Fatal Bordertown Quarry Accident

Another fatal workplace accident has occured. A man recently lost his life after falling into machinery at a quarry in the South East.

The 43 year old man from Murray Mallee fell into machinery and although emergency services were called to the scene, the man died at the scene.

The incident happened at a quarry near Cannawigara, 10km north east of Bordertown.

The incident is being investigated by SafeWork SA.

Police are preparing a report for the coroner.

Source: https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/man-dies-after-falling-into-machinery-at-quarry-in-the-south-east/news-story/8a3679326ab229a2e8f382f447d14b61

NZ Roadworkers Reflect on Health and Safety

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In an effort to highlight health and safety in the road construction industry, roading contractors in New Zealand temporarily downed tools for the “Pause for Health and Safety Day” initiative, aimed at refocusing on creating safer work environments.

In February there had been 4 deaths at road construction sites which prompted the pause, the NZ Transport Agency said.

The “Pause for Health and Safety Day” involved all agency staff and industry workers stopping work from 8am to 12pm to focus on creating safer working environments and eradicating workplace accidents.

Although health and safety is the industry’s top priority and strict policies do exist to ensure safety, it is important to never become complacent. Downing tools is one way to refocus people on health and safety.

Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12220245

Calls for Better Construction Safety after Sydney Scaffolding Death

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There’s been renewed calls for better construction safety following a fatality on a Sydney construction site when a 15 metre scaffolding tower gave way, dropping a pile of steel onto an 18 year old apprentice.

The young man Christopher Cassaniti died at the MacQuarie Park construction site just months after a SafeWork NSW crackdown concluded.

During the year-long crackdown, the watchdog issued over 100 notices for breaches of scaffolding safety rules after visiting more than 1000 sites.

This incident has prompted renewed calls for an inquiry into scaffolding safety with the state government saying it would take action if an investigation found more could be done to keep workers safe.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-03/christopher-cassaniti-scaffolding-death-prompts-safety-calls/10962884

Fatal Crane Collapse at Google’s new Seattle Building

Google’s new Seattle building has been the site of the latest fatal crane collapse, claiming the lives of 4 people and injuring 2 others.

It is believed the collapse happened during a storm, causing the crane to tumble down onto one of the city’s busiest streets.

A woman and 3 men have lost their lives in the incident, 2 of them being iron workers who were inside the crane. The 2 other victims were passers-by inside cars on the street below.They all died on the scene.

A young mother and her 4 month old daughter miraculously escaped serious injury as their car was smashed on one side by the crane.

Given the recent concerns over construction site safety involving cranes in particular, it’s important we learn from incidents like these and recognise the importance of safety controls or risk devastating consequences like this.

Source: https://au.news.yahoo.com/four-people-killed-construction-crane-collapses-busy-seattle-street-080809731.html

Labourer Takes Construction Company to Court over Scaffolding Incident

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The scaffolding company at the centre of a scaffolding collapse at Macquarie Park that claimed the life of a worker is also being sued over another incident which involved scaffolding that fell and struck a worker on the north shore a few years ago.

Last month apprentice formworker Christopher Cassaniti died when scaffolding collapsed and he was crushed in the rubble. A 39 year old co-worker was injured in the incident but the young apprentice was not so lucky, he died shortly after the incident, he was just a teenager.

The company is being sued by a labourer over an incident in October 2012 when the man was allegedly injured. The company is denying the allegations.

Scaffolding safety has become a major concern over the past few years and WorkSafe has investigated a slew of collapses.


WA’s New FIFO Mental health Code

Australia’s first code of practice addressing mental health of FIFO workers in the resources and construction sectors has been implemented in Western Australia.

The ‘Mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out workers in the resources and construction sectors’ code pertains to hazards and risk factors in FIFO workplaces after research found that these workers were at a higher risk of psychological distress than their counterparts who weren’t involved in FIFO work.

The code encourages organisations to create a positive and supportive workplace culture and identify potential psychosocial hazards through a risk management process. It also encourages them to provide workers with a healthy work/life balance, with suitable accommodation and rosters with sufficient time for rest and recreation.

The code can be viewed at http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Safety/Codes-of-practice-16145.aspx



Sydney Electric Shock Fatality

Working with or near powerlines is a high risk activity and the proper precautions need to be followed in order to avoid incidents like the one that happened in Sydney’s Lower North Shore.

A man died in hospital after being electrocuted while working on powerlines.

The 39 year old man was electrocuted while working on a cherry picker. He was treated at the scene and then transported to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition.

WorkSafe will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the incident.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/worker-dies-suffering-electric-shock-sydney/#.XMbCsaQlE1k

Industry Calls for Safety Review After Sydney Scaffolding Death

The construction industry has called for a safety review after the scaffolding death of 18 year old Christopher Cassaniti who was crushed when a 15m high scaffolding collapsed.

The tragedy prompted urgent calls for a safety review of the industry.

According to SafeWork Australia statistics, five construction workers have been killed on the job since the start of 2019.

The family of Christopher Cassaniti has been open about their calls for government to step in to address safety in the industry.

As the Cassaniti family await the results of an investigation into what happened to their son, they say crucial safety checks and procedures must be at the centre of every construction site.

CFMEU construction and general, national secretary Dave Noonan described the incident as a “catastrophic failure of a scaffolding” and said the union would be following the investigations,

“The union has arranged counsellors,” he told ABC News. “Unfortunately [they] get called to these matters all too often.

“This tragedy, in particular, is causing a lot of trauma and grief right across Australia.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/sydney-scaffolding-death-prompts-calls-safety-review-industry/#.XMbB3aQlE1l

SafeWork NSW is investigating the incident. It had issued a Prohibition notice to the construction company, preventing access to work on the ground floor and basement levels of the site, Executive Director Tony Williams explained,

“The outcomes of this investigation are expected to take some time to gather meaningful and constructive results,” Executive Director Tony Williams said.

“SafeWork will examine a range of factors including the qualifications of relevant workers, environmental conditions, the load carried by the scaffolding, as well as the design, construction, and maintenance of scaffolding.”

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/sydney-scaffolding-death-prompts-calls-safety-review-industry/#.XMbB3aQlE1l

Sites across the state have now been targeted in a blitz by inspectors who are trying to ensure businesses understand the safety requirements involved in creating a safe work environment for workers using scaffolding and working from a height. The blitz “Operation Scaf Safe’ is expected to run until September 2019. Penalties of up to $3600 may apply for exposing workers to risk of falls, or for carrying out scaffold work without the necessary licence.

In a safety alert from September 2018, SafeWork NSW gave a number of measures to ensure scaffolding operations are safely undertaken.

  • Ensure the scaffold remains stable and supports the loadings imposed at all times.

  • Use a scaffold that is suitable for the tasks and construction process.

  • Ensure the scaffold can withstand any anticipated loads or forces – eg strong winds.

  • Ensure the scaffold is adequately tied to its supporting structure, in accordance with instructions from a competent person – if this is not possible, consult with the scaffold designer, manufacturer, supplier or an engineer.

Read all the advice from SafeWork NSW at: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/sydney-scaffolding-death-prompts-calls-safety-review-industry/#.XMbB3aQlE1l

Sydney Light Rail Project Workers Discover Human Bones

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Sydney light rail construction has undergone yet another delay, this time at workers found human remains while digging.

The workers were digging out the front of Central Station when they found bones which could have been there for more than 200 years.

Police were called and work on the $2.1 billion project grinded to a halt.

The site once belonged to the Devonshire Street Cemetary which was consecrated in 1820 so the discovery is not being treated as suspicious.

There are concerns that this discovery will further delay completion of the already controversial project.

See more at https://au.news.yahoo.com/delays-sydney-light-rail-project-human-remains-found-093152101.html

The Jobs That Are Most Deadly for Australian Men

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A recent article mentioned the deadliest jobs for Australian men but writers aren’t talking about just the physical risks and hazards involved with work. Figures show that mental health issues among tradies is a serious problem that is claiming many lives.

Experts say tradies are taking their lives in Australia at an unprecedented rate and shockingly suicide is the main cause of death in men in this country between the ages of 15 and 44.

Men are also 3 times more likely to harm themselves than women and are 3 times more likely to take their own lives.

Read more about this growing epidemic and what can be done at https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/mind/the-deadliest-jobs-in-australia-for-men/news-story/08e329b5572c944dffcecb21ba814976