Saliva, blood tests may soon be used to detect work fatigue

Reported by Haydee | 13 Sep, 2017

The Monash University-led study found specific markers or biomarkers linked to reduced alertness, including eye movement patterns, blood-based metabolites, chemiresistor signal responses and various speed parameters.


Company fined for electrician’s burn injuries

Reported by Haydee | 21 Jul, 2016

A WA company has been fined $60,000 for exposing a worker to a hazard during an arc flash incident at Atlas Iron’s Wodgina iron ore project in Pilbara.


Builder convicted after plasterer suffered injuries from fall

Reported by Haydee | 23 Jun, 2016

A builder was convicted and fined $25,000 and costs of $4,000 today for breaching the OHS Act 2004 in relation to an incident in 2014 where a plasterer suffered severe spinal injuries and a fractured skull after falling from a work platform.


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).


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.


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; …