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Townsville: Plumber sues council for back injury

Reported by Haydee | 21 Apr, 2014

A plumber who claims to have suffered back injury after repeatedly jumping in and out of his truck to fix Townsville’s sewerage is suing the city council for $535,120.80.

Company fined for worker’s serious burns

Reported by Haydee | 19 Dec, 2013

A food company has been fined $11,000 and $1316 in costs over a young worker’s serious work injury in 2010. The company pleaded guilty in November for failing to provide a safe work environment, and was fined in the Bunbury Magistrates Court last week. The fine was reduced due to the employer’s guilty plea and …

Worker not injured after falling over toxic spill

Reported by Haydee | 19 Dec, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A mine worker who slipped over a toxic spill at a mine site near Kakadu last week was not injured. This is according to the operator of the Northern Territory uranium mine.  They also denied allegations that the man fell into the slurry of acid and uranium up to his armpits. According …

Safe Work Australia report shows no change in work fatality rate

Reported by Haydee | 05 Dec, 2013

A new data released by Safe Work Australia shows there has been no change in the last two years in the number of worker fatalities. According to the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities, Australia 2012, there were 223 workers who died due to work injuries in 2012. Key findings of the report include: Two thirds of …

Chemical incident at Cloverlea leaves three workers critical

Reported by Haydee | 27 Nov, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library At least three workers are in serious condition while others are injured following an accident at a dairy farm in Victoria. According to initial news reports, the workers were trapped while working inside a water tank in a Cloverlea farm, near Warragul. They have suffered a reaction to the chemical contents of …

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 …

Retail worker’s injuries were preventable

Reported by Haydee | 08 Nov, 2013

A footwear retailer has been convicted and fined $33,000 plus legal fees after a worker was injured at work. SafeWork SA prosecuted the company for failing to provide and maintain plant in a safe condition and failing to provide a safe system of work. A retail assistant was injured in May 2011 while attempting to …

Injury heat maps released

Reported by Haydee | 05 Nov, 2013

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has recently published a series of heat maps showing relative harm by occupation for each of five Queensland regions. The harm index is a ratio of total statutory costs (an indicator of severity) to exposure (number of workers covered) to give an assessment of risk. The index combines workers’ compensation …

Alliance recognised for work health and safety efforts

Reported by Haydee | 01 Nov, 2013

WorkCover NSW congratulated Bridge Solutions Alliance for winning at the 2013 WorkCover NSW SafeWork Awards. The Alliance was made to conduct significant maintenance work on Sydney’s ANZAC Bridge. Its members include Roads and Maritime Services, Baulderstone, Freyssinet and SAGE Automation. WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division General Manager, John Watson said the Alliance which won …

Court Awards $900,000 for Injury and Assault

Reported by Zoe | 12 Sep, 2013

The Supreme Court in Canberra has awarded over $900,000 to a worker who suffered a work injury and was assaulted when he returned to work by his supervisor. The 41-year-old worker was working at a construction site in 2005 when he suffered a disc injury. A colleague tripped while they were carrying a sheet of …

Company fined for failing to report notifiable incident

Reported by Haydee | 19 Aug, 2013

A welding company was fined in the Darwin Court of Summary Jurisdiction for breaches under the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act and the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act. The company was fined $58,225 for failing to have compulsory insurance and $16,000 for failing to report a notifiable incident after one of its …

Woman guilty of worker’s compensation fraud

Reported by Haydee | 03 Jul, 2013

A woman from Blacktown was found guilty of workers’ compensation fraud, and was sentenced to a 12-month Intensive Corrections Order after an investigation conducted by WorkCover found she was working four different jobs while claiming she was totally incapacitated and was unable to work. The woman was ordered to pay $71,221 to the workers compensation …

Educational forum on injury management and prevention

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jun, 2013

WorkCover Queensland together with the Australian Industry Group has recently conducted an educational forum to address injury management and prevention with small employers. WorkCover Customer Services Manager Melissa Steadman said the forum gave employers an opportunity to discuss challenges that smaller businesses face and how WorkCover and employers can work together to put strategies in …

The Compendium of Workers’ Compensation Statistics 2010-11 released

Reported by Haydee | 27 Mar, 2013

Safe Work Australia released today the Compendium of Workers’ Compensation Statistics Australia 2010-11 report. The Compendium gives a detailed analysis of compensated work-related injury and illness among employees in the country. This is the twentieth report released as part of the Compendium series. According to Safe Work Australia, preliminary data in the Compendium revealed that …

Comparative studies on U.S. and Australia construction work safety

Reported by Haydee | 21 Feb, 2013

Brian Kleiner, right,Director of the Myer’s-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech, visits a construction site; Photo: Virginia Tech Researchers from the Centre for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health at the Virginia Tech in the United States have partnered with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in an effort to reduce construction …

Workers injured from wall collapse

Reported by Haydee | 31 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Two workers were brought to the hospital after they were injured in a wall collapse at a Hawthorn building site in Victoria. According to The Age, the two men, both in their twenties were working at the building site just before 11am today when the accident happened. They were smoothing off concrete …

WorkSafe WA reminds workplaces to make safety a priority

Reported by Haydee | 10 Jan, 2013

WorkSafe WA reminded all workplaces to make safety a high priority when returning to work after the festive season. WokrSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said there had been nine work-related fatalities in WA so far this financial year, and employers and workers should avoid complacency. “People returning to work after the festive break need to be especially …

Safe Work Australia: 190 Australians died at work so far this year

Reported by Haydee | 28 Dec, 2012

As at 21 December 2012, 190 Australian workers have been killed at work. This is according to the latest data gathered by Safe Work Australia. During the same period last year, 161 deaths had occurred. Safe Work Australia records cases of work fatality and injury, updates statistics and prepares several reports. The data is an …

One worker injured every 18 minutes in Victoria, data shows

Reported by Haydee | 11 Dec, 2012

One worker is injured every 18 minutes at workplaces in Victoria. This is according to a new data released by WorkSafe, which highlights the launch of a new public awareness aimed at making safety a priority in the minds of businesses and workers in the lead-up to Christmas. The new campaign focuses on the impact …

Survey: ACT construction industry most dangerous in Australia

Reported by Haydee | 26 Nov, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library An inquiry into the construction industry revealed that at least one injury happens on Canberra construction sites on a daily basis. Four workplace fatalities have been recorded in Canberra over the past twelve months. Because of this the ACT Government will commission an inquiry into the construction sector’s work practices. According to …

WorkCover: Manual handling injuries are preventable

Reported by Haydee | 22 Oct, 2012

WorkCover reminds businesses in regional areas to follow manual handling safety procedures to avoid workplace injuries. According to data from WorkCover, there were more than 100,000 claims for manual handling injuries between 2006/07 and 2008/09. General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson said manual handling injuries are preventable. “Nearly every job …