Prevention of Falls in Construction: Selection and Safe use of Portable Ladders

Reported by Zoe | 18 Jun, 2013

WorkSafe Victoria has released a guidance note on the selection and safe use of portable ladders to prevent falls in the construction industry. Within the construction industry falls have been responsible for a considerable number of both serious and fatal injuries and this includes workers operating at comparatively low heights. Risk can be eradicated or …

WA: Man fined for unsafe work practices

Reported by Haydee | 15 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A roofing contractor was fined $2500.00 for conducting work on a roof without sufficient fall prevention system. The contractor pleaded guilty to failing to provide adequate fall prevention where there was a risk that a person could fall two metres or more, and was fined in the Mandurah Magistrates Court last week. …

WorkCover urges businesses, workers to stay safe while working at heights

Reported by Haydee | 15 Aug, 2012

WorkCover reminds businesses and workers to take extreme care while working at heights following a number of serious incidents in the past few months. WorkCover NSW General Manager John Watson said a worker died and several others seriously injured in separate incidents across NSW. “Woking from heights is hazardous work and, as these incidents show, …

Fall Through Roof Leaves Worker in Critical Condition

Reported by Zoe | 07 Aug, 2012

A 20-year-old construction worker was seriously hurt when he fell through a roof that he was working on and landed on a concrete slab. He was taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital where he remains in a critical condition with head injuries. Workplace Standards will now conduct an investigation into how the accident happened at …

WorkCover releases safety warning following serious fall incidents

Reported by Haydee | 10 Apr, 2012

A safety warning on working from heights has been issued by WorkCover NSW following four serious incidents in recent months. John Watson, General Manager of WorkCover NSW Work Health and Safety Division said that three workers had died and one worker was seriously injured in separate incidents across the state. “Working from heights can be …

QLD: Update on National Harmonisation of OHS Laws

Reported by Julia | 22 Oct, 2010

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has affirmed its commitment for the harmonisation Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws, stating that it will continue working with other jurisdictions over the coming year. Workplace Relations Ministers from around Australia had come to a consensus in 2008 to nationally harmonise OHS laws. Currently, Safe Work Australia is …

NSW: WorkCover Lauds Heinz for Safety Record

Reported by Julia | 18 Oct, 2010

WorkCover has congratulated Heinz Wagga Wagga after reaching a year without a single workplace injury recorded. John Watson, WorkCover’s General Manager of Occupational Health and Safety said the safety record of the plant puts it in the top 5 per cent of all Heinz facilities across the world. “Heinz Wagga Wagga employs more than 100 people …