Cardboard box manufacturer Lakeside Packaging has been convicted and fined $55,000 after pleading guilty in the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court to one charge of failing to ensure persons other than employees were not exposed to risks to their health and safety.
The revised Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants (WESFAC) have made a class exemption that exempts mines and petroleum sites from complying with the new respirable crystalline silica exposure standard of 0.05 mg/m3. WESFAC has been republished by Safe Work Australia, and applies in New South Wales (NSW) under clause 5 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017.
Consider different ways of working
Check in with employees
Consider transport options
Public transport could be affected by the weather so look at different options for getting to and from work.
If possible, work at a different location that is out of the heat.
Cover up & drink water
Wear hats and light clothing that still provide sun protection.
In Victoria, two workers have been fatally injured this year due to falls, with many more workers sustaining life-changing injuries.
Working in heat can be hazardous and can cause harm to workers in both indoor and outdoor work environments.
Insurance and Care NSW (icare) is announcing which claims management providers will be available to provide claims management services for eligible large business customers under its Authorised Provider model.
From early next year, eligible businesses will have the choice to engage Allianz, GIO and QBE for workers compensation new claims management services.
A construction company has been convicted and fined $650,000 after its failure to maintain a safe working environment or provide instruction led a labourer to fall to his death. Concorp Group was found guilty of two offences under Victoria’s Occupational Health and Safety Act by a County Court jury, following its failure to warn workers about an unsafe platform or put safety measures in place to mitigate the risk of fall, according to WorkSafe Victoria. The wooden platform — situated in an open shaft on the fourth floor of a multi-level apartment complex — was being used by the 54-year-old worker when it overturned, causing him to fall 12 metres to the ground. He died onsite a short time later, WorkSafe Victoria said.
Over the coming months WorkSafe inspectors are checking construction sites to make sure fall risks are being controlled, and scaffolds are safe and fit for purpose.
With the holiday season fast approaching WorkSafe is reminding all employers, builders, site managers, contractors and workers to put safety first. We want all construction workers go home safely and enjoy this holiday season.
We're two years into our five year strategy to reduce exposure to hazardous chemicals, with formaldehyde and silica the top two focus areas.
The work so far
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