Australia: Work, Health & Safety - What's News - 13 May 2014

Last Updated: 16 May 2014

In the media

CME says mine safety report underlines need to address worker fatigue
The Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) says a report on mine safety highlights the importance of continually learning from past mistakes (07 May 2014). More...

Fears asbestos risks will increase with abolition of safety body
One of Australia's leading advisors in asbestos law fears management of the deadly fibres will decrease and victims increase following recommendations to the Abbott Government. The Commission of Audit last week recommended the abolition of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council among 42 bodies earmarked for the chop (05 May 2014). More...

Quadbike crush device wins Agfest safety award
The "Best New Safety Product or Innovation" award at Agfest has been awarded to a New Zealand quad bike safety device. The Lifeguard ATV rollover protection is a flexible, segmented arc that absorbs the impact of a quad bike roll over (02 May 2014). More...

Farming fatalities spark safety call
WorkCover NSW is appealing to the farming and agriculture industry to make safety a priority after three fatalities in a recent two week period during 20 March – 2 April. According to WorkCover NSW figures, there have been an additional six notifiable fatalities in the NSW farming and agriculture industry for the 2013-14 period (02 May 2014). More...

Safety audit underway at university construction site
Unions representing workers at a construction site at the University of Newcastle say a safety audit is underway after a serious accident on Monday (01 May 2014). More...

Workplace deaths: Danger remains as SA loophole unlikely to be plugged
The South Australian Government says it is unlikely it can fix a loophole which lets insurers pay penalties imposed on unsafe workplaces (29 April 2014). More...

CSIRO plans anti-bully unit after probe
Government science agency the CSIRO is setting up an internal bully-busting unit amid the fallout from the accusations of toxic workplaces. After the second phase of an investigation into the CSIRO's workplaces in Australia, only two managers are being recommended for code-of-conduct investigations, after 110 complaints of bad behaviour were probed (29 April 2014). More...

Fewer deaths at WA mines but safety improvements needed: report
The number of deaths at West Australian mines over the past 13 years has dropped, according to the Department of Mines and Petroleum, however, the department recommended that mines improve their safety procedures and allow for more regular breaks during a 12-hour shift (29 April 2014). More...

Victorian injury rate hits record low
The Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA) says the state's injury rate fell to a record low in the six months to the end of last year, while the body's profit grew on investment returns and improved economic conditions. The average injury insurance premium was 1.298% of wages in the half, compared with 1.45% in Queensland and 1.68% in NSW, according to the VWA (28 April 2014). More...

CFMEU workers most likely to be seriously injured or killed at work
A worker is seriously injured or dies every six minutes in the construction, mining and forestry sectors, a rate that is 50 per cent higher than for all other industries combined. A new safety campaign has now been launched called "Stand up. Speak out. Come Home", by the CFMEU (28 April 2014). More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Fatal accidents in the Western Australian mining industry 2000-2012: What lessons can we learn
Published by Department of Mines and Petroleum on 29 April 2014, the report found the number of work-related deaths fell from seven in 2000 to none in 2012, the first fatality-free year in more than a century of records. More...

Safework Australia: Model Code of Practice - Confined Spaces
Published on 28 April 2014, this model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance practical guidance on how to meet the requirements under the WHS Act and Regulations applying in a jurisdiction in relation to work carried out in a confined space. More...

DEIRQ: eSafe April 2014 edition
Latest edition of eNEWS - a free email subscription service keeping you informed on a range of topics and health and safety issues that affect workplaces in Queensland. Sign-up to receive regular newsletters and updates delivered to your inbox (29 April 2014). More...

In practice and courts

New safety Standards

AS/NZS 1906.4:2010/Amdt 1:2014
Retroreflective materials and devices for road traffic control purposes - High-visibility materials for safety garments.

DR 101493 CP
Personal eye protection - Part 0: Eye and face protection - Vocabulary (ISO 4007:2012, MOD).

DR 14901 CP
Amendment 2 to AS/NZS 60335.1:2011 - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 1: General requirements.

DR 101261
Occupational diving operations - Part 1:Standard operational practice.

FWA: Forms, privacy, anti-bullying, General protections
The Fair Work Commission published several amended approved forms. The changes to the forms are as follows: Forms F72, F73 and F74, which deal with anti-bullying orders, have been amended to incorporate feedback received following their implementation (01 May 2014). More... More...

Comcare National Conference 2014
The 2014 Comcare National Conference returns to Melbourne from 9–11 September 2014 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Visit the 2014 Comcare National Conference website to register your interest to attend or be involved as a sponsor/exhibitor.

Quad bike fatalities
As of 28 April 2014, six people have been killed this year in quad bike related incidents. Three of these deaths were the result of a roll over. There were 21 quad bike related fatalities in 2013, 19 in 2012 and 20 fatalities in 2011. More...

Winners announced at the 9th annual Safe Work Australia Awards
On the 28 April, 37 finalists from across Australia were honoured at the 9th annual Safe Work Australia Awards at Old Parliament House in Canberra. More...


McGlashan v QBE Insurance (Australia) Ltd (No 2) [2014] NSWSC 486
TORTS - negligence - duty of care - workplace injury - duty of principal to independent contractor - whether duty to control system of work of independent contractor - whether principal owed duty to provide the necessary manpower to contractor for compliance with usual industry practice. More...

Millard v RI-CO (2004) Pty Ltd (In liq) [2014] QSC 079
EMPLOYMENT LAW – LIABILITY AT COMMON LAW FOR INJURY AT WORK – INJURY OCCURRING IN THE COURSE OF EMPLOYMENT – whether the plaintiff was in the course of his employment when he crashed a Franna crane hired by his employer into an embankment on a public road – whether the defendant company had a duty to warn the plaintiff of the dangers of driving a Franna crane on a single-lane public road. More...

Munro v State of Queensland (No.2) [2014] QDC 098
EMPLOYMENT LAW – Injury to employee – liability of employer – statutory restrictions on costs of proceeding – interpretation. COSTS – Offers to settle – statutory restrictions on costs of proceeding – interpretation – some costs payable. More...

Workcover Victoria prosecution summaries April –May 2014
M.B.A.Nominees Pty. Ltd. (ACN 005 855 863)
Carl Weigand
Ironman Roofing Pty Ltd (ACN: 107 698 537)
Toga Nominees Pty Ltd (ACN: 005 055 210)



Public Safety Business Agency Bill 2014
Introduced by: J M Dempsey MP on 6/03/2014. Stage reached: Report from Committee on 29/04/2014. PASSED with amendment on 6/05/2014. More...

Subordinate legislation as made
No 55 Security Providers and Another Regulation Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2014 – 09 May 2014.

Security Providers Act 1993; State Penalties Enforcement Act 1999.

New South Wales

Regulations and other miscellaneous instruments

Intoxicated Persons (Sobering Up Centres Trial) Amendment (Sydney City Catchment Area) Regulation 2014 (2014-240) — published LW 2 May 2014.


Statutory Rules

No. 23: Road Safety (Vehicles) Amendment (Heavy Vehicle National Law) Regulations 2014
Date of Making: 29/04/2014 Commencement: 29/04/2014 Not yet in operation: N/A.
Sunset Date: 29/04/2024.

No. 27: Road Safety (Drivers) Amendment (Variation of Driver Licence and Learner Permit) Regulations 2014
Date of Making: 6/05/2014 Commencement: 06/05/2014: reg. 3 Not yet in operation: N/A.
Sunset Date: 06/05/2024.

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