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Unions predict tougher laws will help downward trend in
Tasmanian unions believe tougher fines under new workplace laws
will help continue a downward trend in injuries (25 July 2013).
Boral fined by Industrial Court over worker's
concrete mixer accident
An Adelaide company has been fined $70,000, plus $30,000 in legal
costs, over a worker's head and shoulder injuries from a
concrete mixer accident (23 July 2013).
Farm Safety Week targets quad bikes
The Director of the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and
Safety, says for the first time this year, quad bikes have become
the largest cause of death on farms (16 July 2013).
Work site incidents concern watchdog
Three high-risk incidents on Canberra work sites last week have
led to renewed calls for vigilance from ACT Work Safety
Commissioner Mark McCabe. Workers on one site possibly compromised
a WorkSafe ACT investigation into the incident by continuing to
remove the scaffolding, resulting in the issuing of official
notices by inspectors (17 July 2013).
In practice and courts
Comcare: Health and safety representative
An updated version of Comcare's
Health and safety representative handbook is now available.
Also available is a
pocket guide, which provides a brief overview for health and
safety representatives in the federal jurisdiction (18 July
QLD MBA: Asbestos removal workers compulsory
Builders and contractors who remove more than 10m2 (or 250kg) of
asbestos cannot perform work after 31 December 2013 unless they
complete a new training program. Master Builders will offer the
two-day training program throughout Queensland from August 2013 (18
VIC: Online Notification for asbestos
Under the requirements of the Asbestos chapter of the Regulations,
a person must hold a license to operate as an asbestos removalist
and remove any amount of friable asbestos; or greater than 10
square metres or that will take you more than 1 hour in total in a
7 day period. WorkSafe has now implemented an online notification
facility. Go to
this page for more information (July 2013).
VIC: WorkSafe Victoria: Patient handling –
Portable hoists with sling attachments
A new Safety Alert was issued when a resident at an aged care
facility was seriously injured after an incident involving a
portable hoist with a sling attachment. The aged care facility was
unable to determine the age of the sling or its last test date
Patient handling – Portable hoists with sling
VIC: Worksafe update on lead in
Lead at Work provides guidance which provides information for
employees on exposure to lead at work, the health effects of lead
and monitoring to ensure acceptable blood lead levels (July
Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 -
Exemption Order No. 004/08
Notification 26/09/2008 Gazette No 123, 26 September 2008, p 9603
Expiry 24/07/2013 - Operators (or persons employing, directing
or allowing an operator) of AMPACT EZ Load Tools undertaking the
work specified in Schedule 1 are exempt from clause 301 of the
Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 (requirement to hold
a certificate of competency in relation to explosive-powered
tools), but only if the conditions specified in Schedule 2 are
complied with NSW legislation can be accessed at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au.
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