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Fall in NSW boating industry injuries

Reported by Haydee | 05 Aug, 2014

Boating industry injuries in the NSW have decreased almost a quarter since a safety partnership has been signed between WorkCover NSW and the Boating Industry Association of NSW (BIA).

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Company fined for worker’s crush injuries

Reported by Haydee | 31 Jul, 2014

A painting firm was fined $80,000 plus legal fees on Wednesday due to severe injuries that a 22-year old worker suffered while at work.

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Project focuses on safety improvements for wood industry

Reported by Haydee | 04 Jul, 2014

WorkCover NSW has invested more than $170,000 on safety improvements in wood industry across the state. This is part of a project to improve safety and reduce injuries in identified high-risk industries.

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 …

Research on crush injury prompts call for safety

Reported by Haydee | 14 Jan, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A research showing that almost four dozen people had received crush injuries while working with moving large machinery or heavy vehicles prompted WorkCover NSW‘s call for safety. According to research, 46 people working near or in large machinery or heavy vehicles received crush injuries in the 12 months from August 2012 to …

Strategy supporting businesses in complying with safety obligations released

Reported by Haydee | 01 Oct, 2013

A strategy designed to make complying with work health and safety obligations easier for small businesses was released on Monday. Minister for Finance and Services Andrew Constance and Minister for Small Business Katrina Hodgkinson have announced the Strategy. “The strategy, WorkCover: Making it Easier, is a direct result of a collaboration between industry, business and …

WorkCover reminds farmers to ensure quad bike safety

Reported by Haydee | 05 Aug, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW is appealing to all farmers and farm workers to prioritise quad bike safety following 2 recent deaths on NSW farms. A five-year-old passenger was killed when a quad bike being driven by a farm hand rolled down an embankment into a dry dam in Parkville. Another fatality occurred when a …

Company fined for worker’s injuries while cleaning equipment

Reported by Haydee | 23 Jul, 2013

A concrete products manufacturer was fined $70,000 plus legal fees after a worker suffered injuries to his head and shoulders in an accident while cleaning a machine. In June 2010, the worker was cleaning a concrete mixer when a gate was activated which caused significant crush injuries. He was brought to the hospital and has …

Safety inspections to focus on clothing and footwear retailing sector

Reported by Haydee | 17 Jul, 2013

WorkSafe WA will organise an inspection program to check on the safety standards of clothing and footwear retailing outlets throughout the 2013-14 financial year. According to WorkSafe Director Joe Attard, this sector was being targeted due to an increase in the number of injuries being recorded. “We were concerned to find that lost time injuries …

Call for quad bike safety in Australian farms

Reported by Haydee | 15 Jul, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Farmsafe Australia is calling on quad bike manufacturers to take some action as number of deaths from quad bike accidents increases. Farmsafe Australia chair, Charles Armstrong told ABC News that safety is important and should be a major part of business. He said it will “reduce risks to those that work and …

Working safely with and around field bins

Reported by Haydee | 12 Jul, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library An incident where a farm worker was seriously injured at a Goonumbla farm near Parkes prompted WorkCover NSW to issue a safety reminder to farms and rural workplaces on the dangers of working with and around field bins. The 61-year-old farm worker suffered multiple fractures and was in an induced coma after …

WorkCover Queensland releases more industry sites

Reported by Haydee | 14 Mar, 2013

Staying up to date with what’s happening to your industry while learning injury prevention and management strategies is important. Taking that on board, WorkCover Queensland created the industry sites to provide employers with relevant information on compensation and injury management, as well as industry specific news, events and resources. Industry sites now available are Agriculture; …

Workers compo claims on the rise in Cardinia

Reported by Haydee | 28 Jan, 2013

While the rest of Victoria has recorded a decrease in WorkSafe claims in the past three years, claims in Cardinia have increased steadily. According to a Fairfax Media report, claims in the town have increased from 174 in 2010 to 198 in 2011 and to 220 in 2012, an increase which is more than 26 …

Two animal handling accidents in a week

Reported by Haydee | 23 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A harness racing steward in Albury is in an induced coma after being hit by a horse while a Wodonga saleyards worker was trampled by a cow in separate accidents last week. According to Fairfax Media, the racing steward was assisting a driver on the Albury showground track adjust a harness before …

Work Injuries for WA Public Service Costly

Reported by Zoe | 09 Jan, 2013

Days off through workplace injury have increased in the Western Australian public sector by 43% this rise has been attributed to an older workforce that is more likely to suffer from trips and slips. In 2011-2012 government workers in the WA public sector were absent for a total of 153,00 days in order to recover …

WA company fined over amputation of worker’s finger

Reported by Haydee | 06 Nov, 2012

A Palmyra-based company has been fined $10,000 over an incident at work which resulted in the amputation of a worker’s finger. The food processing company pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment, and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court last Wednesday. In February 2010, the worker was operating a …

WorkSafe ACT calls on Canberra workers to ensure workplace safety

Reported by Haydee | 18 Oct, 2012

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe reminded all Canberra workers to be vigilant about workplace safety after a 20-year old apprentice electrician suffered serious injuries from a work-related incident. The victim was working at the old bus depot in Phillip when he received an electric shock and fell approximately five metres to the ground on …

Worker suffered burns during cane burning operation

Reported by Haydee | 23 Aug, 2012

Photo: ABC North Coast NSW A farmer suffered burns during a cane burning operation at Nicholson’s Lane, Harwood around 10:30 in the morning. According to a report from Herald Sun, the farmer suffered burns to his hands, leg and face and was airlifted by rescue helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital. He was later on transferred …

WorkSafe focuses on farm safety with new campaign

Reported by Haydee | 16 Jul, 2012

Marking Farm Safety Week runs today to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries in farms. The campaign comes after eight out of 25 work-related deaths in Victoria last year were on farms. Ross Pilkington of WorkSafe Victoria said that since three of these deaths involved animal handling, inspectors would be focusing on dairy, beef …