Safety standard compromised in many Victorian petrol stations

Reported by Haydee | 17 Jul, 2013

WorkSafe inspectors reveal that as many as one in four petrol stations in Victoria failed to meet important safety standards and pose serious risks to workers and customers. The Herald Sun reported that a secret audit conducted by WorkSafe inspectors uncovered problems including missing firefighting equipment, lack of safety barriers, missing or inoperable safety gear, …

WorkSafe inspections to focus on hardware and building supplies retailing

Reported by Haydee | 08 Dec, 2012

WorkSafe is conducting an inspection program to check on safety issues associated with retail hardware and building suppliers. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said the inspections would focus on raising awareness of potential safety risks and making sure that employers possess the information required to comply with laws. “All our proactive inspection programs aim to provide …

McCabe: Surprise blitz prompted by safety complaints

Reported by Haydee | 07 Dec, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Following SafetyCulture’s story on the inspections conducted by WorkSafe on ACT construction industry, Work safety commissioner Mark McCabe says the surprise inspections particularly at an apartment building in New Acton was prompted by complaints of poor safety practices received by the agency. The construction site in Canberra’s city centre is due to …

WorkSafe inspections to target WA independent supermarkets

Reported by Haydee | 23 Nov, 2012

An inspection program targeting safety issues related to manual tasks in WA independent supermarkets is being conducted by WorkSafe. Workplaces included in the program include independently-operated supermarkets that are not part of national chains, including IGA, Supa IGA, Farmer Jacks and Food Works stores. This program will happen throughout the remainder of the financial year …

Worksafe inspectors to focus on freight forwarding industry

Reported by Haydee | 19 Nov, 2012

Worksafe’s current inspection program will focus on the freight forwarding industry. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said on Friday that workplace inspections will focus on raising awareness of potential safety risks and ensuring that employers had the information required to comply with the laws. “This inspection program is part of an ongoing series of proactive inspections …

Improvement notices issued at Safe Towns inspection in Swan Hill

Reported by Haydee | 05 Oct, 2012

A total of 75 improvement notices were issued by WorkSafe inspectors to Swan Hill businesses during the ‘Safe Towns’ inspection held last week. Inspectors visited 60 workplaces between September 17-21 to check on health and safety compliance. WorkSafe Return to Work inspectors were also there to ensure businesses with workers’ compensation claims were meeting their …

Prosecution of unlicensed asbestos removalist

Reported by Haydee | 30 May, 2012

An unlicensed asbestos removalist was convicted and fined $13,250 for doing unlicensed work, his second offence in two years. In November 2010, the unlicensed asbestos removalist told a renovation company he was licensed by WorkSafe to conduct asbestos removal at an Anglesea property. He was convicted and fined under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations …

WorkSafe inspection to target Traralgon

Reported by Haydee | 08 May, 2012

Photo: WorkSafe Victoria A WorkSafe inspection will target small businesses in Traralgon later this month to check on health and safety compliance. This is part of an ongoing campaign across regional Victoria. In connection to this activity, a free breakfast briefing will be held tomorrow, 9 May, to know more about what the health and …

WorkSafe to host breakfast for Bendigo small business operators

Reported by Haydee | 09 Feb, 2012

WorkSafe will host a breakfast for small business operators in Bendigo on 16 February to give them the information they need to improve safety. This is done in preparation for WorkSafe targeted inspections from February 27 to March 2. WorkSafe’s Manufacturing, Logistics and Agriculture Program Director, Ross Pilkington said that inspections will be relatively quick …

VIC: WorkSafe to Host Breakfast for Small Businesses

Reported by Julia | 16 Apr, 2010

WorkSafe is inviting small businesses in Sale to attend a free breakfast on Thursday. This is part of the safety watchdog’s efforts to help them prepare for safety audit next month. According to WorkSafe’s Charlotte Bull, it is an opportunity for businesses to ask about workplace health and safety and how they can comply with …

VIC: Worker Lashes Out at WorkSafe Inspector

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2010

WorkSafe is looking into the alleged assault of one of its inspectors at Lardner Park Fieldays on Friday. The inspector stopped a rubbish collection vehicle to caution a person riding on the draw bar of a trailer attached to the vehicle. The inspector tried to tell the person the dangerous nature of riding on the …