010

WorkSafe WA is gearing up for the changes in licensing requirements for high-risk workers by visiting construction sites starting October 1. A new WorkSafe campaign will target people employed in rigging, scaffolding, forklift, dogging, hoist and crane operations. Inspectors will visit metropolitan and regional WA construction sites to ensure stake holders know about the new …

NSW: Forestry Sector Provided with New Safety Tools

Reported by Julia | 20 Sep, 2010

A new set of safety resources for the forestry industry has been launched by NSW Finance Minister Michael Daley and Primary Industries Minister Steve Whan. WorkCover figures reveal that the New South Wales forestry sector have recorded 396 injuries in the last two years, costing it more than $4 million. According to Mr Daley, WorkCover …

VIC: Union Battles Bullying in Forestry & Furniture Industries

Reported by Julia | 17 Sep, 2010

A large blue-collar union is making plans for a new strategy to combat workplace bullying in the forestry and furniture industries. The forestry and furnishing products division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) will begin demanding a new clause in future employee agreements for companies to swiftly act on bullying cases in …

VIC: Firm Fined for Failing to Separate Pedestrian and Forklift Areas

Reported by Julia | 17 Sep, 2010

An irrigation product supplier has been fined after a worker was struck by a forklift in its warehouse in 2008. At the Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court, the Braeside-based company pleaded guilty on August 27 to failing to separate forklift and pedestrian areas and failing to provide safety training to workers. Magistrate Franz Holzer ordered the company …

WA: WorkSafe Warns of Powder Coating Dangers

Reported by Julia | 14 Sep, 2010

WorkSafe WA has turned its attention to powder coating operations following a recent survey revealing a lack of awareness of the hazards associated with the procedure. Joe Attard, WorkSafe’s Director Manufacturing, Transport and Service Industries, said the safety watchdog conducted a targeted inspection of 34 metropolitan and regional businesses. They found many businesses had limited …

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 …

QLD: Safety Exemptions Revoked in Rural Areas

Reported by Julia | 09 Sep, 2010

Farmers and workers in rural industries in Queensland will have to deal with new safety rules beginning this month after the phase out of legislated occupational health and safety exemptions. Dr Simon Blackwood, Executive Director for Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), said the phasing out of exemptions, which began in 1990, mandates rural property …

VIC: WorkSafe Starts Probe on Water Tank Death

Reported by Julia | 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 …

WA: WorkSafe Wins Appeal in Cyclone George Case

Reported by Julia | 04 Aug, 2010

A Perth Supreme Court judge has convicted a construction company on Monday for failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment after Cyclone George destroyed its employees’ living quarters. The cyclone hit the construction site camp 100 kilometres south of Port Hedland in March 2007, killing two and injuring twenty. The Perth Magistrates Court …

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: Ski Resorts Visited by WorkSafe

Reported by Julia | 03 Jun, 2010

WorkSafe inspectors have conducted surprise visits in Victoria’s snowfields to check on construction companies who were preparing the vacation spots for this year’s ski season. In May 20, inspectors carried out visits in four of the State’s major snowfields – Mt Buller, Mt Hotham, Dinner Plains and Falls Creek – to look into the maintenance …

QLD: Forklift use on the spotlight yet again

Reported by Julia | 03 Jun, 2010

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is reminding businesses to make sure safework procedures are in place for forklift use. The reminder was issued following the conclusion of a number of prosecutions involving forklift accidents. One of the companies prosecuted received a $40,000 fine. Several other forklift-related incidents are under investigation by the safety body. Queensland …