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Return to Work Awards 2014 finalists announced

Reported by Haydee | 05 Sep, 2014

Finalists for the 2014 Return to Work Awards, which recognise those who have played a significant role in the return to work process, have recently been announced.

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Alive and Well campaign launched

Reported by Haydee | 16 Jul, 2014

A new campaign has been launched by the NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Dominic Perrottet at the NSW Farmers Conference on Tuesday.

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Furniture company fined over worker fall

Reported by Haydee | 09 Jul, 2014

A furniture retailer has been fined $30,000 after two of its employees were injured when an elevating work platform toppled over at one of its stores.

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Work safety partnership in forestry industry renewed

Reported by Haydee | 01 Jul, 2014

WorkCover NSW has renewed its partnership with Forestry Corporation of NSW to develop effective approaches to work health and safety and injury management in the forestry industry. Acting General Manager of WorkCover NSW’s Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy said the partnership which was first signed in 2011 has achieved significant progress in recent …

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Worker crushed under hydraulic machine

Reported by Haydee | 17 Jun, 2014

Townsville – A man was seriously injured after he was crushed under a hydraulic machine at a refinery in north Queensland.

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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 …