NSW Gets More Funding for WHS

Workplace Health and Safety in NSW has received a $10 million boost to help slash red tape for small businesses and to increase the reach of workplace safety regulators in the state.

In the 2018-2019 budget, government made a significant investment in SafeWork initiatives to address workplace health and safety in the state.

The Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean said the funding for SafeWork NSW for 2018-19 will include rebates for small businesses committed to worker health and safety, Roadmap Health and Safety Landscape initiatives, development of a mentally healthy workplaces strategy and expanding the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.

Mr Kean went on to stress the importance of getting workers home safely at the end of the day, something the government is committed to.

Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/06/funding-help-keep-nsw-workers-safe/#.Wz5KKyAlE1l

New Law to Prevent Construction Deaths

New laws have been proposed to parliament by the Palaszcuzuk Government  that will increase powers of the state’s regulator to take action if there is a threat to the safety of workers on construction sites.

The laws come as a reaction to the fatalities in the construction industry which have increased over the last few years.

The recommendations of the Coroner in an Inquest highlighted the need for the building regulator, in this case the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) to be notified where serious injury or death had occurred at a construction site.

Under the new law, QBCC licensees will have an obligation to notify the QBCC about any activity that may be a health and safety concern.

The QBCC will be given powers to suspend or cancel a QBCC licence if the licensee has caused death or grievious bodily harm to a person on a building site or caused a risk to the health and safety of a person.

The laws also allow a licence to be cancelled or suspended if the licensee has been convicted of an offence against plumbing, work health and safety laws or other relevant laws.

Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/new-law-aims-prevent-construction-deaths/#.WSvv4sYlEl0

Promoting Safety in a Positive Manner

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Caption: Construction Workers Exercising on A Work Site
Source: easyexercise.hubpages.com

Have you ever heard of positive reinforcement, well it works just as good in the workplace with regards to safety as it does with children and teenagers.

In a recent post on SafeRisk.net the tendency to highlight the negative incidents that occur on worksites was criticised, with the writer asking why safety can’s be a positive thing.

Commend workers for doing the right thing and utilise positive reinforcement to change workers’ attitudes towards safety.

Read more at: http://www.safetyrisk.net/why-cant-safety-be-a-positive-thing/

HIA Calls for Senate Inquiry into Non-conforming Building Products


Following the launch of a consumer awareness campaign by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) into faulty electrical cables which could affect as many as 40,000 homes,  The Housing Industry Association (HIA) have called for a Senate Inquiry into non-conforming building products.

While the HIA welcomed news of the ACCC campaign into electrical cables, which they say is crucial to public safety, they say campaigns like this can be circumvented by safeguarding against the use of non-conforming products in the first place.

Find out more here.

Teenager Fatality under Investigation

A teenager doing construction work on the roof of a home in East Bunbury has suffered a fatal injury. The death comes as authorities crack down on new and apprentice worker safety on sites. The 18 year old teen was not an official apprentice but it is thought that he was training with an electrician at the time.

This post on SafetyCulture.com.au has more about the incident:

worksafe-wa-logo-large1Police, WorkSafe, Energy Safety and Western Power are all part of the investigation into the death of a teenager who was working in a roof in a home in East Bunbury.

The youth, believed to be 18 years old, was working with an electrician when the incident occurred about 10.30 yesterday morning.

Ambulance and fire crews that attended the scene were able to pull the man who was unconscious out of the roof space however they were unable to resuscitate him and he was pronounced deceased at Bunbury Regional Hospital.

According to an ABC news report he was in training but not an official apprentice.

Source: http://www.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/fatality-in-bunbury-to-be-investigated-by-wa-worksafe/

Apprentice and young workers require special attention on a job site because of their inexperience and naivety with regards to safety. New workers are often keen to learn and energetic however it is precisely this eagerness which makes them more likely to suffer injury, and sometimes fatally, like the young worker in Bunbury.

In this case the worker tragically lost his life but occasionally inexperienced workers can jeopardise the safety of their co-workers as well and put the entire site at risk.

Even apprentices and trainee workers must be in possession of their general safety white card, in fact anyone who engages in work in the construction industry must undergo white card training in order to learn about the hazards presented by construction work and the control measures needed to remain safe on site.

Sadly the young man who died was just beginning his life when it was so abruptly cut short. It should be the goal of every construction employer and principal contractor to ensure that this type of incident is never repeated. This can be done by ensuring young workers are trained and appropriately supervised. Apprentice and young workers should never be asked to engage in dangerous tasks which may jeopardise their safety especially if they are insufficiently trained and not experienced enough to do so safely.  Employers should keep in mind that they are required by the law to provide apprentice and amateur workers with a safe working environment and safe system of work.

So do not wait until an incident occurs on your site to right any wrongs, ensure that all young workers have received the necessary training, both general safety white card training as well as site specific safety training. Ensure that apprentices and trainees are supervised at all times. Also keep a clear line of communication open with these workers so that they feel free to raise any safety questions or concerns they may have.