NSW: company enters into $334,000 enforceable undertaking

By: National News Rivalea (Australia) Pty Limited (an agri-food company in Albury who distributes pork nationally and overseas) recently entered into an enforceable undertaking with a total expenditure of $334,136 following an incident in which a subcontractor conducting work on a roof stood on a sheet of mini-orb ceiling material and fell through the roof [...]

By | 2020-02-24T19:48:38+11:00 February 24th, 2020|Worksafe|Comments Off on NSW: company enters into $334,000 enforceable undertaking

VIC: developer fined $125,000 for serious safety failures

By: WorkSafe Victoria A property developer in Victoria has been convicted and fined $125,000 for putting workers and the public at risk of serious injury or death. Mainline Developments Pty Ltd pleaded guilty in the Melbourne County Court to four charges over safety breaches during the construction of a residential complex at Narre Warren. The [...]

By | 2020-02-24T19:48:44+11:00 February 19th, 2020|Worksafe|Comments Off on VIC: developer fined $125,000 for serious safety failures

Industrial manslaughter laws come into effect in Victoria on the 1st of July 2020

The new industrial manslaughter laws come into effect in Victoria on the 1st of July 2020 and WorkSafe aren’t holding back on their advertising. By: WorkSafe Victoria Tougher laws. Safer workplaces. - From July, workplace manslaughter will be a jailable offence. If you fail to do your job, we'll do ours, and make sure you [...]

By | 2020-02-24T19:49:20+11:00 February 14th, 2020|Worksafe|Comments Off on Industrial manslaughter laws come into effect in Victoria on the 1st of July 2020

Understanding Safety Systems on Worksites – Safety Alert

By: Greg Jones: ACT Work Safety Commissioner – 23/01/2020 In recent site visits WorkSafe ACT has identified a number of workers and officers of companies signed into, and allegedly working to, safety systems which they clearly do not understand. In response to these incidents WorkSafe ACT has issued a Understanding Safety System on Worksites Safety [...]

By | 2020-02-24T19:49:12+11:00 January 22nd, 2020|Worksafe|Comments Off on Understanding Safety Systems on Worksites – Safety Alert

SafeWork NSW conducts safety blitz on silica exposure

A cross-industry strategy lead by SafeWork NSW has significantly increased awareness of silicosis and standardised practices of exposure prevention. SafeWork NSW has visited every stone manufacturing business in the state and in addition, has had 448 interactions with businesses in the tunnelling, domestic and civil construction, foundries, and building products industries. SafeWork NSW is just [...]

By | 2020-02-24T19:46:49+11:00 January 15th, 2020|Worksafe|Comments Off on SafeWork NSW conducts safety blitz on silica exposure

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