Second WA Mines Death for 2013

Reported by Zoe | 06 Dec, 2013

The WA Department of Mines and Petroleum is investigating the death on Wednesday of a contract worker at a gold mine in the Pilbara. A spokesperson for the company said that the worker had died after a serious accident at the discharge line on the tailings dam. This is the second death at a mine …

Man Injured in WA Tractor Crash

Reported by Zoe | 20 Nov, 2013

A man was injured in a tractor rollover east of Dondara in Western Australia yesterday afternoon.  An emergency helicopter attended the scene and transported him to the Royal Perth Hospital for medical treatment. The extent of his injuries and the details of the accident have not been released.

Nine Workers Trapped in WA Mine Following Earthquake

Reported by Zoe | 31 Oct, 2013

Nine workers have been trapped today in an underground nickel mine following an earthquake in central Western Australia. Bill Marmion, WA mines Minister, said that the nine fitters are trapped in a refuge chamber at a mine in Leinster but the expectation is that they will be freed sometime today. The men are all free …

Worker Fatality at Mine Site in Western Australia

Reported by Zoe | 15 Aug, 2013

A worker died last night at about 8pm at a Pilbara mine site in Western Australia, operations at the site have been suspended. The worker reportedly in his mid-20’s received crush injuries whilst he was working in an ore processing plant. Resources Safety Executive Director Simon Ridge said that “a team of DMP mines safety …

Public Sector Workplace Injuries Increasing in WA

Reported by Zoe | 09 May, 2013

Public sector workplace injuries are on the rise in Western Australia and according to UnionsWA the government needs to improve return to work planning for their employees. A report release by the WA Auditor General revealed that over the last few years there has been a 3% rise in the incidence of injuries that caused …

Police Officer Injured While on the Job

Reported by Zoe | 25 Apr, 2013

A police officer in Western Australia was injured when a car at a random breath testing station hit him. Senior Sergeant Richard Moore, the acting officer in charge at Bunbury, said that it would be alleged that the police were holding a Random Breath Test Action at Norton Promenade in Dalyellup when the incident happened. …

2012 a Fatality Free Year in WA Mines

Reported by Zoe | 17 Feb, 2013

Industry and government bodies in Western Australia have confirmed that there were no fatalities on the state’s mines last year, which is the first time in over a century. Norman Moore the WA Mines and Petroleum Minister said that this result was because of the efforts of the mining industry and government reforms but also …

Ambulance Road Accident Leaves Three Injured

Reported by Zoe | 13 Feb, 2013

Three people were transported to hospital after an ambulance collided with a car in Hilton Western Australia last Thursday morning. According to a spokesperson from the St John Ambulance Service the ambulance that was involved in the accident was carrying a patient with chest pains from South Lake. He said that the car was turning …

Three WA Police Injured in Car Chase

Reported by Zoe | 09 Feb, 2013

Three WA police officers were transported to hospital with minor injuries following an alleged car chase through Kelmscott on Thursday night. Around midnight police was carrying out routine patrols in Armadale when a black Holden Commodore was seen switching off its lights and speeding away. The police pursued the vehicle for a short time until …

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 …

WA Rail Union Claims “Workers not Properly Trained”

Reported by Zoe | 05 Nov, 2012

Western Australia’s Rail, Tram and Bus union (RTBU) is claiming that qualified workers are not used to check the overhead power lines that supply Perth’s train network according to an ABC report. Last month the train services at the Joondalup line were interrupted when power lines cam down onto a moving train, the cause of …

Worker Injured by Lightening When Working on Rail Line in WA

Reported by Zoe | 30 Oct, 2012

A 24-year-old worker from Queensland was directly struck by lightening when working on a rail line southeast of Port Hedland in Western Australia; a second worker was thrown to the ground with the force of the lightening strike. Both workers were taken to the Hedland Health Campus for treatment. The man that was struck received …

Volunteer Firefighter Injured in Truck Accident

Reported by Zoe | 18 Oct, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A volunteer firefighter was injured when the fire truck that she was a passenger in fell into a hole near Newman in WA. The incident happened last night after a crew of firefighters had been called to a fire near the town of Newman at about 7pm. The ground beneath the light …

WA Summit on Injury Prevention

Reported by Zoe | 30 Sep, 2012

The 2012 Injury Prevention Summit will be held on the 26th November this year with the theme “Partnership and Community Engagement.” The Summit is hosted by the Injury Control Council of Western Australia and WA Department of Health and will ask about attendee’s hopes for the future and what the next ten years will hold …

Crane Injures Pedestrian in WA

Reported by Zoe | 22 Sep, 2012

A man was seriously injured when a part of a crane came loose and struck him as the truck on which the crane was being transported passed him. The 57-year-old pedestrian was struck by the boom of a crane that had become dislodged at about 10 am today as he was walking along the Great …

Driver Injured in Road Train Accident

Reported by Zoe | 17 Sep, 2012

In Western Australia early this morning a road train with two trailers of iron ore rolled about 15 kilometres north of Mingenew. The driver, a 58-year-old man, tried to control the vehicle when it veered onto the gravel however it jack knifed and the prime mover and the first trailer turned over. Emergency workers and …

WA: Seven Workers Sacked For Planking at Mines

Reported by Therese | 12 Jun, 2011

About seven workers at two mining sites in the Pilbara region were suspended or dismissed from work over the weekend, after it was proven that they were planking at the worksite. ABC Radio said two of these sacked mine workers were doing the act, while the rest were taking photos or watching. One of them …