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Company fined over unsafe work environment

Reported by Haydee | 04 Mar, 2014

A scrap metal yard has been fined $80,000 and $3000 in costs over a worker’s death in November 2011 due to unsafe work environment.

Safety inspection program to focus on labour hire workers

Reported by Haydee | 29 Jan, 2014

An inspection program which will focus on the safety and health of labour hire workers in Western Australia will be conducted by WorkSafe WA. Safety inspectors will look at the safety conditions of labour hire workers and will also visit labour hire agents. “Whenever an inspector visits a WA workplace for any reason, the employer …

Workers and employers reminded to ensure safety when returning to work

Reported by Haydee | 08 Jan, 2014

WorkSafe WA issued a reminder to ensure safety when returning to work after the festive season. Commissioner Lex McCulloch said employers and workers should not be complacent as nine Australians have already lost their lives in work-related incidents so far this financial year. “People returning to work after the festive break need to be especially …

Company fined for worker’s serious burns

Reported by Haydee | 19 Dec, 2013

A food company has been fined $11,000 and $1316 in costs over a young worker’s serious work injury in 2010. The company pleaded guilty in November for failing to provide a safe work environment, and was fined in the Bunbury Magistrates Court last week. The fine was reduced due to the employer’s guilty plea and …

Plasterboard company pleads guilty to safety failure

Reported by Haydee | 02 Dec, 2013

A company manufacturing plasterboard products was fined $40,000 and more than $1800 in costs over a worker’s serious injury. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment causing serious harm to an employee. They were fined in the Midland Magistrates Court on Monday. The incident happened in June 2010 when a …

Reminder on dangers of asbestos

Reported by Haydee | 04 Nov, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library In celebration of Australia’s first Asbestos Awareness Month this November, WorkSafe WA issued a reminder on the hazards of asbestos to workers and the community. “Unfortunately we have the sad legacy of Wittenoom to remind us of the potential hazards of asbestos, but this has served to give us a strong commitment …

SmartMove to help young workers in ensuring safety

Reported by Haydee | 01 Nov, 2013

Commerce Minister Michael Mischin has today launched a new and updated version of workplace safety and health resource WorkSafe SmartMove. SmartMove provides free work safety resources to senior high school students and young workers who are about to enter the workforce on work placements, work experience or as school-based apprentices or trainees. WorkSafe WA Commissioner …

Company pleaded guilty over fall death

Reported by Haydee | 17 Oct, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A construction company was fined $65,000 over a workplace fatality near Esperance. The company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the workplace was safe for a person who was not an employee, and because of that failure, a worker died. They were fined in the Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court on Tuesday. According …

Truck sleeper cabs safety

Reported by Haydee | 17 Oct, 2013

WorkSafe WA is looking closely at sleeper cabs in trucks involved in long distance trips after a truck driver died early this year. Inspectors who investigated the incident were alerted to problems with sleeper cabs and were prompted to investigate into this issue further. There were 16 Prohibition Notices issued to a transport company. Inspectors …

Roofing company and Director fined over worker’s fall

Reported by Haydee | 21 Sep, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A roofing company including its Director have been fined $100,000 and more than $2200 in costs over an incident in which a worker suffered serious injuries after falling from a roof. The roofing company and its Director pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and because of that failure, …

WA Worker Dies When Crushed by Ceiling

Reported by Zoe | 09 Sep, 2013

A worker died in Bayswater Western Australia when he was crushed by the collapse of a ceiling at his workplace. Emergency crews were called to a waste management business at about 4.30 this afternoon but the worker in his 30’s died at the scene. Police and WorkSafe WA will be investigating the incident.

WorkSafe WA Free Workplace Poster for Hearing Awareness Week

Reported by Zoe | 30 Aug, 2013

WorkSafe Western Australia has produced a poster that can be displayed in workplaces to raise awareness about noise-induced hearing loss as a part of Hearing Awareness Week 2013. The poster is an initiative of Commission for Occupational Safety and Health and can be downloaded free from the WorkSafe website. Ian Munns, the WorkSafe Acting Executive …

10 Construction Site Workers Injured in Fluke WA Weather Blast

Reported by Zoe | 07 Aug, 2013

Workers were seriously injured yesterday when “fluke” weather hit a construction site in North Coogee yesterday about 2pm. A spokesperson for WorkSafe WA said that a part of a multistorey structure was blown down and workers received broken bones and fractures. Originally it was thought that a mini-tornado had caused the damage however the Bureau …

WorkSafe inspections to focus on automotive repairs

Reported by Haydee | 06 Aug, 2013

An inspection program in Western Australia is being conducted to look at safety standards in automotive repair workplaces. This program will be implemented throughout the 2013-14 financial year, and will focus on workplaces that carry out automotive body, paint and interior repairs. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said the automotive repair sector is being targeted because …

Unions call to improve work safety in WA

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jul, 2013

Unions say more should be done to improve the work safety status of many workers in Western Australia. Unions WA secretary Meredith Hammatt was concerned with the recent WorkSafe data showing an increase in the number of workers suffering serious injuries requiring more than 60 days off from work. “There are still on average one …

Safety inspections to focus on clothing and footwear retailing sector

Reported by Haydee | 17 Jul, 2013

WorkSafe WA will organise an inspection program to check on the safety standards of clothing and footwear retailing outlets throughout the 2013-14 financial year. According to WorkSafe Director Joe Attard, this sector was being targeted due to an increase in the number of injuries being recorded. “We were concerned to find that lost time injuries …

Safety inspection on takeaway food outlets

Reported by Haydee | 07 Jul, 2013

WorkSafe WA will conduct an inspection program to check on the safety standards of takeaway food outlets. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said they are targeting the takeaway food sector because of its high rate of work-related injury. “Every couple of days in WA, a worker in a takeaway food outlet is injured seriously enough to …

Company and director fined for worker’s roof fall

Reported by Haydee | 13 Jun, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A crane hire company including its director have been fined $71,000 plus over $1,600 in costs after a worker was seriously injured from a roof fall. The company and its director pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to a contractor and …

Company in WA Fined $20,000 Over Forklift Incident

Reported by Zoe | 12 Jun, 2013

A company in Western Australia was awarded a $20,000 fine over a forklift incident that injured a workers leg in Karratha. The freight company that was the employer of the worker that was injured pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment. The incident happened in February 2011 and the driver …

Roadblock exercises reveal reasonable compliance with fatigue laws

Reported by Haydee | 09 Jun, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Recent roadblock exercises by WorkSafe WA revealed a reasonable level of compliance with the state’s fatigue management laws for commercial vehicle drivers. WorkSafe joined in five joint Austrans roadblock operations conducted by WA Police and involving Main Roads WA, the Explosives and Dangerous Goods section of the Department of Mines and Petroleum, …

Caustic Soda Served Instead of Salt Affects Diners Eating Fast Food

Reported by Zoe | 23 May, 2013

Eleven people, including 5 children under the age of 10, needed to have hospital treatment after caustic soda was added to their food at a fast food restaurant in Bunbury instead of salt. Two adults needed to be flown to Perth for further treatment and 3 of the children had to stay in hospital. Caustic …