Manslaughter Charge over Construction Site Fatality

Reported by Zoe | 13 Aug, 2013

In 2003 a 62-year-old bricklayer was killed at a Bondi construction site because a three metre high freestanding brick wall fell on him. At the time, union organiser Martin Wyer, said that “it was an accident waiting to happen.” Investigations into what the union thought thought was “malpractice” were stalled when the director of the …

Tassie Awards Record Payout for Forklift Accident

Reported by Zoe | 18 Jul, 2013

A court in Tasmania has awarded a man whose injuries from a workplace accident left him a quadriplegic a payout of $5.5 million in damages. At the time of the incident the man was working at his carpet and floor covering business in 2008 when he was hit by a number of packages of laminate …

Lessons Learned From the Fertiliser Plant Tragedy

Reported by Zoe | 26 Apr, 2013

A number of people died and the small town of West in Texas was devastated by the massive explosion that reportedly levelled a fertiliser plant last week. The casualties included emergency responders and volunteer fire crew members however the authorities cannot confirm the number of casualties till they have thoroughly searched the rubble that was …

Rodeo Rider Injured in Workplace Accident

Reported by Zoe | 14 Nov, 2012

Twenty two year old rodeo rider Cody Grealy has been critically injured in a feedlot accident in Condamine on Monday afternoon. Mr Grealy, who has been riding horses since he was a child, was herding a bullock when the front legs of his horse clipped the back legs of the bullock and he was thrown …

Worker Uses Personal Experience in Safety Speeches

Reported by Zoe | 01 Oct, 2012

Rodney Vagg broke his neck in a workplace accident 14 years ago and uses his experience to talk to others about workplace safety in his job as a safety speaker. Mr Vagg fell from the bucket of a front-end loader onto his head and broke the C7 vertebra. He feels he is lucky because even …

Loader Accident Claims Life in SA

Reported by Zoe | 06 Aug, 2012

Just before 9am this morning a 54-year-old truck driver from Pooraka in South Australia lost his life in a workplace accident. A front-end loader struck him and pinned him against a concrete wall at his workplace, garden supply business in Golden Grove in the north eastern suburbs of Adelaide The man, a long-term employee of …

Company fined after worker was paralysed

Reported by Haydee | 08 May, 2012

An engineering company was fined $187,500 and ordered to pay $1000 in costs and levies after a worker was partially paralysed in a workplace accident. According to the Adelaide Now, the Industrial Relations Court fined the engineering company for its failure in implementing guard railings around a machine used in the preparation of asphalt in …

Manufacturer convicted over workplace accident

Reported by Haydee | 20 Feb, 2012

One of Australia’s largest food manufacturers was convicted and fined $50,000 on Thursday at the Castlemaine Magistrates’ Court over an incident where a worker suffered with a crushed hand when it was caught in a machine. The company pleaded guilty for failing to provide a safety plant. The incident happened on 30 July 2010. The …

Sydney Safety Conference & Show – Daily Wrap Up – 3

Reported by Angela | 27 Oct, 2011

There was a lot to hear, see and do at the Sydney Safety Conference & Show today – as there has been each day. Some of the topics covered today included the emerging area of managing mental health issues in the workplace; managing the long-term injured employee; and several small sessions looking at safety technologies …