Worker injured with an angle grinder

Reported by Haydee | 14 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A 44-year-old worker was brought to Albury Hospital on Monday when his thigh was severely lacerated with an angle grinder. According to a Border Mail report, the accident happened on a building site in Wodonga. Paramedics were called in to the site at 9.20 am. Several of the victim’s colleagues assisted the …

WorkSafe VIC Construction Industry Inspections Head North

Reported by Zoe | 23 Apr, 2013

WorkSafe Victoria has warned the housing construction industry in the northern suburbs of Melbourne to ensure that their worksites and work practices are compliant because inspectors will be visiting next month as a part of the ongoing blitz. WorkSafe inspectors will be visiting the Melbourne’s outer northern suburbs in May for Operation SafeSite, which is …

Sedentary Work Dangerous for Blue Collar Workers

Reported by Zoe | 28 Mar, 2013

New research is now showing us that sitting for shorter amounts of time is more important for our health than actual exercise. Most of the time when we think of jobs that are sedentary it is sitting in an office that we think of first but there are plenty of blue collar workers whose jobs …

One worker injured every 18 minutes in Victoria, data shows

Reported by Haydee | 11 Dec, 2012

One worker is injured every 18 minutes at workplaces in Victoria. This is according to a new data released by WorkSafe, which highlights the launch of a new public awareness aimed at making safety a priority in the minds of businesses and workers in the lead-up to Christmas. The new campaign focuses on the impact …

VIC: Improvement Notices Issued to Construction Businesses

Reported by Haydee | 29 Aug, 2012

Around 60 improvement notices to domestic construction businesses in Melbourne’s east were issued by WorkSafe inspectors last week. WorkSafe inspectors inspected over 100 businesses and issued 58 improvement notices over one week requiring businesses to address health and safety breaches. Forty four issues identified were dealt on the spot. WorkSafe Regional Director, Melinda Collinson said …

Improvement notices issued to Shepparton businesses

Reported by Haydee | 23 Aug, 2012

More than 85 improvement notices were issued to small businesses in Shepparton during the ‘Safe Towns’ workplace blitz last week. WorkSafe Group Leader for Shepparton, Simon Brown was happy to see that some businesses were prepared for the inspection but said that there was still room for improvement in some workplaces. “It was pleasing that …

Food company convicted and fined over worker’s injuries

Reported by Haydee | 21 Aug, 2012

A food company was convicted and fined $90,000 on Monday over serious and permanent injuries that a worker sustained when his arm was crushed in a machine. The company pleaded guilty at the Sunshine Magistrate’s Court to failing to provide safe plant and failing to provide proper training under section 21 of the Occupational Health …

Inspectors to visit Shepparton for Safe Towns campaign

Reported by Haydee | 07 Aug, 2012

WorkSafe inspectors will target Shepparton for its upcoming workplace safety inspections, from 13-17 August. Specialised WorkSafe Return to Work Inspectors will also participate in ensuring workplaces with workers’ compensation claims meet their obligations in helping injured workers with return to work planning. WorkSafe Group Leader for Shepparton, Simon Brown said they would take a ‘no …

Repeat workplace safety offenders land in court

Reported by Haydee | 31 May, 2012

Three companies and two persons landed in court this month for serious repeat workplace safety offences. Lisa Sturzenegger, WorkSafe’s General Manager of Operations, said the courts took workplace safety issues seriously, particularly when there had been prior offences. “If you have been dealt with by the courts once, they and the community expect you to …

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 …