Queensland Workers Killed on The Job to Get New Memorials

Queenslanders who’ve lost their lives due to workplace injuries or illness will be honoured with 2 new memorials, according to Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace.

Grace announced the memorials on Workers’ Memorial Day, one to be established online and another permanent memorial to be constructed in the Roma Street Forum.

Ms Grace said the memorials prove the Palaszczuk Government commitment to creating and supporting safe workplaces.

Not only are we remembering the people who’ve lost their lives in workplace incidents, but also their family members and friends.

Ms Grace said the new permanent memorial will increase public recognition of the tragic circumstances surrounding workplace fatalities.

The public memorial will be completed in 2019 and the honour roll will include the names of workers who died as a result of work related incidents or illness in the state of Queensland.

The memorial will also include personal stories and tributes by people who’ve lost loved ones to workplace injury and illness.

Registration for the online memorial is completely voluntary, Ms Grace said.

Last year alone, 22 people lost their lives on Queensland worksites. Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/

Death of a Worker in 2014 Could Have Been Avoided, Union Says.

The 2014 death of a worker on an Adelaide building site could have been prevented, The CFMEU says.

An inquest into the death of the construction worker heard that the man shouldn’t have been working on a scissor lift at the time.

CFMEU state secretary Aaron Cartledge gave evidence before the Inquest stating that the use of the scissor lift was completely wrong for the situation.

The man was working alone on an elevated platform at the Adelaide hospital site when he was crushed between the lift and slab of the floor above. The man died of brain injuries.

Mr Cartledge said there were many other ways the work could have been conducted instead of working with the scissor lift in the confined space. See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/union-says-death-worker-hospital-building-site-2014-avoided/#.WuYWXJclE1l

Report on Making Asbestos Less of A Danger

A new report by the Asbestos Safety Eradication Agency looked into practices that could help make asbestos less dangerous where it is not immediately possible to remove, examining current ways to contain and stabilise asbestos, especially in roofing.

The agency investigated current products and practices used to contain and stabilise asbestos to make it safer where it is, or make it safer to remove.

The agency also found that the industry supported government incentives towards dealing with and managing asbestos.

The agency highlighted that asbestos roofing is common in Australia and it can deteriorate over time even more so than asbestos used for other uses.Taking this into account, the agency says encapsulation of asbestos on roofing is essential and a simple and cost-effective approach to make deteriorating asbestos safer if immediate removal is not possible.

Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/03/new-report-examines-practices-make-asbestos-less-dangerous-short-term/

So Far in 2018 Construction Booming

Last month saw a sharp improvement in Australia’s housing and apartment construction sectors as well as a rise in Australia’s residential building approvals.

According to the Australian Industry Group’s (Ai Group) Performance of Construction Index (PCI), the construction industry has enjoyed a strong start to 2018, with activity rising 1.7 points in January to 56.0 – anything above 50 indicates the industry is expanding.

In February activity levels not only rose but did so at a faster rate than it did in January.

According to the Ai Group, activity levels have improved in each of the past 13 months.


Find out more https://www.businessinsider.com.au/australia-construction-boom-2018-2018-3

RAH Inquest Begins into Construction Worker’s Death

An inquest into the death of a construction worker in November 2014 has heard that pressure to complete the new Royal Adelaide Hospital on time and within the budget may have contributed to the compromised safety and corner cutting that resulted in the accident that claimed the life of Jorge Castillo-Riffo.

The 54 year old man was crushed whiled working on a scissor lift at the Royal Adelaide Hospital site.

The coroner was told that safety standards on the site were seriously lacking,

“Jorge Castillo-Riffo died because he went to work,”

“How is it that in this day and age, with all we know about risk analysis and safety requirements in the workplace, that we still have people like Mr Castillo-Riffo who never get to go home from work?” assisting counsel Kathryn Waite said.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-19/scissor-lift-death-new-rah-inquest/9562632

She went on to state that the man expressed his concern over the scissor lift. He had said he was “very nervous” about using it in a confined space but it was common to make decisions to keep work going on the site, Ms Waite went on to explain,

“Decisions to keep the work moving were not uncommon … workers would be forced to move out of the way of cranes,” she said.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-19/scissor-lift-death-new-rah-inquest/9562632

She said it was no surprise the victim had expressed displeasure at his workspace,

“The full extent of the entrapment and crushing risk involved in this work were not recognised at the time of the incident,” she said.

“If they had been recognised then one would have hoped that alternatives would have been considered and implemented.

“You might think it would have been reckless to proceed in circumstances where an entrapment risk had been identified.”

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-19/scissor-lift-death-new-rah-inquest/9562632

She also explained to the inquest that the worker was trusted and experience, and that his death had occurred during high risk work.

Ms Waite said there was little gap between the overhead rail of the lift and a work platform, which gave very little room for error.  A bigger lift could not have been used in the space unless gyprock was removed and workers given permission.

Waite also raised the question about whether safety was compromised because of the small amount of work that needed to be completed in the area.

At the time of his death, Mr Castillo-Riffo had been working alone. The coroner was told that had a spotter been present, his chances of surviving would have been better.  Find out more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-19/scissor-lift-death-new-rah-inquest/9562632

Bundaberg Bobcat Incident Claims Worker’s Life

It’s important to understand the risks involved with heavy machinery and equipment. Anyone operating these machines, especially when working alone, needs to be properly trained because accidents are common.

A 60-something year old man has been crushed by a bobcat at his home in Bundaberg.

The man was discovered under the bucket of the bobcat that he had been using at his property when the incident occurred.

Police and emergency crews arrived on the scene but were unable to revive the man who was declared dead on the scene.

Read more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/man-dead-crushed-bobcat-bundaberg/#.Wncva-clE1l

Female Body Found on Gold Coast Construction Site

The body of a woman has been discovered at a construction site on the Gold Coast.

The finding was made by construction workers when they arrived to start work around 7:30am at a worksite at a Gold Coast surfers hostel.

Police set up a crime scene and are investigating the cause of the death of the 32 year old woman.

Detectives were on site and anyone with information has been urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

Read more at http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/body-found-at-gold-coast-construction-site/news-story/4363e502fe5be90aa7dfc077e26a590e

Worker’s Debilitating Fall Injury Results in Fine for Employer

WorkSafe New Zealand has warned the construction industry that workplace injuries from falls from height are not acceptable.

A worker recently fell from a roof with no edge protection through a glass table onto concrete resulting in a fine for the company responsible. It was revealed that 2 workers were on the roof and exposed to the risk of fall.

An investigation by WorkSafe revealed that businesses failed to identify the risk of fall and failed to put fall protection into place. Many businesses failed to provide training and work from height instruction for workers.

WorkSafe stressed that the best controls are those  that don’t require active judgement by a worker, including edge protection or scaffolding.


Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/12/company-nz-fined-workers-serious-fall-injuries/#.WjYnUze1s1l

Construction Company and Road Authority Fined over Traffic Controller Accident

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A construction company and Victoria’s road authority have been fined $1.55 million for a breach of safety that led to the death of a traffic controller in 2011.

The road authority was fined $250,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of the 2004 Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to maintain a safe system of work.

The construction firm pleaded not guilty and was fined $1.3million for failing to provide a safe system of work, failing to provide workers with the information, instruction and training needed for them to safety perform their job and failing to ensure people other than their employees were not exposed to health and safety risks.

The incident occurred in November 2011 when a worker was struck by a street sweeper during roadworks in Bayswater. The worker did not survive. It came to light that the man had raised safety concerns to the site supervisor in relation to driving of the sweeper, however it was not addressed.

The worker had been employed by an agency subcontracted by the construction firm.

Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/12/victorias-road-authority-engineering-firm-fined-traffic-controllers-death/#.WjWWJTe1s1l

New Work Health and Safety Research Centre Opened in NSW

Source: NSW.gov.au

The rate of deaths and serious injuries on NSW worksites has led the state government to open a new work health and safety research centre.

The centre is aimed at reducing the number serious and fatal injuries in workplaces in the state by using the latest data, research and insights.

The centre in Gosford, costing the government $2.5 million will investigate ways of reducing crane incidents in NSW.

The Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean, said the centre is leading the nation in better harm prevention initiatives, hopefully providing a safer and healthier workplace for all workers  across the state.


Read more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/12/new-work-health-safety-research-centre-opened-nsw/#.WkZCCjclE1l