Volunteers Give Truckies Free Health Checks in SA

Reported by Zoe | 17 Jul, 2013

In recognition that it is difficult for truckies to book a trip to the doctor when they are on the road, not-for-profit Trans-Help Foundation is providing positive help to improve their health and safety. The volunteer organisation recently launched its new mobile health check truck in South Australia that will move between popular truck stops …

Productivity Lost Last Year Equals 1500 Years in South Australia

Reported by Zoe | 23 May, 2013

WorkCover SA said that the total of working days that were lost in the financial year 2011-2012 was more than 560,000 days. In addition to the days that were lost in South Australia there were 26,523 claims recorded for the same financial year for a cost of almost $208 million to the SA Workers Rehabilitation …

Study: Standardised approach to work safety education among students necessary

Reported by Haydee | 13 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A new study conducted by the occupational health and safety experts at the University of Adelaide have called for a better health and safety education in the State’s secondary schools, to prepare young workers for the workplace. The researchers from the University of Adelaide’s School of Population Health and the School of …

South Australia Set to Launch Mates in Construction Program

Reported by Zoe | 18 Apr, 2013

South Australia is poised to launch a new suicide prevention program in the state that is designed to reduce deaths amongst construction workers – the current figure is six times higher than the overall national average for men. The program ‘Mates in Construction’ is an adaption of a Queensland program that has been able to …

Potato company fined for worker’s injury

Reported by Haydee | 06 Mar, 2013

A potato company has been fined $44,000 over an incident in July 2010 in which a diesel mechanic had his leg crushed in a harvester. According to an ABC report, the worker was doing repair work for the family-owned company in the Murray Mallee when the incident happened. The Industrial Court heard the worker was …

Company charged over worker’s desal death to plead guilty

Reported by Haydee | 21 Feb, 2013

A company charged over a worker’s death at an Adelaide desalination plant in 2010 will plead guilty to breaching workplace safety laws, the Industrial Court has been told. Lawyers representing the company told the Industrial Court that guilty pleas will be entered. The 5-year-old victim was killed when he was struck by a steel beam …

Harmonised laws take effect in South Australia

Reported by Haydee | 01 Jan, 2013

New workplace safety legislation has taken effect in South Australia today, 1 January 2013. The Work Health and Safety Act 2012 replaces the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986. “The new laws are consistent with the old, familiar laws but provide a new approach that clarifies everyone’s roles in workplace safety – from the …

Unions call on SA Government to propose laws to protect children from abuse at work

Reported by Haydee | 11 Dec, 2012

Unions are calling on the South Australia Government to implement new laws to protect children from abuse at work. SA Unions State Secretary, Janet Giles said SA currently does not have any child labour laws, which means there is no minimum age a child can legally begin work. “That means there are no protections for …

SA: 4-year Asbestos Safety Action Plan to be released this week

Reported by Haydee | 29 Nov, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library South Australia’s four-year Asbestos Safety Action Plan will be released at the end of this week, detailing practical activities and continued efforts by stakeholders to manage asbestos and prevent its effects. Minister for Industrial Relations Russell Wortley during the official launch of the Asbestos Awareness Week 2012 said every South Australian worker …

Shorten calls on Victoria and WA to introduce the harmonised WHS laws

Reported by Haydee | 22 Nov, 2012

The Hon Bill Shorten MP Photo: Ministers’ Media Centre Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten urged Victoria and Western Australia to introduce the harmonised Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws following South Australia and Tasmania’s move to adopt the new laws. Mr Shorten said that harmonised laws will reduce red tape and deliver …

Saleyard Safety Given Priority by Two Councils in South Australia

Reported by Zoe | 13 Nov, 2012

The Naracoorte Lucindale Council and Grant District Council, both in southeast South Australia, are collaborating to ensure that safety is improved in the saleyards in the area. The two councils will apply for Commonwealth funding together so that the issues with saleyard infrastructure where trucks operate can be addressed. They estimate that the entire project …

Bagging Machine Causes Worker Fatality in South Australia

Reported by Zoe | 09 Oct, 2012

At about 8am this morning a 42-year-old male worker was caught in a bagging machine in Kapunda, South Australia. The factory processes hay and bags horticultural products and stock feed that is exported to Asia. Police will be talking to other workers at the factory to find out how the accident happened. In December last …

Seed Company Fined $93,000 Over Crushing Accident

Reported by Zoe | 09 Oct, 2012

A seed company on the Bordertown South Australia pleaded guilty to not providing and maintaining a safe workplace and has been fined over $93,000 over an incident where a worker was injured. In February 2010 a robotic pallet stacker crushed a worker at the company who became a paraplegic because of the injuries received during …

Police Officers Compensation Overturned

Reported by Zoe | 25 Sep, 2012

A police officer from South Australia has lost an appeal in the South Australian Supreme Court for workers compensation. He was injured when he was in Queensland for a counter terrorism training course. He returned to his motel after a social get-together at the end of the course and was struck on the back of …

South Australia Releases an Industry Guide for Formwork

Reported by Zoe | 14 Sep, 2012

South Australia has recently released an Industry Guide for Formwork. The guide is a collaboration between the SA builders and formworkers and the SA construction Industry OHS Committee. The purpose of the guide is to support the industry’s work to reduce health and safety risks by providing guidance on formwork structures, processes and documentation. This …

Psychological Health for Workers Strong for Some in SA

Reported by Zoe | 11 Sep, 2012

According to research results recently released by the University of South Australia’s Centre for Applied Psychological Research workers might have some of the most favourable psychological health conditions in the world. In the new study the researchers measured the results they had from 661 South Australian employees against data that had been gathered from more …

Application period for Augusta Zadow Scholarship to end soon

Reported by Haydee | 20 Aug, 2012

SafeWork SA is calling on all interested applicants to submit their applications for the Augusta Zadow Scholarship which will close on Monday, 27 August. The Augusta Zadow Scholarship recognises outstanding workplace health and safety initiatives for South Australian women. Two scholarships valued at up to $10,000 each will be awarded to assist with Occupational Health …

SafeWork probes death of worker in Kapunda

Reported by Haydee | 21 Dec, 2011

A worker was killed at a Kapunda stockfeed manufacturing business in a work accident which happened around 5.45 pm on Sunday. Initial investigations revealed that the 58-year old worker suffered from serious crush injuries after being struck by a shuttle used to move hay bales across work area. He was brought to Kapunda Hospital, where …