Innovative safety product receives CHSG recognition

Reported by Haydee | 23 Mar, 2012

The people behind SkySiren. Photo: CHSG The SkySiren, an innovative safety solution to reduce risks of work injury, was among the winners at the Construction Health and Safety Group (CHSG) awards. The product won the Beaumont Safety trophy, an award which recognises the best new working solutions for the prevention of construction industry accidents. The …

2011 SHP-IOSH Awards – London: Winners Show Innovation & Commitment

Reported by Angela | 10 Jan, 2012

The end of 2011 saw the announcement of the SHP-OSH Awards (London) for achievement, innovation and commitment to safety in the workplace. Here are the winners:  Best Achievement in Construction – Olympic Delivery Authority The Olympic Delivery Authority’s program included the Olympic Park, the Athlete’s Village, and remote sites for the 2012 London Olympics. Health …

QLD: Safety Alert After Painter Dies in Fall

Reported by Julia | 13 Sep, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has issued a safety alert concerning working at heights. The safety watch-dog is investigating a fatal incident that occurred last Wednesday at a house in Mount Louisa, Townsville. A painting contractor died when he fell approximately 2.8m from the roof of the house onto the driveway. The alert is a …

SA: Car Parts Manufacturer Fined After Worker falls from Ladder

Reported by Julia | 31 Aug, 2011

The Industrial Court last week fined an automotive component maker more than $30,000 for failing to provide and maintain a safe system of work after an employee was injured in a fall in 2008. The incident occurred at the company’s Clovelly Park premises, where it manufactures shock absorbers and associated products. The company had earlier …

WA: Painting Company Fined After Worker Fell From Scaffolding

Reported by Julia | 24 Jun, 2011

A painting company has been fined $15,000 after an employee was seriously injured when he fell from scaffolding. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. The employee sustained serious and permanent injuries, including …

WA: Watchdog Inspection Reveals No Fall Protection at Building Site

Reported by Julia | 21 Jun, 2011

Following a safety check by WorkSafe, a building company and a roofing company have been fined a total of $10,000 for unsafe work practices. They were each fined $5000 in the Rockingham Magistrates Court for failing to provide fall prevention measures for workers on a building site. Both companies pleaded guilty to failing to provide edge …

NSW: Roofing Company Fined after Sub-Contractor’s Fatal Fall

Reported by Julia | 13 Jun, 2011

A roofing company, its director and the director of a construction company have been fined a total of $130,500 following the death of of a sub-contractor. The 55-year-old man died after a 4.5m fall from a roof in the Blue Mountains in January  2008. A roofing company was contracted by the head builder to work …

WA: Man Falls from Scaffolding into Ocean

Reported by Julia | 05 Jun, 2011

A man who fell from scaffolding into the ocean during a workplace accident yesterday is missing and presumed dead. The incident occurred at Dampier wharf in northern WA. Police said the man fell into the sea when scaffolding collapsed on the cargo wharf. “Nearby workers did not see him fall but heard the sound of falling …

SA: Safety Alert for ‘Planking’

Reported by Julia | 28 May, 2011

Further to our ‘planking’ story earlier this week, SafeWork SA has issued an alert to employers and employees reminding them of their legal obligations relating to workplace safety concerning ‘planking’. Recently, a major South Australian employer dismissed employees seen ‘planking’ atop areas of high risk plant, while working at height. Provided due process is followed, …

SA: Construction Company Fined for Inadequate Fall Protection

Reported by Julia | 25 May, 2011

Following a prosecution by SafeWork SA, a construction company has been fined $30,000 over safety lapses that resulted in a worker falling from the Rapid Bay Jetty, Adelaide. The man suffered injuries which include a fractured vertebra, two broken ribs, a broken wrist and severe bruising. The company pleaded guilty to a breach of section …

WA: Engineer Dies After Ladder Fall

Reported by Julia | 24 May, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a 50-year-old mechanical engineer who fell at a printing business in Canning Vale, Western Australia in early May. The man was believed to have been adjusting machinery while standing on a ladder when he fell around two metres, sustaining serious head injuries. He remained in a coma on life …

WA: Engineer Dies Falling from Ladder

Reported by Julia | 17 May, 2011

WorkSafe WA is investigating the death of a 50-year-old man, who suffered head injuries when he fell from a ladder last week. The mechanical engineering manager had been adjusting machinery while standing on a ladder at a printing business in Perth, when he fell two metres and sustained severe head injuries. He remained in a …

VIC: Worker Trapped as Scaffolding Collapses

Reported by Julia | 19 Apr, 2011

A man was trapped under a one tonne steel cage at a building site in Frankston this morning after scaffolding he was working on collapsed. Emergency crews were called to the Peninsula Link building site about 8.10am. The 26-year-old was working on the scaffolding about three metres above the ground at a bridge being built over …

VIC: Man Falls Three Metres From Building Site

Reported by Julia | 19 Apr, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a man fell three metres at a building site in country Victoria yesterday. The 44-year-old man has been flown to Melbourne’s Alfred hospital with serious head injuries and remains in a critical condition. The fall occurred at a Buninyong building site, near Ballarat. WorkSafe spokesman Michael Birt said that …

NSW: Man Dies after Roof Collapses

Reported by Julia | 06 Apr, 2011

WorkCover is investigating the death of a man after a roof collapsed at an abattoir in the NSW Hunter Valley this morning, emergency services say. Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman Superintendent Rick Parkes said emergency services were called to the abattoir in Scone about 7.15am, after part of the roof fell in. One person was …

Cth: Workers’ Compensation Statistics Released by Safety Watchdog

Reported by Julia | 28 Mar, 2011

The annual Compendium of Workers’ Compensation Statistics Australia 2008–09 has been released by Safe Work Australia. The report details the latest OHS statistics Australia-wide.  A summary of the key findings include: There were 128 735 serious workers’ compensation claims in 2008–09. Men were almost twice more likely to be injured than female employees. There were …

VIC: ‘Be Careful’ Warning Not Enough, Employer Learns

Reported by Julia | 12 Nov, 2010

“Telling your workers to ‘be careful’ isn’t going to cut it,” WorkSafe Victoria’s Executive Director for Health and Safety Ian Forsyth said after the prosecution of an employer over the death of a worker. The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court has fined the owner of a building company $30,000 after a man fell to his death in …

VIC: Worker Receives Electric Shock While Dismantling Sign

Reported by Julia | 11 Nov, 2010

A worker has received an electric shock in Northern Melbourne when he came into contact with an overhead powerline on Tuesday. 22,000 volts coursed through his body before a colleague was able to save him by kicking him free. The two were working at height while taking down an advertising across the entrance road of …

VIC: Man Falls From Silo

Reported by Julia | 05 Nov, 2010

A man has been airlifted to hospital following a farming accident near Shepparton on Tuesday. Reports say a man fell from height at a farming property at Arcadia about 3:30pm (AEDT). A 63-year-old man reportedly fell six metres while cleaning the top of a silo. He was suspected to have sustained spinal injuries and was …

WA: Innovative OHS Solutions Recognised in Work Safety Awards

Reported by Julia | 04 Nov, 2010

The winners of this year’s Work Safety Awards Western Australia have been announced on Friday. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Nina Lyhne said the winners were great examples of excellent workplace innovations and occupational safety and health systems in the state. “These awards provide the opportunity for innovative Western Australians to gain national recognition for their achievements,” …

WA: Shopping Centre Fined as Contractor Falls from Ladder

Reported by Julia | 03 Nov, 2010

The Perth Magistrates Court has fined the operator of a Mandurrah shopping centre following the fall of a maintenance worker from a ladder. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for a contractor. It was fined $25,000 on Thursday. The contractor who provided maintenance and gardening services was …