A new WorkSafe Commissioner in Western Australia has commenced position after previous Commissioner Lex McCulloch retired from the Public Service at the end of 2017.
New laws which will take effect from March 2018 aims to provide a safer environment for workers who respond to road incidents in Western Australia.
A new online kit has been released to help workplaces prevent slips and trips and meet their responsibilities under workplace safety legislation.
WorkSafe WA will conduct a proactive inspection campaign soon focusing on other store-based retailing outlets to improve safety within the industry. Inspectors will visit other store-based outlets to identify common safety risks and provide employers with information on how to comply with Occupational Safety and Health requirements.
WorkSafe WA conducted a proactive inspection program revealing some areas of concerns with workplace safety in the accommodation sector.
WorkSafe WA is reminding workers in the agriculture sector to keep safety a high priority during the busy harvest season.
WorkSafe recently participated in two joint roadblock operations conducted by WA Police, revealing a reasonable level of compliance with fatigue management and related laws.
The cooperative pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Southern Cross Magistrates Court last week.
WorkSafe WA will soon start an inspection program to evaluate the management of violence and aggression in residential aged care facilities.
A demolition company in Bunbury has been fined $4000 and $1338.50 in costs for conducting work without having the relevant licence.
The inspection program was conducted throughout the 2016/17 financial year in Perth and regional areas of the State.
The Operation Manager of a roofing company has been fined $7500 plus costs of $517 following a labourer’s serious injuries when he fell through a skylight.
Farmers and parents are urged to keep children out of hazardous workplaces, particularly on farms during the school holidays.
An employee has been fined $11,000 plus $1745 in costs over the death of another worker at a hay baling workplace at Narrogin in 2013.
A car dealership employee has been fined $9500 plus costs of $12,052.75 over the death of a worker at the dealership more than three years ago.
WorkSafe WA will soon undertake a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in warehouses following an increase in injuries over the past five years.
NSW businesses are reminded to ensure contingency plans have been established and are in operation.
A proactive inspection program focusing on safety issues in powder coating and abrasive blasting in Western Australian workplaces has found a noticeable improvement in safety practices.
WorkSafe WA has recently issued a safety alert on chlorine gas use at aquatic centres following an incident where a person was exposed to chlorine gas in a workplace incident.
The latest inspection program found that issues identified in the previous program were still present.
Labour hire companies should share the responsibility of ensuring the safety of workers they send to a workplace or face large fines and legal actions. This was the case of a labour hire company, which has been fined $20,000 for failing to ensure the safety of its labour hire workers who were supplied to a waste recycling company.