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Man fatally injured in tree harvester accident

Reported by Haydee | 31 Mar, 2014

Investigators are puzzled why a worker who was fatally injured in a logging accident at a pine plantation in Myamyn last week left the cabin of an operating tree harvester.

Company improves safety standards after worker’s death

Reported by Haydee | 10 Feb, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library An almond processor announced the completion of its investigation into the death of a farm worker in north-west Victoria in 2013. The 55-year –old worker was operating a tractor at an almond orchard at Robinvale south of Mildura, when he died in August last year. The police and WorkSafe investigated the incident …

Workers Subjected to Unsafe Working Conditions

Reported by Zoe | 29 Jul, 2013

Concerns have been raised regarding the conditions workers are expected to work under at Melbourne’s Station Pier. Workers who have been sacked from a stevedoring company have said that workers are forced to “manage dangerous machinery without support, breathe carbon monoxide in confined spaces” and are threatened with violence if the talk to their managers …

Crane driver fatally injured from scaffolding fall

Reported by Haydee | 18 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library A crane driver died after falling from 10 storeys at a construction site in Melbourne’s CBD Monday morning. According to initial reports, the man fell at the construction site on the corner of Lonsdale and Elizabeth streets just before 7:40am. All workers have stopped work today to give way to investigations. A …

Ambulance workers abandoned post due to safety concerns

Reported by Haydee | 03 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Ambulance workers abandoned their post and worked somewhere else due to safety concerns. According to The Australian, 19 paramedics and one clinic transport officer decided to leave their post in Sunshine and work from nearby St Albans until their concerns were addressed. A meeting with WorkSafe over health and safety issues was …

Australia’s bullying laws unsatisfactory, says legal expert

Reported by Haydee | 11 Sep, 2012

A bullying case wherein a young worker was set on fire by a co-worker points to serious workplace health and safety system deficiencies, says legal experts. Prominent anti-bullying lawyer Moira Rayner is pushing for the establishment of a national tribunal to allow civil claims. In an interview with ABC News, she said that bullying laws …

Authorities conduct investigation over bakery worker’s death

Reported by Haydee | 04 Sep, 2012

Police are investigating the death of a bakery worker inside a bakery in Ferntree Gully early morning on Sunday. ABC News reported that the worker was found dead inside the bakery. His co-worker was found unconscious beside him. Police are investigating whether generator fumes may have caused the incident. Gavin Wright of the Country Fire …

Geelong worker steps up fight against workplace bullying

Reported by Haydee | 12 Jul, 2012

A worker from Geelong is expected to provide evidence today during a Federal Government inquiry into workplace bullying and will appeal for mandatory reporting to WorkSafe. Geelong Advertiser reported how the victim was bullied for 18 months at a Geelong business. “It came as a real shock to me, I had a long work experience …

Victorian worker fatally injured after falling from roof

Reported by Haydee | 14 Jun, 2012

WorkSafe Victoria is investigating the death of a worker on Wednesday, who fell from the roof of a factory being renovated at Oakleigh South. The victim was found by his workmates around 9am yesterday. Initial investigations conducted by WorkSafe indicated that the worker may have fallen up to 5m on to the floor of the …

Two companies fined over death of workers

Reported by Haydee | 15 May, 2012

Two companies were fined $140,000 over the deaths of two workers during an explosion in Broome in 2008. The company which runs the Broome depot was fined $80,000 while the transport company fined with $60,000 over the death of these workers.They were also charged with failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment which …

Scaffolding company fined after worker sustained fall injuries

Reported by Haydee | 09 May, 2012

A scaffolding company has been fined $22,000 over an incident in which a worker was injured when he fell through an insufficiently protected void on a construction site. The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment causing serious injuries to the worker. The scaffolding company was fined in the Perth Magistrates …

WISE Program helps injured workers get a job

Reported by Haydee | 07 May, 2012

An injured truck driver calls on employers to focus on a worker’s skills and experience instead of their injury. Stephen Morgan is calling on businesses to consider other employment options after he was employed through a WorkSafe program that matches vacancies with workers who are not able to return to their old jobs after suffering …

Unions, teachers appeal for a program to progressively remove asbestos in all schools

Reported by Haydee | 01 May, 2012

A figure released by the education department revealed that up to 1200 out of the state’s 1539 government schools may contain asbestos. Teachers, unions and parents have called out to authorities to establish a program to label areas affected with asbestos material, train staff to manage it, and progressively remove it from the school buildings. …

Parents of killed worker not satisfied with court’s punishment on safety breaches

Reported by Haydee | 01 May, 2012

The family of a man killed at work says that court’s punishment on work safety breaches are too light after the victim’s former employer succeeded in halving its penalty. According to a report from The West Australian, the crane company was initially fined $180,000 for breaching workplace safety laws. This included a $90,000 fine for …

WorkSafe to conduct free workshop to help improve return to work outcomes

Reported by Haydee | 01 May, 2012

A free forum which aims to provide employers with the tools and tips they will need to keep injured workers motivated during the return to work process will be conducted in Melbourne on 15 May. The two-and-a-half hour workshop will highlight the importance of having positive communication skills when dealing with injured workers to help …

WorkSafe experiment revealed shocking results

Reported by Haydee | 16 Apr, 2012

A WorkSafe experiment in which two actors posing as workers asked passersby to hand over to them a ‘live’ cable from one to the other has delivered shocking results. Despite being warned that the cable was dangerous, 90 percent of passersby who were asked by the ‘supervisor’ to hand over the live wire to the …

Truck driver pleads guilty to fraudulent compensation claims

Reported by Haydee | 18 Mar, 2012

A truck driver pleaded guilty to charges of fraudulently receiving compensation benefits for a workplace injury while taking up a job somewhere else. The worker was ordered to repay almost $27,000 and perform 100 hours of unpaid community work after pleading guilty to one charge of illegally receiving payments as well as three charges of …

Safe Towns visit to Bendigo found workplace health and safety breaches

Reported by Haydee | 09 Mar, 2012

A visit to Bendigo by WorkSafe inspectors last week uncovered a number of health and safety breaches with 117 notices issued to concerned businesses. Notices which require businesses to act on breaches by a certain date include forklift maintenance, guarding, racking, traffic management, personal protective equipment and insufficient return to work information. Sixty breaches were …

WA wine producer fined $60,000 for ladder fall incident

Reported by Haydee | 07 Mar, 2012

A wine producer has been fined $60,000 after pleading guilty for failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace resulting to a worker’s head injuries from ladder fall, reports Perth Now. The Albany Magistrates Court heard that the worker was cleaning the exteriors of a six-metre-tall wine tank  in July 2008 and was using an …