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Scaffolding collapse in Sydney

Reported by Haydee | 25 Feb, 2014

At least three people were hurt and around a hundred evacuated after a five-storey scaffolding collapsed at a building site at Mascot in Sydney’s south east.

WorkSafe ACT Issues Safety Notices After a Truck Tips at Worksite

Reported by Zoe | 17 Dec, 2013

A number of notices have been issued by WorkSafe ACT following an incident yesterday where a truck tipped over at a worksite whilst scaffolding was being unloaded. According to the owner of the scaffolding company, one of the outriggers that stabilises the truck, punctured the asphalt about 11am as the crane on the truck unloaded …

NOPSEMA Issues Scaffolding Safety Alert

Reported by Zoe | 02 Feb, 2013

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) released a safety alert in January this year on scaffolding safety. What Happened A scaffolder was dismantling a scaffold structure located on an offshore platform about 15 metres over the sea. A vertical scaffolding tube or dropper that was holding him there moved. Scaffold couplers …

Deadline for conversions to High Risk Work Licence nears

Reported by Haydee | 06 Aug, 2012

SafeWork SA reminded South Australians who undertake high risk work that the deadline for second year conversions to the new national Licence to Perform High Risk Work is coming near. According to a news release by SafeWork SA, the new Licence applies to all people who work with forklifts, cranes and hoists, scaffolding and pressure …

Reminder to renew high risk work licences

Reported by Haydee | 11 Jul, 2012

WorkCover NSW is reminding workers who are qualified to operate high risk plant and equipment to review, and if needed, to renew their licences. Workers operating a range of machinery including forklifts and cranes, and pressure equipment such as boilers and turbines are required to secure high risk work licences. High risk work licences are …

High Risk Work Licence Conversion for SA Workers

Reported by Haydee | 20 Jun, 2012

Hon Russell WortleyPhoto: SA Government website Industrial Relations Minister Russell Wortley reminded on Thursday all South Australians who are involved in high risk work to convert their qualifications to the new national Licence to Perform High Risk Work. The new licensing system requires people with high risk work including those involving forklifts, cranes and hoists, …

Work safety issues identified in Wodonga

Reported by Haydee | 11 Jun, 2012

WorkSafe inspectors were able to identify 27 safety issues at 43 sites during a 24-hour safety blitz in Wodonga last week. Inspectors visited the region in a coordinated approach to undermine the ‘mates-network’ which often warned of approaching WorkSafe inspectors. According to WorkSafe construction division group leader, Steve Peters, tradesmen would often call their mates …

Workers evacuate building site after scaffolding almost collapsed

Reported by Haydee | 04 Jun, 2012

About 100 people were evacuated from an eight-storey building site in Parramatta, in Sydney’s west after the scaffolding almost collapsed today. The Daily Telegraph reports that firefighters were called to Macquarie Street after receiving reports that the scaffolding on the building site had come to loose about 11.40am and was starting to bow. NSW Fire …

Scaffolding company fined after worker sustained fall injuries

Reported by Haydee | 09 May, 2012

A scaffolding company has been fined $22,000 over an incident in which a worker was injured when he fell through an insufficiently protected void on a construction site. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment causing serious injuries to the worker. The scaffolding company was fined in the Perth Magistrates …

WA: Scaffolding Company Fined for Ignoring Improvement Notice

Reported by Julia | 08 Jul, 2011

A scaffolding company has been fined $2000 by the Collie Magistrate’s Court for failing to comply with a WorkSafe improvement notice. The company was engaged by an engineering firm to erect scaffolding at a power station in Collie, approximately 200 kilometres south of Perth. The notice was issued  earlier this year and the company pleaded guilty to failing …

QLD: Concrete Firm Prosecuted for Unsafe Scaffold

Reported by Julia | 29 Oct, 2010

A concrete pumping company has been fined $37,500 after a worker sustained injuries while in a 2009 construction accident. The Townsville-based company pleaded guilty to breaching section 24(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, having failed to ensure workplace safety. The Townsville Industrial Magistrates Court was told a worker suffered broken ribs, severe …

QLD: Massive Audit to Target Falls from Height

Reported by Julia | 02 Oct, 2010

The Queensland Government is making its presence felt in the construction industry by auditing hundreds of construction sites across the state. This move is part of the Government’s initiative to improve the sector’s safety performance. According to Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick, the audit program will be spearheaded by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) …

NSW: WorkCover Stresses Safe Scaffolding Work

Reported by Julia | 29 Sep, 2010

WorkCover NSW is looking into the circumstances surrounding yesterday’s scaffolding accident at a Pyrmont construction site. WorkCover sent an inspector to the site after being notified of the incident, where a 41-year-old construction worker was hurt by a piece of falling scaffolding. John Watson, General Manager of WorkCover’s Occupational Health and Safety Division, said the …

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 …

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: Worker Survives Six-Metre Fall

Reported by Julia | 16 Aug, 2010

A man has fallen six metres onto a swimming pool under construction at East Bentleigh. The construction worker, in his 40s, fell from scaffolding onto the pool’s concrete base floor in Melbourne’s southeast on August 7. Fire crews placed the man on a stretcher, which was lifted up by a mobile crane. He was later …

WA: WorkSafe Program Targets Forklift Safety

Reported by Julia | 11 Aug, 2010

WorkSafe has begun an inspection campaign aimed at high-risk-work licences for forklift operators in the manufacturing sector. The inspection program is slated for the next six months in both regional and metropolitan areas. It will focusing on making sure forklift operators possess the necessary licences or certification. WorkSafe Commissioner Nina Lyhne said they will be …

VIC: WorkSafe Tackles Tool Safety at Coaches’ Breakfast

Reported by Julia | 30 Jul, 2010

Construction safety is in the limelight at a coaches’ breakfast on Wednesday. The Western Bulldog’s coaches’ review breakfast was in line with the launch of WorkSafe’s  new campaign promoting the use of the right tools for the job among tradies. “The purpose of the coaches’ breakfast is to talk about tactics of the game – …

SA: Work at Desal Plant Resumes

Reported by Julia | 26 Jul, 2010

The suspension of construction work has been lifted at an Adelaide’s desalination plant on Friday following a site safety audit. Work was suspended after a 35-year-old worker died at the site on July 16. The use of a soft sling lift has been blamed for the death of the worker. The man was hit by …

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 …

SA: Info Sessions on Licensing High Risk Work Launched

Reported by Julia | 21 Apr, 2010

SafeWork SA has launched a series of information sessions in the Greater Adelaide Area on the new licensing requirements that will take effect in Southern Australia later this year. The first information session was held on April 12 and will continue to run until May 3. The licensing changes will affect high risk workers, including …