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Tag: "Safety Hazards"

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Research Says Sitting For Long Hours a Health Hazard

Australian employers could be breaching workplace health and safety laws by requiring “excessive sitting” by workers, according to Perth-led research in the Medical Journal of Australia. Research undertaken by Curtin University warn 75 per cent of office workdays were spent sitting, including multiple unbroken stints of at least 30 minutes. According to the research paper […]

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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 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 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

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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Asbestos Management

The items below in relation to asbestos management have changed as a result of the new harmonised laws. A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) with management or control of a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that all asbestos or asbestos containing material (ACM) is identified by a competent person. […]

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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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Calls For Submissions – Chemicals of Security Concern

Proposed measures to stop chemicals falling into the wrong hands: chance to have your say. Industry and members of the community have until 30 March 2012 to comment on measures designed to reduce the risks of common chemicals getting into the wrong hands and being used to make homemade bombs. There are literally tens of […]

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Reduce Injuries In The Timber Industry

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has developed new guidelines to help protect the state’s 20,000 timber workers and reduce workplace injuries in the industry. Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick launched the Sawmilling Industry Health and Safety Guide at a timber industry safety workshop recently. More than 20,000 Queenslanders and their families depend on the timber […]