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Friday 5th March 2021
Multiple charges laid over tank container fireAn industrial equipment supplier has been charged by WorkSafe Victoria regarding a serious workplace incident at Derrimut.In May 2019, two workers using an oxy torch inside an ISO tank container were forced to evacuate when diesel residue ignited, causing a fire.The company allegedly breached four sections…
Thursday 4th March 2021
Crane hire company charged over serious crush injuryA Darwin mobile crane hire company has been charged by NT WorkSafe over an incident where two workers were injured.In February 2019, the crane company was hired to transport and position an electrical switchboard into a newly constructed switchboard room at the Palmerston Police Station, Western Austr…
Wednesday 3rd March 2021
How mining companies can help reduce back injuries!Experts reveal how mining companies can mitigate human vibration exposure and reduce back injuries while their workers operate plant on rough terrain.For 10 years, human vibration exposure has been identified as one of the top five health hazards at mine sites, both by the number of workers harmed and…
Tuesday 2nd March 2021
Farmers urged to put safety firstAgriculture remains one of Victoria's most dangerous industries despite only employing about two per cent of its workers. Victorian farmers and workers make up about 14 per cent of the states annual workplace fatalities.In the past three years, 24 people have died in farm incidents, whilst 424 people working in agricult…
Monday 1st March 2021
Failure to dispose of waste results in a man being fined $10,000A man has been fined $10,000 and ordered to pay over $4000 in court costs for not correctly disposing of industrial waste. The man was also ordered to clean up the waste by 18 August 2021 to prevent further penalties.The charges relate to placing industrial waste at a premise that was not…
Friday 26th February 2021
New asbestos regulations to take effect in coming monthsWorkSafe Queensland has announced that as of May 1, 2021, low-density asbestos fibreboard (LDB), also known as asbestos insulating board, will be classified as a friable material in all circumstances.With this new change, LDB can only legally be removed by a class A asbestos removal licence holder…
Thursday 25th February 2021
New COVID-19 fact sheet released for indoor workplacesSafe Work Australia has released a new COVID-19 fact sheet on Improving ventilation in indoor workplaces.The fact sheet offers practical steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 while in an indoor workplace.Well-maintained heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and tur…
Wednesday 24th February 2021
A freight train has collided with a multi-trailer truck in KalgoorlieEmergency services were called to the Yarri Road crossing at about 5:00 pm Monday after two freight train drivers aged in their 70s were involved in a collision with a road train. The drivers were flown to Perth, with one listed as being in critical condition and the other stable.A sp…
Tuesday 23rd February 2021
Man crushed by 250-kilogram rubbish chuteA worker suffered injuries after being crushed by a rubbish chute that dislodged at a Neutral Bay construction site last week. Paramedics treated the man for suspected leg, shoulder and rib injuries before transporting him to the Royal North Shore hospital.Inspector Dennis Bungener from the NSW Ambulance said, '…
Monday 22nd February 2021
Multiple charges over apprentice jockey's deathWorkSafe has charged a turf club with six alleged breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure people were not exposed to risks.A 22-year old apprentice jockey died when she was thrown from her horse when riding on a Cranbourne Racecourse track section on 30 August 2019.WorkSafe…
Friday 19th February 2021
Manufacturer fined after death of a bystanderA roof product manufacture has been fined $135,000 in an incident that resulted in a fatality.In February 2018, an employee drove a truck fitted with a loading crane through a housing estate when an outrigger extended, striking a parked van. The accident caused the van to be pushed backwards, running over a…
Thursday 18th February 2021
MPI New Zealand charged after workers sustain burnsNew Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) was sentenced at the Invercargill District Court on February 11th for failing to ensure workers were not exposed to hazardous chemicals.On behalf of MPI, biosecurity company, AsureQuality engaged OneStaff to provide temporary workers for the cleaning…
Wednesday 17th February 2021
Gippsland tip operator fined after a woman was seriously injuredA tip operator has been convicted and fined $45,000 after a woman was seriously injured when she fell 2.5 metres into a skip bin in November 2018.Skip bins at the company's Kilmany Resource Centre were located beneath elevated concrete platforms where people could park and dispose of their…
Tuesday 16th February 2021
Roofing truss manufacturer fined $40,000Melbourne Truss Pty Ltd was yesterday convicted and fined $40,000 due to a lack of fall protection at a Cranbourne North building site in October 2018.Dandenong Magistrates' Court heard a prime mover fitted with a loading crane delivered wooden roof trusses to a two-storey residential construction site.A nearby r…
Monday 15th February 2021
Ballarat hospital fined $20,000 after staff assaultBallarat Health Services pleaded guilty in the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court for failing to provide information to employees to allow them to perform work safely and without risk to their health. On 2 August 2018, a female nurse at Ballarat Base Hospital was exposed to inappropriate, sexualised behaviour…
Friday 12th February 2021
Construction company charged over fall risk at correctional centreThe Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has alleged John Holland Pty Ltd failed in its duties under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 after a worker almost fell from a roof.On the 6th February 2019, a labour-hire employee was working on the roof of the maximum-securi…
Thursday 11th February 2021
Truck driving increases the risk of physical and mental health problems1 in 5 truck drivers aged under 35 years reported severe psychological distress, and 54.3% of drivers are obese according to reports from the Monash University's Driving Health Study.Between September 2019 and May 2020, almost 1,400 drivers from all over Australia filled out an onli…
Wednesday 10th February 2021
Man suffers serious burns after fire at Adams DistilleryA man is in a critical condition after suffering partial and full-thickness burns to his hands, face and legs while mixing product using flammable liquids at the Adams Distillery at Perth, near Launceston. Just after 10:20 am Tuesday, multiple fire crews were called in to fight the blaze, Tasman…
Tuesday 9th February 2021
Young mother contracts silicosis after inhaling crystalline silicaA story reported by 9news highlights the dangers of working with respirable silica when an Australian mother-of-two has been left with a deadly lung illness after being exposed to silica dust. Silicosis is a form of lung disease caused by inhalation of silica dust. It is marked by inflam…
Monday 8th February 2021
Workers compensation fraudster caught while workingA mechanic was last week convicted after an investigation found he had fraudulently obtained workers compensation payments. The worker was placed on a 24-month community corrections order with a condition to perform 225 hours of community work.It was found that the man had been receiving injury support…
Friday 5th February 2021
Residents seek shelter from noxious fumesOn June 15, 2020, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) was contacted by the Muswellbrook community after noticing a pungent smell.The smell appeared to immediately follow a blast which occurred at Muswellbrook’s Mount Pleasant Mine.Residents reported that they needed to seek shelter from the noxious fu…
New Name, Same Commitment!With the broadening of our range beyond documents, we will be changing our name from Docs by SafetyCulture to SafetyCulture Plus.As you can see above, with the name change comes a new logo, you will notice this new logo around our current site in the coming weeks during our transitional period.Exciting additions to our range..…
Thursday 4th February 2021
Fine issued after waste management company fails to complyThe Victorian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined waste management solutions company Cleanaway Daniels Pty Ltd for failing to report a power issue that led to an incinerator bypassing standard air emission controls.The issue occurred at the Laverton North site on Doherty’s Rd on 8 O…
Wednesday 3rd February 2021
Safety Alert to secure residential construction sitesNT WorkSafe has released a safety alert highlighting the dangers of unauthorised people accessing residential construction and demolition sites.The department has received multiple notifications regarding unauthorised access to where construction has stopped for long periods. The purpose of the Safet…
Tuesday 2nd February 2021
New resources available for WHS dutiesSafe Work Australia has developed new national work health and safety resources. To help prevent workplace sexual harassment, violence, aggression and domestic violence.The new guide: Preventing workplace sexual harassment is the first comprehensive WHS guidance in Australia to focus on preventing sexual haras…
Monday 1st February 2021
Worker crushed to death and companies fined $750,000Lightforce Asset Pty Ltd and Civil and Allied Technical Construction Pty Ltd were recently convicted and fined $750,000 after a worker was crushed to death by an industrial pile driver at a Port Augusta solar farm.On 17 February 2018, the worker modified changes to the hydraulic pile driver, with his…
Queensland resources companies will continue to limit non-essential FIFO travel until January 22 despite a three-day lockdown being lifted in Brisbane.Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said 60 percent fewer workers will be travelling to regional Queensland this week, falling from the usual 3,500 people to under 1500.Mr.…
A 69-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital after being trampled by a cow in NSW Tuesday morning.The man suffered back and head injuries following the incident at his Salisbury Plains property. He was treated at the scene before being flown to Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital in a stable condition.Source: Australian Seniors News…
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland announces that the independent medical examinations (IME) panel tender is now open for access on the Queensland Government QTenders website.The IME panel is composed of medical professionals providing WorkCover with additional information or clarification on specific medical aspects of a worker’s injury, as well a…
A WorkSafe New Zealand programme, designed for Pacific workers, is celebrating its fifteenth year in 2021.The Puataunofo ‘Come Home Safely’ is a workplace health and safety education programme that focuses on providing health and safety messages to Pacific workers.Established in 2006, it aims to improve the health and safety of Pacific manufacturing wo…
Employees working from home - Is your business ready for the change?
Is your business ready for the change in workplace dynamics? Do you have the correct policies, procedures and tools in place to manage the transition? Remember - employers of workers who work remotely still have a duty of care to these employees. Working from home is already a growing trend for people to work away from the office using digital t…
Coronavirus Workplace Health & Safety – What you need to know
Understanding Coronavirus The 2019 Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and has quickly spread across the globe – including to Australia. To date, there have been more than 117,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world with over 4,200 reported deaths. Coronaviruses (CoV) are a fami…