Worksafe VIC are urging employers and workers to slow down and put safety first as we enter a traditionally dangerous time of year for workplaces. Between 2008 and 2017 in Victoria, 53 people died in the months of November and December as a result of workplace incidents. This two-month period accounts for 22.3 per cent of all workplace deaths.
Riding for the Disabled, the University of Sydney and a number of innovative construction businesses are just some of the workplaces recognised as the safest in NSW for 2018. For the full list of winners and more information on the 2018 SafeWork NSW Award winners, visit www.safeworkawards.com.au
Construction companies operating in built-up areas are being warned not to put workers or members of the public at risk following two serious incidents where heavy machinery has struck suburban houses. Worksafe VIC have outlined precautions employers must take when operating heavy machinery.
Thousands of workers around the State will have better support at work while overcoming mental health challenges thanks to the NSW Government’s Mentally Healthy Workplaces strategy.
Two workers in an excavation have been injured when a 1350mm diameter concrete stormwater pipe toppled over.
Excavation work introduces a number of risks that must be managed, including the risk of people working in the excavation being crushed by unrestrained or inadequately restrained pipes. Workplace Health and Safety QLD discuss control measures to prevent unrestrained or inadequately restrained objects in the excavation from toppling over.
In response to a number of recent crane incidents, SafeWork NSW has announced a crackdown on crane operators and maintenance on construction sites across NSW, as part of a six-month blitz aimed at increasing safety across the industry.
WorkSafe ACT has entered into a $300,000 enforceable undertaking with local company Construction Control following an alleged breach of a Prohibition Notice relating to the use of unsafe scaffolding. This is a reminder to industry and site managers to ensure that any notices and associated restrictions are communicated to all workers and subcontractors who may attend a site.
Two businesses have been fined more than $200,000 combined, after a worker fell two stories on a construction site in Ashfield.
“No one should be put in harm’s way, and SafeWork NSW will continue to come down hard on businesses that neglect their workplace safety obligations."
A moment is all it takes for an injury to happen at work and change the course of a worker’s life.
A moment is also how long it takes to report a safety hazard before it becomes an issue. To ensure a worker has the right training and supervision to do their job. To ask a work mate if they are ok. To speak up for safety in the workplace.
October is Safe Work Month and all employers and workers are encouraged to take a moment to reflect on their workplace safety culture and to ensure safety is the key focus each and every day.
WorkSafe VIC is urging employers in the construction industry to be aware of the serious risks when working from height following two serious incidents in 24 hours. They have suggested techniques to reduce and eliminate risks on-site.