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Guide developed to prevent work-related violence

Reported by Haydee | 29 May, 2014

SafeWork SA has developed a guide to help Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking and workers in identifying work-related violence hazards and look for ways to lessen or remove these risks.

Fraudulent safety inspectors threatened to fine workers and businesses

Reported by Haydee | 13 Feb, 2014

SafeWork SA has recently received reports of people impersonating as safety inspectors and threatening to fine workers or companies. Employers believed these people to be legitimate inspectors. Because of this, SafeWork SA reminded workplaces to always require proof of identity and check the credentials of persons asking for access to a workplace. SafeWork SA assured …

Director fined for work safety breaches

Reported by Haydee | 29 Jan, 2014

A director of a construction company was fined $1750 plus legal fees due to a workplace incident which happened in June 2011 at Dry Creek. The defendant pleaded guilty to the offence and cooperated with SafeWork SA during the investigation. The defendant was prosecuted for failure to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the …

Company fined for safety failings

Reported by Haydee | 23 Jan, 2014

A manufacturing company and its director were prosecuted under the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 for failing to provide and maintain plant in a safe condition; and also failing to ensure that their plant was operated safely. The South Australian Industrial Court on Wednesday fined the company $41,250 plus legal fees for an …

Risks of unlicensed fireworks

Reported by Haydee | 14 Jan, 2014

SafeWork SA issued a reminder to the general public on the dangers of unlicensed fireworks. Fireworks ignited by an unqualified person can be risky to people and property especially during extreme hot weather. “As South Australia is currently experiencing a heat wave it is time to be extra vigilant in how we work and play. …

Protect workers from heat stress

Reported by Haydee | 13 Jan, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library SafeWork SA reminds workplaces to ensure that measures are in place to cope with heat as temperatures are said to rise in South Australia in the days to come. “Hot weather is a workplace hazard that needs to be considered when planning work activities,” said SafeWorkSA Executive Director, Bryan Russell. “Heat stress …

Work health safety laws full implementation in 2014

Reported by Haydee | 18 Dec, 2013

SafeWork SA recently announced that work health and safety laws will be fully implemented starting 1 January 2014. “The regulations will take effect on 1 January 2014 and aims to further enhance the safety of South Australians by improving work practices and safety planning,” said Bryan Russell, Executive Director of SafeWork SA. A limited number …

Residential aged care safety prioritised

Reported by Haydee | 04 Dec, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library As part of a campaign to reduce injuries from hazardous manual tasks in residential aged care facilities, SafeWork SA will inspect aged care providers across South Australia. SA safety inspectors, as well as inspectors from Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory will visit more than 500 residential aged care facilities …

Outdoor workers reminded to ensure safety against bites and stings

Reported by Haydee | 02 Dec, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Outdoor workers are reminded to protect themselves against bites and stings from venomous snakes, bees and wasps, and toxic plants. SafeWork SA Executive Director, Bryan Russell, said this year’s warm weather comes a range of flora and fauna which can pose risks to the safety of outdoor workers. “It’s not uncommon for …

Asbestos Awareness Week in South Australia

Reported by Haydee | 27 Nov, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library As Australia celebrates Asbestos Awareness Week (25-29 November), South Australians remember all the victims of asbestos-related diseases. The annual event focuses on the dangers of asbestos management and removal. Asbestos was used widely in the country prior to 1990, yet its effects are still being felt up to now with about 650 …

Strategy to protect young workers launched

Reported by Haydee | 26 Nov, 2013

A strategy launched on Friday includes recommendations from young workers  on reducing injuries and deaths in the workplace. South Australia’s Work Health and Safety Youth Strategy, focuses on young workers (15 to 24), who are most vulnerable to injuries due to inexperience. “A teenage or young worker is often unaware of how important it is …

Third Worker Fatality in a Week in SA

Reported by Zoe | 21 Nov, 2013

A man in his 30s died today in Burton, north Adelaide when a truck fell on him and pinned him. The accident happened at around 11am this morning. The workers death this morning is the third in a week according to SafeWork SA and the 12th this year in the state. It said that the …

SafeWork SA Investigates Pilot Fatality

Reported by Zoe | 20 Nov, 2013

SafeWork South Australia is investigating the death of a pilot near Moomba in the SA outback.  The 33-year-old pilot died when his light plane crashed at about 8.15pm on Monday. Patrols were sent to the scene after an emergency beacon was activated and found the man already dead; he was the only occupant of the …

Retail worker’s injuries were preventable

Reported by Haydee | 08 Nov, 2013

A footwear retailer has been convicted and fined $33,000 plus legal fees after a worker was injured at work. SafeWork SA prosecuted the company for failing to provide and maintain plant in a safe condition and failing to provide a safe system of work. A retail assistant was injured in May 2011 while attempting to …

Winners recognised in Safe Work Awards SA

Reported by Haydee | 02 Nov, 2013

South Australian businesses, individuals and organisations were recognised during the 14th Safe Work Awards on Friday. Speaking at the awards, Tom Phillips AM, Presiding Member of the SafeWork SA Advisory Council, said continuous improvement remained a priority. “Recognising and rewarding innovative ideas, practices, leadership and commitment to work health and safety is central to ensuring …

Work safety is everybody’s business

Reported by Haydee | 10 Oct, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library As Safe Work Week is being observed from 28 October to 1 November, SafeWork SA reminds everyone to take part in ensuring workplace safety. “Everyone has a part to play in ensuring workplace safety, with life-long learning key to improving our understanding and practice of it,” said Marie Boland, A/Executive Director of …