Cancer-stricken Tasmanian firies now given better compo access

Reported by Haydee | 10 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Tasmanian firefighters will now be given better access to medical support and compensation as the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Fire-fighters) Bill 2013 has been introduced in the Tasmanian Parliament last week by Minister for Workplace Relations, David James O’Byrne. Firies in Tasmania need not prove a significant connection betweek their work and …

CEPU Says Untrained Workers Involved in National Broadband Network Rollout in Tassie

Reported by Zoe | 08 May, 2013

An official from the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) has called for the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) to be stopped until the issues with asbestos are resolved. David Mier from CEPU has said that about 85% of the contractors that are working in pits with asbestos have not undergone the necessary …

Tasmania Has High Rate of Quad Bike Deaths Per Capita

Reported by Zoe | 23 Mar, 2013

Tasmania has a high rate of quad bike deaths per capita according to the recently released figures from Safe Work Australia. The report shows that four out of the twenty-two ATV deaths nationally that occurred since January 2012 were Tasmanians in the north part of the state. The fatalities included: – A 67-year-old male whose …

Hobart Worker Dies After Being Hit by a Steel Beam

Reported by Zoe | 29 Jan, 2013

Emergency crews were called to the site of the Hobart tip in McRobie’s Gully in South Hobart about 10.45 this morning. A 32-year-old man had been at the location of the tip’s new waste transfer station pile driving when he left the excavator to guide a steel beam into a hole. The beam had swung …

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 …

New OHS Laws to Affect Policing in Tasmania

Reported by Zoe | 15 Nov, 2012

Senior Constable Pat Allen, recently elected as head of the Tasmanian Police Association, has said that the changes to OHS laws that will be in force next year from January 1, will have a significant impact on how the police do their job. He said that instead of officers on the street being responsible for …

Tasmania Launches Workplace Health and Wellbeing Guide

Reported by Zoe | 31 Oct, 2012

Michelle O’Byrne, the Minister for Health, launched a new tool on Friday designed to assist employers in Tasmania to improve productivity, health and safety in the workplace. She said that the guide outlines how businesses in Tasmania can create a workplace health and wellbeing program or if they already have one, tips for improvement. Ms …

Simon Overland Opens Tassie Workplace Bully Conference

Reported by Zoe | 01 Oct, 2012

Mr Overland, who was is Tasmania’s chair of WorkCover Tasmania and secretary of the Department of Justice, opened the Workplace Bully Conference today saying that the focus will be on the new workplace safety laws as well as bullying. He joked that, “And my personal favourite, we’re going to be talking about organisational psychopaths.” He …

Tasmania votes to delay OHS Harmonisation

Reported by Haydee | 04 Dec, 2011

The Tasmanian Parliament voted to delay the commencement of the Occupational Health and Safety Harmonisation laws for a year. The Parliament’s decision to delay the implementation of the OHS laws follows that of Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. Majority won with 11-3 votes to postpone discussions of the bill until March 2012. The OHS …