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Guarding controls missing on press results in $40K fine

A company who failed to ensure guarding controls were being used on a press has been fined $40K after a work experience student at a sheet metal workshop had the tip of his finger amputated. The incident highlights the need for work safety programs to ensure adequate machine guarding. The sheet metal fabrication business and [...]

By |2020-09-18T07:31:44+00:00September 18th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Gross negligence in trench collapse

The Western Australian work safety regulator has commenced a prosecution after a plumber died in a trench collapse in 2018. This past week WorkSafe WA commenced a prosecution against Ryan and Melissa, a plumbing company trading as Vivian Plumbing and Civil, over the drowning death of a plumber in 2018. Nambucca Heads Plumber, Ryan Duffus [...]

By |2020-09-14T07:41:28+00:00September 14th, 2020|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Recycling company fined over multiple work safety incidents

A Melbourne Recycling Company has faced court and been fined $115K for failing to maintain a safe workplace after multiple fall and machine guarding incidents. The incident provides learning for industries reliant on the use of plant and machinery. According to the Victorian Work Safety Safety Regulator, SKM Services Pty Ltd was convicted and fined [...]

By |2020-08-31T02:46:37+00:00August 31st, 2020|News, Safety Advice|0 Comments

Respirator quality concerns

Over the last several months there has been a surge in demand for respirators (masks) in the Australia market. Much of the demand has been driven by the incidence of bush fires over December January 2020 period and later by the impacts of COVID-19. Unfortunately, the high demand in respiratory protection has resulted in a [...]

By |2020-06-28T09:12:14+00:00June 28th, 2020|News, Safety Advice|0 Comments

Brisbane Directors convicted under industrial manslaughter legislation

Two directors of a Brisbane wrecking yard have been convicted and sentenced under industrial manslaughter legsilation after a worker was struck with a forklift and died at their worksite in May 2019. The case clearly demonstrates the consequences of failure to manage and implement traffic management plans at worksites. The case (see link to judgement) [...]

By |2020-06-14T07:13:25+00:00June 12th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Runaway vehicle reminder

According to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, a man has sustained significant crush injuries after a runaway vehicle crushed him at a gate post. Queensland's safety regulator confirmed that in "April 2020, a man suffered serious injuries after being crushed by a frontend loader. Initial enquiries found the operator got out of the cabin to [...]

By |2020-06-11T01:08:35+00:00June 11th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Brisbane construction company fined for failure to manage critical risk

A Brisbane construction company has been fined for a safety failure to ensure a critical risk was managed on a construction work site. The company was recently fined $85,000 in the Brisbane Magistrate's Court after a concrete worker contacted an overhead powerline with a bull float (tool). The worker received an electric shock, causing serious [...]

By |2020-06-09T06:26:25+00:00June 9th, 2020|News|0 Comments

National COVID-19 safe workplace principles

COVID-19 safe workplace principles have been developed accross Australia to assist in managing workplaces safer. Recognising that the COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency, that all actions in respect of COVID-19 should be founded in expert health advice and that the following principles operate subject to the measures agreed and implemented by Governments through [...]

By |2020-04-30T07:03:30+00:00April 30th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Brisbane company charged with industrial manslaughter

A Brisbane Company has been charged with industrial manslaughter involving a category one work health & safety offence of reckless conduct resulting in the death of a worker with a forklift. Brisbane Auto Recycling has been charged by the Work Health & Safety Prosecutor under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 for industrial manslaughter relating [...]

By |2020-06-14T07:11:50+00:00November 1st, 2019|News|0 Comments