Monthly Archives: March 2016

 

Vic laws set to change

An expert panel has been established to review and recommend changes to Victoria’s work health and safety (WHS) laws. The Victorian Government has appointed Dr Claire Noone, Cathy Butcher and Margaret Donnan, among others, to the panel. Noone, Butcher and Donnan have significant policy, regulatory, advocacy and industry experience between them. The panel will examine […]

7 expert tips to help employees stay safe at work this summer

As temperatures begin to soar, Australia’s leading standards certifier and expert in business risk management is cautioning managers and supervisors of outdoor workers to assess if their ‘sun safe’ items, such as Ultra Violet (UV) protective clothing, hats, shade cloth and safety sunglasses meet Australian Standards. Employees operating in direct sunlight face the danger of […]

Guards and discs on angle grinders

Purpose The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risks associated with removing guards and using incorrect discs on angle grinders. Background In early February 2016, a Queensland worker received fatal injuries while operating a 230 mm (9 inch) angle grinder. The worker was killed when part of a broken disc struck the […]

Confined space flash fire

This video shows an entrant being badly burned as he enters a 6,000 gallon underground gasoline storage tank.  Heat from a halogen work light that was lowered into the tank ignited gasoline vapors. Worker sustained a head injury and severe burns to several areas of his body. He was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital St. […]

New report highlights impact of work-related mental disorders

Work-related mental disorders cost the national economy nearly half a billion dollars a year according to a new report published by Safe Work Australia. Other work-related mental disorders statistics highlighted in the report include: 7820 workers compensated each year, accounting for 6 per cent of workers’ compensation claims $480 million total claims payments $23,600 is […]
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