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In the media
No place for complacency in fall
Roofing contractors have been put on notice: ensure you use fall
protection systems, or face fines (16 May 2013).
Road freight transport a safety priority
Workcover has launched an action plan to reduce workplace injury
and illness in the NSW road freight transport industry. The
transport industry is one of NSW's 10 highest risk sectors,
with 5512 injuries and illness reported, and 29 fatalities in the
three years to 2010, costing the NSW workers compensation scheme
$157 million (16 May 2013).
Labourers and manufacturing at top of workplace safety
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has unveiled a newly
revamped industry index which measures workplace safety risks,
revealing that labouring jobs are Queensland's most dangerous
(16 May 2013).
Fines for conveyor accident
Incitec Pivot and labour hire company Skilled Group Limited have
been fined following a conveyor belt accident. IPL and Skilled
Group Limited both pleaded guilty at the Geelong Magistrates'
Court this week to failing to provide a safe workplace. Incitec
Pivot was convicted and fined $90,000 and Skilled Group was
convicted and fined $70,000 (10 May 2013).
Potato farm death sparks plea for rural
The WorkSafe commissioner says the agriculture industry must
undergo a cultural change to prevent any more fatal accidents (09
NOPSEMA: concerns over rise in dropped objects
The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management
Authority (NOPSEMA) has issued a safety alert after identifying a
concerning increase in dropped object events in the first quarter
of 2013 (09 May 2013).
Workplace fatalities 2013 year to date
SAFE Work Australia says its records show 55 Australian workers
have been killed while at work thus far into 2013.The fatality
figure is derived from media reports, and Safe Work Australia says
it is a preliminary estimate, which has not been confirmed with the
appropriate authorities. The majority of the fatalities came from
the transport/postal/warehousing, agricultural and construction
sectors (09 May 2013).
In practice and courts
GHS Classification and Labelling Training
Safe Work Australia is hosting a series of training and information
sessions to raise awareness and understanding of the hazard
classification, safety data sheet and labelling requirements for
workplace chemicals in the model Work Health and Safety
regulations, which incorporates the Globally Harmonized System of
Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) (May 2013).
NSW: Wood industry safety kit launched by
More than 2,100 NSW businesses in the wood products manufacturing
industry will receive safety kits from WorkCover NSW as part of a
program to improve safety in one of the state's highest risk
industries. The Wood Products Manufacturing Industry Safety Kit
provides information and advice in a simple and easy format which
will help businesses improve safety (May 2013).
NSW: Potential exposure to formaldehyde whilst using
Keratin treatments: Safety alert
The purpose of this safety alert is to remind persons conducting a
business or undertaking (PCBUs) importing and/or supplying NSW
workplaces of their responsibilities to provide accurate
information about the ingredients in their products when used as
cosmetics and the safe use of these products for workers during
product dispensing and application (May 2013).
Transport and Other Legislation (Heavy Vehicle National
Law) Amendment Bill 2013
A Bill for an Act to amend the Forestry Act 1959, the Heavy Vehicle
National Law Act 2012, the Motor Racing Events Act 1990, the Police
Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000, the State Penalties
Enforcement Act 1999, the Summary Offences Act - Report from
Committee on 07/05/2013.
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