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QLD: 3 prosecutions for unsafe electrical work

Tuesday 27 September 2016

The Queensland’s Industrial Magistrates Court recently prosecuted three companies over unsafe work practices, which should serve as a reminder to those putting lives at risk by not working within the law, according to the state’s Electrical Safety Office.

SA: Business gets a sixth conviction over crush injury

Tuesday 27 September 2016

South Australia’s Industrial Court recently handed down a sixth conviction to a local packaging business for a crush injury to a worker’s hand.

VIC: Paper recycling company fined over workplace incident

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Victoria’s Sunshine Magistrates’ Court recently convicted and fined a paper recycling company $20,000 plus $3,386 in costs following an incident in which a worker suffered an injury.

How OHS professionals can take the lead on safety

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Safety professionals need to work on developing their leadership skills in order to better connect with key stakeholders and provide more confidence in their ability to not just advise or regulate, but guide others towards a safe work environment, according to Edith Cowan University.

SWA urges business leaders to set right “tone at the top”

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Leaders need to set the right tone at the top of an organisation to embed a positive safety culture in the workplace, according to Chair of Safe Work Australia (SWA), Diane Smith-Gander.

VIC: Warning over younger workers and workplace injuries

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Young workers in Victoria are particularly vulnerable to workplace injuries and employers should prioritise safety discussions and training to reduce their risk of injury, according to WorkSafe Victoria.

Why OHS needs to be more proactive on mental health in the workplace

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Most organisations don’t have proactive approaches to improving mental health in the workplace and need an evidence-based approach to systematically improving mental health, according to an expert in the area.

NSW: Safety alert issued after frontend loader incident

Tuesday 27 September 2016

A safety alert was recently issued following an incident in which a 23kg rock fell 17 metres from a blasted quarry face, smashing through the windscreen of a frontend loader and injuring the operator.

SA: GHS classification and labelling of chemicals to take effect

Tuesday 27 September 2016

South Australia will fully implement the globally harmonised system of classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS) – the international system for classifying chemicals with new labelling and warning information, from 1 January 2017.

SWA to evaluate 644 workplace exposure standards

Tuesday 27 September 2016

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

WA: Inspection program slated for accommodation industry

Tuesday 27 September 2016

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

Safe Work Australia urges all workplaces to rethink workplace safety during Safe Work Month

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Safe Work Australia celebrates National Safe Work Month in October, with a view to raising awareness of work health and safety, encouraging discussion about safety at work, and sharing positive workplace stories.

NSW: Cudal Lime Products prosecuted over workplace fatality

Tuesday 13 September 2016

The NSW Department of Industry’s Resources Regulator recently commenced prosecution proceedings against Cudal Lime Products and two of its workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 resulting in the death of a local resident.

NSW: Hunter Quarries prosecuted over workplace fatality

Tuesday 13 September 2016

The NSW Department of Industry’s Resources Regulator recently launched prosecution proceedings against Hunter Quarries for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 that resulted in the death of an employee at the Karuah Quarry.

WA: Employee fined $7200 over death of truck driver

Tuesday 13 September 2016

A forklift operator has been fined $7200 (and ordered to pay costs of $800) over the death of a truck driver who died as the result of a fall while washing his truck at Harvey Fresh in 2014.

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