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Company and director fined over Adelaide desalination
plant worksite death
A company and its director who were prosecuted over a worker's
death at Adelaide's desalination plant construction site each
have been fined $200,000 by the Industrial Court (28 June 2013).
NFF call for action
Australia's peak farming body is calling for ATV manufacturers
to provide compulsory training and helmets as a condition of sale.
The National Farmers Federation is also asking manufacturers to
start selling crush protection devices in their stores (27 June
Docks death costs company $330,000
A transport company was last week convicted and fined $330,000
following the death of an employee who was crushed by a falling
metal beam at West Melbourne's docks, pleading guilty to two
charges under the OHS Act (2004) of failing to provide a safe
workplace for people other than its employees, and that of its own
employees (25 June 2013).
Fine increases to foster safety
ACT WorkSafe Commissioner Mark McCabe said the fact that only the
ACT and Tasmania did not have specialist industrial courts to deal
with work safety prosecutions could go some way to help explain the
disparity (24 June 2013).
Dairy company fined after man hurt in cheese shredding
A major dairy company was convicted and fined $35,000 following an
incident in which a worker had a finger severed in a cheese
shredding machine. The company pleaded guilty in Geelong
Magistrates' Court this week to failing to provide a safe
working environment by failing to provide plant that was safe and
without risks to health (21 June 2013).
New Australian Standard for underground
Standards Australia has launched a new Australian Standard which
will outline a consistent approach towards the classification of
information relating to subsurface utilities (20 June 2013).
WorkCover focusing on sheep and beef cattle farming
A plan to make the state's sheep and beef cattle farms safer
has been launched by WorkCover NSW.
The Sheep and Beef Cattle Farming Industry Action Plan is
WorkCover NSW's blueprint to reduce workplace injuries and
illnesses, and improve injury management in one of the states'
highest risk industries (19 June 2013).
In practice and courts
National workplace road safety program (NTC) -
A new workplace road safety program will be launched in the second
part of this year by the National Road Transport Commission (NTC).
The NRSPP is based on the 'Safe System', which involves
safe road users, safe vehicles, safe speeds and safe roads. For
more details, visit the
program and the NTC (20
QLD: Mines Safety Alert 299 - Load falls from crane hook
causing fatal head injury
General lifting and slinging of loads and crane practices should
be reviewed by all mines as per the recommendations outlined (20
New Safety Standards
AS 2670.1-2001/Amdt 1-2013
Evaluation of human exposure to whole-body vibration - General
Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Act No 58 of
An Act to establish the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency,
and for related purposes to establish the Asbestos Safety and
Eradication Agency to administer the National Strategic Plan, which
aims to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres in order to eliminate
asbestos-related disease in Australia - Registered 25 June 2013
Date of Assent 21 June 2013. More...
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