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Is your job one of the deadliest in Australia?

Reported by Haydee | 17 Jul, 2014

Each year hundreds of Australian workers die from work-related injuries. Safe Work Australia recorded more than two thousand work-related deaths over the past eleven years. The agriculture, forestry and fishing industry recorded the highest number of fatalities in 2013 (49), followed by the transport, postal and warehousing (46) and construction (19) industries.

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Company fined over unsafe work environment

Reported by Haydee | 04 Mar, 2014

A scrap metal yard has been fined $80,000 and $3000 in costs over a worker’s death in November 2011 due to unsafe work environment.

Company improves safety standards after worker’s death

Reported by Haydee | 10 Feb, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library An almond processor announced the completion of its investigation into the death of a farm worker in north-west Victoria in 2013. The 55-year –old worker was operating a tractor at an almond orchard at Robinvale south of Mildura, when he died in August last year. The police and WorkSafe investigated the incident …

Worker killed in explosion

Reported by Haydee | 04 Feb, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A 38-year old worker died following an explosion near Goulbourn on Monday. Police and emergency services were called to South Marulan Road, Marulan after reports of an explosion. Officers from Goulburn Local Area Command saw a pantec truck and grassed area on fire. The fire was extinguished and the victim was brought …

WorkCover: Ensure safety in working around electricity and powerlines

Reported by Haydee | 21 Jan, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW reminded workers to observe safety when working with electricity and powerlines after a recent analysis revealed that there had been two electrocutions and 14 electric shocks in a recent 12-month period. The WorkCover analysis covers data from August 2012 to August 2013. “In one instance, a worker was installing air-conditioning …

Work-related death toll for September 2013 released

Reported by Haydee | 17 Jan, 2014

Safe Work Australia has recently released the Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Report for September 2013, and 14 more work-related fatalities have been added to the official toll. The report shows that 8 male workers and 5 bystanders died in September 2013. These figures bring the death toll to 152 from January to September 2013. Of these …

Worker fatally injured in Christmas Creek mine

Reported by Haydee | 30 Dec, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A worker has died at the Christmas Creek Mine in Pilbara, the second death at the iron ore mine in less than five months. According to The Australian, the 23-year-old contractor was carrying out maintenance work on large mining machinery when the accident happened overnight. The worker’s death happened just months after …

Union calls for national investigation of site construction safety

Reported by Haydee | 21 Nov, 2013

A union calls for a national investigation into the safety of work sites of a large construction company after a tradesman in Brisbane died when he was struck by a falling beam on Brisbane’s Airport Link project two years ago. The Australian was able to take hold of a copy of a memo showing that …

Man admits to killing road worker due to negligent driving

Reported by Haydee | 26 Sep, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A man pleaded guilty to hitting a traffic worker due to irresponsible driving and will be sentenced this week in Launceston’s Magistrates Court. He admitted to accidentally hitting and killing a road worker in February and apologised to the victim’s family. According to ABC News, the driver was adjusting his car radio …

Engineering company fined for worker fatality

Reported by Haydee | 04 Jul, 2013

An engineering company, its general manager and a director were fined a total of $116,000 and ordered to pay WorkCover’s legal costs after a fitter and machinist was killed at their workshop in Narellan, west of Campbelltown in September 2008. The 26-year-old worker was doing maintenance work on a shuttle car used in mining to …

Construction company and director fined for desal plant fatality

Reported by Haydee | 28 Jun, 2013

A construction company and its director have been fined $200,000 each for safety breaches which caused the death of a worker at the Adelaide Desalination Plant in 2010. The 35-year-old worker was fatally injured when a sling broke and a monorail steel beam fell on him. The company was charged with failure to provide a …

WorkSafe investigates first farm fatality for 2013

Reported by Haydee | 06 Jun, 2013

WorkSafe is investigating the first workplace farm fatality for the year in Victoria after a worker was killed in Elphinstone on Sunday. According to a news release, the 34-year-old worker was fatally crushed when the tractor he was using to tow a bogged vehicle tipped backwards. WorkSafe Regional Director, Adam Rogers said the incident should …

ATSB: Miscommunication resulted to paramedic’s death

Reported by Haydee | 16 May, 2013

A report into the death of a paramedic in 2011 when he fell to the base of a cliff after trying to rescue an injured canyoner from a rock ledge revealed issues with several safety measures in the NSW Ambulance Service. The report released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau found that the paramedic and …

WorkSafe WA investigating worker fatality in Bunbury

Reported by Haydee | 01 May, 2013

WorkSafe WA is investigating the work-related fatality which happened at a site in Bunbury today. A worker died while working on the road at the site when he was struck by a grader. WorkSafe inspectors immediately went into the site on the corner of Robertson Drive and Somerville drive. They will be investigating the incident. …

Safety Alert on working with or around mobile plant

Reported by Haydee | 19 Apr, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW has released a new safety alert on working with or around mobile plant to remind officers and workers of persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) of the risks associated with mobile plant in the workplace. WorkCover said mobile plant, such as forklifts, elevating work platforms, delivery vehicles, order pickers, …

Safe Work Australia: 34 Australian workers killed at work so far

Reported by Haydee | 29 Mar, 2013

As at 25 March 2013, 34 Australian workers have died at work. This is according to Safe Work Australia which records work fatality and injury, updates statistics and prepares several reports. The data is an initial estimate for the number of people killed and is based on initial media reports. Worker deaths by industry of …