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The NSW Resources Regulator will start a targeted intervention campaign for vehicle safety at open cut mines across the State next week.The Regulator says the campaign will focus on the role played by workers and mine leadership teams in ensuring safe vehicle operations.The Regulator said "We view the role of each mine's leadership team and workers as…
A Victorian court has ordered a business manager to pay $100,000 in overpayments after an investigation revealed that he defrauded the state's workers' compensation scheme.The business manager pleaded guilty in the Ringwood Magistrates' Court to a charge of fraudulently obtaining payments. He was fined $10,000 in addition to the restitution amount.The…
New laws requiring Tasmanian drivers to safely slow to 40 km/h when passing roadside assistance vehicles with flashing yellow lights will come into force on 1 August 2022.Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson said the new laws aim to protect roadside assistance workers "conducting call-out or breakdown assistance, towing, battery repla…
New laws to improve the safety of quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles in Queensland workplaces have been proposed.The proposed changes are contained in a discussion paper, according to WorkSafe Queensland. "Written submissions are sought from all interested parties on the specific questions and key issues identified in the discussion paper," WorkSafe…
Charges have been laid against a Victorian accommodation business following an incident in which a falling tree branch fatally crushed a camper in March 2021.The company faces two charges under the Victorian OHS Act for failing to ensure the workplace was safe and without risks.WorkSafe accuses the company of failing to take measures to reduce the risk…
The Tasmania Government has joined with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to promote safe driving around heavy vehicles ahead of the 2022 National Road Safety Week.Tasmanian Transport Minister Michael Ferguson said four people were killed in crashes involving heavy vehicles in 2021."No death on our roads is acceptable," Mr Ferguson said."I wa…
The federal work health and safety regulator, Comcare has accepted an enforceable undertaking from a contractor after a worker was injured in a fall more than three years ago. The contractor was charged with violations of the federal WHS Act following an investigation by Comcare.Comcare's head of Regulatory Operations Justin Napier said the agreement w…
So far this year, four people have been killed in quad bike incidents, according to Safe Work Australia.Two of the fatalities occurred in Western Australia, while the States of New South Wales and Tasmania each had one fatality.Quad bikes are the leading cause of farm deaths in Australia. In 2021, there were 11 quad bike fatalities in Australia.See&nbs…
Two building companies and their directors have been fined for breaching Queensland’s Work Health and Safety Act 2011 over an incident in 2014.The defendants were prosecuted after a Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspector found workers on a roof without adequate fall protection.They were fined a total of $105,000 by the Noosa Magistrates Court…
SafeWork SA has commenced prosecution action against a poultry company following the death of a worker last year.The man died after being struck by a reversing trailer at the company’s Adelaide plant in May 2021.SafeWork SA alleges the company failed to manage the risks associated with interactions between pedestrians and mobile plant.Read the original…
A Queensland roofing company and its sole director have been sentenced for safety failings after a worker fell through a skylight and sustained serious injuries.The Southport Magistrates Court heard that another roofing company engaged the defendants to cover skylights on a shed roof with metal sheeting in December 2019. The defendant left the worksite…
A 12-year-old boy who was seriously injured after falling from height at a Perth construction site has died.The boy was rushed to Perth Children's Hospital in a critical condition following the incident on Monday night.He was playing with friends at the site when the incident took place.WorkSafe WA is investigating the circumstances of the incident.For…
WorkSafe ACT's strategy to prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders was recently launched to demonstrate its commitment to workplace health and safety.WorkSafe ACT says Construction, Healthcare, and Retail industries account for more than half of MSD-related workers' compensation claims.ACT work safety commissioner Jacqueline Agius said these are some of the…
A South Australian asbestos removalist and demolition contractor has had their license cancelled due to a history of repeated contraventions.SafeWork SA accuses the contractor of creating health and safety risks by “potentially exposing people to friable asbestos.”“SafeWork SA will suspend, cancel or refuse a person’s licence renewal in order to addres…
A quad bike rider had died following a crash in south Taranaki.Police said the incident happened on Saturday morning.Emergency services were called to a private property in Waverley shortly before 9am.The rider died at the scene, according to police.Source: New Zealand Police.…
WorkSafe is investigating an incident in which a 12-year-old boy was critically injured after he fell from a height at a Perth construction site.The boy was transported to Perth Children's Hospital on Monday evening, according to police.Reports indicated the boy was not alone at the time of the incident.He remained in hospital in critical condition Mon…
Safework Australia says only one notifiable serious injury associated with a fall was reported during their ‘April No-Falls’ safety campaign.The campaign was launched on 31 March 2022 and aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of working at height.SafeWork SA kept on releasing information, data and advice on fall prevention throughout the campaign per…
A Victoria building company faces charges for safety breaches following the death of a worker after a fall at a Melbourne construction site two years ago.The 26-year-old man fell from scaffolding onto concrete in April 2020.WorkSafe Victoria has charged the company under section 26(1) of the OHS Act for failing to ensure the workplace was safe and with…
A man has been airlifted to hospital with leg injuries after he became trapped under heavy machinery Sunday afternoon.LifeFlight said the man was using a heavy ride-on roller on private property in the South Burnett region when he was injured. Emergency services were called to the scene just after midday.The man was flown to Toowoomba Hospital by the L…
A worker was taken to hospital with serious burn injuries after she received a shock from an electric cable.Emergency services were alerted to the incident in central Dunedin at about 9am on Friday morning.The 34-year-old woman suffered burns to her arm after cutting a live cable in a trench.She was taken to Dunedin Hospital in a serious condition.Work…
The winners of the 2021 WorkSafe Victoria awards have been announced. The winners include businesses, workers and health and safety representatives who have gone the extra mile to ensure Victorians are safe at work. WorkSafe Victoria said it received more than 180 nominations but only 23 finalists were shortlisted for the awards. Eight winner…
Safe Work Australia is seeking public input on crane licensing to identify areas that need to be improved.The safety agency has released a discussion paper for a six-week consultation period until Thursday, 16 June.Safe Work Australia said “We invite all stakeholders with an interest in the high risk work licensing framework to provide their views, suc…
SafeWork NSW inspectors have visited 35 construction sites in Bankstown and Rockdale as part of a week-long safety blitz to improve workplace safety.The safety watchdog said inspectors issued 86 improvement notices and 16 prohibition notices.Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said falls from height is the number one killer in the construction indu…
The theme for this year's National Safe Work Month has been released by Safe Work Australia. The theme is 'Know safety, work safely - encouraging everyone to make health and safety in the workplace a priority.'To assist Australian workplaces in preparing for the annual event, the safety agency has also developed a campaign kit with a range of resources…
A Victorian wheel manufacturer is facing charges over unsafe work practices following a number of incidents at a Mildura workshop between August 2018 and February 2020.The company has been charged under s.21 of the OHS Act for failing to provide a safe workplace.WorkSafe alleges the wheel manufacturer twice breached a section of the OHS Act by fai…
SafeWork NSW is investigating a fatal workplace incident at a Sydney container terminal on April 22.A man aged in his 50s was struck by a reversing forklift at at Banksmeadow, according to police.The man was transported to St George Hospital in critical condition.  He died while undergoing treatment at the hospital.Originally publis…
Queensland police have issued a safety reminder to quad bike riders after a man was seriously injured in a quad bike crash in north Queensland on April 26.Police said four men were riding on a quad bike at Rocky Point when one of them fell from the vehicle.  He was rushed to Weipa Hospital with serious head injuries.  The…
A 69-year-old truck driver has died in hospital following a collision involving two garbage trucks at Mount Wallace on Anzac Day.The man died in hospital on Wednesday.  WorkSafe has launched an investigation into the cause of the incident. Fourteen Victorian workers have been killed at work so far this year, according to WorkSafe st…
A man has been crushed to death by a falling gate in the 13th workplace fatality in Victoria this year.The incident happened on Saturday morning.WorkSafe Victoria has launched an investigation following the death of a 59-year-old truck driver in Melbourne.The safety watchdog said the man was trying to close a 12-metre wide sliding gate when it fell on…
ACT Work Health and Safety Commissioner Jacqueline Agius has paid tribute to the workers who have died in workplace incidents at a National Workers’ Memorial ceremony.SafeWork Australia data shows 194 Australian workers died on the job in 2020.In the ACT, three workers have been killed at work since 2020.“We are here to mourn and honour the lives of th…
SafeWork SA reminds workers and employers to put in place safety measures to prevent falls from trucks and trailers. Truck drivers received the most serious fall injuries in 2021, according to SafeWork SA data.South Australia’s workplace safety watchdog says falls from flatbed trucks and trailers increased by 60 per cent in 2021.SafeWork SA Executive D…
Hunter Workers will today assemble at the Workers Memorial Stone at Newcastle Foreshore to mark International Workers Memorial Day.Every year on April 28, workers in Australia observe Workers Memorial Day, a day to remember all those killed in workplace incidents each year.The workers will meet at the Newcastle Foreshore at 12 pm to pay their respects…
A 19-year-old man was transported to hospital with serious leg injuries after falling into a cotton harvester in northern NSW.The man's legs became trapped under the feed roll of the heavy machinery following the incident last Thursday afternoon.He was freed by emergency crews and treated at the scene. He was later flown to Orange Hospital and lis…
Safework NSW targeting unsafe concreting practicesSafeWork NSW has stated that they will be cracking down on unsafe concreting practices over the next three months, and we want all of our readers to be prepared and ensure they have the correct systems in place to keep workers safe.The on-site inspections will focus on formwork and concrete placing equi…
Nominations for the WorkSafe Queensland's Safe Work and Return to Work Awards are now open until 17 June 2022.The awards recognise Queensland businesses and individuals who've made significant improvements to work health and safety or return to work.Entry is open to individuals and organisations operating in Queensland.Winners will be announced on Frid…
A worker has died while loading coal onto a ship at a New Zealand port. A Lyttelton port company confirmed that one worker had died following an incident on Monday morning."Sadly, an LPC staff member has passed away while the vessel was being loaded with coal for export," a senior company official told the New Zealand Herald."At the moment, we can't co…
Two mechanics have died in hospital after they were struck by a vehicle while working on a broken-down bus at Woombye in Queensland.A 25-year-old Currimundi man and a 22-year-old Baringa man were transported to hospital with serious injuries following the incident on Thursday afternoon. They died a short time later.Workplace Health and Safety QLD is in…
ACT Work Health and Safety Commissioner Jacqueline Agius reminds operators of children's play centres to make safety a priority following an incident in which a child suffered minor injuries after falling from height last weekend.WorkSafe ACT has been notified and is making enquiries. "The safety of children must be of the utmost importance for operato…
SafeWork NSW has launched a new Scaffolding Industry Safety Standard to prevent work-related injuries and deaths.NSW Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said this is an important step towards ensuring the safety of all workers."The Scaffolding Industry Safety Standard is an essential and comprehensive resource that provides practical guidance for those undertak…
A man has been killed in a workplace incident at an Auckland port. The incident happened on Tuesday morning.It is understood the man died after he fell from height on Tuesday morning.He was employed by a stevedoring company at the port. WorkSafe has been notified of the incident.Originally published in the New Zealand Herald.…
Queensland primary school students are being encouraged to enter the annual Farm Safety calendar competition.The competition aims to raise awareness among students of common hazards on Queensland farms.  Head of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Tony James said entries to the competition are now open."The 12 winning entries will go…
Are you an 'officer' in your company?Did you know that 'officers' of a company have specific duties under work health and safety (WHS) laws? If you are unsure, look at your role in the company to determine if you meet the criteria as an 'officer.'A person's role and influence may be different for every business enterprise but answering yes to any of th…
A cattle musterer has been flown to hospital after she fell from her horse in southwest Queensland.The woman in her 50s suffered rib and back injuries after she was thrown off her horse on Wednesday afternoon.The woman was mustering cattle when the incident took place. She was flown to Roma by the SGAS helicopter.She travelled in a stable con…
Provisional data released by WorkSafe New Zealand shows five people have been killed in work-related incidents this year.  Industries that have so far recorded fatalities include forestry and logging, agriculture, other services and arts and recreation services. Two of the fatalities occurred in Auckland, while the remaining th…
New South Wales' workplace health and safety regulator, SafeWork, has partnered with a local agricultural college to deliver a free quad bike safety program for children aged 16 years and over.Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said young people would be taught how to operate high-risk vehicles in the workplace safely."These types of vehicles…
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has recently issued improvement notices to two companies for breaching fatigue regulations.An investigation conducted by the heavy vehicle regulator identified multiple work diaries, work hours, and fatigue issues. Under the Improvement Notices, the companies are required to take immediate action to prevent f…
NSW Fair Trading Minister Eleni Petinos has announced that she will have a zero tolerance policy with unsafe rides following an incident in which a four-year-old boy was left unrestrained on a ride at the Sydney Royal Easter show on Sunday afternoon.“I can confirm that I have instructed SafeWork NSW to explore shutting the Free Fall ride for the remain…
New Zealand police are investigating after a man died in a workplace incident on Wednesday morning.Emergency services were called to the incident at about 11.15 am.  Police said the incident happened in Awapuni, GisborneWorkSafe has been notified of the incident, according to police.Original source found New Zealand Police.…
Last year we ran a survey to find out what additional products and services we could provide to make our customers lives easier.Overwhelmingly, the top two responses were to provide Health and Safety equipment such as PPE, signage and other safety equipment and provide a service for automatic branding of our documents.Well, we have risen to the challen…
Over the next three months, SafeWork NSW inspectors will be conducting a construction safety blitz targeting unsafe concreting practices.Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said an estimated 360,000 people work in the construction industry in New South Wales.Ms Petinos said, “inspectors will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to lives…
Nominations for the 2022 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards are currently being accepted. Entry for the awards is open to individuals, associations, partnerships, companies, and other organisations operating in Western Australia.The WA Government has created a new Work Health and Safety Excellence Award category, ‘Best Intervention to Address a P…
SafeWork Australia has released the latest workplace fatality figures.  The figures show that 47 Australian workers have been killed at work this year so far.The transport, postal and warehousing industry has recorded the highest number of workplace deaths, with 22 fatalities.Agriculture, forestry, and fishing follow with 12 fatalities.&…
WorkSafe WA has released a new information sheet to help health and safety representatives (HSRs) understand their roles under the WHS Act.The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 was passed by the WA parliament in 2020 and became effective on 31 March 2022.The new laws bring together WHS for general industry, mines, and petroleum operations under a single…
A coal mine worker died from injuries sustained while dismantling conveyor equipment underground in central Queensland last month.The 58-year-old man died after suffering serious head injuries at an underground mine south-west of Mackay on 25 March.Investigations are continuing.Following the incident, Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) remin…
WorkCover WA CEO, Mr Chris White has recently announced a 6.9% increase in the 2022/23 recommended premium rates for compulsory workers’ compensation insurance in Western Australia.Mr White said the recommended rates for 2022/23 would be 1.822 per cent of total wages, up from 1.704 per cent for 2021/22. “Each year, the Western Australian recommended pr…
A man has been flown to hospital after he fell from a horse in the Western Downs region.The man, aged in his 50s, was riding the horse on a private property when the incident happened on Monday afternoon. He suffered a dislocated elbow and internal injuries after the animal rolled on top of him.The LifeFlight Surat Gas Aeromedical Service (SGAS) h…
NSW workplace health and safety regulator SafeWork is partnering with soccer team Sydney FC to promote mental health awareness in the workplace and to provide free coaching to businesses. Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said nearly one in six Australian workers experience a mental illness.“I’m delighted that Sydney FC has partnered with SafeWor…
A residential builder has recently received an expiation notice from SafeWork SA for directing a worker to modify scaffold without the relevant high risk work licence.On 30 March 2022, the builder was fined $2,220 by SafeWork SA following the incident.“The modular scaffold on site had a 4.9 metre high working platform which requires a person to hold at…
A new fact sheet for PCBU and people who are working as part of a contractual chain has been developed by Safe Work Australia."A contractual chain refers to the situation where, in relation to the same project or work matter, there are multiple contractors and subcontractors," Safe Work Australia said.Some of the industries where a contractual chain is…
The Queensland Government has recently introduced legislation to crack down on 'claim farming' in the State. " 'Claim farmers', also known as 'claims management services', approach individuals to coerce them into making personal injury and workers' compensation claims and then charge a fee to 'sell 'their claim to a legal practitioner or other claims m…
A new app is helping SafeWork NSW prevent workplace injuries and deaths by allowing workers to report safety concerns anonymously.The 'Speak Up Save Lives' app which was released in 2020, enables workers to send photos of unsafe practices to Safe Work NSW. More than 1200 reports have been made to SafeWork NSW since its inception.  Minist…
New WHS laws for WA and Victoria.Recent changes have occurred to Health and Safety legislation in Victoria and Western Australia, with new responsibilities for employers and employees.For our subscribers working in these jurisdictions, it's important to be aware of these changes to remain compliant with the new rules, as non-compliance with safety legi…
The NSW Government is seeking feedback from stakeholders on improvements to the licensing scheme for demolition.The demolition licensing regulation will change from the repealed OHS Regulation 2001 (NSW) Act to the WHS Regulation 2017 (NSW) Act.NSW Fair Trading Minister Eleni Petinos said, “This change will inject much needed clarity into what rules de…
WorkSafe Victoria and SafeWork NSW recently conducted a week-long blitz in Albury and Wodonga focusing on construction hazards.During the blitz, inspectors visited 52 construction sites, issuing a total of seventeen improvement notices and two prohibition notices, for working at height.WorkSafe Director of Construction and Earth Resources Matt Wielgosz…
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day is celebrated every year on 28 April. This day will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of workplace health and safety. It is also a day to remember those who have been killed at work.Latest Safe Work Australia figures show a total of 194 workers were killed at work in 2020. “A…
RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter airlifted a man to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital after he was injured in a quad bike crash in southeast Queensland.The incident happened about 10 am on Wednesday morning.The man in his 40s suffered pelvic and abdominal injuries after falling off his quad bike in Mount Archer.He was treated at the scene b…
WorkSafe Western Australia has released traumatic work-related fatalities data for 2011-12 to 2020-21.The ’Work-related traumatic injury fatalities in Western Australia 2011-12 to 2020-21’ report analyses data on work-related fatalities in Western Australia during the ten-year period.The report shows there were 170 work-related deaths in Western Austra…
A New Zealand charter company has been fined $227,500 for health and safety breaches on the Whakaari/White Island.The December 2019 Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption killed 22 people, including 14 Australians.The company was sentenced at the Auckland District Court on Thursday. The court also ordered the company to pay prosecution costs of $40,00…
Heavy vehicle operators can now choose from seven apps for Electronic Work Diary (EWD) after the NHVR recently approved a seventh provider.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said there are many benefits of using EWDs, including increased productivity, fatigue management and driver safety."For example, Bustle's EWD complements its existing end-to-end Transport Ma…
SafeWork SA is launching a safety campaign to raise awareness of the dangers involved when working at height. The campaign dubbed 'April No-Falls' aims to remind businesses that fall prevention is everyone's responsibility. SafeWork SA says falls from height are a leading cause of death and serious injury in Australian workplaces, accounting for 11% of…
A 58-year-old man has died after sustaining serious head injuries while working at a coal mine in Central Queensland.Police were called to the incident southwest of Mackay about 10pm on Friday.Operations at the underground coal mine have ceased following the incident.Investigations into the cause of the incident are ongoing.Queensland's Resources Minis…
A person has died after a workplace incident in Ōmokoroa.Police say they were alerted to the incident at Te Kaka Place Road just after 1.15 pm on Wednesday.The person died at the scene.WorkSafe has been notified of the incident.Source; New Zealand Police…
A man has died after being attacked by a bull in northern Victoria.The 52-year-old suffered serious head injuries after being knocked to the ground and kicked by a bull on Monday morning.WorkSafe said the man was drafting cattle when the animal fatally struck him.An investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing.View the original story on the&…
The Western Australian Government's new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws go into effect today.The new laws bring workplaces in Western Australia under a single WHS Act, and introduce the term 'person conducting a business undertaking'. DMIRS has been conducting webinars on the new laws during January and February 2022.Industrial Relations Minister Bil…
Safely rebuilding after the floods.The rebuild after the catastrophic flooding event across New South Wales is underway, with the Commonwealth and State Governments providing well over a billion dollars in support.The rebuilding process will be a long and complex one, with many people still displaced from their homes. But there are some key things to…
A Queensland health service is facing charges over claims it failed to protect its staff.The charges have been laid by the state’s Office of the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor over two incidents.According to ABC News, one incident happened in July 2019 when a nurse was attacked by a male patient. She suffered brain injuries as a result of the i…
Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office (ESO) has produced a film warning workers of the dangers of arc flash.Head of the Electrical Safety Office Donna Heelan said arc flash incidents are on the rise in Queensland, and it was time to ramp up safety measures.“To get the point home, this film looks at an arc flash incident through the eyes of an elec…
A man aged in his 80s died last week after an excavator rolled on a property in southeast Tasmania.Police and emergency services were called to reports of an excavator rollover about 12.35pm on Monday.Police said the man was working with the excavator when the incident happened. The man died at the scene.WorkSafe is investigating the circumst…
A crane company has been fined $300,000 following the death of a worker at a Canberra work site six years ago.The man died when a mobile crane trying to move a ten-tonne generator toppled in 2016."WorkSafe ACT is committed to minimising the negative impact of this trauma, working with the Director of Public Prosecutions to ensure swift outcomes for fam…
A 47-year-old man has died in a quad bike crash in Western Australia.The man's quad bike crashed in sand dunes at Cape Burney on Tuesday evening. Attempts to revive the injured man were unsuccessful. He was declared deceased at the scene. Quad bike incidents have killed at least three people in Australia this year.Safe Work Australia figures show 150 p…
Safe Work Australia is reminding employers, workers, and small businesses that they have a legal duty to protect workers from Covid 19 despite the easing of public health directions."Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their workers and minimise the risks of COVID-19 as much as reasonably practicable," Safe Work Australia said.Saf…
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is reminding operators of heavy vehicles transporting grapes to put in place safety measures to protect other road users.The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) said operators should pay attention to their mass, loading, fatigue and work and rest hour requirements under the Heavy Vehicle National Law…
WorkSafe has launched a new initiative to help seasonal workers stay safe while working on Victorian farms.As part of the new initiative, Pacific Islander workers will receive specialised safety resources including videos, posters and written guides in five languages. – Bislama, Fijian, Samoan, Tongan and English.WorkSafe Executive Director of Health a…
Workplace sexual harassment forum and $1.5 million enforceable undertaking among key highlights of the report.Federal WHS regulator Comcare has released the third Work Health and Safety Year in Review report.Comcare said the report highlights' compliance and enforcement activities that promote and enable safe and healthy work across the Commonwealth ju…
The WorkCover Tasmania Board is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the development of a new Workplace Rehabilitation Provider (WRP) Accreditation Framework in Tasmania.The framework aims to ensure WRPs in the Tasmanian workers' compensation scheme provide the best possible service for injured workers accessing workplace rehabilitation services in th…
Victoria has recorded two separate work-related deaths in one day, taking the state's workplace fatality toll to nine for 2022.A 53-year-old crane operator died after being crushed by steel beams in Dandenong South about 11:15 am on Friday morning.Less than three hours later, a 56-year-old worker died after a tractor-spreader combination he w…
New WHS laws for WAIn a recent media release, the Western Australian government announced that the state's new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws are set to begin on 31 March 2022 and mark a "national first," bringing general industry, mines, and petroleum operation under a single Act.The government has said the new laws would modernise Western Australi…
SafeWork NSW's Family and Injured Worker Support Group (FIWSG) will remain in place until the end of this year. FIWSG is a group of people who have suffered a serious work-related injury, or have a family member who has died in a workplace place incident. Members of the FIWSG provide advice to SafeWork about the support needs of affected persons. Minis…
New laws to improve workplace safety in Victoria went into effect on 16 March 2022. The Workplace Safety Legislation and Matters Amendment Act 2022 aims to prevent and better respond to workplace safety incidents and improve outcomes for injured workers and their families.The laws also increase WorkSafe's ability to enhance Victoria's workers' compensa…
A man has been airlifted to hospital after he was trapped by a truck tray in the Western Downs.The incident happened on Friday afternoon.Toowoomba's RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked to the property at 2:15 pm.The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aeromedical team assisted Queensland Ambulance paramedics to treat the man aged in his 60s.He was flown to…
A South Australian asbestos removalist has had their Class A licence suspended by SafeWork for failing to safely remove asbestos from a residential premise. The contractor was accused of exposing people to friable asbestos, contrary to section 19 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA).SafeWork SA Executive Director Martyn Campbell reminds SA…
The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency has recently launched a six-week public consultation on the new Guidelines for communicating about asbestos risk and the Communicating Asbestos Facts and Figures guide which is to be read and used in conjunction with the guidelines.These guidelines are for anyone responsible for communicating asbestos ris…
Inspectors from WorkSafe Victoria and SafeWork NSW will begin visiting construction sites in the Albury and Wodonga region next week to help tradies reduce fall hazards.WorkSafe Executive Director Health and Safety Narelle Beer said employers must do more to prevent falls from height injuries."The risk of falls from heights in the construction industry…
A South Australian cement company and its executives are facing charges under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) following the death of a heavy vehicle driver in October 2020.It is alleged that the owner of the company and another senior official allowed a defective heavy vehicle to be used on the road.NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes sa…
SafeWork SA inspectors are visiting workplaces across the state to ensure they are managing asbestos.It is estimated that 4,000 Australians die each year from asbestos-related diseases.Inspectors will focus on identifying and managing asbestos in buildings built before 31 December 2003.They will be checking to ensure that asbestos in workplaces is iden…
A man died on Friday after a work-related incident on a farm in Milford.Police said the man was already dead when emergency services arrived at the scene about 6 pm.“A man had suffered fatal injuries and was deceased when emergency services arrived at the scene,” a police spokesperson said.WorkSafe has been notified of the incident.Originally published…
A Victorian abattoir has been fined $55,000 without conviction after a worker was injured in a forklift incident in 2019.The company pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to provide and maintain a working environment that was safe and without health risks.The court heard that in October 2019, the injured worker was sorting sheep skin while standing…
Protecting yourself from mouldIf you've been the victim of flooding, it's important to take quick and effective action to prevent mould forming. Not only is mould unsightly, it can also be dangerous to your health. After large-scale flooding, explosive mould growth can produce concentrations of toxins high enough to pose a threat.Mould is especially da…
A man has been injured in a quad bike incident in the Waikato Region.  The incident happened on Friday.The TECT Rescue Helicopter was called to a farm in Paeroa following reports of a quad bike incident.The man was flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment.Original source Rescue.org.nz.…
The Western Australian Government has announced that new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws will be coming into effect on 31 March 2022.In an Australian first, the new laws bring together most workplaces in Western Australia under a single WHS Act.Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said, "The new Work Health and Safety Act provides all workplac…
According to the safety agency's half-year results, WorkSafe Victoria recorded an after-tax net loss of $378 million in the six months to December 2021.The results show as at December 31 2021, WorkSafe Victoria's insurance funding ratio – a measure of assets against claims liabilities – was at 115 percent, slightly above the preferred funding range of…
NSW has adopted a new industry safety standard to protect workers from silica dust exposure.The national Code of Practice – Managing the risks of respirable crystalline silica from engineered stone in the workplace took effect on 25 February 2022.Minister for Small Business and Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said the new code of practice would…
A delivery driver has died after being struck by a vehicle in the seventh workplace fatality in Victoria this year.The 73-year-old man was attempting to cross the road at Noble Park when the incident happened.WorkSafe confirmed on Friday that an investigation had been launched.In 2021, there were 66 work-related fatalities in Victoria.Originally publis…
The federal government is seeking feedback from businesses, organisations, employers, individuals, and other relevant stakeholders on recommendations contained in the Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report."This consultation process will inform the Government's next steps to consider the legal frameworks that protect Australians from s…
Ambulance paramedics treated a man with head and leg injuries after a tractor incident at a NSW farm. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter service was tasked to a property northeast of Collarenabri on Thursday morning.The 40-year-old man was transported to Moree Airport to meet the rescue chopper.He was later flown to Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital in…
Essential Energy is reminding residents, volunteers and emergency workers to prioritise electrical safety when working in floodwaters.Operations Manager Ranges, Paul McWilliam said people should follow basic safety tips to prevent electrical hazards.“With this unprecedented flooding and heavy rain across the entire North Coast, we want to remind p…
A stone benchtop business faces charges following the death of a worker at a Campbellfield factory in February 2020.The company is facing three charges under the Victorian OHS Act for failing to ensure that a workplace was safe and without risks to health.WorkSafe said the man was helping the company's director unload a shipping container when 30…
Safe Work Australia has recently released the latest work-related fatality figures for 2022.The figures show work-related fatalities in the Transport postal and warehousing industry are on the rise, with 12 fatalities recorded so far this year.  Agriculture forestry and fishing has seen 6 fatalities, while Construction, Public admin…
Did you miss World Hearing Day?March 3rd was World Hearing Day, a day to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss at work. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss.While many factors can contribute to hearing loss, one of the most common causes is exposure to loud nois…
An injured quad bike rider has been airlifted from a farm isolated by floodwaters in Queensland.The man in his 40s suffered shoulder and chest injuries after crashing his quad bike on a farm in the Western Downs Region Thursday morning.The Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked just after 11 am.The man was flown to Toowoomba Hospi…
October is National Safe Work Month- a time to focus on improving workplace health and safety.This year, Safe Work Australia is seeking your thoughts on the 2022 campaign.“We’d like to hear from you about the theme of the NSWM 2022 campaign, the topics you would like included, and the resources you would find useful,” Safe Work Australia.“Please take a…
 The South Australian Employment Tribunal has fined a livestock feed company $390,000 after a gate fatally crushed a worker within a pellet press in October 2020. The worker was attempting to clean a buildup of product at the bottom of the pellet press’s surge bin when he was fatally injured.A SafeWork SA investigation revealed that the company fa…
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has accepted an enforceable undertaking (EU) from two former directors of an ex-mining company in central Queensland following the death of a worker at Monto in 2019.The two directors proposed the undertaking following an NHVR investigation into the company's safety policies and procedures.NHVR Director of Pr…
A Melbourne freight company has been charged after a worker died while unloading sections of steel light poles from a truck at Altona North in June 2020.The man died after two of the sections became unstable and fell on him.The company faces two charges under the Victorian OHS Act for failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment.WorkSafe…
A man was flown to hospital in a serious condition after being charged by a bull on Wednesday morning.The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called to the Toowoomba region at about 10.30 am.The man sustained a puncture wound to the hip as a result of the incident.He was treated at the scene before being flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital by th…
WorkSafe Victoria has commenced prosecution action against a stone supplier over the death of a worker at a Melbourne warehouse in 2020.The company faces three charges under the OHS Act for failing to provide or maintain a safe working environment.WorkSafe alleges the company breached section 21(2) (a) of the Victorian OHS Act by failing to provide or…
SafeWork SA is reminding PCBUs in the residential construction sector to ensure apprentice carpenters who use any type of nail gun are trained after four apprentices received nail gun injuries last month.SafeWork SA said a fourth-year apprentice suffered serious injuries to his thigh after shooting himself while kneeling. The incident happened on 25 Fe…
Eight organisations will receive more than $350,000 through theNSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) Recovery Boost grants to improve workplace mental health.The Recovery Boost program provides up to $50,000 to organisations to implement initiatives that prevent mental distress or aid recovery.The program is part of NSW Government’s Mentally…
The Queensland Electrical Office reminds workers and property owners to prioritise electrical safety during cleanup after the floods.Head of the ESO, Donna Heelan, urged homeowners to use licensed electricians to inspect and carry out verification tests on switchboards and other electrical equipment.'If there's any chance they've been damaged by water,…
The NSW Resources Regulator has released the Quarterly Safety Report for October to December 2021 to help the industry improve safety management systems and undertake risk assessments at their sites.According to the report, in this quarter, total incident notifications received by principal hazard decreased from 211 to 178, representing a 9% reduction…
The Tasmanian Government has released an updated code of practice to help improve the safety of people working in the forestry industry.The new Forest Safety Code (Tasmania) 2021 came into effect on Wednesday, 2 March 2022.Minister for Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs Elise Archer said this was an industry-driven project, and WorkSafe Tasmania pro…
Stay safe during and after a flood event.  When a community comes together in the face of disaster, it is a truly amazing sight to see. This is what we've seen during the current floods in South East Queensland and Northern NSW - neighbours helping neighbours, strangers pitching in to lend a hand, and everyone coming together to protect prope…
Safe Work Australia has released new guidancefor employers on COVID-19 rapid antigen testing of workers.A rapid antigen test is a fast and simple test for diagnosing COVID-19.Although this test will detect most COVID-19 cases, it is not as reliable as the standard (PCR) test. The test is most reliable when used by someone who has COVID 19 symptoms.Safe…
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has partnered with electricity distributors Ergon Energy Network and Energex to offer farmers belonging to any of QFF’s 21 industry members a 50 per cent co-contribution to install overhead warning markers which indicate powerlines to help improve safety in rural workplaces This is the second round of this rebat…
The Tasmanian Government is conducting an independent review of the Asbestos-Related Diseases (Occupational Exposure) Compensation Act 2011.The review is being conducted by former Coroner Rod Chandler and compensation policy expert Liz Chandler.The Tasmanian Government conducts an independent review of the Asbestos-Related Diseases (Occupational Exposu…
A man has been killed in a workplace incident at a transport depot in Carterton.Police said emergency services were called to the scene of a workplace incident in Waingawa Road on Saturday morning.A man died at the scene.WorkSafe New Zealand has been notified.Source New Zealand Police. …
An experienced truck driver has been fined $5,000 following an incident in which a young worker suffered a crush injury at work and spent 18 days in hospital.The truckie was recently sentenced in the Longreach Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to charges under Queensland's Work Health and Safety Act 2011.On 8 February 2020, the truck driver was c…
According to latest Safe Work Australia figures, twenty Australian workers have been killed at work so far this year.The Transport postal and warehousing industry leads with 10 fatalities, followed by Agriculture, forestry and fishing industry with four fatalities, while Electricity, gas, water and waste services and Public administration and safety ea…
A safety alert issued by WorkSafe New Zealand reminds people of the serious health and safety risks involved when carrying out hot work.WorkSafe issued the alert following a recent incident.WorkSafe said a worker was recently treated in hospital after a serious incident involving hot work being performed on an oil drum. The worker suffered minor injuri…
SafeWork SA has released new guidance on respiratory protective equipment (RPE).SafeWork says recent compliance audits relating to crystalline silica and licensed asbestos removal highlighted the need for greater education on the selection and use of RPE.Over the last three years, 62 statutory notices associated with RPE have been issued- 78% of prohib…
There were 66 work-related fatalities in Victoria last year.This figure includes 43 people who died as a result of occupational incidents and 14 people who succumbed to work-related diseases.Another five people died in work-related transport incidents in 2021, with three deaths following work-related medical incidents. One worker lost their life due to…
Protect your business from modern slaveryThe Modern Slavery Act 2018 commenced operation on 1st January 2019, creating reporting obligations for Australian entities that have a consolidated revenue of at least $100 million for the financial year or undertake business in Australia.Practices that constitute modern slavery can include:• human trafficking•…
The Queensland Government andHeart of Australia have developed a mobile health unit to help with the early detection of mine dust lung diseases in regional Queensland.Resources Minister Scott Stewart said the state-of-the-art Queensland-built HEART 5 vehicle “will bring high-quality respiratory health screenings to mine and quarry workers in regional a…
SafeWork Australia has published results from the 2021 National Return to Work Survey.The results show 81.3% of surveyed workers reported they had returned to work at some stage since their work-related injury or illness and were currently working.Respondents were asked about the impact of COVID-19 on their recovery and return to work - around 73% of w…
A private school in Victoria has been fined $140,000 for safety violations following the death of a groundworker four years ago.The worker died after being struck by a tree branch on the school grounds on Valentine’s Day in 2018.His body was found next to a large eucalyptus branch with two chainsaws - one still running and a pile of smaller cut branche…
NSW state insurer icare has recently launched a tender for the procurement of claims and injury management services for the NSW Nominal Insurer workers compensation scheme.Minister for Finance and Employee Relations Damien Tudehope said the announcement follows extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, market research, and a survey on t…
WorkSafe Victoria is seeking public comments on the proposed Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Psychological Health) Regulations.WorkSafe Executive Director of Health and Safety Narelle Beer said mental injury is expected to account for a third of all worker's compensation claims by 2030."With a rising number of people seeking help for work-rel…
A New Zealand farmer is in hospital with serious injuries after crashing his quad bike in Whangara.Police and emergency services were called to the incident near State Highway 35 at about 2.45 pm on Monday afternoon.The man rolled his quad bike while mustering cattle on a hillside, according to the Gisborne Herald.After being treated at the s…
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has issued a safety warning after four workers were injured in an explosion in November 2021. Early enquiries indicate that the incident happened when an “extractor” exploded.  This is a machine used to extract rosin and turpentine from pine wood chips.An investigation into the cause of the incident is still…
The Western Australian Government has launched three Codes of Practice covering inappropriate workplace behaviours.The Code of Practice on Workplace Behaviour, the Code of Practice on Psychosocial Hazards in the Workplace and the Code of Practice on Violence and Aggression at Work were developed by the WA Commission for Occupational Safety and Health f…
A Vic transport company faces charges under section 32 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for unsafe work practices.WorkSafe alleges the company allowed workers to drive two milk tankers despite being aware the trucks were unsafe.The South Gippsland company has also been charged for breaching section 23 of the OHS Act by exposing road users to h…
Living up to our promise to make your life easierLast year we ran a survey to find out what additional products and services we could provide to make our customers lives easier.Overwhelmingly, the top two responses were to provide Health and Safety equipment such as PPE, signage and other safety equipment and provide a service for automatic branding of…
A man is in a serious condition in hospital after a workplace incident in Stapylton.The incident happened on Monday morning.The man in his 50s suffered a leg injury as a result of the incident.He was rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital, where he remains in a serious condition. SafeWork Australia figures show as of 3 February 2022, 12 Australian wo…
The NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) has commissioned the NSW Resources Regulator to conduct a survey about the reporting of safety concerns in the State's coal mining industry on its behalf.The survey follows recommendations from the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry into a serious incident at the Grosvenor coal mine in May 2020."We've cr…
A pilot has died after his helicopter crashed while fighting bushfires in northern Tasmania Monday afternoon.Police and emergency services were called to the scene about 3.20pm following reports of a plane crash.The 41-year-old man, the plane's sole occupant, died at the scene.Police said the helicopter crashed into a paddock near Pipers Brook.The Aust…
Northern Territory WorkSafe has issued a safety alert after a lithium-ion battery exploded when it was left inside a vehicle.The safety agency said the owner of the vehicle left a cordless impact wrench with the battery attached on the back seat when it exploded.NT WorkSafe's technical services director Anthony Waite said the incident is a timely remin…
A man has been flown to hospital after an incident involving a chainsaw in the Lockyer Valley region.The man injured himself with a chainsaw after falling from a ladder on Sunday afternoon.RACQ LifeFlight Rescue chopper landed at the scene just after 1.30pm.The man was treated at the scene before being flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a seri…
Following an investigation by the federal work health and safety regulator Comcare, a national transport and logistics company has been convicted and fined for WHS breaches.The company was fined $300,000 after pleading guilty to an offence under the Commonwealth Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act), following an incident that left a worker serious…
Small businesses can now apply for a New South Wales Government rebate of up to $1,000 to purchase items that improve workplace health and safety after the State Government recently doubled the rebate support.Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said the State Government had expanded the small business rebate program to help NSW businesses oper…
A farmer has died after being struck by a tractor in Western Australia on Tuesday evening.The 89-year-old man was reportedly unloading hay from the tractor when the vehicle slipped into gear, rolled and struck him, WorkSafe said on Thursday.The incident happened at Berkshire Valley, about 200km north of Perth.  WorkSafe is inve…
The Ararat Magistrates' Court has convicted and fined a mutton abattoir after a worker suffered head injuries when he fell from a raised platform.After pleading guilty to failing to maintain safe systems of work, the abattoir was fined $35,000 and ordered to pay costs of $2,930.The court was told that workers would stand on a 1.5-metre-high platform to…
New research from Curtin University has found that one-quarter of the Australian workforce suffer from tinnitus or ringing in the ears, a condition that can disturb sleep and cause anxiety and depression.The study of 5,000 Australian workers revealed that around half a million Australians suffer from constant tinnitus. According to the research, farmer…
A man has been taken to hospital after he was injured in an incident involving a quad bike and a bull in Central Queensland.The man in his 50s was mustering cattle at a private property in the Acadia Valley on Saturday afternoon when he was charged by a bull.He suffered head injuries after being knocked off his quad bike by the animal.  …
Are we moving toward mandatory vaccination?More and more states in Australia are moving towards mandatory vaccination. Particularly those industries and workforces deemed critical to the ongoing delivery of business and function of the community.The goalposts shift quickly, and it may only be a matter of time before vaccination will become a crucial pa…
Twelve Australian workers have been killed at work this year, according to SafeWork Australia. The Transport, postal & warehousing industry has lost six workers. Others include:Agriculture, forestry & fishing - two fatalitiesElectricity, gas, water & waste services - two fatalitiesConstruction - one fatalityPublic administration & safety - one fat…
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has warned of the dangers of using quad bikes after a rural property owner was fatally injured in a quad bike rollover in November 2021.Initial investigations indicated that the man rolled his quad bike while mustering cattle in a slopey area. The quad bike had been fitted with an Operator Protection Device (OPD)…
A new mental health service enabling workers to access confidential and tailored phone-based support warmline has recently been launched by the NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA)The new service, called Hear2Talk, provides a safe space to talk to experienced mental health peer-support workers waiting to listen and provide support.SIRA…
WorkSafe Victoria is advising drive-through COVID-19 testing centres to have traffic management plans in place after a worker was recently injured while directing vehicles at a drive-through COVID-19 testing Centre. The vehicle ran over the worker’s foot after deviating from the queue. In a safety alert issued after the incident, WorkSafe said incident…
A mining company will be forced to go back to the drawing board after the NSW Resources Regulator rejected a WHS undertaking given by the company.The WHS undertaking was given in relation to a June 2019 incident, where an underground mine worker suffered serious injuries after his foot became trapped in a scraper conveyor.The coal miner submitted…
 A man critically injured while cutting down a tree in southern Queensland was airlifted to hospital for treatment on Monday, 31 January.According to reports, the man was using a chainsaw when the tree fell on him.He suffered multiple injuries following the incident.  The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue was tasked to the scene just before 12…
A New Zealand business has assured WorkSafe it will comply with the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) after concerns were raised with the safety watchdog.The business was accused of allowing unvaccinated individuals to attend some of its events.WorkSafe said it helped the business meet its health and safety obligations under the …
SafeWork NSW has released new enforceable undertaking guidelines following extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders.The new guidelines address key recommendations from the recent evaluation of the EU program.An EU is a written, legally binding agreement proposed by a company or individual following a contravention or alleged contravention of…
A man has died from carbon monoxide poisoning at a Toowoomba store on Monday night.Emergency services were called to a Toowoomba CBD store just before 6.30pm after reports a man had collapsed.The 44-year-old man was rushed to hospital in critical condition but later died.Reports indicated the man was using a generator in an enclosed space when the…
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A safety alert issued by SafeWork SA highlights the dangers involved with working at height on ladders.The safety regulator reminds the construction industry to identify whether a ladder offers the highest level of protection.The alert follows three serious incidents involving falls from ladders over the past six weeks.On 19 January 2022, SafeWork SA w…
SafeWork Australia has released two new infographics showing key statistics on workplace sexual harassment and what to do if you are sexually harassed at work.The infographics aim to help employers understand what sexual harassment is and raise awareness of WHS duties around sexual harassment.  They provide practical steps on how to prev…
WorkSafe Victoria is encouraging small to medium-sized businesses to sign up to the Occupational Health and Safety Essentials Program. According to WorkSafe figures, construction is one of the most dangerous industries in Victoria, accounting for about 14 percent of all accepted injury claims in 2021. The leading causes of injury were body stressing,&n…
The NSW Resources Regulator has released an investigation report and incident animation video following the death of a miner in October 2020.The incident occurred at an opal mine near Lightning Ridge. A team of investigators from the NSW Resources Regulator found that the mine had not installed an appropriate working at heights system at the time of th…
A man in his 20s sustained serious injuries after his hand became trapped in farm machinery for several hours on Friday afternoon. The man contacted authorities through an emergency app on his phone.The LifeFlight SGAS chopper was called to a farm southwest of Kingaroy, just after 1.30pm.It took the combined efforts of emergency services and the LifeFl…
A pilot has been flown to hospital after his helicopter struck powerlines while mustering cattle in the Western Downs region Thursday morning.The aircraft crashed to the ground, and the pilot, a man, aged in his 20s, was able to get himself out of the wreckage.  He suffered serious injuries to his chest.Queensland ambulance paramedi…
WorkSafe Victoria is investigating a fall after a driver fell from the top of a truck and died a week ago.WorkSafe said a handrail failed as the man was closing hatches on top of the truck's grain container, causing him to fall.  He sustained serious head injuries during the incident at a grain depot in Maffra. The 60-year-old man w…
WorkSafe ACT has launched a new plan to reduce occupational lung diseases.According to WorkSafe, the Strategy for Preventing Occupational Lung Diseases 2021-2023 prioritises the core industries in the ACT. The WHS Commissioner, Jacqueline Agius, said the Strategy "focuses on improving our understanding of what can cause occupational lung diseases and h…
January 26th is an important day in the Australian calendar. It's a time to reflect on what makes Australia such a great place to live and celebrate everything that makes us unique. At SafetyDocs, we're proud to help keep Aussies safe 365 days a year.While most of us will be enjoying Australia Day with friends and family at home, many will be spending…
Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) urges machinery operators to be aware of overhead powerlines following a spate of serious incidents over the past week. These incidents involved an excavator, a concrete pump and a tip truck, all contacting overhead powerlines.The energy safety regulator reminds machinery operators to be aware of powerlines and plan how…
A Victorian heavy-duty trailer manufacturer has been fined $25,000 for workplace safety violations after a trailer fell while being lifted, narrowly missing three workers.The company pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to maintain safe systems of work and was sentenced in the Ballarat Magistrates' Court.  The court also ordered the company…
NSW businesses are no longer required to notify SafeWork if a worker tests positive for COVID-19, under changes announced by the State Government.On 20 January 2022, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard issued an exemption to Clause 11 of the Public Health Order 2021, which states that "a person conducting a business or undertaking must notify Sa…
SafeWork NSW has issued a Statement of Regulatory Intent outlining the enforcement approach it will take to ensure compliance with WHS laws during the COVID 19 pandemic. The safety regulator said it recognises the exceptional set of circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on persons with duties under the work health and safety le…
The South Hedland Magistrates Court has ordered a mining company to pay $125,000 after a maintenance worker was struck by a metal shard on the neck more than four years ago.The company was fined after pleading guilty to failing to maintain a safe workplace following the incident in September 2017.The court heard that on the day of the incident, the con…
A man is being treated for serious injuries following a workplace incident in south West Queensland.LifeFlight said the man was struck by a piece of equipment while working at a bore site in the Maranoa region on Friday afternoon.The LifeFlight Rescue chopper was called to the incident shortly before 3pm.The man in his 20s was flown to the Royal Brisba…