Australia: Work Health & Safety News – 27 June 2018

Last Updated: 29 June 2018
Article by Charles Power, Benjamin Marshall, Stephen Trew, Michael Selinger and Rachel Drew

Most Read Contributor in Australia, October 2018

In the media

Delivering For Victoria's vulnerable workers
Under the scheme, providers of labour hire services will be required to hold a licence and hosts will be required to only use licensed providers. To obtain a licence, providers will be required to pass "a fit and proper person test" and show compliance with workplace laws, labour hire laws, and minimum accommodation standards (19 June 2018). More...

Falls the focus of Cross Border safety program in NSW
The safety regulators will be taking part in the Cross Border Construction Program, which will see inspectors come together to visit local building sites on both sides of the border to reduce the risk of workers being injured in falls (19 June 2018). More...

Update on the demolition of the Anglesea Power Station
WorkSafe is working with Alcoa, contractors and technical advisors on plans to complete the demolition of the Anglesea Power Station. As Victoria's occupational health and safety regulator, WorkSafe is ensuring the demolition work complies with safety laws and regulations (18 June 2018). More...

Union warns on demolition
CFMEU Victorian District Mining and Energy Division organiser Duncan MacGregor expressed safety fears for nearby residents and workers if the demolition of Morwell Power Station was to go ahead (18 June 2018). More...

NSW businesses make Safety Promise
More than 100 NSW businesses have pledged to provide a healthy and safe workplace through SafeWork NSW's innovative Safety Promise program. Every Safety Promise is published online here (18 June 2018). More...

Toowoomba transport company fined $60,000 for depot disaster
A Darling Downs transport company was recently fined $60,000 in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Head of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Dr Simon Blackwood said the incident may have been prevented if the company had set aside an exclusion zone and implemented its safe work method statement (18 June 2018). More...

'Work live' and risk your life
Electrical businesses, contractors and workers are being warned about the dangers of working on live switchboards or circuits, as WorkSafe inspectors crack down on electrical risks. Energy Safe Victoria Director of Energy Safety Paul Fearon has urged all contractors and supervisors to understand their obligations concerning electrical workers, especially apprentice, working live (14 June 2018). More...

Worker impaled by starter bar
In February 2018, a worker was impaled by a starter bar after falling into a 1.8m deep excavation at a construction site. This incident highlights the falls risks associated with excavation and trench work. Since 2012 there have been 358 accepted workers' compensation claims for injuries caused by pits and trenches, mainly in the construction industry (13 June 2018). More...

Two workers burnt in chemical explosion
In May 2018, two workers were seriously injured in a fire, possibly caused by an explosion, while combining chemicals in a four bay metal garage. Both required hospital treatment for serious burns. Since 2012, there have been 169 accepted workers' compensation claims for incidents involving flammable liquids or gas. Of these, 14 involved fuel igniting or exploding (12 June 2018). More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Safe Work Australia Fatality statistics
As of 1 June 2018, there had been 58 fatalities reported to Safe Work Australia - this is three more than the update on 25 May - three in one week. These fatalities were: one each in Transport, postal and warehousing; manufacturing; and mining. The numbers and industries may vary from one report to the next, as Safe Work receives more detailed information. More...

In practice and courts


SafeWork NSW: Exposure of workers to hydrogen sulphide gas - Safety Alert 12/06/2018
This safety alert is for NSW workplaces which may use, generate, store or handle hydrogen sulphide (H2S) gas. It will help them to identify sources of potential exposure and manage risks to health and safety. More...

SafeWork NSW: Fire hazards & containment netting - Safety Alert 21/06/2018
This safety alert reminds people of the fire hazards associated with containment netting or equivalent used in the construction industry, and the measures that should be implemented to control the associated risks. More...


Electrical Safety Office: New eligibility requirements for electrical contractor licences
From 1 July, new requirements commence for Queensland electrical contractor licences, including additional training for qualified technical persons (QTP) and qualified business persons (QBP). Transitional provisions for exceptional circumstances will be in place until 31 December (19 June 2018). More...

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland: Sign collapse
The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risk of collapse of self-supporting signs, and to raise awareness of the need to properly design, maintain and inspect sign structures. If an inspection uncovers defects with the sign and/or its supporting structure, obtain written advice of a suitably qualified Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (19 June 2018). More...

Queensland industrial manslaughter laws – countdown to 1 July
The Queensland Parliament introduced industrial manslaughter provisions into the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, Electrical Safety Act 2002, and Safety in Recreational Water Activities Act 2011 in October 2017. The new offence captures a person conducting a business or undertaking, or a senior officer, who is found to have negligently caused the death of a worker in Queensland. More...

WorkCover Queensland maintains $1.20 average premium rate for 2018-19


Worksafe Victoria Prosecution Result Summaries & Enforceable Undertakings

The Crown in the Right of the State of Victoria (Department of Health and Human Services) 18/06/2018
Failure to provide information, instruction, training or supervision Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 21(1)&(2)(e) ; Melbourne County.



Heavy Vehicle National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
Introduced by: Hon M Bailey MP on 15/02/2018
Stage reached: Passed with amendment on 13/06/2018
Assent Date: 18/06/2018 Act No: 10 Commences: see Act for details.


Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017
Passed the Victorian Legislative Council 19 June 2018.

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