$3.2Million Campaign to Make NSW Safe

SafeWork NSW has launched a campaign to make the state the safest in Australia.

The $32 million campaign “Safety starts with you”, was created out of a response to the rising number of workplace injuries and illneses in NSW across all industries.

Not only are people being injured and killed on the job but the economy is losing millions as a result. According to statistics, there were 30,902 major workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015/16 and 60 fatalities.

The cost of these incidents to the economy was $17.3 billion or 3.7 per cent of gross state product.

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ACT Apprentices Being Injured on The Job


A recent article highlighted the significant number of apprentices in the ACT that are being injured with some of them lodging compensation claims.

Recently 3 apprentices were seriously hurt on Canberra worksites, with up to 7 trainee tradies lodging compensation claims.

In case you have any apprentice concerns these are some of the injuries you should look for, as these are some of the serious injuries reported by apprentices,

  • nail guns and screws to limbs
  • timber and metal in eyes
  • lacerated fingers
  • heads hitting metal brackets
  • strained backs
  • twisted ankles

Read more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/significant-number-apprentices-act-injured-work/#.WMl3IKKxUl1

Metal Beam Crushed Construction Worker

Another construction worker has lost his life on the job, this time in central Sydney, near Darling Harbour at Barangaroo.

The man, in his thirties, died after being struck by a steel beam which was being lifted.

Police and emergency services were called to the scene around 4:30pm to discover a man had the top half of his torso completely crushed.

According to CFMEU NSW secretary Brian Parker, the man died instantly.

He said this incident was preventable, given that nobody should have been in the vicinity of the area when lifting is being conducted. The incident is under investigation.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/03/worker-crushed-metal-beam-barangaroo/#.WMltFqKxUl1

Too Many Workplace Deaths in 2017


Safe Work Australia figures show that 28 Australian workers have lost their lives on the job in 2017, as at 27 February.
As construction workers we should be particularly alarmed given that six of these fatalities were from the construction industry, the second highest number of any industry, exceeded only by the transport, postal and warehousing sector which had 10 fatalities.
The latest incident involved a construction worker who was crushed by a falling steel beam in Sydney.
Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/03/transport-still-risky-sector-workplace-deaths-soar/#.WMb17aKxUl1

Melbourne Ready for Safety In Action

Melbourne will be hosting the Safety in Action event from September 5-6, featuring over 100 exhibitors.

The event will bring together thousands of safety professionals and exhibitors from the health and safety industry, to showcase the latest products, services and innovative new ideas over the 2 days.

The event will be co-located with the third annual Workplace Wellness Conference.

The tradeshow typically attracts delegates from Workplace Health and Safety operations, HR, construction and other managerial roles.

Read more at https://safetowork.com.au/melbourne-gears-up-for-safety-in-action/

Queensland Sites to be Ready for Traffic Management Assessments

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Source: TheAge.com.au

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will be running traffic management assessments at work sites across the state between March and May.

The work safety authority will visit construction sites and other industry workplaces where mobile plant and vehicles such as cars and trucks are in operation. Mobile plant includes forklifts, cranes and elevating work platforms.

It’s important  that employers identify and address the risks of interactions between mobile plant and vehicles and people. It’s also important to identify effective traffic management strategies.

Go to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland for more.

Find out more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/03/onsite-traffic-management-assessments-conducted-queensland/#.WMW5EKKxUl1

SafeWork NSW Fast Tracks Asbestos Assessments in Light of Fires

When conducting any kind of clean up after natural disasters, such as bushfires and floods, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks of damaged asbestos.

In light of this, SafeWork NSW recently waived it’s 5 day asbestos removal work notification timeframe following fierce bushfires in some parts of the state.

Fast tracking of assessments by SafeWork was implemented to ensure fire damaged asbestos was removed as soon as possible.

SafeWork said fire affected homes may have fire damaged asbestos materials which need to be removed safety for the health and safety of the community.

For more information contact 1800 Asbestos (1800 272 378)

Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/safework-nsw-waives-five-day-asbestos-removal-work-notification-timeframe/#.WL1GRn9WXqV

Man’s Body Retrieved from Under House Following Electrocution

Another tragedy has taken place, this time in Sydney’s northwest where a 46 year old man died from electrocution.

The man was working under a house when the incident occurred.

Emergency services were summoned to the site in Eastwood, after it was reported that a man was trapped under a house.

The emergency services personnel arrived on the scene and isolated the power before going under the house and retrieving the man. He had already passed away.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

It’s important to remember, whether you’re working at home or on a construction site, to isolate the power before conducting electrical work.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/man-fatally-electrocuted-house/#.WL06BH9WXqV

Men Arrested for Illegally Entering Work Site

Two men were arrested for illegally entering an Adelaide construction site recently, once again highlighting the importance of securing worksites, especially on weekends and after hours.

One of the men was carrying a backpack apparently brimming with tools.

The two men, one aged 21 from Hackney and another aged 32 from Adelaide were sniffed out in the seventh floor building in Kent Town after an alarm sounded just before midnight on Tuesday.

They were both charged with unlawfully being on the premises and one of them was charged with going equipped onto the site.

Find out more https://au.news.yahoo.com/sa/a/34416694/men-busted-at-adelaide-construction-site/#page1

Construction Industry Up in Arms

The media has recently been reporting about a wave of walkouts planned by union members over the Turnbull government’s new laws.

Recently the Senate waved through a bill fast tracking the controversial rules limiting union influence on government funded sites such as roads, schools and hospitals.

It is estimated that around 3000 construction companies have a few months to replace their union friendly agreements before they become eligible to attain lucrative federal contracts again.

The CFMEU’s plans were blasted by employment minister Michaelia Cash who said they prove why tougher laws are necessary.

Read more at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/industry-will-stop-wave-of-protests-to-hit-construction-sites-20170215-gue2v2.html