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Changes to QLD workplace health and safety laws endorsed

Reported by Haydee | 08 Apr, 2014

Master Electricians Australia on Thursday endorsed reforms to workplace health and safety laws in Queensland to ensure genuine safety concerns were prioritised “without being abused for industrial purposes.”

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Sawmill owners fined $1M for Burns Lake blast

Reported by Haydee | 07 Apr, 2014

Canada – The owners of a Burns Lake sawmill has been fined more than $1 million for its role in a 2012 fire and explosion that killed two workers.

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Proposed changes to compo scheme introduced

Reported by Haydee | 28 Mar, 2014

The Government introduced this month changes to the Comcare scheme which seeks to expand access for national employers to compensation and work health and safety coverage.

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Safety alliance renewed

Reported by Haydee | 05 Mar, 2014

WorkCover NSW and the University of Wollongong (UOW) have renewed their safety alliance to prevent workplace injuries for staff, students, visitors and contractors. The partnership will involve implementing effective injury management systems. The alliance, which was signed in 2011, aims to address work health and safety challenges that a university presents. WorkCover’s Work Health and …

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Focus On Industry – House Construction Project launched

Reported by Haydee | 18 Feb, 2014

WorkCover NSW has recently launched a project aimed at improving safety in the State’s house construction industry after more than 150 workers were seriously injured or killed at work in the last two years.

Safety inspectors to visit Hamilton

Reported by Haydee | 18 Feb, 2014

Safety inspectors from the Victorian WorkCover Authority will be visiting up to 200 workplaces in Hamilton this week to educate people on work health and safety and help them with their safety obligations.

Pay drops for safety managers as pressure to do more increases

Reported by Haydee | 13 Feb, 2014

A recent safesearch survey on safety managers revealed that some of them have experienced significant drops in remuneration. The survey was conducted to more than 1000 WHS and health safety and environment individuals at 130 predominantly ASX 200 companies. Salaries of WHS Managers in Western Australia dropped by 20.8 percent from $227,073 last year, to …

Fraudulent safety inspectors threatened to fine workers and businesses

Reported by Haydee | 13 Feb, 2014

SafeWork SA has recently received reports of people impersonating as safety inspectors and threatening to fine workers or companies. Employers believed these people to be legitimate inspectors. Because of this, SafeWork SA reminded workplaces to always require proof of identity and check the credentials of persons asking for access to a workplace. SafeWork SA assured …

Registration ongoing: 2014 Comcare National Conference

Reported by Haydee | 03 Feb, 2014

Registration is ongoing for the 2014 Comcare National Conference on 9-11 September. The annual event will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and attracts over 600 delegates from releated industries across the country. “In 2014 we will explore how workplaces are centre stage when it comes to influencing, educating and supporting health …

Safety heroes receive Australia Day Honours

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jan, 2014

A police officer, a resource industry reformer and a physiotherapist were among those who were given Australia Day Honours for their dedication to work health and safety. Sergeant Karen Mercia Owen was given the Australian Police Medal for her effort in managing WHS risks of pairing riders with horses. She is a sergeant at the …

Company fined for safety failings

Reported by Haydee | 23 Jan, 2014

A manufacturing company and its director were prosecuted under the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 for failing to provide and maintain plant in a safe condition; and also failing to ensure that their plant was operated safely. The South Australian Industrial Court on Wednesday fined the company $41,250 plus legal fees for an …

Strategy to protect young workers launched

Reported by Haydee | 26 Nov, 2013

A strategy launched on Friday includes recommendations from young workers  on reducing injuries and deaths in the workplace. South Australia’s Work Health and Safety Youth Strategy, focuses on young workers (15 to 24), who are most vulnerable to injuries due to inexperience. “A teenage or young worker is often unaware of how important it is …

Winners recognised in Safe Work Awards SA

Reported by Haydee | 02 Nov, 2013

South Australian businesses, individuals and organisations were recognised during the 14th Safe Work Awards on Friday. Speaking at the awards, Tom Phillips AM, Presiding Member of the SafeWork SA Advisory Council, said continuous improvement remained a priority. “Recognising and rewarding innovative ideas, practices, leadership and commitment to work health and safety is central to ensuring …

SmartMove to help young workers in ensuring safety

Reported by Haydee | 01 Nov, 2013

Commerce Minister Michael Mischin has today launched a new and updated version of workplace safety and health resource WorkSafe SmartMove. SmartMove provides free work safety resources to senior high school students and young workers who are about to enter the workforce on work placements, work experience or as school-based apprentices or trainees. WorkSafe WA Commissioner …

WorkSafe Awards winners recognised

Reported by Haydee | 28 Oct, 2013

Winners of the 25th annual Victoria WorkSafe Awards have been announced in a ceremony on Thursday. Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips congratulated the winners for their achievements in work health and safety, return to work and wellbeing. “Whether it is coming up with solutions to safety hazards, implementing a wellbeing program or helping an injured worker …

Winners of 2013 National Safety Awards of Excellence announced

Reported by Haydee | 25 Oct, 2013

Winners off the 2013 NSCA/GIO Workers Compensation National Safety Awards of Excellence have been announced at a gala event on 17 October in Sydney. Now on its 21st year of honouring the Work Health and Safety Industry’s Best Practice, Best People and Best Performance, the National Safety Awards of Excellence honours organisations and individuals that …