Australia: Workplace Health & Safety - What's News - 19 June 2012

Last Updated: 20 June 2012
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In the media

Court upholds construction firm's fine over ceiling fall accident
A South Australian court has upheld the $47.5K fine against a South Australian construction company after an employee fell through a ceiling in 2005 (12 June 2012) More...

New WorkSafe campaign targets $1 billion problem
Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips launched a new year-long WorkSafe campaign targeting musculoskeletal injuries. Every day 43 Victorians are seriously hurt with these injuries, with an average workers' compensation claim costing $55,000 medical costs, wages and other expenses (12 June 2012) More...

Worker fined over nail gun incident
A 34-year-old labourer has been convicted and fined at the Wodonga Magistrates' Court after shooting an apprentice with a nail gun, fracturing his arm. He pleaded guilty to one charge under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 for failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of others at the workplace (12 June 2012) More...

Manufacturer fined $200,000 over electric shock incident
A Victorian manufacturer has been fined $200,000 because one its workers received an electric shock. WorkSafe found that CRP Industries had not provided information to employees about the risk of electric shocks and the importance of isolating the power supply before working on the press (09 June 2012) More...

Public comment now open for work health and safety Codes of Practice
Six draft model work health and safety Codes of Practice and two guides have been released by Safe Work Australia for public comment. These documents will provide businesses, industry and workers with practical guidance to achieving the requirements under the model work health and safety (WHS) laws (08 June 2012) More...

Companies fined $2.4M in deadly wall collapse
Two defunct development companies have been handed fines of more than $2.4 million under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for unsafe working conditions that caused a 15 metre high wall to collapse and kill a contract truck driver more than four years ago (05 June 2012) More...

Queensland won't compromise on mine safety
Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps has released a discussion paper inviting industry comment on the model national legislation which aims to harmonise mine safety laws across Australia. Industry stakeholders have until Monday 23 July 2012 to provide the State Government with a submission (06 June 2012) More...

In practice and courts

Work Health and Safety (Class of worker) Notice 2012 (No. 1)
This notice replaces and revokes the Work Health and Safety (Class of worker) Notice 2011 (No. 1) because Item 3 of that notice failed to reflect name changes made to the cadet forces. In this notice the name changes are updated and corrected- Registered 08 Jun 2012 More...

Queensland Department of Mines Safety Alerts
Compilation reports of mining and quarry accidents are listed here 13-June-2012
Serious accidents and high potential incidents - April 2012 (PDF, 61 kB)


Inspector Christensen v Albany International Pty Limited [ACN 008 446 713] [2012] NSWIRComm 48
The defendant, Albany International Pty Limited [ACN 008 446 713], is convicted of the offence and fined $104,000 with a moiety to the prosecutor.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY - Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 (the Act) - defendant pleaded guilty to one offence under s 8(1) of the Act - employee fatally injured after being struck by a section of unsupported steel frame weighing 124 kilogrammes - risk to safety particularised as risk of fatal head injuries as a result of being struck by a falling unsupported section of steel frame - defendant had procedures in place for disassembling a machine known as a Creel, but the procedures were significantly deficient - relevant risk was foreseeable - simple steps available to obviate risk - likely consequences of breach of offence were serious - deterrence - maximum penalty - subjective factors - victim impact statement – orders More...



Poisons Standard 2012
This standard substitutes the Poisons Standard 2011 and provides the standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons No. 3 (the SUSMP 3) as set out in Schedule 1 – labelling and packaging - Registered 14 June 2012 More...

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