Australia: Work Health & Safety - What's News - 24 September 2013

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In the media

Safework Australia: train drivers have the toughest job in the country
Statistics based on the number of accepted claims for workers compensation for mental stress-related issues show one job stands out as being particularly hard. Train drivers have the toughest job in the country, according to the data, with 1025 claims made per 100 million hours worked (19 September 2013). More...

Worker crushed when forklift used instead of ladder
A business has been fined more than $67,000 after an employee was seriously injured while being raised on a forklift to close a faulty roller door (17 September 2013). More...

Crush injury costs Chesser Chemicals Pty Ltd – SA
The Industrial Court has convicted and fined Chesser Chemicals Pty Ltd $38,500 plus legal fees after an employee's hand was injured in a tablet press that was not adequately guarded under the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 Magistrate Ardlie noted the company had used an independent consultant to assess the work health and safety risks (17 September 2013). More...

Santos fined $120k over worker's death
Santos has been fined $120,000 over the death of a worker at the CSG site which was owned by Eastern Star Gas at the time. Eastern Star Gas, which has since been taken over by Santos, pleaded guilty to breaching occupational health and safety laws (16 September 2013). More...

New initiatives promise mine safety boost in Qld
The Queensland Government is seeking industry feedback on proposed mine safety improvements. The proposed reforms include adding an extra coal industry health and safety representative, further protection of contract workers and standardising alcohol, drug and fatigue management on site (12 September 2013). More...

Transport and logistics workplace risks in spotlight
Government and insurance sources have highlighted separately the dangers facing transport and logistics workers. Despite major listed enterprises reporting steady decreases in workplace accidents, injuries and deaths due to the impact of their safety policies, the 'transport, postal & warehousing' sector leads the list of deaths by workplace (11 September 2013). More...

NSW Coal Mines to report on dust controls
NSW open cut coal mines are now required to assess how they are controlling dust. The NSW EPA's Dust Stop Pollution Reduction Program requires all open cut coal mines to implement best practice measures to significantly reduce their dust emissions (09 September 2013). More...

In practice and courts

Reminder: Public comment period open for: Revised draft Code of Practice: Construction Work
Public comment for the revised draft Code of Practice: Construction Work closes on 2 October 2013. To view the revised draft Code and make a submission visit the Safe Work Australia website.

2013 Comcare Work Health and Safety Award Winners Announced
Organisations and individuals who have achieved excellence in workplace health and safety, rehabilitation and return to work were recognised and celebrated at the 2013 Comcare Work Health and Safety Awards (19 September 2013).

QLD: Mine Safety Framework Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) consultation
Outlines options to amend Queensland's mine safety and health legislation. Industry stakeholders have 60 days to lodge submissions about the issues outlined in the Queensland Mine Safety Framework Regulatory Impact Statement. The Regulatory Impact Statement and how to make a submission is available at: or (11 September 2013).

QLD: Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health annual performance reports
Under Section 73E(1) of the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999, the Commissioner is required to report annually to the Minister on the performance of the department in regulating mine safety. Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health Stewart Bell reports on his activities and the activities of the Queensland Mines Inspectorate in 2012-13. (19 September 2013).

NSW Workcover: Using cheater bars on dogs is dangerous: Safety alert
This safety alert strongly recommends that cheater bars (extension bars) not be used on over-centre load binders, or 'dogs' as they are commonly known.See the National Transport Commission's Load Restraint Guide (September 2013). More...


Nash v Eastern Star Gas Ltd [2013] NSWIRComm 75
The defendant is fined an amount of $120,000 with a moiety thereof to the prosecutor. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY - prosecution under s 8(2) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 - petroleum and coal seam gas industries - laying underground pipeline - extraction of pipe - recoil - fatality - objective seriousness - absence of risk assessment - reasonably foreseeable risk to safety - existence of simple and straightforward remedial steps - general deterrence - specific deterrence - measures introduced to minimise and eliminate risks - subjective factors - good corporate citizenship - victim impact statement - no prior conviction - plea of guilty - penalty – costs. More...



Bills revised following amendment in Committee
Heavy Vehicle (Adoption of National Law) Amendment Bill 2013

Bills passed by both Houses of Parliament
Drugs and Poisons Legislation Amendment (New Psychoactive and Other Substances) Bill 2013
Heavy Vehicle (Adoption of National Law) Amendment Bill 2013

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