Australia: Workplace Health & Safety - What's News - 26 February 2013

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In the media

Waste management company fined $50,000 over drum explosion
A Kwinana company has been fined a total of $50,000 over an incident in which an empty drum exploded, injuring an employee, and for failing to report the injury (20 February 2013). More...

NSW EPA launches campaign on herbicide use
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) says the accidental misuse of herbicides can impact on the environment, other crops, the community and the health of the operator, and will be checking the records of landowners using these herbicides, including chemical applications and training records (18 February 2013). More...

Company fined over worker's death after cleaning crush death
A Victorian abattoir has been fined $350,000 following the death of a worker crushed while cleaning a machine used to restrain cattle for slaughter. A County Court jury found Gippsland-based company of failing to provide a safe system of work and failing to provide information, instruction, training or supervision (13 February 2013). More...

New Chair of Safe Work Australia announced
Ms Ann Sherry AO has been appointed as the new Chair of Safe Work Australia by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten. (11 February 2013). More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Quad bike fatalities in 2013
Author: SafeWork Australia
Two people have been killed while riding a quad bike, with both deaths were the result of a roll over (08 February 2013). More...

Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Report September 2013
Author: SafeWork Australia
Of the 15 fatalities, 6 involved a Vehicle incident–public road crash. 3 fatalities were the result of Fall from a height, and 2 fatalities involved being Hit by falling object. One fatality each was as a result of being Hit by an animal, by Single contact with chemical or substance, Crushing, and Fall on the same level (08 February 2013). More...

In practice and courts

Comcare Asbestos Forum 2012
Video presentations and transcripts from last year' event are now available from the Comcare website. Items include Improving asbestos awareness, Our national investment in asbestos elimination, What are the financial impacts, Living life with mesothelioma case studies, Recent medical research on mesothelioma in Australia—many good questions, few good answers February 2013). More...

New Guides from Safework Australia released in February

Health Monitoring for Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals - Guide for workers
Author: SafeWork Australia
Health monitoring means monitoring of a person to identify changes in the person's health status because of exposure to certain substances (15 February 2013). More...

Health Monitoring for Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals - Guide for persons conducting a business or undertaking
Author: SafeWork Australia
This Guide is intended for persons conducting a business or undertaking who are required to provide health monitoring for workers who use hazardous chemicals, including workers who are exposed to lead and asbestos (15 February 2013). More...


WorkCover NSW remind that first aid saves lives
A draft code of practice First Aid in the Workplace provides practical guidance for the provision of appropriate first aid in the workplace including first aid training, first aid kits, procedures and facilities (20 February 2013). More...


Quarry flyrock damages industrial buildings: Qld Mines Explosives Safety Alert 66
Recommendations for design blasts under the blast management plan so that flyrock will not land beyond the property boundary or the established exclusion zone and review of safety management systems (12 February 2013). More...

Motor burnout on trailer full of ammonium nitrate: Qld Mines Explosives Safety Alert 67
Advises that maintenance failures such as poor tarpaulin alignment, incorrect cable tension, incorrect cable adjustment and sticking cables can damage drive cover motors and transport operators review their safety management system (12 February 2013). More...

Materials handler operator competency: Safety Alert
Investigations into serious incidents involving materials handlers have identified a common causal factor:operators typically undertake their training on smaller solid-wheeled forklift trucks. Management are not aware of different licensing requirements that apply under WH&S Regulation, Part 4.5 high risk work when not operating under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (20 February 2013). More...


Inspector Shepherd v Desiya Pty Ltd [2013] NSWIRComm 9
The defendant is fined an amount of $200,000
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY - Prosecutions under s 8(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 of two corporate defendants that constituted a partnership - rural industry of cereal grain wholesaling - Employee fatally injured when struck by truck in defendants' premises - Guilty pleas - Sentencing - Objective and subjective factors considered - Whether prior conviction of one defendant called for heavier penalty - Victim impact statements - Penalties imposed. More..

Inspector Shepherd v Vinsente Pty Ltd [2013] NSWIRComm 8
The defendant is fined an amount of $90,000
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY - Prosecutions of two corporate defendants under s 8(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 that constituted a partnership - Industry of cereal grain wholesaling in rural New South Wales - Employee suffered electrical burns when self propelled auger struck overhead powerlines - Guilty pleas - Sentencing - Consideration of objective and subjective factors - Consideration of approach to sentencing. More...

Inspector Spence v Cai [2013] NSWIRComm 5
The defendant is convicted of the offence under s 10(1) of the OHS Act 2000 and fined $12,500
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY - Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 - plea of guilty under s 10(1) of the Act - worker seriously injured after falling 3.7 metres through an unsecured penetration onto a concrete floor - defendant as the project manager had day-to-day responsibilities to monitor, co-ordinate and supervise the construction contractors and co-ordinate sub-contractors at the site - documented systems of work for the site either not implemented or only partially implemented - other objective factors considered - deterrence - maximum penalty - subjective factors considered - prior convictions - whether defendant has a reduced capacity to pay a fine - role of co-offender in circumstances of offence – orders. More...


Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Amendment Bill 2013
A Bill for an Act to amend the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012, and for related purposes - Registered 13 February 2013. More...



No. 50: Road Safety Amendment Act 2012
Assent: 4/09/2012 SG (No. 300) 4/9/2012 p. 1
Commencement: S. 5 on 20/02/2013: SG (No. 54) 19/2/2013 p. 1
Victorian legislation online. More...

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