Industrial manslaughter laws passed in NT

By: workplaceohs 2 Dec 2019 The Northern Territory Legislative Assembly has passed the Territory’s first industrial manslaughter laws, creating a new offense to protect the safety of workers. The new law will ensure all businesses, regardless of the business size, face the same level of penalty if reckless or negligent conduct has caused a workplace [...]

By | 2019-12-03T13:17:41+11:00 November 30th, 2019|Legal, WHS / OHS, Worksafe|Comments Off on Industrial manslaughter laws passed in NT

WorkSafe – Hoist Safety Blitz on Automotive Industry

By: VACC Bulletin Subsequent to the release of the below alert and following a number of serious incidents where vehicles have fallen from hoists whilst in an elevated position, WorkSafe is currently conducting an inspection program of automotive workshops to ensure compliance, particularly with a focus on vehicle hoist safety. The inspection program is looking [...]

By | 2019-12-03T13:17:27+11:00 November 25th, 2019|Worksafe|Comments Off on WorkSafe – Hoist Safety Blitz on Automotive Industry

One message PCBUs still aren’t getting

By: health & safety bulletin, Michael Selinger A preventable fall from heights at a construction site in the ACT in 2016 that led to a 16-year-old work experience student suffering significant injuries has resulted in a fine of $180,000 being imposed this week on the head contractor Nikias Diamond. Two other contractors involved in the [...]

By | 2019-11-14T14:49:10+11:00 November 14th, 2019|WHS / OHS, Worksafe|Comments Off on One message PCBUs still aren’t getting

First industrial manslaughter prosecution underway

Negligent bosses can face 20 years in prison. Last Tuesday, the Victorian state government announced that it will be making workplace manslaughter a criminal offence under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. Under this new offence, any employer that negligently causes a workplace death can be fined up to $16.5 million, while individuals - [...]

By | 2019-11-14T14:08:15+11:00 November 6th, 2019|WHS / OHS, Worksafe|Comments Off on First industrial manslaughter prosecution underway

Electric shock incident reiterates the need for testing and tagging

In an incident that should resonate with most employers, a hospital worker in Victoria received a severe electric shock when they touched a power cord which had damaged protective outer insulation. WorkSafe Victoria, who investigated the matter, issued a safety alert given the widespread issue of the need for employers to test and tag electrical [...]

By | 2019-11-14T14:38:53+11:00 October 24th, 2019|WHS / OHS, Worksafe|Comments Off on Electric shock incident reiterates the need for testing and tagging

NSW Regulators put construction and resources sectors on notice.

By: Australian Institute of Health and Safety Resources Regulator Chief Inspector of Mines Garvin Burns said the new campaign is the result of an industry-wide roundtable held last year. “While the NSW mining industry’s safety record exceeds other high-risk industries and is statistically one of the safest in the world, there is no room for [...]

By | 2019-11-14T14:24:03+11:00 October 16th, 2019|WHS / OHS, Worksafe|Comments Off on NSW Regulators put construction and resources sectors on notice.

October is – National Safe Work Month—Campaign Kits are now available

By Worksafe Australia The campaign kit for this year’s National Safe Work Month campaign is now available. Using the campaign kit, everyone can support a safety culture at their workplace and promote best practice work health and safety initiatives. This year, the kit includes: NSWM brand kit posters editable posters flyers web graphics infographics (coming [...]

By | 2019-09-04T09:13:04+10:00 September 25th, 2019|Worksafe|Comments Off on October is – National Safe Work Month—Campaign Kits are now available

Power tool and manual handling – Safety Alert

A number of separate incidents have occurred on the ACT’s worksites in recent times involving serious injury to several workers’ fingers. Some incidents have involved the use of power tools and others have involved placing hands in dangerous positions during various work activities. In response to these incidents, WorkSafe ACT issued a Power tool and [...]

By | 2019-08-29T00:20:47+10:00 August 28th, 2019|Governments, Worksafe|Comments Off on Power tool and manual handling – Safety Alert

Regulator issue safety warning around winter downpours

National News While this is a Victorian article it is relevant nationally WorkSafe Victoria recently issued a safety warning over continued wet weather and said that construction sites and farms are of particular risk at this time of year with mud and waterlogged soil increasing the risk of slips, trips, falls and excavation or trench [...]

By | 2019-08-28T22:29:14+10:00 August 7th, 2019|Worksafe|Comments Off on Regulator issue safety warning around winter downpours

External Defibrillators in the Workplace

By Australian Institute of Health and Safety WorkSafe Victoria is urging employers to consider installing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and has recently published new guidance on their use in the workplace. WorkSafe’s guidance states that anyone with access to an AED can safely step in to handle a cardiac arrest crisis, knowing they cannot cause [...]

By | 2019-08-28T22:28:31+10:00 August 1st, 2019|WHS / OHS, Worksafe|Comments Off on External Defibrillators in the Workplace