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Company charged over Southbank crane collapse

Monday 13 February 2017

WorkSafe Victoria recently charged GC Crane Hire Pty Ltd, trading as General Cranes, with two breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, following a comprehensive investigation into the crane collapse at 42 Balston St, Southbank in August 2015.

Farm business fined $125,000 following quad bike death

Monday 13 February 2017

A North Queensland farm business which used quad bikes to muster cattle has been fined $125,000 following the 2013 death of a 21-year-old female worker.

Plumbing company fined $40,000 for failure to supervise young worker

Monday 13 February 2017

A plumbing contractor in Brisbane recently pleaded guilty to breaching work health and safety laws after a 15-year-old plumbing apprentice was injured on the job.

Steel company fined after semi-trailer driver falls while unloading

Monday 13 February 2017

A steel company has been fined $40,000 for failing to ensure safety after a truck driver fell from his trailer while unloading steel at Pinkenba in 2014.

Regulator urges stronger focus on intergenerational OHS

Monday 13 February 2017

Complacency among experienced workers and over-enthusiasm by young workers are major factors in many workplace incidents at this time of year, according to executive director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy.

What are the 3 big problems with current safety practice?

Monday 13 February 2017

There are three big problems with safety practice as it is conducted today, according to Dr Drew Rae, an expert on safety theory and safety engineering practice and manager of Griffith University’s safety science innovation lab.

Where companies fall down on mental health in the workplace

Monday 13 February 2017

OHS professionals play a key role in the implementation of safety systems, including psychologically safe initiatives, according to a mental health expert, who said OHS needs to take a proactive approach to the issues rather than “waiting for a crisis”.

Working more than 39 hours per week a health risk

Monday 13 February 2017

Employees who work more than 39 hours a week are putting their health at risk, according to research from The Australian National University (ANU).

Awareness campaign urges farmers to take up quad bike rebates

Monday 13 February 2017

SafeWork NSW recently launched an awareness campaign across regional NSW urging farmers to participate in the NSW quad bike safety improvement program.

NSW: Safety alert issued over unpacking glass and heavy materials

Monday 13 February 2017

SafeWork NSW recently issued a safety alert reminding workers who unpack glass and heavy materials not to rely on the packaging to support the contents.

SWA publishes statement on lead in the workplace

Monday 13 February 2017

Safe Work Australia has published a Decision Regulation Impact Statement (DRIS) on managing risks associated with lead in the workplace: blood lead removal levels and workplace exposure standard.

NSW: Engineering business fined $225,000 over worker’s death

Monday 30 January 2017

A mechanical and engineering business in NSW has been fined $225,000 over the death of a worker at its Cobar workshop in 2014.

WA: Car dealership employee fined $9500 over fatality

Monday 30 January 2017

An employee of an Attadale car dealership in WA has been fined $9500.00 and ordered to pay $12,052.75 in costs over the death of a fellow worker at the dealership in 2013.

WA: Tyre recycling company fined $80,000 over amputation of worker’s fingers

Monday 30 January 2017

A WA-based tyre recycling company in Welshpool has been fined $80,000 and ordered to pay $2013 in costs over an incident in which a worker’s fingers were amputated by a tyre shredder.

How to tackle chronic disease and mental health issues

Monday 30 January 2017

Workplace hazards can influence the physical, mental and emotional reactions of workers who believe that their work demands exceed their abilities or resources to do the work, according to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ).

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