Tag: "Workplace Risks"


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


Top Five Things You Need To Know About New OHS Laws

New work health and safety laws commenced in the Commonwealth, New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, and the Northern Territory on 1st January 2012. Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania have deferred the implementation of these new laws for a further 12 months and South Australian parliament have voted to adjourn the debate on the WHS Bill until 14 […]


OHS Harmonisation Update – NSW

Transitional arrangements have been put in place in NSW to support businesses, industry and workers move to a new system of work health and safety (WHS) laws. These arrangements start on 1 January 2012. The transitional arrangements have been based on national transitional principles agreed to by all jurisdictions. In summary, these transitional arrangements provide […]


Machine Guarding – For What It’s Worth!

Andrea Rowe has been a Safety and Risk Advisor with Safety Action Pty Ltd for five years. She has investigated many machine-related incidents and educated workers around the world in applying a ‘zero access’ standard to machinery safeguarding. Every day in Australia about two workers suffer an amputation. Australia’s work health and safety laws are some […]


High Risk Jobs

The other day someone asked me what the most ‘unsafe’ or most ‘at risk’ jobs are.

All sorts of things came to mind… a helicopter pilot responsible for carrying logs up a mountain …


The Importance of House Keeping

House keeping is a major issue when it comes to safety in the workplace. Too often hazards are purposely overlooked due to a “that’s not my job” or “I didn’t do it – let someone else fix it” …


Corporate Yoga and Safety Issues

Tanya Barham of Recess Wellness shares some safety issues in regards to having Yoga in the workplace.

I recently had someone ask me about yoga at work. She mentioned the potential …


Looking for Hazards in the Workplace

While every workplace should make sure there are procedures in place in case there was an accident, we all know the importance of avoiding these incidents before they have the potential …