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Workers Reminded to Take Care When Working in the Heat

Employers with outdoor work are reminded to take measures to manage the risks associated with heat stress and solar UV radiation as Australia’s summer takes hold with hot weather forecasts. Employers can minimise the risk of heat-related incidents by modifying workloads and schedules to avoid the hottest times of day, rotating or sharing ‘hot tasks,’

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Court urges employers to take care of young workers

 As thousands of youngsters prepare to kick start their careers this time of the year, a recent court case in Brisbane is a stark reminder of the responsibilities employers have with new employees. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s Tony James said employers must be aware that young workers will often take risks if they are

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Worker Dies in Hospital After Falling from Scissor Lift

A 63-year-old man has died from the injuries he sustained in an incident involving a scissor lift at a warehouse in Derrimut, Melbourne on the 22nd of December. It is believed that the man was servicing an overhead gantry crane from the platform of the extended scissor lift when it was struck by the moving crane,

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Western Australia’s Safety Quick Stats

Western Australia’s department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety have put together various workplace statistics to give a snapshot of WA’s workplace injury, disease and fatality hot spots. The following is a summary of some statistics to note: Falls From a Height Work related traumatic injury fatalities in the past 5 years: 12 Fatalities 4

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NSW Safety Blitz Results in Improved Construction Safety

A 12-month construction industry blitz aimed at reducing falls from heights in NSW has resulted in improved working at heights safety and compliance. SafeWork NSW Executive Director, Tony Williams said inspectors visited 1,000 sites around NSW after nine workers died in 2017 and many more were injured in an alarming spike in the number of

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Call for Australian Business Standards to be Free to Australian Businesses

Chief Executive of the Safety Institute of Australia Mr David Clarke today labelled the prices being charged to Australian businesses to buy Australian and International Business Standards as excessive, unsustainable, and unfair to Australian business. Mr Clarke has urged the federal government to ensure the ending of arrangements which for years have led to unreasonably

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Safety Warning Issued Over Working in High Heat Environments

WA’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety recently issued a safety reminder to workers about the dangers of working in high heat environments on mine sites and remote areas. The extremes of Western Australia’s climate means that heat stress is a significant risk that needs to be managed across the State’s mining and exploration

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Stone Benchtop Workers Warned About the Risk of Fatal Silicosis

WorkSafe WA recently issued a safety alert about the serious health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in the stone benchtop manufacturing, finishing and installation industries. Tiny particles of RCS can get deep into the lungs and cause permanent, progressive lung damage. There is no effective treatment for silicosis. The

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Workplaces Reminded to Stay Safe During the Holiday Season

WorkSafe has issued a reminder to workers to stay focused on safety in the lead-up to the festive season. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Ian Munns says both employers and workers needed to pay particular attention to staying safe before and after Christmas. “As we head towards the end of the year and the festive season, it’s

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WA Introduces Tougher WHS Penalties

Penalties for breaches of Western Australia’s workplace health and safety laws increased from 3 October 2018. The new penalties are consistent with the national model Work Health and Safety Act (Model Act), with a further 14 per cent increase for inflation since 2010. Examples for a first offence by a body corporate include: Level 1

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