Australia: Workplace Health & Safety - What's News - 25 March 2013

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In the media

Carpenter fined $4000 over lack of fall protection
A self-employed carpenter has been fined $4000.00 for failing to provide fall prevention equipment and edge protection while working on the roof of a shed and was fined in the Esperance Magistrates Court last week (21 March 2013). More...

Brush manufacturer fined $26,250 after worker injured
The Industrial Court has fined Rokset Industries Pty Ltd $26,250 plus legal fees after a worker's finger was caught in a machine that had no guard in place. Magistrate Ardlie said the worker's action was somewhat foolhardy but that the employer was ultimately responsible for taking precautions to prevent an employee suffering an injury (21 March 2013). More...

Queensland worker killed in forklift incident
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating an incident that occurred on Saturday 16 March 2013 at a workplace in Pimpama. A worker died after the forklift he was operating slid down an embankment and he was pinned under the roll cage (March 2013). More...

BHP fined over worker being crushed to death
BHP Billiton has been fined $130,000 over the death of one of its workers in Port Hedland five years ago. The Magistrate found the company had failed to provide proper instruction and supervision, and had not implemented and enforced a suitable job hazard assessment. The company has also been ordered to pay court costs of $300,000 (19 March 2013). More...

The Work-related injuries and fatalities on Australian farms report released by Safe Work Australia has found one in six workers killed in Australia were working on a farm. While only 3 percent of workers are employed in the agriculture sector, on average 44 farm workers are killed each year and another 17 400 suffer a work-related injury (12 March 2013). More...

In practice and courts

Key Work Health and Safety Statistics Booklet 2013 released
This handy pocket-sized booklet provides a summary of statistics on work-related injury, disease and death. The booklet also provides information on the main types of compensated injuries and the cost of injury and incidence rates by industry (18 March 2013). More...

Draft National Strategic Plan (Asbestos) Consultation
The plan will provide a road map for tackling asbestos issues. A draft of the National Strategic Plan will be released for public consultation in April 2013. Public feedback on the draft plan is encouraged and will be available on the Office's website (20 March 2013). More...

Worksafe Victoria Safety– March 2013
Safety Soapbox - for the construction, utilities, mining and quarrying industries - contains a warning on Carbon Monoxide, and also lists the 64 incidents notified to it since the last newsletter. These included a number of 'near miss' incidents, such as a forklift rollover, a bracket falling several floors on a building site, and electric shocks – all of which could have resulted in fatalities.

Safety Express - for the manufacturing, logistics, agriculture and retail industries – has a number of items detailing serious incidents and an alert issued following the cattle 'knock box' fatality. This newsletter to has a link to the incidents reported to WorkSafe in these industries – there were 72 in the previous two weeks!

New Australian Standards

AS/NZS 2088:2013 - Prams and strollers - Safety requirements
Specifies materials, construction, performance and labelling requirements and test methods for prams, strollers and their accessories (18 March 2013). More...

AS/NZS 60669.1:2013- Switches for household and similar fixed electrical installations - General requirements (IEC 60669-1, Ed.3.2 (2007) MOD)
Adopts IEC 60669-1:2007 to specify general requirements for manually operated general purpose switches, for a.c. only with a rated voltage not exceeding 440 V and a rated current not exceeding 63 A, intended for household and similar fixed electrical installations, either indoors or outdoors (18 March 2013). More...

SA RUL CR.1-2013
Rulings to cranes, hoists and winches Standards - Ruling 1: Load testing (commissioning tests) of bridge, gantry, portal (including container cranes) and jib cranes (Ruling to AS 1418.3-1997). More...


Inspector Selby v University of New South Wales [2013] NSWIRComm 20
Guilty of a breach of s 8(2) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 and defendant is fined the sum of $100,000
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT 2000 - s 8(2) - two charges laid - s 8(1) charge withdrawn during contested proceedings and guilty plea entered in relation to Amended Application for Order - students under care of University taken on field trip using a Zodiac vessel - life jackets not required to be worn - students sit on buoyancy tubes and not within boat - driver loses control of boat during sharp turn - three students flung from Zodiac into the water - Zodiac swings and briefly comes out of water returning with a loud thud - student injured and required assistance to stay afloat and return to the boat - risk obvious and simple steps only required to address risk - serious breach established - general and specific deterrence - subjective factors considered - application under s 10A Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 declined - penalty imposed. More...




Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Amendment Act No 9 of 2013
An Act to amend the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012, and for related purposes (19 March 2013). More...


Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Bill 2013
The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Bill 2013 will establish the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency and will work with jurisdictions for a nationally consistent approach on asbestos eradication, handling and awareness, including environmental and public health issues (20 March 2013). More...

Legislative Instruments

Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Rules 2013
This instrument prescribes rules in relation to the practice and procedure to be followed by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal or the conduct of business in relation to matters dealt with by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. Administered by: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Registered 14 March 2013. More...

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