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ACT Workplace Safety Groups To Merge

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The ACT's two workplace safety bodies will be merged into one new authority with extra staff under a $2.4million plan in the upcoming budget.  The ACT Government will replace WorkCover ACT with a new body called WorkSafe ACT to be headed by Work Safety commissioner Mark McCabe. Read Full Article

Drilling Contrator Fined $870,000 Over Truck Death

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Perth-based drilling contractor has been fined $750,000 over the death of an employee in 2006. Bradley Alford, 21, was killed when the truck he was driving rolled onto him at Clonbinane, north of Melbourne. Read Full Article

Crisis Looms for Australian OHS Laws

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The enforcement of workplace safety law in Australia and in particulatr NSW faces a potential crisis next month when a test case will determine if the state's WorkCover authority will need to abandon or re-plead hundreds of flawed prosecutions.

The test case, before a four-judge bench of the state Industrial Court, was initiated by WorkCover after the agency was confronted by fresh legal challenges to the way it has been applying occupational health and safety law.  Queensland prosecutions are also in doubt in light of the Kirk case.   The ramifications will touch all Australian jurisdictions.   Read Full Article

Man Killed Using Hydraulic Hoist - Panel Beating Premises

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A man in his 40s has died in a workplace accident on Queensland's Gold Coast. Police say he was using a hydraulic hoist at a panel beaters at Bundall when he suffered fatal head injuries around 10am AEST. Read Full Article

Electrical Hazards linked to Government Insulation Scheme

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Electricians group fears there could be more electrocutions unless the Federal Government removes foil products from its insulation rebate scheme. Read Full Article

Contractor Fatality - Experienced Worker is No Defence

Sunday, February 07, 2010

On the 2nd of February 2010 two cases were finalised in the Industrial Court of New South Wales over the death of Kevin Hansen due to an hydraulic related incident that occurred in 2006. 

The defendants in the matter were Centennial Coal Company Ltd, Centennial Angus Place Pty Ltd and Fuchs Lubricants (Australasia) Pty Limited.   

The key points of this case relate to contractor safety.  Where specialist personnel are used - it does not negate the requirement for detailed procedures and high level engineering controls to be used for high risk activities or equipment. Read Full Article

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