Australia: Work Health & Safety - What's News - 18 June 2013

Last Updated: 22 June 2013
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In the media

$71,000 fine over worker's roof fall
Terry's Crane Hire and director Terrence Ronald Brown pleaded guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court last week to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to a contractor (14 June 2013) More...

Asbestos builder faces prosecution
The Canberra builder accused of exposing a young family to asbestos is the subject of an investigation by WorkSafe ACT which could result in a prosecution. The ACT government could withdraw the business' licence if it is found employees worked with the toxic substance without permission (13 June 2013) More...

Fine over forklift hit
MASSENA (trading as Star Freightlines) has been fined $20,000 over an incident in which an employee was injured by a reversing forklift. There were no formal policies requiring exclusion zones or otherwise ensuring the separation of pedestrians and forklifts (13 June 2013) More...

Firm fined after man loses leg in accident
A project management company has been fined $100,000 after a dogman lost half a leg during an accident at the Port Kembla steelworks. The court found TSEG had failed to put in place adequate safety processes. Building firm Thomas and Coffey has already pleaded guilty to two charges and was fined $270,000 over the incident (11 June 2013) More...

Company fined for turning miner into quadriplegic
The Industrial Court of NSW has ruled that Perilya should pay $260,000 over the accident that occurred in 2008. The court found that Perilya failed to properly maintain the vehicle and the company also failed to make sure staff did the right safety paperwork (07 June 2013) More...

Workplace Health and Safety for Heritage Buildings
Incorporating the requirements of current Occupational Health and Safety legislative requirements with a heritage building can be challenging to say the least, as such buildings were constructed at a time when persons were expected to assume their own risk and, as such, were more likely to avoid hazards (06 June 2013) More...

Half of Australian business unprepared for remote working risks
More than half of businesses engaging in remote and mobile working are unprepared for the inherent occupational health and safety risks, according to the Sage Australia Business Index 2013 which surveyed 400 employers (04 June 2013) More...

Businesses to lead national road safety program
A National Road Safety Partnership Program will see Australia's business sector taking lead in improving road safety. The release of the National Road Safety Partnership Program Final Strategy, following a public consultation on the draft in 2012, underpins the establishment of the program (06 June 2013) More...

Cable splice fire prompts mine evacuation, safety alert
Mine safety authorities have issued an alert after an underground mine had to be evacuated following a fire in a 33kV XLPE cable splice (06 June 2013) More...

VIC and NSW work towards mutual understanding of construction safety laws
The Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA) and WorkCover NSW are working together to help local construction businesses understand the similarities and ease of working on either side of the border (06 June 2013) More...

First 2013 farm workplace fatality for Victoria
Worksafe Victoria is investigating the state's first workplace farm fatality for the year, after a worker died in Elphinstone on 2 June., after a tractor roll-over incident (06 June 2012) More...

Company fined $110,000 after serious burns at a CBD restaurant
A food company has been fined $110,000 and ordered to pay WorkCover's legal costs after a 19-year-old apprentice chef suffered serious burns at a CBD restaurant. In handing down its decision, the court found that the risk to the injured person was so foreseeable that it was asking for trouble (04 June 2013) More...

In practice and courts

SafeWork Australia: Draft Code of Practice: Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying - To support the model Work Health and Safety Act, Safe Work Australia has released a draft model Code of Practice for Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying for public comment. Public comment will close on 15 July 2013 (June 2013) More...

Quad bike fatalities in 2013
As of 4 June 2013, 8 people have been killed while riding a quad bike. Four of these deaths were the result of a roll over More...

National: Safety alert over integrity of gas cylinder pigtails
BROMIC has issued a safety alert over its stainless steel flexible pigtails, used commonly by cylinder refillers and gas fitters. The safety alert covers Bromic stainless steel flexible pigtails under approval number AGA 66223 manufactured between January 2011 and December 2012 (13 June 2013) More...

QLD: Department of Mines: Petroleum and Gas Safety Alert 57 - Illegal hydrocarbon refrigerant usage
Refrigeration system owners are complaining to the P&G Inspectorate that hydrocarbon refrigerant has been used in their systems, including air conditioning systems of motor vehicles, cold rooms and the like. It is illegal to use hydrocarbon refrigerant in an unapproved device and illegal to install hydrocarbon refrigerant in such devices without a license (04 June 2013) More...

QLD: Department of Mines: Mines Safety Bulletin 131 - Fatigue failure of drill mast bolts
Equipment: Blast hole drill rig (other suppliers' drill mast pivot points have been similarly designed). Hazard: Weighing several tonnes, the falling mast could have caused injury or death, especially if it had failed closer to the vertical position (03 June 2013) More...


Inspector Nicholson v Seovic Engineering Pty Limited [ACN 003 791 973] [2013] NSWIRComm 41
The corporate defendant, Seovic Engineering Pty Limited [ACN 003 791 973], is convicted of the offence and fined $100,000 with a moiety to the prosecutor. John Jason Seovic is convicted of the offence and fined $8,000 with a moiety to the prosecutor. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY - Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 (OHS Act 2000) - pleas of guilty to an offence under s 8(1) of the Act committed by the corporate defendant, and under s 8(1) by virtue of s 26(1) committed by the individual defendants - employee suffers fatal injuries after being struck by a chain or similar object while working under a coal shuttle car - risk of being crushed or hit in the course of refitting the conveyor chain to the shuttle car while working underneath it - no safety procedures in place and no assessment of the risk at time of offence - risk obvious, reasonably foreseeable and very serious - availability of simple measures to obviate risk - gravity of the risk likely to result in serious injuries - deterrence applied - whether one penalty should be imposed on the three defendants - consideration of respective roles and culpabilities of defendants and others not prosecuted in relation to the offence - application under s 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 considered with regard to the individual defendants - subjective factors considered - costs – orders More...



Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law (Meaning of Corresponding State-Territory law) Declaration 2013
This instrument declares that the laws listed are corresponding State-Territory law. Administered by: Infrastructure and Transport Registered 13 June 2013 More...

Regulations and other statutory instruments
Marine Safety (General) Amendment (Exemptions Relating to Lifejackets) Regulation 2013 (2013-256) — published LW 7 June 2013

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