Australia: Workplace Health & Safety - What's News - 31 January 2013

Last Updated: 5 February 2013
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In the media

Crane collapse fast tracks safety program
Workcover NSW has fast-tracked a safety inspection program of tower cranes across the state after one caught fire and collapsed at a Sydney construction site late last year and will also physically inspect the cranes (24 January 2013). More...

Fine for company in road-roller death
A construction company working on road upgrades has been fined $250,000 after one of its workers was crushed to death by a roller. A WorkCover investigation subsequently found the Gosford company failed to properly train or supervise the man (18 January 2013). More...

Safety assessments highlight unsuitability of quad bikes for most tasks
Employers that take steps to identify the safest vehicle for a particular task are unlikely, in the majority of cases, to select a quad bike, the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety has said on the release of a quad-bike-fatality report (18 January 2013). More...

Company charged over tradesman's gas blast death
A Darwin business has been charged over a gas explosion that killed a 24-year-old Irish tradesman. The charge has been laid under provisions of the Workplace Health and Safety Act that was in force at the time of the accident (17 January 2013). More...

In practice and courts

WorkCover warns residents of asbestos dangers after bushfires
WorkCover NSW is waiving the five-day asbestos removal work notification timeframe to allow immediate clean-up of asbestos debris as the state experiences one of the worst fire seasons in recent years causing damage and destruction to properties, bushland and livestock. WorkCover is fast-tracking assessments to ensure fire damaged asbestos can be removed as soon as possible (18 January 2013). More...

Draft National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern
Comment on the draft National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern is now open (consultation closes 1 March 2013). Posted: 21 January 2013. More...

Updates to Work Health and Safety Regulations, effective 01 January 2013
Recent changes relating to the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations may affect you and your organisation – construction, lead and carcinogens. More...

Key findings of quad bike safety discussion paper and forum released
Safe Work Australia has released its report to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Bill Shorten MP outlines key findings from the discussion paper and forum on design and engineering controls for improving quad bike safety. This report provides an analysis of the views presented as part of this consultation. More...

Recalls to 29 January 2013

ACCC recalls of unsafe ladders
The ACCC has negotiated recalls with two suppliers of multipurpose ladders in Australia after testing found the ladders failed to perform as they claimed. The ladders that have been recalled are:
Auspac Sources Pty Ltd—Multi-Purpose Adjustable Multiple Configuration Folding Step Ladder supplied online by and DSG Holdings Australia Pty Ltd—Multi-Fold Aluminium Ladder 8.5ft / 2.6m. More...

New Standards January 2013

Standards Australia: New Amendment released for AS/NZS 3000
Any work being performed to AS/NZS 3000 may not comply with the latest edition of the Standard. According to section 1.2 Application (page 21) of AS/NZS 3000:2007: This Standard may be applied through legislative requirements, made in each State and Territory of Australia and in New Zealand, concerned with the safety of electrical installations. More...

Safety Alerts and guides to 29 January 2013

Safety Bulletin No. 130 - Distraction and inattention due to using mobile devices
Following several high potential incident investigations, the mines inspectorate is aware of mine workers using mobile devices (including mobile phones, tablets or other social media devices) while operating vehicles or other mobile plant (24 January 2013). More...

Explosives Safety Alert 63 - Rags on explosives vehicle exhaust cause fire
Alert published 22 January by Department of Mines and Industry Queensland. Advises fitting vehicle with a fire suppression system. (See AS 5062–2006 Fire suppression for mobile and transportable equipment.) More...


Inspector Ringland v Lonewood Farm Pty Ltd [2013] NSWIRComm 1
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY - prosecution under s 8(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 - plea of guilty - employee is fatally injured after falling 4.2 metres through non-trafficable polycarbonate sheeting while on the roof of a kit shed under construction - risk to safety known and obvious - defendant fails to ensure any fall protection is made available to employee - other objective factors considered - general and specific deterrence considered - maximum penalty - subjective factors considered, including defendant's capacity to pay a modest fine - absence of prior convictions taken into account - victim impact statements - penalty and orders. Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999; Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000- defendant is fined $65,000 with a moiety to the prosecutor. More...



Rail Safety (Adoption of National Law) Act 2012 (Act 82/2012)
20/01/2013 Commencement Proclamation under the Rail Safety (Adoption of National Law) Act 2012 No 82

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