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Calculating the Costs of Poor WHS Management

Calculating the Costs of Poor WHS Management

Costs of Poor WHS Management There are health and safety learnings from overseas and the recent report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) on the costs of accidents, death and ill health at work is an excellent example of this. This high quality report demonstrates that costs can be significant […]

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First Aid Not Coming First

First Aid Not Coming First

  Most Australian workplaces do not have correct first aid equipment and only 13% of Australian workplaces comply with Safe Work Australia’s new code of practice on first aid, according to research by St John Ambulance. But this is only the tip of the iceberg for the crisis in Australian occupational health and safety, which […]

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New Video on Zero Harm

Here is a new video created by Worksafe Queensland to promote zero harm in the workplace. We love the fact so many well respected business leaders have contributed and given their time. This is a great message about the importance of workplace safety and one that we hope others share.

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Securing Loading Ramps for Mobile Plant

Securing Loading Ramps for Mobile Plant Purpose The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risks associated with not effectively securing loading ramps for mobile plant. Background In October 2011, a worker was killed after being crushed by a forklift that toppled while being unloaded from a trailer. In the same month, an […]

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Safety Alert – Safe Use of Nail Guns

Safety Alert – Safe Use of Nail Guns

Safety Alert – Safe use of nail guns This alert reminds nail gun users to prevent their guns from inadvertently discharging when they’re using them. It also reminds them to prevent nails from inadvertently ricocheting and hitting persons or penetrating other surfaces. Background Nail guns are a high risk tool widely used in the residential […]

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Company Fined $50,000 over Electric Shock Incident

A Mulgrave sign installation company has been convicted and fined $50,000 over an incident that left a worker with severe burns to his body after he suffered an electric shock. Southern Ultimate Sign Installations Pty Ltd (Southern USI) pleaded guilty at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court this week to one charge of failing to provide a […]

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Public Comment and Consultation

Public Comment and Consultation

Public comment period open for five new model Codes of Practice: Five new national work health and safety model Codes of Practice are currently open for public comment. They are: Safe Design, Manufacture, Import and Supply of Plant Working in the Vicinity of Overhead and Underground Electrical Lines Traffic Management in Workplaces Scaffolding Work Formwork […]

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New Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy

New Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy

Safe Work Australia recently released it’s ‘Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022: Healthy, Safe and Productive Working Lives’ in draft form for public comment. The first of seven action areas targeted by the draft strategy is Health and Safety by Design. In this section is an outline of how structures, plant, equipment and substances […]

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Storing Gas Cylinders in Vehicles

Storing Gas Cylinders in Vehicles

Background Workers have died or sustained serious injuries after their work vehicles exploded. These explosions occurred when gas from leaking portable gas cylinders ignited inside the vehicles. In many cases, the ignition source was the vehicle’s electrical system. Flammable gas cylinders include those containing oxygen, acetylene, liquefied petroleum gas and propane or butane throwaway-style cylinders. […]

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Mobile Cranes With a Free Fall Feature

Mobile Cranes With a Free Fall Feature

Purpose The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the importance of correctly locking out the free fall controls on mobile cranes fitted with this feature. Background A worker was fatally injured by a falling load while erecting a transmission tower west of Dalby inQueensland in March 2012. A 20 tonne rough terrain mobile […]

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