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Company fined for worker’s crush injuries

Reported by Haydee | 28 Oct, 2014

A company in South Australia was fined $48,000 plus costs after a worker sustained severe crush injuries and multiple leg fractures from a workplace incident. The company was prosecuted for failing to provide and maintain plant in a safe condition having failed to adequately guard a paver stacking machine. The workers was operating the paver …

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Worker injured in crane collapse

Reported by Haydee | 23 Apr, 2014

A crane driver was taken to a hospital after he was injured in a crane collapse at Port of Melbourne on Monday.

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 …

Cheater bars, are they safe?

Reported by Haydee | 19 Sep, 2013

“Using cheater bars on dogs is dangerous.” This is according to WorkCover NSW which has recently issued a news release warning against the use of cheater bars (extension bars) on over-centre load binders, or ‘dogs’ as they are commonly known. The use of cheater bars on dogs is a widely accepted practice when securing loads, …

Secondary income to WorkCover for jockeys commenced

Reported by Haydee | 08 Apr, 2013

Racing Queensland Limited has recently announced the inclusion of a secondary income to the Workers Compensation WorkCover Policy for jockeys and apprentice jockeys. Together with the Queensland Jockeys Association, RQL has worked with WorkCover Queensland to negotiate the terms of this cover which will provide increased level of cover for Queensland jockeys in the event …

Worker suffered serious eye injury from welding accident

Reported by Haydee | 02 Apr, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A young worker suffered serious flash burns to is eyes while welding at a metal fabrication company in the Upper Hunter area. ABC reported that the 15-year-old worker was injured during his first day at work on March 11. According to the report, it is believed that he was working unsupervised and …

Work Safety Commissioner reacts to MBA review of Getting Home Safely Report

Reported by Haydee | 27 Mar, 2013

Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe Photo: WorkSafe ACT Work Safety ACT Commissioner Mark McCabe released a statement today in response to Master Builders Australia’s review of the Getting Home Safely report. Mr McCabe said that while he recognises MBA’s commitment to addressing safety issues and their cooperation, some aspects of their statement regarding the report …

Potato company fined for worker’s injury

Reported by Haydee | 06 Mar, 2013

A potato company has been fined $44,000 over an incident in July 2010 in which a diesel mechanic had his leg crushed in a harvester. According to an ABC report, the worker was doing repair work for the family-owned company in the Murray Mallee when the incident happened. The Industrial Court heard the worker was …

WorkCover NSW: Ensure safety of young workers

Reported by Haydee | 01 Mar, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW issued a reminder to businesses to ensure the safety of young workers after two teenage apprentice carpenters were injured on Wednesday. An 18-year-old paarentice carpenter was assisting in moving floor sheeting off a pallet with a crane when the sheeting came loose, hitting him and breaking his right leg. Another …

Safe Work Australia: 24 Australians died at work so far this year

Reported by Haydee | 27 Feb, 2013

As at 25 February 2013, 24 Australian workers have been killed at work. This is according to the latest data gathered by Safe Work Australia. Safe Work Australia records cases of work fatality and injury, updates statistics and prepares several reports. The data is an initial estimate for the number of people killed and is …

WorkCover cautions workers from re-using drums

Reported by Haydee | 31 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW reminds all workers to take extra caution when working with empty drums after a man suffered serious burns when a drum he was cutting exploded. Acting General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy, said the 41-year old worker was injured last week when the 44 gallon …

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 …

Workers walk off the job after electric shock incident

Reported by Haydee | 25 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Workers of an apartment site in Canberra have walked off the job after an apprentice electrician suffered from an electric shock in Canberra on Thursday. The apprentice was working alone on a platform ladder and received shock from a live circuit which she thought has been switched off. (Read SafetyCulture Report). According …

Building product manufacturer fined over worker’s injury

Reported by Haydee | 21 Dec, 2012

A building products manufacturer based in Kewdale has been fined $45,000 and required to pay $3500 in costs over an incident in which a supervisor severed two of his fingers through a fly wheel press. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm …

Injured zookeeper now in better condition

Reported by Haydee | 29 Oct, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A zookeeper who was crushed by an elephant calf is now in stable condition. The 40-year old zoo keeper is still in intensive care at the Royal North Shore Hospital after the elephant crushed her against a bollard on October 19. Read SafetyCulture report. The zoo director confirmed that the victim is …

Principal Contractor Fined $60,000 over Worker Injury

Reported by Zoe | 11 Oct, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A 27 year old worker fell from a roof in 2010 while he was installing roof trusses, as a result of the fall the worker was left a paraplegic for the rest of his life. In a court decision in February this year the building company that employed the worker was fined …

Safe Work Australia: 130 Australians killed at work so far this year

Reported by Haydee | 01 Oct, 2012

As of 24 September, 130 Australian workers have died at work. During the same period last year, 120 deaths had occurred. Image: Safe Work Australia Safe Work Australia records cases of work fatality and injury, updates statistics and prepares several reports. The data is only an initial estimate for the number of people killed and …

Crane hire company pleaded guilty over fatal accident

Reported by Haydee | 07 Sep, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A crane hire company was fined $100,000 over an incident which killed one man and injured four others in Telarah, northwest of Newcastle. The workers were unloading steel tracks and sleepers from a crane when the panel holding the materials broke apart and fell on them in March 2009. The Melbourne-based company …

Restaurant fined after two workers suffered burn injuries

Reported by Haydee | 11 Jul, 2012

A Gold Coast-based bar and restaurant has been fined after two kitchen workers suffered from chemical burns to their eyes, face and body. News Limited reported that the two workers suffered from severe burns in February 2011, after they poured commercial grade caustic soda into a drain, without following standard safety procedures. The 20-year-old apprentice …

Company fined after worker was nearly killed from inhaling deadly fumes

Reported by Haydee | 09 Jul, 2012

A concrete manufacturing business was fined $80,000 and was ordered to pay WorkCover’s legal costs after a worker was almost killed when he inhaled toxic fumes. The company, which provides premix concrete and materials to construction sites throughout NSW, owns and operates a concrete manufacturing plant at Tumut, west of Canberra. According to WorkCover, the …