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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

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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