Construction Contractor Dies at Upgrade Project Site

A construction contractor died at the Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Western Australia where an upgrade project is underway.

While the full details of the incident are not yet known, it is believed the man was trapped under a beam.

WorkSafe was on site as they investigated the incident, police were also on the scene and will prepare a report for the coroner.

The project involves the construction of 8 concrete tanks with the facility set to be completed next year.

The CFMEU said this incident proves once again that “rules around workplace safety need to change”.

One of the reasons why The White Card has been mandated for all construction workers across Australia is because of this high risk nature of the industry. Even workers on renovation and upgrade projects need to be adequately trained.

See more at http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/man-dies-in-water-corp-accident-south-of-perth-20180420-p4zar9.html

Report Shows Vic Workplace Injuries Declining

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WorkSafe Victoria’s mid-year report reveals that the number of injury claims per million hours worked dropped 1.9 per cent to 6.16 in the 6 months from July to December 2017.

WorkSafe’s Chief Executive Clare Amies said the decline in injury rates is pleasing as it shows that more workplaces in the state than ever before are making safety a key part of their daily activities.

She went on to state that injury prevention will continue to be the most important goal to benefit workers, families, employers and the entire community. For more visit http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/03/report-shows-fewer-people-injured-work-victoria/#.Wp1sceclE1k

Ballarat Construction Firm Fined $25,000 for Scaffolding Failures

A construction company based in Ballarat has been fined $25,000 for failing to heed WorkSafe directions to repair unsafe scaffolding at a Mount Clear Worksite. The company was also ordered to pay $2897 in costs.

The company was found guilty for 2 offences relating to failure to provide a safe workplace and failure to comply with a prohibition notice.

In May an inspector noticed incomplete scaffolding on site, missing planks and gaps in the handrails and issued a prohibition notice in May 2016. The scaffolding issues were not addressed and when an inspector returned, he found a person working from the same problematic scaffolding. See more at http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/5213473/ballarat-construction-company-convicted-and-fined-25000/

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 Site Shut Down by WorkSafe

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A man was recently injured in an accident involving an excavator at a building site in the suburb of Kambah in Coombs.

WorkSafe stopped work on a site as it conducted investigations into the incident which left one man with a leg injury.

The incident occurred on a multi-residential construction site, which was subsequently slapped with a prohibition notice after serious breaches of health and safety regulations were discovered.

Some of the issues discovered were non-compliant scaffolding and electrical safety issues. See more at http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/coombs-construction-site-shut-down-by-worksafe-after-inspection-20171011-gyyxi3.html

The Number of Workers Killed in Australia in 2017 Has Just been Released

Although the transport industry is leading in the number of worker deaths that have occurred this year so far, but the construction industry  is not far behind.

In fact the transport, postal and warehousing workplaces were responsible for 22 worker fatalities so far but construction came in third with 9 fatalities. Second was the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry with 13 fatalities.

In total 57 Australian workers were killed in 2017 across all industries.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/safe-work-australia-updates-2017-fatality-figures-2/#.WRmuqcaxUl0

NT WorkSafe Workers to Ensure Safe Quality Rooftop Solar Installations

A new NT WorkSafe Program is aimed at ensuring rooftop solar installations in The Northern Territory are safe and properly done.

Given the 248 per cent increase in the number of Solar PV systems in the Northern Territory in the past 5 years, attention to solar rooftop installations safety is crucial.

In fact the NT is the only jurisdiction where solar PV installations continue to increase each year, and since the Top End is in a cyclone region, the NT has specific requirements for Solar PV installations to ensure safety during a cyclone.

As WorkSafe points out, the NT’s extreme climate means installation work and practices which are suitable in the southern states can cause issues in the NT.

Components can deteriorate faster in the NT and cause an electrical or fire risk, which is why installation must be done to meet conditions in the Territory.

See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/nt-worksafe-moves-ensure-safe-quality-rooftop-solar-installations/#.WRTEFsaxUl1

WorkSafe NZ- Make Safety a Priority

 WorkSafe New Zealand is urging all workers and businesses to begin the year with safety as a priority.
If you find workers have returned after the holidays with a relaxed attitude towards safety, perhaps a refresher in health and safety habits would do them good.
WorkSafe New Zealand suggests spending time before work speaking about safety systems and procedures.
In Australia, it’s also important to ensure everyone including apprentices and new workers have a White Card.
Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/worksafe-nz-start-year-right-making-work-safety-priority/#.WI8jXH9WXqU

Company Fined for Safety Breaches

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A Vic construction firm has been fined $30,000 by the Moorabbin Magistrates Court recently over a workplace incident that left one worker severely injured.

The man fell 8 metres through unsecured  metal sheeting on 22 July 2014.

The company failed to provide or maintain a safe working environment and failed to provide a safe system of work. The company pleaded guilty to 2 counts of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

The injured man was working on a formwork deck and scaffold construction that had been erected over a road at the site. The man fell 8 metres to the road below while walking across an area that had been covered by metal sheeting which was unsecured and had moved out of place.

The company received a conviction to pay a fine of $30,000 and $4423 in costs.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/construction-company-fined-safety-violations/#.V0MDtPl97IV