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Controlling entanglement risks

Controlling entanglement risks This safety alert provides information for employers and workers about how to control the risk of entanglement when using plant and machinery Background Workers are at high risk of entanglement when working near powered plant such as farm machinery. Loose clothing, hair, gloves, jewellery, cleaning brushes, rags or other materials can become […]

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 […]

High pressure water jet injection injury

What happened? A worker conducting a pre-start check on a truck-mounted high pressure (28,000 psi) water jet blaster sustained a lower abdominal injury when the water jet blaster hose ruptured near the gun (photo 1) piercing the protective shroud on the hose (photo 2) and striking the worker. The worker was attended to by paramedics […]

Joining the dots: Safety, Systems, Performance and the road to success

Investigations, business auditing and businesses striving for excellence all have common links that we can learn from and apply to our business, large and small. A business with a aligned objectives and targets that applies a systematic approach increases its opportunity to reduce costs, keep its people safe, retain smart people and achieve its goals. […]

making you think from the heart, workplace safety great add

If your workers aren’t safe, then neither are you WorkSafe Victoria has launched a powerful new public awareness campaign showing the impact that a serious injury can have on a workplace. The campaign, which contrasts people experiencing typical, everyday frustrations against the trauma of serious workplace incidents, is aimed squarely at employers. According to WorkSafe […]

Female construction worker subjected to assaults, bullying and rape threats, awarded $1.3 million

A female road construction worker subjected to assaults, sexual harassment, bullying and rape threats at a Melbourne workplace has won a $1.3 million payout. Melbourne woman Kate Mathews sued Winslow Constructors for abuse, bullying and sexual harassment over the two years she worked there as a labourer. The Victorian Supreme Court heard that between August […]
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