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Public comment on WA’s workplace safety laws accepted

Reported by Haydee | 24 Oct, 2014

WorkSafe WA is encouraging Western Australians to contribute to the State’s future workplace safety and health system by giving their comment on the draft Work Health and Safety Bill 2014 (the ‘Green Bill’).

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Bakery fined for worker’s crush injuries

Reported by Haydee | 29 Sep, 2014

A bakery in Applecross, Western Australia has been fined $9000 and more than $900 in costs over serious injuries of a worker when he was trapped in a dough mixer.

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Furniture company fined over worker fall

Reported by Haydee | 09 Jul, 2014

A furniture retailer has been fined $30,000 after two of its employees were injured when an elevating work platform toppled over at one of its stores.

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WA business fined over worker’s crushed thumb

Reported by Haydee | 26 Jun, 2014

A vegetable packing and export business in Wattleup has been fined $33,000 and around $1,200 in costs due to lack of machinery guarding which resulted to a worker’s thumb being crushed.

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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.