Woman Wins Compensation for Neurological Damage from Painkillers

Reported by Zoe | 05 Nov, 2013

A Sydney woman, who ended up with permanent neurological damage from painkillers that she was prescribed for a repetitive strain injury, has won her workers’ compensation case against her employer. The initial incident happened in November 2010 when she was working at a factory that cleaned crates in Weatherill Park. She suddenly felt extreme pain …

Bill Shorten will Develop National Rehab Strategy if he wins Leadership

Reported by Zoe | 07 Oct, 2013

Bill Shorten has said that if he becomes The Labor Party’s federal leader next Sunday he will create a national rehabilitation strategy that will make sure that people on disability pensions and injured workers can return to work. “This is not about punitive measures, nor attacking benefits but a view that people should not be …

Company fined after worker severed finger

Reported by Haydee | 26 Apr, 2013

The Industrial Court on Monday fined a Monarto-based manufacturing company $26,250 plus legal fees after a worker’s finger was caught in a machine that had no guard in place in August 2011 resulting to amputation. The company was prosecuted under the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 for failure to ensure the machinery was …

Police Officer Injured While on the Job

Reported by Zoe | 25 Apr, 2013

A police officer in Western Australia was injured when a car at a random breath testing station hit him. Senior Sergeant Richard Moore, the acting officer in charge at Bunbury, said that it would be alleged that the police were holding a Random Breath Test Action at Norton Promenade in Dalyellup when the incident happened. …

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. …

WorkSafe calls on employers to act on dangerous machines

Reported by Haydee | 17 Oct, 2012

WorkSafe is calling on workers and employers to do more to control dangerous machines after recent statistics revealed almost 450 body parts have been amputated from Victorian workers by common types of machinery used in Victorian workplaces over the last five years. The amputations, together with other injuries to almost 11,000 workers have resulted to …

Safe Business is Good Business information sessions now open for registration

Reported by Haydee | 09 Aug, 2012

SafeWork SA will conduct its next ‘Safe Business is Good Business’ information session on Monday, 3 September 2012. The free information sessions are designed to help small businesses effectively manage safety in the workplace and help protect workers from diseases and injuries as well as businesses from the costs associated with workplace injury. The ‘Safe …

Worker pleads guilty over nail gun incident

Reported by Haydee | 13 Jun, 2012

A worker was convicted and fined at the Wodonga Magistrates’ Court over an incident where he accidentally shot an apprentice with a nail gun, injuring his arm. The 34-year-old worker pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one charge under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 for failing to take reasonable care for the health and …

Musculoskeletal injuries affecting 43 Victorian workers every day

Reported by Haydee | 11 Jun, 2012

Every day 43 Victorians are seriously hurt with musculoskeletal injuries, according to Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips who launched today a new year-long WorkCover campaign targeting musculoskeletal injuries. “Musculoskeletal injuries are the most common workplace injury, costing nearly $1 billion a year in medical costs, wages and other expenses,” said Mr Rich-Phillips. “They affect the body’s …

Nominations open for the 2012 WorkSafe Victoria Awards

Reported by Haydee | 05 Jun, 2012

Nominations for the 2012 WorkSafe Victoria Awards are now open, and WorkSafe calls on people who have returned to work after a workplace injury, as well as those who have helped them to join. Lodging an application to the awards is very easy and takes just 10 minutes to do online. WorkSafe’s Return to Work …

2012 Seacare Conference and Awards

Reported by Haydee | 19 Apr, 2012

The 2012 Seacare Conference and Awards, which provides a unique opportunity for scheme participants to gather and learn about effective injury management and to celebrate the achievements of stakeholders will be held 24-25 October 2012 at Crystal Palace Luna Park in Sydney.   This year’s theme is Seafaring safety, navigating change, and will focus on …

WorkSafe experiment revealed shocking results

Reported by Haydee | 16 Apr, 2012

A WorkSafe experiment in which two actors posing as workers asked passersby to hand over to them a ‘live’ cable from one to the other has delivered shocking results. Despite being warned that the cable was dangerous, 90 percent of passersby who were asked by the ‘supervisor’ to hand over the live wire to the …