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Placarding requirements for hazardous chemicals in bulk containers

When hazardous chemicals require a bulk storage placard they do not need a label. Dr Paul Taylor, Director of Chemicals at Safe Work Australia, said that this will reduce costs to businesses because warning information does not need to be duplicated for chemicals stored in bulk. “Correctly labelling hazardous chemicals stored in bulk is an important aspect […]
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Memorandum of Understanding on

Memorandum of Understanding on the regulation of dangerous goods transportation by rail in NSW, NT, SA, TAS, and VIC between The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (‘ONRSR’) and NSW Environment Protection Authority NT WorkSafe SafeWork SA WorkCover NSW WorkSafe Tasmania Victorian WorkCover Authority (‘Competent Authorities’)   original source: https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/162082/Dangerous-Goods-MOU-HWSA-and-ONRSR-Signed-v1-April-2015.pdf

Man airlifted after roof fall near Maryborough

A HERVEY Bay man was airlifted to hospital after falling from the roof of a Maryborough building earlier this morning. The man had been puting a new roof on the scout camp building north of Maryborough when he fell at 11am, suffering suspected leg fractures and a hand injury. He was transported by Queensland Ambulance […]

Worker de-gloved after arms caught in conveyor

A boilermaker was de-gloved after becoming caught in a moving conveyor in June. The boilermaker was working alone while in the process of shutting down a crushing plant, according to a significant incident report released by the Department of Mines and Petroleum. According to the report, the conveyor was part of the crushing circuit and […]

National Transport Commission implement changes to Australian Dangerous Goods Code

Following a period of public consultation, the National Transport Commission has released its planned changes to the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail. Geoff Allan, acting chief executive of the NTC, encouraged medical experts, Australia’s rail industry, and rail safety workers to consider making a submission to the report, […]

Wrong direction? Sending employees to medical examinations

Do you know when you can – and when you cannot – issue an employee with a direction to attend a medical examination? The right for an employer to direct an employee to attend a medical examination is not always reasonable or warranted in the circumstances, and the recent Fair Work Commission case of Cole […]

Employer found liable for co-worker’s assault on employee at tavern

The Claimant, Mr Edward Westrupp, was a 61 year old FIFO worker employed by BIS Industries as a silo operator to work in Leinster (Leinster is a company town, operated by BHB Billiton). The Claimant worked two weeks on, one week off roster. During his two weeks on, he resided at the Leinster Mining Camp. […]

Australia: Victorian OHS penalties set to top $3m: Now in line with rest of Australia

The maximum penalty for a company found to have recklessly endangered a person in a workplace under the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) has been doubled to more than $3 million. The Treasury and Finance Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (Treasury and Finance Bill) was passed with bi-partisan support by the Victorian […]

Its a sad day for so many when someone doesn’t come home from work!

Aerial of flipped mining truck at quarry, ambulances   Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-23/aerial-of-flipped-mining-truck-at-quarry,-ambulances/7438264  
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Fortescue contractor sees fine over workshop death

A maintenance contractor has been fined $20,000 for the death of Allen Zuvela at Fortescue’s Christmas Creek mine in 2013. Zuvela was killed and another worker – Ben Reid – seriously injured whilst installing a cabin on a surface miner when the rigging arrangement failed , causing the cab to fall and crush Zuvela and […]
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