Australia: Work Health & Safety - What's News - 27 May 2015

Last Updated: 2 June 2015
Article by Charles Power, Stephen Trew and Michael Selinger

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In the media

EB Games district manager accused of bullying employees
The four men have signed statutory declarations alleging sexual harassment, racial discrimination, bullying and intimidation at the Dapto and Figtree stores between October 2013 and February this year (20 May 2015). More...

ACT CFMEU officials seeking legal advice over bullying by police claims The ACT branch of the CFMEU construction union has sought legal advice claiming their officials are being bullied and intimidated by Australian Federal Police officers. CFMEU ACT secretary Dean Hall said CFMEU officials were investigating serious safety breaches at the Turner site (18 May 2015). More...

Safety alert after Lake Macquarie miner suffers burns from electric shock
Mine operators urged to review their risk assessments after an electrician suffered an electric shock at a Lake Macquarie mine. New South Wales Trade and Investment has issued a safety alert in response to the incident (19 May 2015). More...

Border inspections targeting unsafe construction work
Builders across the Albury and Wodonga region are being urged to review safety on construction sites ahead of planned WorkSafe and WorkSafe Victoria inspections in June (18 May 2015). More...

Workers exposed to cancer-causing agents deserve compensation
Unlike workplace accidents, where injuries can be relatively quickly assessed and compensation awarded, it can take years or many decades before work-related cancers are diagnosed (18 May 2015). More...

Construction duo to spend $570,000 on industry education
Two companies working in the construction sector have each entered into an enforceable undertaking to spend a total of $570,000 on industry-wide education material and training programs. WorkSafe issued charges against both companies as result of the incidents in 2013 (11 May 2015). More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Safe Work Australia: February 2015 Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Report now available
There were 19 work-related notifiable fatalities during February 2015 — 14 male workers, 3 female bystanders and 2 male bystanders. Of these fatalities, 2 workers and 4 bystanders died as a result of incidents on public roads (15 May 2015). More...

In practice and courts

Productivity Commission Issue Paper: Public Safety Mobile Broadband
This issues paper was released on 20 April 2015 and is intended to assist you in preparing a submission to the Commission. It covers a range of issues on which the Commission seeks information and feedback. Initial submissions are due 25 May 2015. More...

FWC: Anti-bullying benchbook 2015
The benchbook contains plain English summaries of the key principles of anti-bullying case law and how these have been applied in Commission decisions (21 May 2015). More...

NSW Workcover: Scaffolding collapse - Safety Alert
This safety alert highlights the potential risks of a scaffold collapsing and provides information about preventing it from happening (15 May 2015). More...

VIC Workcover: Border inspections targeting unsafe construction work
Builders across the Albury and Wodonga region are being urged to review safety on construction sites ahead of planned WorkSafe and WorkCover inspections in June (18 May 2015). More...

VIC: WorkSafe Safety Soapbox –13 May 2015
The bulletin includes Get proactive about mental health; safety items from Victoria and other States; list of latest Reported Incidents. More...

VIC: WorkSafe SI Informer Newsletter

WorkSafe Victoria NAT Auditors Reference Group - April meeting; Consultation on revised key criteria for regulatory OHSMS audits; New WorkSafe Guidance for Work Related Violence (15 May 2015). More...

Worksafe QLD: Comment sought on draft National Guidelines for Ramps and Forcing Yards
The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) invites public comment on the draft 'Guide for Safe Design of Livestock Loading Ramps and Forcing Yards' (15 May 2015). More...

QLD Mine safety alert No 317
Dust sampling pumps used in underground coal mines (13 May 2015). More...

kNOw Cancer Risks at Work Forum, 18 May 2015
The national forum will be highlighting prevention and elimination of occupational cancer risks in Australia, and is open to occupational health and safety professionals, industry representatives and unions, researchers, public health professionals and anyone with an interest in occupational cancers. More...


Comcare v Transpacific Industries Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 500
INDUSTRIAL LAW – admitted contraventions of ss 16 and 17 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 (Cth) – form of declarations – whether respondent liable to more than one pecuniary penalty – whether conduct "same conduct" pursuant to Sch 2 cl 7 of the Act – quantity of civil pecuniary penalty – particular circumstances – seriousness of breach – deterrence – mitigating factors. Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (Cth). More...

Kinross Farm Services Pty Ltd VIC 133 380 819 11/05/2015
Guarding; Failure to provide and maintain plant; Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. 21(1)&(2)(a); Magistrates' Court- pleaded guilty to one charge pursuant to section 21(1) & 21(2)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 in that it failed, so far as was reasonably practicable to provide and maintain plant that was safe and without risks to health. Melbourne Magistrates' Court fined KFS $15,000.00, without conviction, and ordered it to pay costs in the amount of $3,895.00. More...

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