Worker Dies on Perth Construction Site

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A Perth construction worker lost his life when he fell into a water-filled trench in the city’s western suburbs. Workmates desperately tried to save the construction worker who fell into the 3m deep ditch and became trapped at the Mosman Park site.

Colleagues of the man got into the water and attempted to pull him out before they made the emergency call. Bypassers who witnessed the incident tried to help by passing the man a hose pipe to try and breath. The man was heard screaming that his leg was stuck.

Emergency crews arrived on the scene and took at least 8 hours to retrieve the body making use of specialised equipment.

An investigation has been launched by WorkSafe and the police.

This incident is an example of how quickly things can go wrong on the construction site and the importance of safety procedures.

Read more at: https://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/a-tragic-accident-has-unfolded-at-a-construction-site-in-perth/news-story/234b264fe453cc3cab70508241ec8c55

Construction Begins on Sydney $40m Bridge

Sydney’s newest pedestrian and cycle bridge is under construction in North Ryde.

The bridge which costs $40 million to build will cross Delhi Road and the Hills M2 Motorway, connecting Macquarie Park, North Ryde railway station and the Lachlan’s Line residential development in Macquarie Park.

Landcom, the state government’s land and development organisation is responsible for the bridge and Lacklan’s Line.

Not only is the project  creating jobs, it is helping the thousands of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists who will use the bridge every day. It is expected to be near completion around 2019.

See more at https://architectureau.com/articles/construction-begins-on-40m-bike-and-pedestrian-bridge-in-sydney/

Queensland’s Five Year Plan to Improve Health and Safety in the Workplace

Queensland has a 5 year plan which will make the state safer, its Work Health and Safety Board says. The peak advisory board, made up of representatives from employer associations, trade unions and academia came up with the plan in response to the recommendations of the Best Practice Review into Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

According to Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace, the plan is a reflection of new and contemporary thinking, having taken current and emerging global trends into consideration as well as how they impact work health and safety across industry workplaces, community and the government.

Over the next 5 years, the board has identified 4 main areas that it will focus on, including

  1. Embracing innovation and technology
  2. Designing health and safe work
  3. Fostering a culture of health and safety.
  4. Effective regulation

See more at https://safetowork.com.au/qld-aims-to-improve-safety-in-the-workplace/

Prioritise Safety in the Lead up to Christmas- Businesses Warned

Businesses and workers have been reminded to prioritise safety in the lead-up to Christmas, a time of year that is typically marked by higher injury rates.

During this time of the year, people tend to relax and slack off when it comes to safety, this can lead to accidents.

WorkSafe WA issued a reminder to pay particular attention to safety before and after Christmas.

This year 3 WA workers have been killed in workplace accidents and one of those was on a construction site.

Another reason for the rise in incidents around this time is because in many industries, workers and employers can feel pressured to complete projects on time and before the festive season break. WorkSafe reminded people that this cannot come at the expense of safety.

Contact WorkSafe on 1300 307 877 for more or visit their website www.worksafe.wa.gov.au.

SafeWork SA Apologise for Failing Victims after Failed Prosecution

SafeWork SA has apologised for the failed prosecution of a construction company following a fatal incident that caused injury to 2 women in Adelaide’s CBD.

The women were crushed by a steel construction gate in 2016 when it fell on them at North Terrace, causing them to sustain serious injuries.

SafeWork apologised to the victims after admitting to failing to secure evidence. Following the incident, SafeWork SA embarked on an immediate investigation.

SafeWork SA executive director Martyn Campbell admitted that SafeWork should have done better to secure evidence.

Read more at : https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-11/safety-watchdog-apologises-for-another-failed-prosecution/10366474

WA Tougher Penalties for Workplace Offences

Western Australia has introduced tougher penalties for workplace safety offences that are more consistent with the national model Work Health and Safety Act.

These are some of the changes,

  • The new maximum term of imprisonment has been increased from 2 years to 5 and there are also increases in fines for corporate bodies.
  • Level 1 penalties have increased to $450,000 from just $50,000 for initial offenders and repeat offenders to $570,000 from $62,500.
  • Under the amendments, level 4 offences now carry a maximum $2.7 million penalty for first time offenders (up from $500,0001) and for subsequent offenders $3.5 million (from $625,000).

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/10/tougher-penalties-workplace-safety-offences-wa/#.W9Rg9PYlE1l

Toolkit Launched to Improve NSW Health and Safety

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To coincide with National Safe Work Month, a new self assessment toolkit has been released in NSW, to improve workplace health and safety in the state.

The toolkit Easy to Do Work Health and Safety will make it simpler for small businesses to comply with their health and safety obligations, according to Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean.

Workplace injuries costs the economy more than $950 million in 2016/17 and the state lost a total of 472,320 weeks in injury during that time.

A survey in 2017 also found that the majority of businesses found health and safety laws to a burden for businesses.With more than 700,000 small businesses in NSW, it’s crucial that they are compliant to WHS laws.

The toolkit provides a free, self-assessment and links to the relevant advice and services and assists small businesses identify practical steps to provide health and safety.

View the Easy to Do Work Health and Safety toolkit at www.safework.nsw.gov.au/easywhs

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/10/new-toolkit-improve-workplace-health-safety-launched/#.W9RgQPYlE1l

Here’s How to Protect Your Eyes from Injury

Although eye injuries can happen anywhere, even at home, the construction site is a high risk work environment and may present an increased risk to our eyes due to the construction processes, tools, dust etc.

One of the ways to protect your eyes is with personal protective equipment such as safety goggles or safety glasses. On the construction site, this should always be the last resort, when removing the hazard completely is not possible. If the risk cannot be completely removed, it should be minimised and employers must provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for employees to prevent eye damage.

Workers also need to receive the necessary training to ensure they know how to utilise PPE correctly and general construction safety training to ensure they know how to work safely on a construction site. Find out more at https://www.whitecardonline.com.au

How to Care for Your Feet on the Construction Site

One of the areas that are so easy to neglect is our feet, regardless of what industry we belong to but in construction, not only do our feet have to take a beating from walking around and standing on a job site all day, but they are also at risk of injury from any number of outside hazards such as falling objects, sharp objects sticking out the ground etc.

Something as seemingly small as a tool falling onto our feet can became a major injury and result in missed work days, pain, financial cost, decreased productivity and even permanent disability.

There is also the risk of physical exhaustion which can lead to unsteadiness that can cause slips, trips and falls.

To remedy the situation, workers should take regular breaks throughout the day to keep hydrated and rest off their feet.

It is also important employers protect employees and help reduce the risks by providing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety boots.

They also need to ensure workers have been properly trained on safety and how to utilise PPE correctly. For more on construction safety training and the white card course click here.

Source: https://ohsonline.com/articles/2018/10/01/foot-injuries-why-they-matter.aspx?admgarea=news

SafeWork’s Plan to Lower Construction Fatalities in NSW

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SafeWork NSW has a plan to lower construction fatalities in the state.

The plan aims to reduce work related deaths by 30 per cent and injuries and illnesses by 50 per cent over the next 5 years.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the plan isn’t about numbers alone, it’s about people.

Mr Kean said NSW has already exceeded national targets, with workplace deaths falling by 35 per cent. He said that while the outcome is good, even one death or injury is too many.

The issue is particularly relevant given that NSW is in the middle of its biggest road and rail construction boom in the nation’s history.Worker safety needs to remain the main focus.

It’s crucial that all workers in construction have completed general construction induction training also known as The White Card course, to ensure they know how to work safely on a construction site.

Find out more at: https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/news/media-release/driving-down-deaths-in-construction-industry