VIC: Companies, Director Prosecuted After Overhead Powerline Accident

Reported by Julia | 26 Oct, 2010

Two companies and a director have been fined after a worker touched an overhead powerline on a construction site. The Melbourne Magistrate‚Äôs Court has convicted the construction company responsible for the site and its director on Thursday. They were fined $30,000 and $20,000 respectively. The roofing company that employed the 21-year-old victim was also convicted …

QLD: Building Firm Fined Over Asbestos Contamination

Reported by Julia | 21 Oct, 2010

The Mackay Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a builder after failing to comply with asbestos removal guidelines while removing roofing. The construction company pleaded guilty to a breach of section 24(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, having failed to ensure workplace safety. The court was told a building site in Mackay was …

QLD: Employers Admit Fault Over Insulation Worker’s Death

Reported by Julia | 15 Sep, 2010

The employers of an insulation installer who died in central Queensland last year have pleaded guilty to violating safety laws. A 16-year-old worker was electrocuted while working in the roof of a Rockhampton home in November 2009. The teenager’s death is one of four linked to the insulation program of the Federal Government, which was …