Coroner Recommends Reopening Case to Examine Employer Culpability

Reported by Zoe | 18 Aug, 2013

Northern coroner Jane Bentley has said that with the new evidence presented at the coronial inquest into the death of a worker who was electrocuted this week, Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) could reopen the investigation to find out whether the employer was at fault. She said that “Considering that this inquest has heard new …

Must Watch New Safety Film: Forever young – Tim’s story

Reported by Zoe | 10 Aug, 2013

A new film “Forever young – Tim’s story” has been launched by the Electrical Safety Office and it focuses on the experiences of Bill Martin whose son died after an electric shock in the workplace at the age of 17-years-old. Tim was an electrical apprentice at the time of the incident and he was working …

Two Injured in QLD after School Fete Ride Malfunction

Reported by Zoe | 05 Aug, 2013

Workplace Health and Safety is investigating an incident with a school fete ride in Capalaba yesterday morning. According to a police spokesperson, the operator of a tea cup ride was conducting a test when a segment of the machinery pitched forward off of its mounting blocks and crushed his leg. He was able to lift …

Man Seriously Injured at Mount Isa Construction Site

Reported by Zoe | 01 Aug, 2013

A worker at a Mount Isa construction site suffered serious injuries when half a tonne of wood crushed him against a dirt mound this morning. The 22 year old worker was at the site working  when the wooden form work fell on top of him. He was transported to Mount Isa with critical internal chest …

Suspected Equipment Tampering on Curtis Island

Reported by Zoe | 25 Jul, 2013

Police and Workplace Health and Safety have investigated allegations that equipment has been tampered with at a work site on the island. Initially Gladstone police were called to the work site on Monday when workers discovered that there seemed to be nuts missing from a number of chain block lifting devices. The general manager of …

Safety Show and Conference in Sydney

Reported by Haydee | 17 Jul, 2013

WorkCover NSW will be actively participating at the 2013 Safety Show and Conference from the 3rd to 5th September at The Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic. WorkCover’s stand will be at the dome entry and industry experts will be available to answer questions about work health and safety, injury management and workers compensation in your business. …

Entries for Safe Work Awards to close in July

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jun, 2013

WorkCover NSW is reminding everyone that nominations for the 2013 NSW Safe Work Awards will close on July 19. Acting General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy said the Awards is an opportunity for businesses to be recognised for their commitment to workplace safety. “Our inspectors see plenty of truly innovative …

Dangerous Amusement Rides Closed with Prohibition Notices in QLD Last Year

Reported by Zoe | 29 May, 2013

In Queensland last year, ten amusement rides were deemed dangerous to potentially cause injury and were issued prohibition notices and temporarily stopped from operating. A further 41 improvement notices were issued by inspectors for not meeting the required regulations requirements. Auditors and engineers in the carnival industry say that the safety of rides has improved …

IPAA “A day in the life of a public servant” photography competiition

Reported by Haydee | 09 May, 2013

The Institute of Public Administration’s photography competition, “A day in the life of a public servant” is now open. Sponsored by Comcare, the competition aims to show the diversity of public sector roles, highlighting the importance of workplace health and safety and worker wellbeing. To enter, participants must share their interpretation of ‘A day in …

Queensland’s Most Dangerous Industries Revealed

Reported by Zoe | 05 May, 2013

In a recent Queensland audit of workplace fatalities has revealed that the construction industry and the agriculture sector are the most dangerous in the state. A report by Workplace Health and Safety discovered that between January and June last year 19 people died after being involved in incidents in a workplace. Out of all the …

Workplace safety and injury management forum for the mining industry

Reported by Haydee | 09 Apr, 2013

WorkCover Queensland will conduct a free mining forum on Thursday, 18 April 2013, from 9.00am to 11.30am. Issues specific to the mining industry as well as issues pertaining to workplace safety and injury management will be discussed. Topics will include: Overview of IPaM program and tools to assist with injury prevention by Suzanne Johnson, WHSQ …

Gladstone Man Injured by Bobcat

Reported by Zoe | 09 Apr, 2013

A worker was injured this morning when he came into contact with a bobcat in Gladstone, Queensland. Workplace Health and Safety were called to investigate the incident where the worker has received serious leg injuries at approximately 9am. The worker was taken to the Gladstone Base Hospital with severe leg injuries and Workplace Health and …

Workplace safety laws information sessions

Reported by Haydee | 19 Feb, 2013

In addition to SafetyCulture’s report on the breakfast forum in March, SafeWork SA is conducting several regional information sessions to assist workers and businesses with South Australia’s adoption of nationally harmonised workplace safety laws on 1 January 2013. Berri – Berri Resort Hotel, Riverview Drive Tuesday 5 March 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30pm Mt Gambier …

SafeWork SA Work Health and Safety Open House Sessions

Reported by Haydee | 20 Jan, 2013

SafeWork SA will conduct several Open House sessions to cater to people who want to learn more about the nationally harmonised workplace safety laws and ask other work health and safety questions. SafeWork SA officers will be present to answer questions. There will also be short presentations followed by a question and answer portion. To …

Unions call for an independent NT WorkSafe

Reported by Haydee | 09 Jan, 2013

Unions are calling for an independent work safety authority reporting directly to the Minister for Business and independent from other public sector agencies. Unions NT Secretary, Alan Paton said more acceptable contemporary management arrangements should ensure that WorkSafe is not diverted from important workplace health and safety issues and workers’ compensation related reform by “the …

Apprentice Worker Electrocuted at School Campus

Reported by Zoe | 13 Dec, 2012

An accident that took the life of a 20-year-old worker yesterday morning is under investigation by Workplace Health and Safety Officers. The apprentice electrician was working inside the ceiling of the student services building at a school campus when he apparently came into contact with live wires. The accident happened at about 8.10am. Neil Noble, …

Miners use fake urine to pass alcohol and drug tests

Reported by Haydee | 10 Dec, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Some miners are purchasing fake urine to pass workplace drug and alcohol tests. According to a Courier Mail report, synthetic urine products are readily available over the internet as well as from Australian distributors. Product promotion says the product contains “all the ingredients normally found in urine and is balanced for pH, …

Shorten calls on Victoria and WA to introduce the harmonised WHS laws

Reported by Haydee | 22 Nov, 2012

The Hon Bill Shorten MP Photo: Ministers’ Media Centre Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten urged Victoria and Western Australia to introduce the harmonised Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws following South Australia and Tasmania’s move to adopt the new laws. Mr Shorten said that harmonised laws will reduce red tape and deliver …

WorkSafe Victoria Awards winners recognised

Reported by Haydee | 02 Nov, 2012

The winners of the annual WorkSafe Awards have been announced in a ceremony at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 500 employers, workers and safety industry stakeholders from across Victoria witnessed on Thursday as 11 winners were honoured during the night. Thirty-five finalists were recognised in the Awards, now in their 24th year. …

Safety Ambassador of the Year recognised

Reported by Haydee | 31 Oct, 2012

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten announced the winner of the Safety Ambassador of the Year Awards at a ceremony at Australian Parliament House in Canberra. Jacinta Macaulay from Ron Finemore Transport was given the award for her commitment to improving work health and safety. This year’s winner is a Return to …

WA businesses urged to prepare contingency plan as cyclone season approaches

Reported by Haydee | 22 Oct, 2012

As Western Australia’s cyclone season starts, WorkSafe WA reminds businesses throughout the North-West of the State to ensure contingency plans are established and in operation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today it was important that everyone on sea and land knew what to do during a cyclone. “The cyclone season officially begins on November …