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With the latest figures showing 115 Australian workers have been killed at work so far this year, Safe Work Australia reminds all Australians to prioritise workplace health and safety during National Safe Work Month.In Australia, October is National Safe Work Month- a time to raise awareness about workplace health and safety.Safe Work Australia figures…
The latest Safe Work Australia figures reveal that 115 workers have been killed at work so far this year.Transport, postal & warehousing workplaces have recorded the highest number of work-related deaths, with 50 fatalities -14 more than at the same time last year. Agriculture, forestry & fishing workplaces reported 24 fatalities, Construction…
The Australian Government will provide $3.5 million to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to support heavy vehicle safety.NHVR will invest the funds into fifteen heavy vehicle projects through Round 7 of its Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) program.In the last six years, the Federal Government has invested in 132 HVSI projects to improve safety…
WorkSafe WA has released the dates and locations for public consultation meetings on the agriculture industry Inquiry, with the first meeting scheduled for 11 October in Albany. The Inquiry was announced in June after the 12th death in the agricultural sector in a period of 12 months.WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh appointed Pam Scott to the posi…
NT WorkSafe urges workers and employers to keep workplace safety at the top of their minds during National Safe Work Month.The safety regulator says work-related injuries accounted for 4637 lost weeks in 2021-22.NT WorkSafe, in partnership with the Airport Development Group (ADG) is delivering free information sessions on workplace health and safety du…
A 70-year-old man has died after being hit by a falling tree in Western Australia.The man was driving a tractor on a property in North Dandalup on Sunday afternoon when the incident took place.He was critically injured and died at the scene.Source: Perth Now.…
With National Safe Work Month around the corner, SafeWork SA is urging businesses to take part in activities that promote workplace health and safety during October.More than 100 Australian workers died on the job in 2020, including 11 from South Australia.This year’s theme is ‘Know safety, work safe,’ with weekly themes including mental health, injuri…
Twenty-three people have been killed in workplace agricultural incidents so far this year, according to the latest WorkSafe data.The figures show Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in New Zealand, with six fatalities so far this year. Three of the fatalities were due to quad bike incidents.Transport and construction accounted for more…
A worker has been transported to hospital after suffering upper body injuries in an alleged assault at a Victorian youth justice centre.The worker was reportedly hit with a table tennis bat on Monday evening.Paramedics were called to the centre, northwest of Melbourne, shortly before 8 pm.WorkSafe is reportedly making inquiries into the incident.Source…
Two people suffered serious injuries in a work-related incident in West Auckland on Thursday morning.Police said emergency services attended a workplace in Glen Eden just after 8:15am. Ambulance paramedics conveyed two people to Auckland City Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.WorkSafe will investigate the incident.Source: NZ HERALD.…
A teenager is in hospital with serious injuries after a workplace incident in Henderson.The 16-year-old boy was hit by a wooden sheet on September 13.He was taken to Royal Perth Hospital, where he was placed in a coma.His family says he is responding well to treatment.WorkSafe has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the incident. Read…
Two NSW companies have been fined a total of $1.05 million after a worker was electrocuted more than three years ago.The two, a construction company and a roofing company, were recently fined $600,000 and $450,000, respectively after pleading guilty in the NSW District Court. SafeWork Executive Director Compliance & Dispute Resolution Matthew Press…
One person is being treated in hospital for injuries sustained in a crash at a Christchurch workplace on Tuesday morning.Emergency services were called to Sockburn at about 4 am after a ute reportedly rolled at a construction site.One person was rushed to Christchurch Hospital in critical condition after the incident.WorkSafe has been notified.Read mor…
The Victorian Farmers Federation has launched a farm safety guidebook for children aged between 10-15 years.The Child Safety on Farms guide was developed after a 2021 coronial inquiry revealed that seven Victorian children were killed in farm machinery incidents between 2016 and 2021.VFF senior farm safety advisor John Darcy said, "Sometimes parents ne…
A man was taken to hospital in serious condition after he fell from a house roof on the Gold Coast. Emergency services responded to the incident at Broadbeach Waters just before 9 am on Saturday.The man in his 50s was transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment.Read the original story here.…
The Northern Territory’s workplace health and safety watchdog has issued a safety alert after a worker fell over three meters from a forklift.The worker sustained fractured ribs and multiple bruises following the incident in August 2022. NT WorkSafe said, ‘the alert reminds businesses and workers to only use forklift attachments that have been designed…
A new study has found food delivery riders do not take more risks on the roads than private cyclists.Researchers from Queensland University of Technology observed and compared 3401 bicycle food delivery riders and private cyclists in five inner Brisbane suburbs during lunchtime and dinner time peaks over a period of six days last winter. “Despite media…
The NSW Resources Regulator has released a causal investigation report into a misfire incident at a central west NSW mine in May.No one was injured as a result of the explosion, which was caused by an unexpected initiation of electronic explosive detonators.NSW Resources Regulator said, "the report includes our investigation into the incident and our r…
WorkSafe has launched an investigation after a 59-year-old farmer was crushed to death by a seed bin north of Esperance on Thursday.Reports indicated the man was performing repairs under the seed bin at the time of the incident."WorkSafe investigators examine the circumstances of incidents with a view to ensuring compliance and preventing future incide…
An agricultural plane crashed on Queensland's Western Downs on Monday morning, killing the pilot.The aircraft crash-landed in a paddock near Chinchilla just before midday, according to police.The pilot, a man aged in his 30s, suffered serious injuries and was declared dead at the scene.The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) will investigate the…
SafeWork SA has recently launched a campaign aimed at stopping sexual harassment in the mining industry.The campaign was launched following numerous reports into sexual harassment, discrimination and violence in the Australian mining industry.The safety watchdog says it has released new guidance material on the issue to remind employers of their duties…
A teenage girl has been flown to hospital suffering rib injuries after being trampled by a cow in NSW.It happened at a local show in Merriwa on Sunday morning.The 16-year-old was treated at the scene before being transported to hospital.Originally published on Nine News.…
SafeWork NSW inspectors are visiting businesses in the tree work industry to promote safer working practices. SafeWork Executive Director of Compliance & Dispute Resolution Matthew Press said the campaign aims to address safety in an industry that continues to record a high number of serious incidents.“Every NSW tree worker has the right to a safe…
A New Zealand roofing company was recently ordered to pay a fine of $25,000 and reparations of $40,000 after a 14-year-old boy fell through a roof skylight, suffering multiple fractures.The company was sentenced at the Napier District Court for failing to ensure the health and safety of workers and allowing someone aged under 15 to carry out constructi…
A worker has been seriously injured after he plunged 30m down a steep cliff on the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday morning.The man in his 20s was working on trees when he fell from the edge, landing on the rocks below.He suffered multiple injuries in the fall.The man was winched to safety by the RACQ LifeFlight helicopter and transported to Princess Alexan…
The NSW Resources Regulator has released its Quarterly Safety Report for April to June 2022 to assist mine and petroleum site operators meet their duties and obligations under the state’s workplace health and safety laws.The NSW Resources Regulator said, ‘as a high-hazard regulator, we focus on compliance with legislative requirements associated with p…
SafeWork NSW has launched an investigation after a man suffered severe burns in a workplace incident in Sydney's Northern Beaches region.The 34-year-old man suffered burns to his hands and face after cutting through an electric cable with a power tool in Brookvale.The incident happened on Saturday morning.Paramedics treated the man at the scene before…
NSW Fair Trading and SafeWork NSW have teamed up to conduct inspections of residential building worksites in the State's Central West.Inspectors from both agencies are visiting Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange, checking for non-compliant building work, licensing and worker safety.Department of Customer Service director for building and construction Matthew W…
A Victorian concrete manufacturer has been fined $35,000 over a workplace incident where concrete fell from a crane, narrowly missing two workers.WorkSafe Victoria said two workers were removing a five-metre rectangular concrete trough from a mould when the load fell in April 2020. The company pleaded guilty in the Shepparton Magistrates' Court to fail…
A new training vessel has been launched to raise awareness and support workers' mental health in the Tasmanian seafood industry.The vessel was launched on R U OK? Day - an annual event to remind people about the importance of mental health.Primary Industries and Water Minister Jo Palmer said, "we know the seafood industry was one of the sectors hardest…
An Auckland worker suffered burns in a chemical spill on Thursday morning.Police said they received reports of a chemical spill at Mt Wellington just before 8.30 am.The man was treated by ambulance paramedics before being rushed to Middlemore Hospital in a serious condition.WorkSafe has been notified.Originally published in the NZ Herald.…
WorkSafe Victoria and SafeWork NSW inspected more than 40 construction sites last month, issuing improvement notices and holding information sessions. The joint inspection blitz focused on working at height safety and exposure to crystalline silica dust in workplaces along the Victoria-NSW border.SafeWork NSW Acting Director Construction Services Regio…
Safe Work Australia reminds employers that they have a duty to protect workers from psychological harm.Safe Work Australia said, "Managing psychosocial risks at work is just as important as managing physical risks."According to the federal government's safety regulator, psychosocial risks can be managed using a four-step risk management process. Safe W…
A pilot has been killed in a light plane crash south of Townsville.Police said the plane crashed in bushland on Sunday morning.The pilot, the sole occupant, was found dead at the scene.The crash is under investigation by the Forensic Crash Unit.Source: ABC News.…
A person was seriously injured in a workplace incident at Ohauiti on Thursday afternoon.Emergency services were called to the incident at Hollister Lane at about 3.30 pm.A rescue chopper was also tasked.The worker was flown to hospital in critical condition.WorkSafe has been notified.Read the original story here.…
The new Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2022 came into effect on 1 September 2022.This Regulation replaces the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014, which was repealed on 1 September 2022.NSW Resources Regulator said, “Among other things, the Regulation implements some of the recommendations o…
A New Zealand farmer sustained serious injuries after rolling his quad bike on Wednesday afternoon.Emergency services were called to a rural property near Dunedin shortly before 5 pm.The quad bike rolled down a hill and into a car park.The 47-year-old man suffered head injuries during the incident.WorkSafe has been advised.Read the original story …
A new campaign urging drivers to slow down around roadworks sites has recently been launched in Tasmania.The campaign, dubbed ‘Your Speed is Our Safety,’ is a joint initiative of the Civil Contractors Federation Tasmania, the Tasmanian Government and the Traffic Management Association of Australia.The advertisements illustrate the impact of crashes at…
A record number of primary schools in Queensland are taking part in this year’s Ergon Energy’s Safety Heroes program as part of Electrical Safety Week.Launched in 2015, the Safety Heroes program teaches children how electricity works and how to stay safe around it.Queensland’s Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said, “I’m confident in our Queensland studen…
WorkSafe urges workers and employers to register for the 2022 WorkSafe Tasmania Month events.WorkSafe Month runs throughout October and is a time for Tasmanians to focus on improving workplace health and safety.Worksafe Tasmania said, “Make your work health and safety a priority this month by registering and participating in our free in-person and webi…
Ausgrid staff will visit primary schools across NSW to teach kids about electricity safety as part of Electricity Safety Week. More than 800 primary schools have registered for this year’s event. Ausgrid’s Chief Customer Officer, Rob Amphlett Lewis, said school children will have the opportunity to learn about electrical hazards.“After two years of vir…
WorkSafe WA is inviting submissions to the Inquiry into the agricultural industry.The Inquiry was established in June after the 12th fatality in the sector in 12 months. The Inquiry’s Terms of Reference were announced, and independent inquirer Pam Scott was appointed to undertake the Inquiry.WorkSafe WA said, “In addition to the call for written submis…
The Queensland Government has announced that COVID-19 vaccination requirements for health care workers have been scrapped.Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said Queensland Health workers and workers in aged and disability care facilities will still be required to stay up to date with their COVID vaccinations.“With the peak of the third wave behind us, it’s…
A Victorian man has been charged for assaulting a safety inspector at a Melbourne construction site in June 2021.The man faces charges under the Victorian OHS Act for allegedly obstructing a WorkSafe inspector who was inspecting a work site.Victorian safety watchdog WorkSafe also accuses the man of intimidating and assaulting the inspector contrary to…
Fatal occupational injury data released by Safe Work Australia shows that 109 Australian workers have been killed at work this year.The latest report indicates that the Transport, postal & warehousing industry has so far seen more workplace deaths than any other industry. The industry has recorded 44 fatalities- 14 more than at the same time last y…
An elderly man has been killed in a tractor incident at a Gold Coast property.The tractor rolled in Willow Vale on Thursday afternoon, killing the 77-year-old man.Emergency services attended the scene at about 2 pm.The man was declared deceased at the scene.Read the original story here.…
An inflatable slide operator has been fined for workplace safety failures after a mammoth slide collapsed in Whangamatā in December 2020.Several people, mostly children, fell from heights of about twelve metres during the incident. One victim fractured his ankles and is still recovering at home.The company was recently sentenced at the Waihi District C…
The Queensland Government is seeking public feedback on the ongoing review of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act).The Queensland's Work Health and Safety Act review was announced by Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace last month. The review is led by three independent reviewers, including a former Deputy Director General of the Office…
The Victorian government has upgraded the Workwell Toolkit for Small Business, a free online service with information to promote workplace mental health.The toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to help small businesses create safe and mentally healthy workplacesWorkSafe Victoria upgraded the toolkit in response to feedback from key stakeholders, inclu…
A man is recovering in hospital following a workplace incident on the Gold Coast.The man in his 50s suffered spinal injuries after being run over by a truck on Sunday afternoon.He was rushed to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious condition.Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating.Read the original story here.…
Emergency services were called to an Auckland construction site on Monday morning after scaffolding collapsed, trapping a worker. Ambulance paramedics were called to the incident just before 8.30 am. One worker was rescued by firefighters and taken to Auckland City Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. WorkSafe has launched an investigation into…
A man has been killed in a crane incident at a construction site in inner Melbourne.The man was operating a crane at the site in Prahran on Friday afternoon when he was fatally injured.He died at the scene.WorkSafe is investigating the fatal incident.Source ABC News.…
Two workers who suffered serious burns after a gas explosion at a construction site in Auckland on Friday morning are in a stable condition in hospital.Emergency services were called to the scene at about 6.30 am.Five people were taken to hospital following the incident.The explosion was reportedly caused by a gas cooker.WorkSafe is investigating the c…
An elderly man has been killed, and another has suffered serious injuries in a tractor incident in central Queensland.The incident happened on private property near Mackay at about 7am on Saturday morning.An 87-year-old man died at the scene, while a 37-year-old man was rushed to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition.Workplace Health and Safety Qu…
Police and ambulance paramedics were called to a property in north-west Tasmania following an ATV rollover on Saturday afternoon.Police said five girls were riding an ATV in Nabageena when the vehicle rolled on its side, landing on the driver’s leg. The driver was airlifted to hospital with a fractured leg, while the remaining four girls were transport…
The Queensland Government has announced that new road rules requiring motorists to slow down when passing emergency workers on the roadside will come into effect next month.Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the new measures would give first responders extra protection.“Our emergency service and first responders do an incredible job, an…
WorkSafe Victoria has awarded grants amounting to $2.47 million to support nine projects that will help improve workplace health and safety.The safety watchdog says projects to reduce workplace harm and improve health outcomes for injured workers will benefit from the program.WorkSafe Chief Executive Officer Colin Radford said, “We are delighted to be…
Safe Work Australia has published a new report on workers’ compensation arrangements in Australia and New Zealand.The report provides information about the operation of workers’ compensation scheme arrangements and the differences between schemes in Australia and New Zealand.Read the full report on the Safe Work Australia website.…
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and Queensland Police Service (QPS) have joined hands to launch the ‘Sharing our Roads with Oversize Loads’ campaign. The plan is to encourage drivers to share the road with heavy vehicles carrying oversize loads this Queensland Road Safety Week.The campaign features a series of videos to show road users how…
The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called to the Lockyer Valley on Sunday evening to treat and airlift a man who had been injured while fighting a grass fire.The man in his 60s suffered burns and a suspected head injury as he attempted to extinguish a fast-moving grass fire just before 5pm.He was flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital…
A quarry worker is recovering in hospital after being injured in an industrial incident in the Gympie Region last week.Paramedics were called to Scotchy Pocket around 8.15am on Tuesday morning.The man in his 20s was treated at the scene before being flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.Read the original story here.…
WorkSafe WA is encouraging workers, employers and safety professionals to register for Safe Work Month 2022.October is National Safe Work Month, and WorkSafe encourages businesses to think of how they can improve health and safety in the workplace.WorkSafe WA said "The Western Australian government believes that every person who goes to work deserves t…
A five-yearly review of the Queensland Work Health Safety Act kicks off this week.The State Government says three independent reviewers including Craig Allen, Charles Massy and Deirdre Swan will lead the review.“The three reviewers are eminently qualified and bring a mix of regulatory, practical, and legal perspectives to this important review,” Indust…
Emergency services were called to a council depot in Sydney’s southwest after a worker suffered serious burn injuries in an explosion on Wednesday morning.The man in his 40s was treated at the scene before being flown to Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious but stable condition.Firefighters said the explosion was sparked by an angle grinder.Inv…
SafeWork SA warns construction workers to make electrical safety a priority following an increase in the number of electric shock incidents reported in the past two years.In 2021-22, SafeWork SA was notified of 348 electric shock incidents, with the construction industry accounting for nearly a quarter of all electric shock notifications during th…
A man suffered facial burns after a battery exploded at a Gold Coast workplace.It happened on Wednesday afternoon.The man in his 40s was transported to hospital in a stable condition.Read the original story here.…
The Western Australian government has released the Terms of Reference for the inquiry into the state's agricultural industry. The inquiry's eight terms of reference were announced by Western Australia's WorkSafe commissioner Darren Kavanagh on Thursday. The inquiry into WA's agriculture sector was launched in June after the 12th fatality in the industr…
A worker has been injured after being pinned between two vehicles in the Gympie Region.The man in his 20s suffered suspected back injuries during the incident on Tuesday morning.He is being treated at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Read the original story here.…
Safe Work Australia has developed a pilot tool to help agricultural workers access safety information quickly. Under the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2002, Safe Work Australia has identified the agriculture industry as one of the priority industries. So far this year, the industry has recorded 22 work-related fatalities.SafeWork SA s…
SafeWork NSW and WorkSafe Victoria will visit construction sites in Mildura and Buronga as part of the ongoing Cross Border Construction Program to help employers and tradies comply with workplace health and safety laws.Inspectors will focus on falls from height risks, silica dust exposure and other safety hazards during a week-long safety blitz schedu…
Latest Safe Work Australia data shows 106 people have been killed at work so far this year. Transport, postal & warehousing industry leads with 42 fatalities, followed by Agriculture, forestry & fishing with 22 fatalities. The Construction industry comes third with 12 fatalities.The Manufacturing industry has recorded seven fatalities, Pub…
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the state Government's move to launch a parliamentary inquiry to investigate the coal mining industry's response to recommendations made after the 2020 Grosvenor mine explosion.QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said that workplace safety is a priority for every mine operator in Queensland, adding tha…
A Queensland court has recently fined a landlord for safety failings after a worker was injured when debris from a crane fell on him.According to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, the worker was operating a crane moving large steel sheets when debris fell from the crane. The man sustained multiple injuries after being hit by falling debris. The S…
A Northern Territory council faces more than $7 million in fines after one of its workers nearly drowned when an amphibious weed harvester tipped and capsized.Northern Territory’s workplace safety regulator has charged the council with nine counts of breaching workplace health and safety regulations following the incident in February 2020.NT WorkSafe s…
The NSW Resources Regulator has issued a safety alert after a worker was left stranded for seven hours when an excavator became immobilised about 200m offshore in the NSW Hunter Valley.The Resources Regulator said the 14-tonne amphibious excavator was immobilised after one of its tracks was damaged. The incident happened in June 2022.“The emergency pro…
A Port Adelaide company has been fined $100,000 for breaches of workplace safety rules after a worker died following a fall through a roof in December 2019. The 51-year-old man was working on a roof when he fell 6.5 metres to the concrete below, sustaining fatal injuries.A SafeWork SA investigation found that the company did not take measures to reduce…
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…