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

Last Updated: 24 December 2013
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In the media

Tanker safety not acceptable: NSW govt
The NSW Transport Minister has denied threatening to ground the entire fleet of Cootes fuel trucks in the state. Since the company involvement in a fatal Sydney smash earlier this year, NSW authorities have issued hundreds of defect notices and grounded at least 10 vehicles (13 December 2013). More...

Inquiry into deaths in Tasmania to focus on safety harnesses
Investigations into yesterday's double fatality at Mount Lyell mine on Tasmania's west coast are expected to focus on whether the workers were wearing safety harnesses (11 December 2013). More...

Injuries at work cost $60 billion a year
Workplace injuries cost the Australian economy more than $60 billion a year, research by workplace healthcare provider Konekt shows. The study shows three times as many referrals for non-compensation cases than for workers' compensation cases (09 December 2013). More...

Plasterboard company fined $40,000 over serious injury to worker
BGC (Australia) pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee and was fined (04 December 2013). More...

First Industrial Court Magistrate – ACT
The Attorney-General confirms that Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker has been appointed the

Territory's inaugural Industrial Court Magistrate, responsible for hearing and deciding all industrial and work health and safety matters. Mr Corbell said this is part of a crackdown on workplace issues after the release of a damning report into safety in Canberra's construction sector (November 2013). More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Report
Author: Safe Work Australia
Of the 11 fatalities, 3 each were the result of Crushing and a Fall from a height and 2 each involved a Vehicle incident– public road crash and being Hit by a falling object. An Electrocution resulted in 1 fatality (12 December 2013). More...

Draft model Code of Practice – Tree Trimming and Removal Work – Crane Access Method
Author: Safe Work Australia
This Code provides practical guidance on how to manage health and safety risks when accessing trees by crane to carry out tree trimming and removal work (04 December 2013). More...

Draft model Code of Practice – Safe Design, Manufacture, Import and Supply of Plant
Author: Safe Work Australia
This Code provides practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to eliminate or minimise health and safety risks when designing, manufacturing, importing or supplying plant that is used, or could reasonably be expected to be used at a workplace. The design of plant includes redesign and modification of plant (04 December 2013). More...

In practice and courts

Call for public comment for the Review of the Road Safety Remuneration System
The Australian Government is inviting interested persons to make a written submission to the Review of the Road Safety Remuneration System. The closing date for submissions into the review is Wednesday, 15 January 2014. More information about the public consultation process and how to make a submission is available (09 December 2013). More...

Safe Work Australia review: Issues in the Measurement and Reporting of Work Health and Safety Performance
This paper is one of a series of research papers that will inform a broader three staged policy development project taking place over the next three years, to develop a standardised set of indicators businesses can use in annual reports as well as guidelines for the development of lead and lag indicators relevant to the size and nature of the business (04 December 2013). More...

QLD: WHSQ December alert: Devices for latching open fuel dispensing nozzle at a service station
WHSQ has become aware of a device being marketed to actively latch open a fuel nozzle. The product can be inserted into the nozzle handle during fuel filling operations to bypass the 'dead man's handle' element of the bowser operation. Latching open a fuel nozzle with any device is unsafe and illegal (05 December 2013). More...

VIC: WorkSafe Safety Soapbox Since the last edition (November 19), there have been 65 incidents serious enough to be reported to WorkSafe Victoria from the construction, utility, quarrying and mining industries, including 19 lacerations, nine fractures and seven electric shocks.The list can be downloaded from the Safety Soapbox for more information (December 2013).




No 276: Electrical Safety (Codes of Practice) Notice 2013 – 06 December 2013 Electrical Safety Act 2002 - notice commences on 1 January 2014 – amendments for Codes of practice

Repealed codes of practice and Dictionary.


Statutory Rules made

No. 158: Gas Safety (Gas Quality) Amendment Regulations 2013
Date of Making: 10/12/2013 Commencement: 15/12/2013: reg. 3. Not yet in operation: Regs 1-5: on 15/12/2013: reg. 3 Sunset Date: 10/12/2023. The objective of these Regulations is to amend the Gas Safety (Gas Quality) Regulations 2007 to—

  1. prescribe the standard of quality for the supply or sale of natural gas to all customers, regardless of whether the supply or sale is through a distribution pipeline or by other means; and
  2. provide that the odour requirements for gas do not apply to LP Gas or liquefied natural gas used or intended to be used for automotive purposes.

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