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Illegal asbestos waste dumping in New Zealand leads to clean-up bill. A New Zealand local council faces a significant clean-up bill after a 4 square meter pile of waste containing asbestos was illegally dumped near the Waimakariri River.Although the waste was packaged correctly for the hazardous substance, it was not disposed of in a licenced faci…
Fire eruption on Antarctic supply ship MPV Everest. The Antarctic resupply vessel the MPV Everest, operated by Dutch-based company Maritime Construction Services, has suffered a fire in the port engine room, destroying two inflatable rubber boats stored on the deck.The Australian Transport Bureau (ATSB) has launched an investigation, with the ship…
Adelaide playground exposed to asbestos material. On 23rd March 2021, Asbestos material was found by a child within mulch at an Adelaide kindergarten playground. Two further pieces of non-friable cement sheeting were also found by contractors.An Education Department spokeswoman stated, ‘the inspection was not able to identify the source of the mat…
Judges announced for National Safety Awards of Excellence.  The NSCA Foundation has released the list of experienced judges that will form their independent judging panel for the 28th National Safety Awards of Excellence. Michael Charman will lead the judging panel; he has done so since 2018. The National Safety Awards…
Worker crushed when dismounting from moving tractor. The Bowen Magistrates Court has fined a North Queensland produce company after one of their workers died in a workplace incident. The 37-year-old worker dismounted the moving tractor to restock the seedling trays when he became trapped under the wheel of the planter. He was later declared deceas…
Building sector has significant trade and product shortage. The ABC has reported that near-record new home approvals are putting intense pressure on supply chains and sparking construction delays within Australia's building sector.With the largest growth in 20 years, 13,527 new homes have been approved, which has seen a 91.8 per cent jump over th…
WorkSafe Victoria opens 2021 WorkSafe Awards Nominations. WorkSafe Awards are a way to recognise individuals, teams and organisations that go above and beyond in workplace safety.As a way to celebrate health and safety and return to work champions, share your safety story and be recognised for making a difference in workplace health and safety.Nom…
NSW Government waiving licence fees. The New South Wales (NSW) government has announced they will be waving the fee to replace a range of licences and permits lost due to the recent floods.Asbestos Removal (Class A and B), Demolition (DE1 and DE2), High Risk Work licences, Security clearance, and Traffic Control Work Training are just a few o…
Forklift seriously injures worker at a Gympie business. A Gympie business has been fined $35,000 after a worker was seriously injured when a forklift was reversed into him. The incident occurred on 8 March 2019 when another employee backed the forklift into the worker, fracturing his legs.An investigation revealed the forklift's reversing indicato…
E-cigarette battery explodes inside worker's pocket.  In January 2021, a WA mine worker received severe thermal and chemical burns when his electronic cigarette battery spontaneously ignited in his pocket.A report on the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website states that witnesses compared the explosion to 'fireworks going of…
WorkSafe issues safety alerts associated with mobile plant use. WorkSafe has issued a reminder about mobile plant risks after multiple recent incidents involving rollovers.The department has recently been notified of several incidents involving mobile plant rollovers at quarries. Fortunately, in all cases, the plant operators did not suffer any in…
Lack of processes resulted in serious injuries. The Woolworths Group Limited was successfully prosecuted by SafeWork South Australia after a bakery trolley fell onto a worker, causing serious injuries.The incident occurred in August 2018 when a worker was moving a full bakery trolley from the supermarkets’ bakery department.While walking backwards…
NSW flood effect residents exempt from waste levy. Areas across New South Wales (NSW) have been declared Natural Disaster Areas due to floodwaters. The NSW Government has announced the waste levy fee will be waived for residents disposing of flood generated waste. "First the drought, then the fires, a global pandemic and now floods – our commun…
A Shed company and its director to be charged over a workers death. In March 2020, two workers fell from a shed roof. One of the men suffering fatal injuries, while the other man suffered multiple fractures. The workers were installing roof sheets on a farm when a strong wind lifted a sheet from the pack of roof sheets they were working near, ca…
Australia's longest gas pipeline life expectancy reduced. Australia's longest gas pipeline has had its expected lifespan slashed due to renewable energy that could make the business unviable decades ahead of schedule.Experts say that because of changes are underway in fossil fuel industries, the Dampier-to-Bunbury gas pipeline owners want to bring…
Tradies walk to raise money honouring lost workers.  A group of tradies, friends and family are walking to raise money for a memorial to honour those killed in workplace incidents. The walk comes on the third anniversary of two tradies tragically killed when a trench collapsed on the outskirts of Ballarat in 2018. The 127-kilometre walk was st…
Friday 19th March 2021
Fine issued after double leg amputation SafeWork SA successfully prosecuted a hay processing and exporting company after a 2017 incident in which a workers’ legs were amputated in a hay press. The worker was attempting to dislodge a metal bale from behind a guardrail and fell approximately 3 metres onto a table below. The worker’s weight on the meta…
Thursday 18th March 2021
Department of Defence fined after worker critically injuredThe Department of Defence pleaded guilty in the Townsville Magistrates Court to failing in its duties under the Commonwealth Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Defence was convicted and fined $350,000.In August 2017, a worker was critically injured during an incident on the Royal Australian Air F…
Wednesday 17th March 2021
Local manufacturers to see a boost from the new $1.5 billion Government investment. The Australian Government has recently invested $1.5 billion into its Modern Manufacturing Strategy (MMS). The change will result in improved availability and safety of consumer goods.The investment is available to two of the six priority manufacturing sectors. Man…
Tuesday 16th March 2021
Injured security guard to have repair work provided to his home after a brutal assaultIn November 2017, a security guard employed by South Australia Police was violently assaulted while working as a protective security officer. Suffering a range of physical injuries to his hand, right shoulder and neck, the guard has undergone nine surgeries to date. T…
Monday 15th March 2021
Alcoa investigates potentially toxic leak at their Wagerup refinery An investigation is underway at Alcoa's Wagerup refinery after an incident occurred last Tuesday, causing seven million litres of potentially toxic material to leak from a tank. There were no employees in the immediate vicinity at the time, and staff immediately commenced…
Friday 12th March 2021
CSIRO to spend $1.5 million on safety improvementsIn June 2017, an explosion occurred at a CSIRO laboratory when an experiment involving sawdust was heated at pressure using hydrogen gas in an autoclave.The researcher involved sustained minor injuries when the gas leaked from the autoclave and ignited. The building suffered extensive damage, propelling…
Thursday 11th March 2021
Double conviction after crane tipping incidentFollowing a crane tipping incident in 2017, a crane and rigging business and employee were charged by SafeWork SA.White Crane and Rigging Service and the employee both pleaded guilty In the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) for breaches of their duties under the Act.The incident occurred in Decemb…
Wednesday 10th March 2021
Road work accident leads to amputationTwo traffic controllers in Perth were injured earlier in the week when their work vehicle was hit by a passing SUV trapping them between their vehicle and a trailer.One of the workers suffered such severe injuries that doctors needed to amputate his right leg. The other man was treated for minor injuries to his a…
Tuesday 9th March 2021
WorkSafe Victoria to focus on stamping out workplace sexual harassmentWorkSafe Victoria has commenced a campaign today to raise awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace. The aim is to educate employers on their responsibilities and encourage workers to call out unacceptable behaviour. The campaign will run across digital, print, radio and soci…
Monday 8th March 2021
Legal action against Cleanaway for water pollutionAustralia's leading waste management company, Cleanaway, has been charged with three offences from two spill incidents at its premises in Queanbeyan in May 2020.The EPA alleges that on the 14th and 15th May 2020, solvent leaked from the premises to a stormwater system that flowed into the Molonglo Rive…
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…
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 15…
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…