NSW: Company Fined $125,000 After Worker Paralysed

Reported by Julia | 23 Sep, 2011

A machinery hire company has been fined $125,000 after a worker was paralysed when a tractor he was unloading fell on him in 2008. The 43-year-old machine operator was using a truck ramp to unload the tractor in Kiama, on the NSW South Coast, when the ramp collapsed and the vehicle fell on him. A WorkCover …

WA: Woman Travelling Home From Work Injured in Car Crash

Reported by Julia | 17 Aug, 2011

A woman was seriously injured after a car crashed into a bus shelter near a Spearwood school in Perth last week. It is believed the injured woman was a hospital worker waiting for a bus to take her home from work. An additional four people were hospitalised with minor injuries. Witnesses say a car was …

NSW: Skip Hire Company Fined After Driver Crushed

Reported by Julia | 06 Jul, 2011

A skip bin hire company has been fined $83,000 after a truck driver was crushed and almost killed in 2007. The 33-year-old driver was packing up the vehicle’s stabiliser legs — which hold the truck in position — after completing a skip bin change-over on a very steep driveway at a construction site. The hydraulic …

SA: Bus Company Cleared of Blame for Freak Accident

Reported by Julia | 01 Jul, 2011

A bus company that was prosecuted by SafeWork SA for alleged breaches of workplace safety regulations has been cleared by the Industrial Court. The Court has cleared the company of wrongdoing over a runaway bus that pinned its driver in a freak accident. The court heard the driver left his bus at Kilburn in Adelaide’s northern …

QLD: Traffic Controller Killed by Car

Reported by Julia | 10 Jun, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating a fatal road traffic incident that occurred on Tuesday night at a roadworks in Cairns. A 66-year-old road worker was struck by a car when he was laying orange ‘witches hats’ along the centre line of a dual carriageway. The man was part of a team working on …

Cth: Truck Safety Improves

Reported by Julia | 08 May, 2011

The 2011 Australian Trucking Convention is being held from 25-28 May 2011, at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. At the Convention, the Australian Trucking Association will launch its 20th anniversary history, Putting Safety First. The industry is much safer than it was twenty years ago, with safer trucks, safer drivers, safer roads and safer companies, …

QLD: Recycling Firm Fined as Sweeper Gets Run Over

Reported by Julia | 22 Oct, 2010

The Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a recycling company over a vehicle-related accident that claimed the life of an employee. The Mackay company has been fined $120,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of section 24(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, having failed to ensure workplace safety. The court was told …

QLD: Woman Undergoes Surgery After Truck Accident

Reported by Julia | 11 Oct, 2010

A woman required surgery following a truck accident in Port Douglas in far north Queensland on Tuesday. The 54-year-old woman sustained injuries while working at the Port Village shopping centre, said Sergeant Damien Meadows. She was helping the driver of the delivery truck in reversing into a loading bay when the lower part of her …

QLD: Body Formed to Curb Bus Driver Attacks

Reported by Julia | 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 …

VIC: Charges Dropped in Mine Fatality

Reported by Julia | 28 Sep, 2010

WorkSafe Victoria has withdrawn the charges against three companies over the death of a 17-year-old worker at a Ballarat gold mine. The young man was working at the mine when a truck hit him in December 2008. An earthmoving and civil construction company, a fleet services firm, and the mine operator had been charged of …

TAS: Train and Bike Collision Claims Teenager’s Life

Reported by Julia | 27 Sep, 2010

Workplace Standards Tasmania has been notified of the death of a 17-year-old boy after his four wheel bike collided with a train in northwest Tasmania yesterday. The teenager was driving his motorbike on a private access road in Spreyton when he was struck and dragged for some distance by a cement train around 12 pm …

WA: WorkSafe probes two workplace deaths in 24 hours

Reported by Julia | 22 Sep, 2010

WorkSafe WA is looking into two worksite deaths in the state, which took place in a span of 24 hours. In Mandurah, a 58-year-old woman was killed after falling at height. The worker, who was employed by an electrical business, sustained fatal head injuries following the fall from a roof. According to police, there was …

QLD: Miners Mourns Death of Engineer

Reported by Julia | 02 Sep, 2010

A contract miner has died in a vehicle accident in Blackwater on Tuesday. The death of the 55-year-old civil engineer was mourned by his workmates at a Blackwater mine. “Everyone is really sad. No one wants to go back,” a miner said yesterday. The man was with three others inside a four-wheel drive that crashed …

NSW: Unon Questions Oversight in Tarcutta Bypass Death

Reported by Julia | 01 Sep, 2010

A union official is questioning whether the death of a worker on July at the Tarcutta bypass worksite was due to a safety oversight. A 39-year-old worker was killed on July 1 at the southern NSW construction site after being pinned between his fuel tanker and a reversing front-end loader. Rick Reich of the Construction, …

SA: Deaths in Desal Plant Revealed

Reported by Julia | 01 Sep, 2010

Adelaide’s desalination plant is under scrutiny following three deaths linked to the site. On July 16, a 35-year-old man was killed after being struck by a steel beam that fell from a crane. Reports have recently revealed a worker who “drowned in diesel” while another who died in a vehicle accident. On February 15, a …

QLD: Research Centre Probes Link Between Truckie Culture and Crashes

Reported by Julia | 31 Aug, 2010

A Queensland accident research centre will take a closer look at the connection between heavy vehicle crashes and the culture of truck drivers. Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety will undertake a three-year study that will also look into the effect of safety regulations on driver behaviour. PhD student Jason …

WA: Apprentice’s Driving Costs Car Dealership

Reported by Julia | 20 Aug, 2010

The Perth Magistrates Court has fined a vehicle dealership on Tuesday after a car driven by an apprentice hit a car detailer. The Osborne Park company was fined $30,000 and ordered to pay $1750.70 in costs for failing to provide a working environment in which its employees were not exposed to hazards. The incident happened …

NSW: Driver Dies as Vehicle Rolls Over

Reported by Julia | 11 Aug, 2010

A garbage truck driver has been killed when his truck overturned in Sydney’s west. The incident occurred on Mulgoa Road, in Penrith on July 27. According to police, the man became trapped in the cabin of the truck. The driver, who was the sole occupant of the garbage truck, died at the scene. It is …

QLD: Union Concerned over Mine Accidents

Reported by Julia | 14 Jul, 2010

Companies must prioritise worker safety, a trade union says. The call was made by Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) after two serious workplace accidents took place in Queensland’s Central Highlands region in a span of one week. A part of the Broadmeadow Mine near Moranbah, south-west of Mackay, was shut down for around …

Changes in Transport Sector Urged

Reported by Julia | 25 May, 2010

A truck driver’s union has been critical of the slow response by the Federal Government on a report released 18 months ago. The union, who is pushing for reforms in the transport industry, said 430 people have been killed in truck-related accidents since the release of the report. A recent casualty involved a truck driver …

VIC: Firm Convicted for Reckless Endangerment

Reported by Julia | 30 Apr, 2010

Melbourne has convicted a drilling company on Wednesday over the death of a worker in a vehicule accident, making it the State’s first reckless endangerment conviction. The court fined the company $750,000 under section 32 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. In December 2006, a 21 year-old worker was driving a Mack truck …