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20 Dec 2016 

 

ACT and NSW join forces to improve construction industry safety

A new project to improve safety in the construction industry on either side of the NSW/ACT border has been launched by WorkSafe ACT and SafeWork NSW.

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The Ripple Effect: Helping farming communities deal with suicide and mental health

The Ripple Effect is being run by the National Centre for Farmer Health based in Hamilton, Victoria, where researcher Dr Alison Kennedy estimates the rate of suicide within the farming community is twice that of other Australians.

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Canberra light rail worker 'extremely lucky' to be alive after electric shock

A worker on Canberra's light rail project has escaped serious injury after receiving an electric shock at a construction site along the route.

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ACT Industrial Court prosecutions criticised in case of cleaner who fell from plane

The ACT Chief Magistrate has lashed out over Industrial Court prosecutions saying they are plagued with a lack of diligence, as she considers whether to dismiss a case about a man who fell from the door of a plane he was cleaning.

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Companies and directors charged over Mt Waverley excavation

Following a comprehensive investigation, WorkSafe has charged three businesses and their directors with a number of breaches of the 2004 OHS Act in relation to the collapse of an excavation at a development site at Mt Waverley in July 2015.

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Fatigue creates ‘perfect storm’ for injuries

Fatigue puts worker safety at risk, particularly over the busy festive season and so it’s important to keep the focus on injury prevention as the year comes to a close.

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Workers must help manage safety too

WorkSafe ACT Commissioner Greg Jones would not be human if he said he wasn't feeling frustrated at the spike in serious safety incidents in the Territory's construction industry in recent weeks.

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Avoid heat stress and solar UV radiation exposure this summer

With South Australian summers renowned for being very hot and dry, SafeWork SA reminds employers to manage risks associated with heat stress and solar UV.

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New system for labelling of hazardous chemicals

In 2017, there will be changes to the way hazardous chemicals used in workplaces are labelled. The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, which was adopted in Australia in 2012, will come into full effect in the Northern Territory and other Australian states from 1 January 2017.

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Company convicted after worker maimed

A Geelong packing and supply business was this week convicted and fined $26,000 in the Geelong Magistrates Court following an incident in which a worker had all of the skin from his right hand ripped off by a machine.

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Remote area nurses in NT to be accompanied on house calls following attacks

Remote nurses attending after-hours call-outs will soon be accompanied by a trusted local community member to increase their safety following attacks on health workers, the Northern Territory Health Department said.

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NSW: Spate of tradie incidents and injuries

There has been a spate of incidents involving tradies in NSW, according to SafeWork NSW, which cautioned local tradies about safe approaches to work.

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4 Oct 2016

 

Work Health Safety Updates – Small to medium businesses most at risk

Work health and safety is an area which requires ongoing attention and commitment by businesses to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety not only of workers but also non-workers impacted by the operations of the business. For many small to medium businesses this can be a difficult task, but as recent events show it is a task which must be given sufficient priority.

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National Safe Work month

National Safe Work Month, held in October each year, aims to improve awareness of work health and safety, encourage discussion about safety at work and share positive workplace stories from across Australia.

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WA: Working with pesticides - Overview

Pesticides are often classified as hazardous substances and can harm workers, other people or the environment if not used correctly. This resource provides information about how to work with pesticides safely.

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QLD: Medical Advisory Panel review

As part of WorkCover Queensland's ongoing commitment to improving services, a review of the Medical Advisory Panel is underway.

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Bus driver attacks prompt safety review, union calls for cashless ticketing

The safety of Queensland bus drivers is under review amid concern over a growing number of assaults on drivers.

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Almost a fifth of midwives 'suffering PTSD', study finds

Almost a fifth of midwives meet the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder, new research has found.

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Government won't act on UN ruling defence base firefighting chemical is toxic

The Australian Department of Health is not changing its health advice on a defence base contaminant, despite a United Nations (UN) toxins committee ruling the chemical is linked to serious disease.

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Trucking boss Peter Colbert 'showed no remorse' over driver's death caused by faulty brakes

A former trucking company boss found guilty of manslaughter over the death of one of his drivers due to faulty brakes has not shown genuine remorse for his actions, an Adelaide court has heard.

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Aviation industry encourages pilots to come forward with mental health problems

Australia's aviation industry has been trying to change a culture among pilots of under-reporting mental health conditions, particularly since the issue came into the spotlight during the Germanwings disaster in March last year.

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WA: Reminder on fall protection measures in workplaces

WorkSafe has issued a reminder to employers to use every means at their disposal to protect workers from falls from height.

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Drug & Alcohol policy: Does yours stack up?

A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission raised the significance of having a thoroughly detailed drug and alcohol policy in place, which clearly identifies conduct that will or will not be tolerated, and the ramifications of breaching the policy.

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Dangerous driving & disregard of safety procedures: Patrick O’Sullivan v Qube Logistics

The recent Fair Work Commission decision of Patrick O’Sullivan v Qube Logistics (SL) Pty Ltd T/A Qube Logistics [2016] FWC 5581 (Qube Logistics) examined the time-old question of what is deemed to be a valid reason for terminating an employee in the context of various alleged safety breaches.

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21 Sept 2016

 

Employee not entitled to compensation for injury sustained while working flexibly from home

Employees will not necessarily be entitled to compensation for injuries arising from private activities they engage in while working flexibly from home.

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Don't cut old drums

Flammable substances can still be present in old drums. Even if they have been cleaned and rinsed, the introduction of an ignition source can create a disastrous explosion.

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Essential Energy fined $300,000 over worker death

Essential Energy has been convicted and fined $300,000 following the death of an electrical worker at Bulahdelah in September 2013.

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Scientific evaluation of workplace exposure standards

Safe Work Australia has announced it will evaluate the workplace exposure standards for more than 600 chemicals to ensure worker health and safety in Australia is comparable with latest evidence and international best practice.

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New report focuses on health and safety in the agricultural industry

Safe Work Australia has released a new publication, Work Health and Safety in the Agricultural Industry. The report identifies key risks faced by workers in the agricultural industry and provides statistics about injuries, fatalities and workers’ compensation, including how the agricultural industry compares with other industries.

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Vivid Festival inquest: 'No emergency plan' on night of man's death

An inquest into the death of an Irish tourist at Sydney's 2014 Vivid Festival has heard there was no emergency plan and staff had never practised for such an incident.

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WA: Inspection program looks at accommodation industry

WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in the accommodation industry.

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TAS: Review of Asbestos-Related Diseases (Occupational Exposure) Compensation Act 2011

An independent review is being conducted of the Asbestos-Related Diseases (Occupational Exposure) Compensation Act 2011. Comments close 14 October 2016.

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Perth Children's Hospital asbestos report prompts call for temporary ban on Chinese building materials

The construction union has called on the Federal Government to consider a temporary ban on the importation of some building materials from China.

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Public service declared safe as compensation claims dwindle

Plunging rates of workers compensation claims in the public service show that bosses are getting the message on workplace safety, according to insurer Comcare.

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More inspectors out in Victorian workplaces

Seventeen recruits have completed an intensive training course and graduated as Occupational Health and Safety and Return to Work inspectors.

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Enhanced safety measures aimed at curbing violence against Queensland health workers

More doctors and nurses will use body-worn cameras, CCTV cameras will be upgraded at several hospitals and more security officers will be hired to reduce the 3,000 annual reports of physical and verbal violence against health workers across Queensland.

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5th Sept 2016

 

Risks for new workers

It makes sense that it takes a while to learn a new job. Without someone to show you a task and supervise you while you make your first attempt, it’s likely that you won’t get it right. What if that task is something that could put you at risk of an injury, or worse even, put your life in danger? While this sounds extreme, this is the reality of some workplaces where a proper risk assessment has not been done and a new worker tries a risky task.

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Existing wiring dangers at construction and demolition sites

Workers have received serious electric shocks on sites where existing wiring has been damaged during construction or demolition activities. In several of these instances the wiring was either not identified or not correctly isolated from the electricity supply before the work was carried out.

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QLD: Lifetime care and support for injured workers

The Palaszczuk Government has passed legislation to provide lifetime treatment, care and support to workers catastrophically injured in the workplace.

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Fears asbestos-contaminated road base is being used on Sydney's WestConnex road project

There are fears a Sydney excavation company has supplied asbestos-laden road base to the WestConnex project, as well as the Blue Mountains National Park and many private homes.

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Finally, the proof why you really shouldn't come to work sick

When people bring their infectious illness to work, it spreads - and when sick people don't have a financial incentive to show up to work, fewer people get sick, according to a new working paper by the non-profit US National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Four steps to manage hazardous manual task risks in the workplace

Risk management is a four-step process for controlling exposure to health and safety risks associated with hazards in the workplace.

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Key to black lung prevention is in site monitoring and education, conference hears

While a resurgence of black lung in Queensland has drawn headlines recently, no cases have been reported in NSW, which has had strict dust management guidelines in place for decades.

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ALERT: Hydraulic equipment and systems - hazards and safe practices for operation and maintenance

This alert provides guidance to owners of hydraulic equipment, operators, and service technicians, as well as designers, manufacturers, suppliers and installers on the hazards and safe practices around the operation and maintenance of hydraulic equipment, or items of plant with a hydraulic system.

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ALERT: Working with hot oil

Working with hot oil can cause burns as well as slips, trips and falls. Watch this video safety alert for tips on how to avoid hot oil injuries in your workplace.

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ALERT: Forklift load handling

If you work with forklifts, watch this video for simple steps to handle loads safely.

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24th Aug 2016

 

Roadmap to guide the way to workplace safety

SafeWork NSW today launched a new work health and safety Roadmap for NSW which sets a number of ambitious targets to reduce the rate of injury, illness and fatalities in NSW workplaces.

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Cleanaway charged over Adelaide truck crash

Federal work health and safety regulator Comcare today began legal proceedings against national waste management company Cleanaway over a truck crash that killed two people in Adelaide.

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Consultation now open – review of the model Work Health and Safety Regulations for diving work

Safe Work Australia is seeking feedback on how the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations for diving work could be improved.

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National Safe Work Month resource kit now available

Safe Work Australia is inviting businesses to get involved in National Safe Work Month this October. To help, they have developed a National Safe Work Month Resource kit with suggestions on how to get involved and easy to use banners, factsheets and statistics that can be printed and displayed in workplaces around Australia.

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Court of Appeal confirms no duty of care assumed by a principal with respect to the employees of its subcontractor

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Lee v Wickham Freight Lines Pty Ltd [2016] NSWCA 209 reaffirms the accepted position that, generally speaking, a principal does not owe a duty of care to the employees of its subcontractor. However, the case stands as a critical reminder of the circumstances in which liability can be imposed on a principal.

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Quad bike court case and $12 million payout: What does it mean for farmers?

The head of Primary Employers Tasmania is encouraging farmers across the country to take heed of a recent court decision about quad bikes.

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Barangaroo worksite: Injuries, hazards and near misses amongst highest in NSW, data reveals

The highly publicised Barangaroo worksite on Sydney's CBD waterfront has one of the highest rates of injuries, hazards and near misses of any worksite in New South Wales, a freedom of information request has revealed.

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Asbestos investigation into Yuanda spreads to UK after Australian building projects contaminated

Australia's asbestos controversy has spread to the UK with authorities launching an investigation into whether Yuanda's British arm has imported building products tainted with the deadly substance.

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Powerline electrocution deaths prompt safety warning

A spate of incidents involving overhead power lines has left two people dead and seven others seriously injured - and the state's safety regulator claims all could easily have been avoided.

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Worker fined $6000 over burns to fellow worker

An employee of a civil contracting company has been fined $6000 (and ordered to pay $517.50 in costs) after a fellow employee suffered burns when brake cleaning chemical he had been sprayed with ignited.

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Black lung: Queensland parliamentary review into disease resurgence approved

The Queensland Government will set up a parliamentary review into the re-emergence of black lung disease in the state.

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Inspection program finds continuing problems with vehicle hoists

A second WorkSafe proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in workplaces with vehicle hoists has resulted in continuing concerns.

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9th Aug 2016

 

Ill and injured employee update

There has been a flurry of recent cases concerning the management of ill and injured employees that provide useful guidance for employers.

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Working in an office poses same health risks as smoking

Research published in The Lancet has revealed that sitting for at least eight hours a day could increase the risk of a premature death by up to 60 per cent.

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Sydney builder fined after worker falls 12 metres

A Sydney construction company has been fined $87,500 after a labourer fell 12 metres from a scaffold at a Lane Cove construction site.

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Asbestos importation review released

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has released the Asbestos Importation Review Report completed by KGH Border Services AB.

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How does Safe Work Australia collect and report information on Notifiable Fatalities?

Safe Work Australia produces several reports that provide information on the circumstances of work-related deaths in Australia. The most up-to-date figures are available on the Safe Work Australia's online worker fatalities statistics page.

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New guide on managing risks with tree trimming and removal work

Safe Work Australia has published a new guide to help arborists, tree climbers, horticulturalists, gardeners, tree workers, landscapers, builders, developers and others involved in the amenity tree industry.

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Farm fined over worker's death at Moree in north-west New South Wales

A beef and grain farming business near Moree has been fined $90,000 following the death of a worker three years ago. SafeWork NSW executive director Peter Dunphy said the incident could easily have been prevented if the deceased worker had been given training and a copy of the safety manual.

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Poor conditions proposed for NDIS workers will undermine scheme

The safety of people with disability will be at risk under workplace proposals being considered as part of the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Public comment sought on changes to OHS regulations

Victorians are encouraged to have their say on changes being proposed to Victoria’s OHS regulations. The changes have been designed to modernise and streamline the existing OHS Regulations 2007, which automatically expire in June 2017.

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Record court fines for failing to keep workplaces safe

Almost 130 businesses and individuals were fined a record amount by the Victorian courts in 2015-16 for breaching OHS laws.

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Inspection program reveals low awareness of OSH responsibilities

A WorkSafe proactive inspection program looking at commercial property owners and property managers has revealed a generally low level of knowledge about workplace safety responsibilities.

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Royal Hobart Hospital asbestos scare prompts union calls for full audit

Unions are demanding a full audit of all construction areas at the Royal Hobart Hospital after another asbestos scare.

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27 July 2016 

 

Cabbage salad and safety: podcast

This podcast features a stark comparison of legal and non-legal views about responsibility for safety and exposes the limitations of both approaches. The discussion demonstrates the very different mechanics of the safety consultant’s mind and the lawyer’s mind and considers what this means for compliance.

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$2 million quad bike safety rebate program open

Rural workplaces can now apply for a NSW Government rebate of up to $500 to implement safety measures aimed at reducing quad bike tragedies and injuries on farms.

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Lack of remorse a factor in $800,000 fine over worker’s death

A Melbourne recycling company that went out of business soon after one of its employees was crushed to death under a homemade lifting device has been convicted and fined $800,000 in the County Court.

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Cape York communities to receive electrical safety advice

Electrical safety inspectors are set to visit Cape York as part of the Queensland Government’s effort to provide safety support and guidance to electricians, electrical contractors and Council workers in Indigenous communities.

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Three myths about workplace injuries

If a serious incident hasn’t occurred yet in your workplace, it’s easy to be complacent about workplace health and safety. However, statistics indicate that without implementing a risk management system, a serious incident is likely to occur.

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How to minimise manual handling injuries

If you’re hearing workers complain of soreness after a particular task, that’s an indicator that you need to assess the risks of manual handling in your workplace.

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Windy weather poses safety hazard

SafeWork SA is urging builders and sub-contractors to secure or put loose items away on their worksites so they do not pose a safety hazard in today’s strong winds.

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Chemical classification boosted

A new chemical information service has been established to help the transition to a new global chemical classification system that will come into effect in Australia in January 2017.

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Black lung overhaul vital

Queensland coal workers’ respiratory health screening requires a major overhaul, according to a report released on Wednesday.

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New guide to help workers with cattle handling

Safe Work Australia has released a Guide to managing risks in cattle handling, which was developed in collaboration with industry experts and provides information on natural cattle handling techniques that use cattle behaviour and livestock handler position to achieve the desired goal.

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Farm fined over worker's death at Moree in north-west New South Wales

A beef and grain farming business near Moree has been fined $90,000 following the death of a worker three years ago.

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Farmers urged to stay safe during Farm Safety Week

This week is National Farm Safety Week, a time to raise awareness of farm safety issues across Australia and highlight some of the practical steps farmers can take to improve worker health and safety on farms.

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12 July 2016

 

New chemical database supports GHS transition

Safe Work Australia has published a new chemicals database to make it easier for manufacturers, importers, suppliers and end-users of chemicals to meet the requirements of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.

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Indigenous West Australians have highest death rate for asbestos-related disease: study

Indigenous West Australians have the highest death rate for malignant mesothelioma in the world, a study into asbestos-related diseases has found.

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WA: Inspection program looks at safety in pubs, taverns and bars

WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in pubs, taverns and bars. The inspection program will take place across Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2016/17 financial year.

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VIC: Safety blitz aims to prevent falls on construction sites

WorkSafe inspectors will target construction sites across Victoria as part of a month-long campaign to prevent deaths and injuries caused by falls. Inspectors will make almost 1000 visits to construction sites in July with a key focus of assessing safety measures and providing information to builders and sub-contractors on their responsibilities.

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QLD: Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis – your employment and compensation rights

A guide to employment and compensation rights in regards to coal workers’ pneumoconiosis.

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QLD: IR Minister meets with electrical apprentices to highlight asbestos safety

Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace today joined a group of apprentice electricians in Rocklea on Brisbane’s southside to highlight the importance of asbestos safety.

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QLD: Innovative system improvements deliver more for our customers

Our customers have told us that our free online service, WorkCover Connect for employers – Australia’s leading online workers’ compensation tool – was the best they’d ever seen. But they also gave us ideas on how it could be even better for them.

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How healthy is your workplace?

New data released by Ipsos shows that Australia is ranked 8th out of a list of 25 countries when it comes to providing a healthy working environment where employees also feel psychologically safe.

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Worker fatalities

As at 7 July, 81 Australian workers have been killed at work in 2016.

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Ekka could ban safety inspection company following SA ride death

A safety inspection company being prosecuted over the death of a child who was flung from a ride at the Royal Adelaide Show (RAS) can be banned from certifying rides at the Ekka, the Federal Court has ruled.

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Living with one arm: how a split-second workplace injury can change your life

Bulli builder Dean McSporran was a regular man, working the same kind of shift he had done hundreds of times at a mine in the Hunter Valley when his life changed in a heartbeat.

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Shaping a course towards harmonised maritime work, health and safety laws in Australia

As progress continues with the general harmonisation of Australian Work, Health and Safety laws, determining the laws that apply to offshore and maritime workplaces and activities in Australian waters remains riddled with complexity.

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28 June 2016

 

Not talking safety outside the business may prove costly in more ways than one

As a result of the change to work health and safety laws (WHS) in 2011, persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU, which includes employers) must consult, cooperate and coordinate their activities with other PCBUs who have a WHS duty in relation to the same matter. Failure to do so can result in penalties of up to $100,000 for businesses.

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Car auctioneer fined after forklift operator killed

A Sydney car auctioneer has been fined more than $250,000 after a forklift operator was killed while unloading a truck at Milperra in 2013. The incident occurred when a 36 year old forklift operator and a 19 year old labourer attempted to move a cabinet from a truck onto a forklift at Pickles Auctions’ Milperra motor vehicle storage and auction site.

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New GHS E Learning available

Comcare has published a new general workplace awareness E Learning session on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

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Construction company SRG Building accused of delaying Royal Adelaide Hospital worker death case

One of the companies being prosecuted over the death of a worker on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital site has been accused of trying to delay the case.

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Transport Commission seeks feedback on rail safety worker standards

The National Transport Commission has released a consultation report with proposed changes to the National Standard for Health Assessment of rail safety workers.

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Principles of good work design

Good work design optimises work health and safety, human performance, job satisfaction, and business success.

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WorkSafe issues reminder on hazards of fragile roofing materials

WorkSafe has issued a reminder to employers about the hazards of working on or near brittle or fragile roofing materials.

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Border construction sites get help with safety

Inspectors from WorkSafe Victoria and SafeWork NSW will join forces again next week as part of efforts to increase understanding of interstate safety requirements for construction companies working on either side of the border. Inspections will take place at residential, commercial and civil construction sites.

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Testing and maintenance of tools and equipment

Before you do any electrical work, always check that your tools, test instruments and personal protective equipment (PPE) are safe to use. A simple visual check can identify any damaged insulation on tools such as pliers and screw drivers, cuts or tears in insulating gloves or mats, or damaged meter leads.

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Alice Springs tour group pleads guilty following death of backpacker Zoe Woolmer

An Alice Springs-based tour company has pleaded guilty to failing to comply with its health and safety duty to British backpacker Zoe Woolmer, who fell to her death while posing for a photograph at the edge of Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park in June 2014.

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Warnings over defective NSW mine self-rescue units

A safety alert has been issued for self-rescue devices that are used by thousands of miners across New South Wales.

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Builder fined $300,000 after wall collapse kills carpenter

A builder was yesterday convicted and fined $300,000 in the County Court over an incident in which a carpenter died after being crushed by a brick wall on a construction site at Brighton East.

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17 June 2016

 

First conviction for failing to 'co-operate, consult and co-ordinate' under model WHS laws

The decision of the SA Industrial Court in Boland v Trainee and Apprentice Placement Service Inc [2016] SAIRC 14 is the first ever conviction for breach of the ‘concurrent duty holder consultation duty’ under the model work health and safety (WHS) legislation. The decision also shows that not-for-profit (NFP) organisations are as much subject to the obligations imposed by the model laws as any other duty-holder.

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New Mental Health Support To Help Paramedics Cope With Trauma

A new mental health training program to better support paramedics to cope with the confronting, life-threatening emergencies they face every day will be rolled out across the state, thanks to a new partnership between Ambulance Victorian and beyondblue.

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Construction company SRG Building accused of delaying Royal Adelaide Hospital worker death case

One of the companies being prosecuted over the death of a worker on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital site has been accused of trying to delay the case.

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NSW budget: $2 million quad bike safety package

Quad bikes are currently a leading cause of death on Australian properties with 220 deaths in the past 16 years with thousands more people seriously injured. SafeWork NSW has now developed a Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program, due to commence in late July.

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Melbourne building company fined $300,000 over fatal brick wall collapse at Brighton East

A Melbourne building company has been fined $300,000 over a 'foreseeable' wall collapse that killed a father of two at a Brighton East construction site two years ago.

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WA: Company fined $50,000 for not providing safe workplace

An infrastructure company has been fined $50,000 over an incident in 2011 that resulted in a worker having both legs amputated below the knee.

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Four simple steps to prevent fall injuries

WorkCover Queensland data shows that musculoskeletal injuries from falls accounted for 7,919 claims in the 2014-2015 financial year at a cost of over $51 million. But fall injuries in the workplace are easily preventable if employers and workers work together on four simple steps – identify hazards, assess their risk, fix the problem and monitor performance.

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Lifetime care and support for catastrophically injured workers

The Palaszczuk Government has introduced legislation to provide lifetime care and support to workers who are catastrophically injured in the workplace. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the legislation was part of the National Injury Insurance Scheme.

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The 10 Most Common Workplace Accidents In Australia

For some of us, the modern workplace is like a second home, where most of our waking hours are spent. Whether you have a cushy office job or a physically demanding one, the more time you spend at work, the more likely it becomes that you may succumb to an unexpected workplace accident or medical emergency.

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Seafood industry says workplace safety is improving and 'near-miss' stories need to be shared

The Northern Territory Seafood Council says the fishing industry is constantly improving its workplace safety standards and has denied suggestions the safety on fishing vessels is 'shameful' across the country.

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Transport Commission seeks feedback on rail safety worker standards

The National Transport Commission has released a consultation report with proposed changes to the National Standard for Health Assessment of rail safety workers.

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Labour Hire Abuses Rife, Queensland Union Says

Labour hire arrangements throughout Queensland are driving down wages, jeopardising safety and locking workers into insecure forms of employment, according to the state’s biggest construction sector union.

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8 June 2016

 

ALP presents its health and safety policy

As the Federal election approaches, the Australian Labor Party outlines its position on workplace health and safety, in answer to questions posed by the Safety Institute of Australia Ltd.

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Drugs, alcohol & the workplace

This interview discusses drugs and alcohol in the workplace, including the obligations and steps that employers should take to protect the health and safety of workers.

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Health and safety compliance is the personal responsibility of company officers

Officers, directors and board members who fail to take preventative action to ensure the health and safety of their workers can be held personally liable for any acts or omissions by the company, its employees and contractors which have an effect on the health and safety of its workers.

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SafeWork NSW issues warning ahead of predicted storms

With heavy showers and gale-forced winds predicted across much of the state, SafeWork NSW has issued a reminder to businesses to ensure workers and the community are safe.

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Have your say on improving safety in the horse industry

The NSW Government is encouraging the community to have its say on a new Horse riding Code of Practice aimed at reducing work-related injuries and fatalities involving horses, which cost the NSW economy more than $5 million each year.

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New inspector intake to bolster workplace front line

Fourteen new recruits have this week begun an intensive 14-week training course as they prepare for their new role on the front line as WorkSafe inspectors. The new recruits bring with them a range of experience from industries such as construction, transport and logistics, agriculture, manufacturing, major hazard facilities, chemical engineering and healthcare.

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How to keep skilled workers in an industry after injury

Getting highly skilled construction and mining workers to stay in the industry after they are injured at work was the focus of a forum hosted by WorkCover Queensland. This article provides links to a range of presentations from the event.

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WA: Warning on falsified High Risk Work Licences

WorkSafe has issued a further warning to carefully check High Risk Work Licences after discovering another falsified licence. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today WorkSafe had recently been alerted to a licence that had been altered to include classes of high risk work for which the owner had not been trained.

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Conviction highlights importance of keeping trainees, apprentices safe

A recent conviction in the Industrial Court resulting in a $14,000 fine to Trainee and Apprentice Placement Service Inc. (TAPS), should remind all group training organisations that they have a shared work health and safety duty with host employers.

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