Draft Road Safety Remuneration Order open for comments

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jul, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal has issued the first safe rate order which covers road transport drivers, their employers or hirers and participants in the supply chain in the retail, livestock, bulk grain, interstate long distance and intrastate long distance sectors of the road transport industry. The draft provisions include whistleblower protection, …

Roadblock exercises reveal reasonable compliance with fatigue laws

Reported by Haydee | 09 Jun, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Recent roadblock exercises by WorkSafe WA revealed a reasonable level of compliance with the state’s fatigue management laws for commercial vehicle drivers. WorkSafe joined in five joint Austrans roadblock operations conducted by WA Police and involving Main Roads WA, the Explosives and Dangerous Goods section of the Department of Mines and Petroleum, …

Safety network meetings for the transport industry

Reported by Haydee | 16 Oct, 2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will facilitate safety network meetings intended for the transport industry. Transport safety networks were formed throughout Queensland to help employers work together in improving health and safety in the transport industry. These networks allow transport employers to stay up to date about health and safety issues which may impact their …

Safety forums receive strong support from construction and transport industries

Reported by Haydee | 31 Aug, 2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland recently conducted successful construction and transport forums which highlighted the importance of ensuring safe workplaces. The Zero Harm at Work Leadership Program forums held in recent weeks received strong support from industry leaders committing themselves to safer workplaces. The building and construction industry forum and the transport forum gave industry …

Roadblock exercises reveal lingering issues with compliance of fatigue laws

Reported by Haydee | 13 Jun, 2012

Recent roadblock exercises participated by WorkSafe WA revealed persisting concerns with the transport industry’s compliance with fatigue management laws. WorkSafe joined in four joint Austrans roadblock operations conducted by WA Police and involving the Explosives and Dangerous Goods section of the Department of Mines and Petroleum, Main Roads WA, and vehicle examiners from the Department …

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 …

NT: Cattle Station Owners Fined After Worker’s Death

Reported by Admin | 30 Nov, 2011

The owners of a cattle station have been fined $55,000 by the Alice Springs Magistrates Court for failing to maintain a machine which killed a worker in 2008. The man, aged 24, was working as a station hand at Kurundi Station, about 140 kilometres south-east of Tennant Creek. He died while driving a bull catcher when …

NSW: Companies Fined Total of $500,000 After Rail Worker’s Arm Severed

Reported by Admin | 25 Sep, 2011

Following a NSW rail worker having his arm cut off by an excavator, the court has fined four companies and a director almost $500,000. The 24-year-old man was welding on the tracks at a rail construction project at Sandgate, in the Hunter Valley, when an excavator ran over his left arm and severed it just below …

WA: Truck Company Fined for Non-Compliance with Fatigue Management

Reported by Admin | 09 Sep, 2011

The Fremantle Magistrates Court has fined a Perth truck company $20,000 for not complying with fatigue management laws for its drivers. The company employs drivers to transport freight across Australia.  Some of the journeys can take more than two weeks. Following an audit by WorkSafe in July 2008, the company pleaded guilty to failing to keep records …

SA: Company Fined after Truck Collision

Reported by Admin | 22 Jun, 2011

An industrial magistrate has fined a North Plympton business after a collision caused by a reversing delivery truck left a worker injured in 2007. The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 19(1) of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 1986 in failing to ensure the safety of its employee and was fined approximately $23,000. The …

NSW: Road Worker Suffers Broken Limbs

Reported by Admin | 16 May, 2011

WorkCover is investigating an incident where a man suffered a broken arm and leg while working on the Banora Point Pacific Highway upgrade last Friday. The sub-contractor was hit by a posi-track, machinery similar to a bobcat. Ambulance officers treated the man before taking him to Gold Coast Hospital. “All steps will be taken to …

SA: WorkSafe Conducts Roadside Audits

Reported by Admin | 10 May, 2011

As of this month, SafeWork SA is conducting a campaign focusing on the safety of road workers. Safety inspectors will visit roadside worksites throughout the state. According to acting executive director of WorkSafe SA, working on roads is an extremely dangerous activity. “This campaign is designed to address safety issues associated with working on or …

Cth: Workers’ Compensation Statistics Released by Safety Watchdog

Reported by Admin | 28 Mar, 2011

The annual Compendium of Workers’ Compensation Statistics Australia 2008–09 has been released by Safe Work Australia. The report details the latest OHS statistics Australia-wide.  A summary of the key findings include: There were 128 735 serious workers’ compensation claims in 2008–09. Men were almost twice more likely to be injured than female employees. There were …

VIC: 743 Workplace Injuries Reported in Brimbank

Reported by Admin | 28 Oct, 2010

New figures show that 743 injuries were reported in Brimbank in the last financial year. WorkSafe Victoria mentions construction, community services, trades, manufacturing, and storage/transport as the five industries with the most compensation claims. Among age groups, workers aged 45-49 years old had recorded the highest number of incidents. Figures show musculoskeletal disorders, open wounds, …

QLD: Transport Firm Fined over Truck Unloading Accident

Reported by Admin | 20 Oct, 2010

The Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a transport company after its manager and a truck driver of another company were hurt during unloading of a truck trailer. The defendant pleaded guilty to breaching s.24(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995. It was fined $34 000 and ordered to pay investigation and court …

QLD: Body Formed to Curb Bus Driver Attacks

Reported by Admin | 01 Oct, 2010

The Queensland government and various stakeholders will form a new committee to address the increasing physical assaults on bus drivers. The Bus Safety Committee will be composed of drivers, transport company representatives, the Transport Workers Union (TWU), Translink, police, and the workplace health and safety and transport departments. According to Translink, 79 assaults on bus …

SA: Stricter Driver Requirements Sought

Reported by Admin | 30 Sep, 2010

Changes are being proposed for the transport industry in the form of stricter guidelines for commercial vehicle drivers in South Australia. According to Road Safety Minister Jack Snelling, the proposal can positively impact safety for all road users. He told the Parliament the guidelines will be more rigorous than the nationally-agreed medical standards for granting …

VIC: Truckies Forced into Drugs to Meet Deadlines

Reported by Admin | 22 Sep, 2010

Truck drivers are urging Geelong police authorities to look into transport companies that set unrealistic deadlines, pressuring drivers to take drugs to meet the targets. Geelong police said it will be working with the transport industry to maintain road safety for all motorists. Truckies have called for an investigation after 14 drivers were tested positive …

QLD: Truckies Raise Concern over Queensland Roads

Reported by Admin | 21 Sep, 2010

Truck drivers traversing Bruce Highway is concerned of the road’s shape, which they said isn’t getting any better. One man who has been working for the transport industry for 27 years said highway was in a bad shape. “There are too many accidents,” he said. He plies the Brisbane to Rockhampton route and back twice …

WA: Bakery Accused of Allowing Long Hours for Delivery Drivers

Reported by Admin | 16 Sep, 2010

A bakery in Geraldton has been charged for failing to provide adequate rest breaks for its delivery drivers. WorkSafe is prosecuting the company for its alleged breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The safety watchdog alleges the company allowed its drivers to work for more than 17 hours a day during a 24-hour …

VIC: Man Dies After Being Crushed by Water Tank

Reported by Admin | 01 Sep, 2010

An employee of a vehicle rental company has been crushed to death by a water tank on Footscray Road yesterday. The man, who is believed to be in his 50s, was helping to load the 22,000 litre plastic water tank onto a truck trailer in West Melbourne. He sustained fatal chest and head injuries after …