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NT WorkSafe reminds workplaces to ensure that septic tank lids on their properties are safe and secured after a four-year-old child fell into a full septic tank in the Barkly Region last week. “Unsecured or fragile septic tank lids are a major hazard if access to the lid is not limited or controlled,” NT WorkSafe said on Wednesday.In December 2021, an…
A new study has found that farmers aged 55 years and over are more likely to suffer fatal workplace injuries compared to their younger counterparts.According to researchers, farm vehicles, including quad bikes, tractors and utes, are the leading cause of deaths and injuries on Australian farms.The findings of the study, published in the Australian Jour…
Figures so far this year indicate six people have died in quad bike incidents in Australia.The figures show three of the fatalities occurred in Western Australia.The remaining three fatalities were reported in the Northern Territory, Tasmania, and New South Wales.Safe Work Australia said quad bike-related incidents have killed 64 people in the last fiv…
A Queensland court has ordered a business owner to pay a fine of $5,000 for intimidating a workplace safety inspector.The safety inspector was attending a demolition site on 29 September 2020 when the business owner confronted him. The court heard that the defendant turned aggressive and repeatedly shouted at the inspector.He was shown a WorkSafe ID c…
An underground mine worker has been seriously injured while installing a dewatering pump in South Australia.The incident prompted SafeWork SA to issue a safety warning to mine operators to “develop, implement and maintain safe systems of work.”“While tramming forward, it is believed that the Jumbo ran over the dewatering pump line hose, causing the hos…
The Department of Defence is facing three charges under the federal WHS Act 2011 following an incident that led to the death of one of its workers. The charges relate to an incident in which a Defence technician took his life while on duty on 28 July 2020.Federal WHS regulator Comcare alleges that the Department of Defence failed to provide, so far as…
A man has been killed in a farming incident south of Mackay.The man was found trapped between a tractor and a tree on Friday.RACQ CQ Rescue said the man was working on the tractor when he became trapped.Paramedics attempted to save the man’s life by performing CPR, but he died at the scene.Source: RACQ CQ Rescue.…
The Queensland Government has launched a parliamentary inquiry to examine the safety culture in the local coal mining industry and how the industry has acted on recommendations from a report into an explosion at a central Queensland mine in 2020. “It is critical that Queenslanders can be confident the resources industry is doing everything it possibly…
A Sydney transport company has been fined $210,000 after a truck driver was seriously injured in a workplace incident in September 2019.The company was fined in the District Court of New South Wales after pleading guilty to one charge of failing to ensure as far as reasonably practicable the health and safety of workers. The truck driver was unloading…
WorkSafe Vic has laid charges following the death of a worker at a Melbourne depot in October 2020.A transport company faces three charges under the Victorian OHS Act for safety lapses that led to the death of a 65-year-old man in Yarraville.The man died after being run over by a truck.The company will appear in court later this month.Read the original…
WorkSafe is investigating a fatal workplace accident in Melbourne's north where a man died after a tipper truck fell on him.It happened at a property in Wollert on Friday afternoon.The man was working on the tipper truck when the incident took place.Source: Nine News.…
A man has died in a suspected farming incident in western NSW.Police attended the scene at Mount Harris on Friday morning following reports of a farming incident.The man was found dead in an overturned vehicle just after 8.30 am.The vehicle reportedly slipped and plunged into an irrigation channel, according to ABC News.Source: ABC News.…
A construction worker is recovering in hospital after falling from scaffolding on the Gold Coast.The man reportedly fell about four meters off scaffolding at a construction site in Southport on Wednesday afternoon. He was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital suffering chest and arm injuries.Read the original article here. …
Construction workers have been warned not to modify scaffolding if they are not authorised to do so following an incident in which a worker fell through a void they had created at a Darwin construction site.NT WorkSafe enquiries into incidents involving scaffolding have found that some workers have been modifying scaffolding when they feel the structur…
A salt harvesting company has been fined $75,000 in the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) after a worker suffered serious injuries when her right arm was caught between a roller and a conveyor belt in April 2020.The company pleaded guilty and was sentenced for health and safety failings and exposing workers to an unsafe work environment.SafeW…
Paramedics treated an elderly man for chest injuries after he fell from a roof in the Sunshine Coast Region.The man in his 80s fell about three metres from a house roof in Nambour on Wednesday morning.He was taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.Read the original story here.…
A New Zealand trucking business has been fined $50,000 and ordered to pay reparations of $145,000 after a nine-year-old girl died in a traffic crash in Northland.The young girl died after the car she was travelling in collided with a trailer.A WorkSafe investigation found that the crash was caused by a worn-down tow ball and coupling on a trailer used…
From 1 August, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) will take over key regulatory functions from Transport for NSW.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the transition was a significant step towards ensuring national compliance for all NSW heavy vehicle operators.“From today, scheduled heavy vehicle inspections, investigations, prosecutions and roadside…
Emergency crews were called to a farm in southeast Queensland to assist a man who had been attacked by a bull on Saturday morning.The man sustained serious injuries after reportedly being pushed up against a fence by the bull near KenilworthParamedics treated the man at the scene before the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue chopper airlifted him to the Sunshine C…
The NSW Resources Regulator has published the compliance priorities for the second half of 2022. The report highlights the regulator’s key compliance priorities for the next six months- July to December 2022.By publishing the report, the Resources Regulator “aims to increase transparency, community and industry confidence in our regulatory activities,…
A rider was flown to hospital after he fell from a horse, in bushland in the Gympie Region on Thursday afternoon.Paramedics were called to the incident at Imbil just before 1.30 pm.The man suffered shoulder injuries and was transported to the Sunshine Coast University in a stable condition. Read the original story here.…
Risks associated with loading, unloading, and working around vehicles will be the focus of a SafeWork inspection program scheduled for early next week in the Wagga Wagga region.Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said tasks performed around vehicles are a leading cause of death and serious injuries in road transport and logistics. Ms Petinos said…
The fight against occupational dust lung diseases has received a major boost after the Queensland Government announced it will dedicate more than $3 million to medical research to prevent these diseases.Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the Palaszczuk Government had promised to invest $5m of medical research into occupational dust lung dis…
The NSW Resources Regulator reminds mine operators to submit their annual work health and safety reports for the 2021-22 financial year before the end of this month.Under clause 130 of the WHS (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014, certain mine operators are required to submit a work health and safety report for each financial year to the Resourc…
A cargo services company has recently been fined $110,000 following an incident in which a baggage handler suffered serious injuries when he fell from a moving vehicle at a Perth airport. The company was fined by a Perth court after pleading guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace following the August 2018 incident. WorkSafe said the man w…
WorkSafe reminds employers and workers to prioritise safety when working around trucks following the deaths of four workers in the past two months. The safety regulator says two workers sustained serious injuries while loading hot wax onto a tanker in West Melbourne last week. WorkSafe Executive Director Health and Safety Narelle Beer urged emplo…
Latest data from Safe Work Australia reveals that the Transport, postal & warehousing industry is still the most dangerous industry, with 35 on-the-job deaths so far this year.The Agriculture, forestry & fishing industry follows with 19 fatalities, and Construction comes third with nine work-related deaths.Electricity, gas, water & waste se…
The growth in electric vehicle use has prompted WorkSafe Victoria to remind employers to provide adequate training and supervision to workers to enable them to work safely.The safety watchdog issued the reminder after the new federal Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme took effect at the beginning of this month.WorkSafe Executiv…
 A NSW scaffolding company has pleaded guilty to work safety breaches that killed a worker and seriously injured another more than three years ago. The man died from injuries sustained in a scaffolding collapse at a construction site in April 2019.The company entered the guilty plea to a category 1 offence under section 31 of the Work Health and S…
Farmsafe Australia’s annual Safer Farms Report shows there were 46 farm deaths in Australia in 2021. This is 12 fewer deaths compared to 2020 and 2019.Farmsafe said the report encourages the agricultural industry to work towards zero fatalities.Felicity Richards, Chairperson of Farmsafe Australia, says the farming industry made significant progress tow…
Victoria’s workplace health and safety watchdog has filed charges against two companies after a fatal workplace incident at a Melbourne construction site in August 2021.WorkSafe said a 23 year-old man was found unresponsive beside a scaffold at the site. He was taken to hospital, where he later died.The safety watchdog alleges that both companies contr…
A man died in a workplace incident at an Auckland construction site on Monday morning.Emergency crews were called to the incident in Wiri about 10.30 am.Police said the man died at the scene, and WorkSafe has been notified.Read the original story here.…
The Western Australian Government has published twenty-three WHS codes of practice which became effective on 15 July 2022.According to WorkSafe WA, these codes have been adapted for WA workplaces from the model codes of practice published by Safe Work Australia.Chair of the WHS Commission Dr Patricia Todd said, “These codes of practice provide pra…
The ACT Government has announced the release of the recommendations from the Work Health and Safety Prosecutions Review.Work health and safety commissioner Jacqueline Agius made the announcement during a remembrance service for a construction worker who died on the job ten years ago. “This review has resulted in 12 recommendations which, if implemented…
A man has been rescued after becoming trapped in an excavator when a tree fell on the machine.A large tree fell on the cabin of the excavator while the man was clearing land on Saturday afternoon.He was freed by Queensland fire and emergency services personnel.The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew to the Bundaberg region around 3.30 pm to treat th…
A man has been killed, and another is recovering in hospital after an excavator rolled in northern Tasmania Wednesday morning.Police said emergency services were called to the incident at Evandale about 10.40 am.They found the man trapped by an excavator.He died at the scene.Work Safe Tasmania is investigating the incident.Source: Tasmania Police.…
National Farm Safety Week is held each year in the third week of July to raise awareness of farm safety issues.As part of Farm Safety Week, a Victorian farming couple shares their story in a WorkSafe video on how a local WorkSafe inspector has supported them.The couple has been farming for twelve years and own more than 1000 cows across two properties…
A New Zealand fencing employer has been fined $22,500 after a teenage worker lost vision in one eye more than two years ago.The 17-year-old man was chiselling when a piece of metal flew into his right eye.The teen lost sight in the eye despite multiple surgeries.The employer did not report the incident to WorkSafe as required by law.Several months late…
A man is recovering in hospital after his arm became trapped in machinery in South East Queensland. Emergency services were called to a workplace in Beaudesert on Thursday afternoon to free the man. After being freed, the man in his 30s was rushed to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious but stable condition.Originally published on myGC.com…
Entries to SafeWork NSW’s inaugural Work Health and Safety Excellence Showcase are now open.The Work Health and Safety Excellence Showcase replaces the annual SafeWork NSW Awards.Minister for Small Business and Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said the showcase will acknowledge businesses that have made employee safety a top priority.“Nominations are now ope…
The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called to the Toowoomba region following a farming incident involving a man, aged in his 70s, on Wednesday morning.The man suffered a fractured leg after falling from a farm vehicle.He was treated at the scene before being flown to the Toowoomba Hospital. He was transported in a stable condition.Source: Li…
WorkSafe ACT has recently launched an updated ‘Residential Construction Strategy for 2022-24’ to help improve safety in the residential construction industry.The Strategy launch was attended by Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Mick Gentleman, WHS Council members and other key stakeholders. WorkSafe says the industry has a high number…
Researchers at Curtin University have predicted that more than 10,000 Australian workers will develop lung cancer in their lifetime from silica exposure.In the study funded by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), researchers predicted the number of Australians who would develop lung cancer in their lifetime from silica dust exposure using a u…
NSW Police have charged a man with manslaughter following an incident in which a worker was pinned against a truck early last year.Police charged the 59-year-old man after an extensive investigation into the fatal incident at a St Marys business on 1 February 2021.Police will allege that the man was operating the forklift at the time of the incident.Th…
A Victorian nurse faces charges under the OHS Act after allegedly working at an aged care facility after testing positive for COVID-19.WorkSafe says the nurse worked at the aged care facility between 26 July 2020 and 2 August 2020.The safety regulator alleges that the nurse breached section 32 of the OHS Act and section 25(1)(b) of the same Act by atte…
A man has been killed in a quad bike crash in the Northern Territory.The incident happened on Tuesday night.Around 11.45pm, police were called to reports of an ATV incident in Katherine. A 47-year-old man died at the scene, and a man, aged in his 30s, was transported to Katherine Hospital.Read the full story on ABC News.…
WorkSafe Victoria has filed charges against a Melbourne aged care home for workplace safety breaches following a COVID-19 outbreak at a residential aged care facility at Epping in 2020.The safety regulator accuses the aged care home of failing to provide training as required to enable workers to perform their work safely and without risks to health, co…
A boy has been injured after crashing his quad bike on sand dunes in Western Australia.The RAC Rescue Helicopter was sent to Lancelin on Friday morning to treat and airlift the injured boy.Reports indicated the boy sustained non-life-threatening injuries.Five people have died in quad bike incidents this year.Originally published in PerthNow.…
A disability service provider has been charged by SafeWork SA after a worker was sexually assaulted by a client. SafeWork SA accuses the organisation of failing in their health and safety duty to protect an employee who was on duty.The safety watchdog alleges that the organisation failed to provide a safe work environment and did not provide enough inf…
Victorian businesses have less than a week to submit entries for this year’s WorkSafe Awards.The awards honour Victorian businesses for their commitment to improving workplace health and safety. The awards are open to all businesses operating in Victoria, and entrants can nominate themselves or another person in any of the seven categories. WorkSafe CE…
A 55-year-old man has been killed in a truck unloading incident in Victoria, taking the state’s workplace fatality toll to 28.The 55-year-old man became trapped between a tip truck and a front-end loader in Cowwarr while grain pellets were being unloaded on Tuesday morning.WorkSafe is investigating. Source: WorkSafe Victoria website.…
A proactive compliance campaign focusing on lead risk work was launched early this week in South Australia.SafeWork SA said inspectors will visit businesses in metropolitan and regional areas on 4 July 2022 to ensure workers are protected from lead exposure.The safety watchdog added that Persons Conducting Businesses or Undertakings (PCBU) will also be…
A worker who suffered serious burns in a restaurant fire in Sydney’s west last month has succumbed to his injuries.Police said the 24-year-old man was using a cleaning product when a fire broke out. The man was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital, where he died two weeks later.SafeWork is investigating the incident. Source: NSW Pol…
WorkCover WA has announced the release of the WorkCover WA Strategic Plan 2022 – 2025: Building on Strength.The four-year plan focuses on three priorities including, Strategic Scheme Management, Modernising Workers Compensation Laws and People, culture and systems.WorkCover WA said, “The WorkCover WA Board, Corporate Executive team and staff are commit…
A New Zealand court has ordered two companies to pay $340,000 following the death of a 74-year-old man who died while cleaning a machine. The man had climbed into a bin lifter to clean it when he became trapped. He tried to operate its controls from inside but was unable to stop the machine. The incident happened in December 2019. WorkSafe’s area inves…
Latest Safe Work Australia statistics show 81 Australian workers died on the job in the first half of 2022.The Transport, postal and warehousing industry had the highest number of work-related deaths, with 34 fatalities, ten more than at the same time last year. Agriculture, forestry & fishing came second with 18 fatalities, while the Construction…
New laws that took effect on 1 July 2022 require food delivery platforms to supply their delivery riders with high-visibility personal protective equipment.Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said the NSW Government consulted with industry on the changes. “From today, food delivery booking providers must supply their delivery riders with high-visib…
The Royal Flying Doctor Service was tasked to a quad bike crash on Flinders Island on Sunday morning.A woman in her 40s sustained serious upper-body injuries after the quad bike she was riding rolled just after midnight.Police said the woman was carrying a pillion passenger at the time of the incident. The passenger escaped unhurt.The woman was flown t…
A man was seriously injured after his bulldozer rolled down a steep embankment in the Gympie Region on Wednesday morning.The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called to the scene just after 11.10 am.The man was treated for head injuries before the rescue chopper transported him to the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Source: LifeFlight.…
A defence contractor faces charges under the federal Work Health and Safety Act 2011 following a fatal workplace incident at a manufacturing facility in Victoria two years ago.The commonwealth director of public prosecutions has filed a single charge in the Bendigo Magistrates Court, following an investigation by the federal work health and safety regu…
NT WorkSafe urges people celebrating with fireworks on Territory Day to prioritise safety.Territory Day is celebrated on 1st July each year, and many residents and visitors celebrate the day with a fireworks display.The safety watchdog has advised residents to only purchase fireworks from licenced retailers. It further warns residents against storing u…
A quad bike rider has died following a crash southwest of Christchurch Sunday morning.A spokesperson said police responded to reports of a fatal ‘workplace incident’ near Ashburton at about 11 am.Worksafe NZ confirmed an investigation has been launched following the incident.Originally published in the Stuff.…
A worker was rushed to hospital after his arm was severed in a workplace incident in the Hunter Region on Wednesday evening.Paramedics were called to Tomago around 8pm to treat the man, aged in his 30s.He was treated at the scene before being taken to John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition.Read the original story here.…
A Victorian transport company has been charged following an incident in which a worker sustained serious injuries when a crane truck he was operating contacted overhead power lines. The company faces three charges under the Victorian OHS Act for failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace following the incident in April 2021.WorkSafe alleges that…
The Queensland Government has increased the average premium rate for workers’ compensation insurance. For the financial year 2022–23, Queensland businesses will pay $1.23 per $100 of wages paid. The average premium rate for 2020-2021 was $1.20 per $100 of wages paid.WorkCover CEO Bruce Watson said, “While this is the first premium increase since 2012-2…
A man has died in an incident at an Auckland workplace.Paramedics were called to the scene on Tuesday afternoon following reports of a fatal workplace incident.The man died after reportedly being crushed by timber at a construction site in Onehunga.Police also attended the scene.WorkSafe NZ will investigate the incident.Read the original story in …
The Queensland Government has recently passed new laws banning ‘claim farming’ for personal injury or workers’ compensation claims.Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman said the new laws demonstrate the Queensland Government’s commitment to stop the practice of claims farming.“Claim farmers cold call or approach individuals to coer…
SafeWork SA plans to conduct a state-wide compliance campaign early next month to look at the issue of violence and aggression in the retail sector. Inspectors will visit retail outlets both in metropolitan and regional areas to ensure businesses are managing the risk of violence and aggression at the workplace.SafeWork SA says a good number of workers…
Victoria’s safety authority has launched an investigation following the death of a man who fell at a Melbourne hotel on June 12.WorkSafe confirmed the 50-year-old man died in hospital on Saturday.“It is understood the 50-year-old guest walked through an aluminium screen and fell 60 centimetres onto the concrete below, striking his head,” WorkSafe Victo…
Western Australia has recorded the 12th work-related death in the agricultural industry in as many months, prompting a WorkSafe inquiry into the sector.WorkSafe WA said a 24-year-old man died on a farm in the Great Southern region on Tuesday, after being struck on the head when the equipment he was using to tow a bogged vehicle failed.The inquiry will…
Entries for the 2022 WorkSafe Queensland Farm Safety Calendar Competition close on Friday 24 June, and primary school children are encouraged to enter the annual drawing competition.Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace urged Queensland kids to use their drawing skills to raise awareness about farm safety."It's about getting creative to help save l…
WorkSafe New Zealand has recently received the Rainbow Tick accreditation, which recognises the safety regulator's commitment to fairness, diversity, and inclusion."To be a good regulator and a good employer, WorkSafe needs to ensure our kaimahi and the communities they serve are reflected in our organisation," says WorkSafe Chief Executive Phil Parkes…
A man has been killed in a farming incident in southern New South Wales.Police said the man died after being struck in the head by a metal shackle while trying to pull a stuck bulldozer on Saturday afternoon.Emergency services were called to reports of a farming incident at a property near Monteagle at about 5.15 pm.The 33-year-old man couldn't be revi…
Workers in the Northern Territory are reminded to renew their WorkSafe issued licences following an increase in the number of workers trying to renew expired licences.The safety regulator also reminds High-Risk Work Licence holders who want to change their residential addresses that they have to notify NT WorkSafe within 14 days of the change occurring…
A transport service company has been convicted on 24 charges under WA's fatigue management laws, fined $89,000 and ordered to pay $6,807 in costs.The company was fined $80,000 after pleading guilty in the Midland Magistrates Court to 21 charges relating to breaches of hours of work fatigue regulations. The court also ordered the company to pay $9,000…
WorkSafe Queensland reminds workers about the risks associated with loading or unloading hay bales from trucks or trailers after a worker sustained serious spinal injuries when struck by a hay bale last month. The worker was standing near a truck when the hay bale fell on him.WorkSafe is conducting an investigation to establish the cause of the inciden…
Submissions for the 2022 Safe Work and Return to Work Awards are now closed, with winners set to be announced during national Safe Work month in October.The awards presented by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland feature a category recognising the best response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the award was won by an Australian beef business.Safet…
A Southland man has died after a workplace incident on Wednesday morning.Police confirmed emergency services were called to Kaiwera, Gore, just before 10 am.WorkSafe has been notified, and police will refer the man's death to the Coroner.Source: New Zealand Police. …
A Victorian stonemasonry company has been fined a total of $25,000 for failing to protect workers from exposure to crystalline silica.The company was recently fined in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to two charges of failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment.It was fined $12,500 for failing to put in place measu…
A man was injured in an incident involving a farm tractor in Napier on Sunday morning.Emergency crews responded to reports of a tractor rollover west of Taradale just before noon.It is believed a 64-year-old man was seriously injured when a tractor overturned.He was taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital, where he remained in a serious condition Sunday night.So…
Entries are now open for the 2022 WorkSafe Victoria Awards.The awards honour businesses and individuals who make workplace health and safety a priority and injured workers who overcame obstacles on their return-to-work journey.WorkSafe Chief Executive Officer Colin Radford said "every entry is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Victorians w…
A worker suffered minor smoke inhalation after a factory fire near Newcastle on Tuesday afternoon.Emergency services were called to Parker Street, Carrington about 5.30pm following reports of a fire.A 49-year-old man was treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation. He was later transported to hospital as a precaution.The fire was later extinguished…
Six workers were reportedly exposed to potentially acidic dust at a Western Australian lithium plant, according to ABC News.Reports indicate the incident happened last Thursday when dust from an incorrect chemical mix escaped through a vent."Six contractors visited the site's medical centre for first-aid treatment prior to being released," the company…
Quad bike crashes are major causes of deaths and serious injuries on Australian farms. So far this year, five Australians have been killed by quad bikes, including an 82-year-old woman, latest data from Safe Work Australia indicates.Of the five fatalities, three were in Western Australia, while New South Wales and Tasmania had each one fatality. Three…
A woman in her 50s and a teenage girl are recovering in hospital after falling from their horses north of Sydney.Emergency services were called to the incident at Calga shortly before 9.45 am on Saturday morning.The woman was airlifted to the Royal North Shore Hospital with a head injury, while the teenager was transported by road to the same hospital.…
WorkSafe Victoria has issued a safety alert to remind farmers about the dangers of riding on trailers.The safety regulator issued the alert following an incident in which a worker died after falling from a trailer in February. “In 2022, we have already had a death and one very serious incident involving people riding on trailers behind farm vehicles, s…
Safe Work Australia has published amendments to the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws.A number of recommendations from the 2018 review of the laws have been implemented in the current version of the model WHS laws.Safe Work Australia said the amendments don’t automatically apply in a jurisdiction.“For the model WHS Act and model WHS Regulations t…
A Canberra construction company has been fined $450,000 after a carpenter fell to his death at a Denman Prospect worksite in 2020.The company was fined by the Industrial Court Magistrate after pleading guilty to a charge laid against it over the fatal incident earlier this year.ACT Work Health and Safety Commissioner Jacqueline Agius, said duty holders…
A Perth engineering company faces charges following the death of a worker in May 2019.The worker died after being crushed by the boom of a welding manipulator.WorkSafe WA has charged the company with failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing the death of an employee.The case will be mentioned in the Midland Magistrates Co…
The NSW Resources Regulator is conducting a casual investigation into a misfire incident at a gold mine last month.The Resources Regulator said the incident occurred due to an “unexpected initiation of electronic explosive detonators.”The incident happened on 18 May 2022, when two locations were loaded for firing with electronic detonators. The detonat…
WorkSafe Victoria has issued a safety alert about the dangers of overhead powerlines on farms following reports of large machinery making contact with powerlines across Victoria and South Australia.The safety regulator says incidents of farm machinery contacting powerlines have increased over the last two years.“If contact is made with an overhead powe…
Safe Work Australia has developed a new online tool to help workers in the agriculture industry meet their obligations under the model WHS laws.Safe Work Australia encourages workers to use the tool to find out how to meet their WHS duties.Safe Work Australia said, “The tool also outlines common WHS hazards, including working in confined spaces, workin…
SafeWork SA has recently suspended a class B asbestos removal licence holder for failing to ensure work authorised by the licence was performed safely.The safety agency said the business “failed to remove all asbestos from a workplace and did not decontaminate the area where asbestos had been removed.” SafeWork added that the contractor did not receive…
WorkSafe WA has issued an improvement notice to a lithium plant in Kemerton after workers were reportedly exposed to toxic gases.The safety regulator has instructed the company to install safety barriers to protect those working near the plant that is being commissioned.WorkSafe launched an investigation in April following complaints about unsafe worki…
Safe Work Australia has recently updated the 2022 work-related fatality figures.A total of 74 work-related deaths have been reported this year.Transport, postal and warehousing workplaces have recorded 31 fatalities, Agriculture, forestry and fishing 16 fatalities and Construction 6 deaths.Public, administration and safety workplaces have seen five fat…
A New Zealand waste company has been sentenced after a worker died from chemical poisoning.The worker died after being exposed to toxic gas at a treatment pit in Seaview in August 2017.WorkSafe said the worker was exposed to ‘at least 500 parts per million of hydrogen sulphide.’ The maximum workplace exposure allowed is 10 parts per million over an eig…
A man has been flown to hospital following a quad bike rollover in South West Queensland.The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked to a property south-east of Roma at about 2 pm on Wednesday afternoon.The man in his 60s was flown to Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition.According to Safe Work Australia figures, four Australians have been kill…
The NSW Government has partnered with Essential Energy to deliver free educational farm safety programs for women agricultural workers in regional NSW.Minister for fair trading Eleni Petinos said the ‘Women in Agriculture Lunch and Learn’ series will focus on farm safety issues, including working near electricity, safety around farm vehicles, and at-ri…
Emergency services, including police were called to an Auckland farm following reports of a workplace incident on Wednesday morning.It is believed a man aged in his 30s was struck by a falling tree.He died at the scene.WorkSafe has been notified of the incident.Originally published in the New Zealand Herald.…
A man has died in a workplace incident in South Australia.Police said the 39-year-old man was found unresponsive inside an electrical pit at a construction site in Walkerville Wednesday morning.The man was declared dead at the scene.SafeWork SA is investigating, and police will prepare a report for the coroner.Originally published on the SA police…
The NSW Resources Regulator has released its quarterly safety report for January to March 2022 to help the industry improve workplace safety. The regulator says the report provides details on incidents and trends relating to hazard management.The report shows during this period (January-March 2022), the total incident notifications received by principa…
A WA building company has been fined $45,000 after a worker fell about three metres through a void and sustained multiple injuries three years ago.The man was working at a Perth construction site in January 2019 when the incident occurred. The company was fined at the Rockingham Magistrate’s Court after pleading guilty to failing to provide a safe work…
A 56-year-old woman has died after falling from a horse south of Adelaide.Paramedics were called to a property near Victor Harbor at about 1pm on Friday.The woman died at the scene.SafeWork SA is investigating.Read the full story on the ABC News website.…
A man was airlifted with a serious hand injury following a Monday morning farm incident southwest of Sydney.It happened at a property near Taralga.A man in his 70s was treated at the scene after a silo fell on him.He was flown to Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.Originally published in the Goulburn Post.…
The operator of a Victorian power station will plead guilty to three charges of breaching the OHS Act following the death of one of its workers. The 54-year-old man suffered severe burns while working at a power station in Latrobe Valley in November 2018. He died in hospital the following day. The man had worked at the power station for 30 years.WorkS…
WorkSafe Victoria has warned businesses of the potentially deadly risks of working with lead after inspectors issued improvement notices to 11 workplaces over unsafe practices in the past six months.WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Health and Safety Adam Watson said inspectors found one workplace which had no system for controlling risks associated w…
WorkSafe Queensland has issued a safety alert after a worker was seriously injured after being struck by a steel post in March this year.WorkSafe Queensland says the worker was installing a retaining wall at a residential construction site when the incident occurred.“The steel post had been stood upright, using a sling attached to an excavator in close…
A New Zealand farm worker has been fatally injured following an incident involving a farm vehicle.The person was working on a rural property in Auckland Monday afternoon when the incident took place.The worker died at the scene, according to police.WorkSafe will investigate the incident.Read the original story on One News.…
Conference aims to make mental health a priority for the Australian music industry The first-ever Head First mental health and wellbeing conference for the Australian music industry was recently held in Sydney. The conference brought together music leaders from across the country to discuss steps that the industry can take to improve workpl…
WorkSafe WA is investigating a lithium plant following complaints about unsafe working conditions.WA’s workplace health and safety regulator launched investigations in April after workers were reportedly exposed to toxic gases at the facility south of Perth.A number of workers were taken to hospital following the incident.The Department of Mines, Indus…
Two construction companies have escaped prosecution after WorkSafe NZ accepted their enforceable undertakings following the death of a cyclist in October 2019.The cyclist died after being struck by a truck entering a construction site.A WorkSafe investigation found the companies had no traffic management plan, thus putting members of the public at risk…
WorkSafe Victoria has issued a reminder to employers to work safely with portable ladders after two people were seriously injured when the ladders they were on failed without warning.WorkSafe said both ladders had plastic/polymer structural components that appeared to have UV (sun) damage.Falls are the number one cause of death and serious injury in th…
An Auckland poultry company will pay $30,000 to an employee after her thumb was severed while cleaning machinery.The company was also fined $200,000 following the incident in October 2020.According to New Zealand's workplace health and safety regulator, WorkSafe, the worker’s thumb got caught between the edge of an opened access latch and the rotating…
New research shows more injuries were reported in the food delivery industry during Brisbane lockdowns.Researchers at a Brisbane hospital recorded 22 incidents, between September 2020 and September 2021."Every time there was a lockdown, there was a spike in [delivery driver] cases," Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) emergency specialist Dr Ber…
Queensland ambulance paramedics have treated a man for chest injuries after a quad bike incident in South West Queensland.The LifeFlight SGAS was called to the scene soon after the Thursday afternoon incident.The chopper flew the man in his 30s to Roma Airport. He was later transported to hospital by ambulance paramedics.He travelled in a stable condit…
Tasmania police have issued a reminder to drivers to slow down when approaching work sites after a man was caught driving at 104km/h in a 60km/h road works zone.Tasmania Police Inspector Jim Semmens said 67 people were caught speeding in that section of road in two days.“We’ve had officers there in a bid to reduce dangerous driving behaviour and keep o…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…