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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia is asking Australia to get involved and help create awareness and raise the much needed funds to help in the fight against prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australia with 20,000 men diagnosed and close to 3,300 deaths each year.
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
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Starting in August, WorkSafe Victoria will be conducting a targeted blitz on hydraulic mobile cranes operating on construction sites.
On Thursday 12 September, construction, mining and energy sites around Australia will be flying the flag for suicide prevention and will be asking their mates R U OK? Flying the MATES flag shows your support and raises awareness of suicide prevention in the industry. It is a display to the broader community that the construction, mining and energy industries are actively involved in the prevention of suicide.
Together, today and every other day, we stand to stop, look around and listen to our mates to prevent suicide in the industry. To learn more and to register go to http://matesinconstruction.org.au/mates-fly-the-flag/
Recently our SafeWork SA Inspectors attended a worksite where a worker fell more than five metres through the ceiling during a roof installation process. The worker sustained a cracked rib and two broken bones in his back. The worker remains off work for several weeks whilst he recovers.
We remind all workers in the housing industry of the greater risk whilst working at heights and that suitable systems of work need to be appropriately considered to prevent falls. Whilst edge protection is commonly used on roof work, it does not prevent falls through roofing structures to levels below. Other forms of fall prevention must be considered, such as catch platforms, scaffolding and the use of safety harnesses. SafeWork Australia has a model code of practice entitled “Managing the risk of falls in housing construction” to address different methods of preventing falls and workers are encouraged to refer to this guide.
The scope of AS/NZS 1801:1997 standard specifies requirements for occupational protective helmets to protect wearers heads from falling objects in building and construction, quarrying, shipbuilding, forestry and other occupations with similar hazards. Industrial safety helmets have been designed to protect the wearer from impact and electrical hazard (up to 650 V); therefore, for the helmets to provide ongoing protection the correct care of the helmet is essential.
Drug and alcohol consumption is a major source of risk for many industries, particularly those with high rates of workplace injuries. One in 10 Australians regularly drink to the risk of harm and a similar number have consumed alcohol at work.
Drug and alcohol policies can be essential for managing this risk and often incorporate tools such as drug testing. But a well-designed policy must be based on improving workplace safety and should be crafted with input from a wide range of stakeholders, including employees, to avoid damaging workers’ trust.
If you would like more information on Drug & Alcohol Policies for your workplace, contact Mend Services today.
A worker has been seriously injured while manually demolishing the roof frame and external walls of a single-storey house. The roof and external wall frames fell after the upper wall plate — a horizontal load-bearing member that supports the roof structure — was cut, trapping the injured worker underneath, according to Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Queensland.
While investigations are continuing, WHS Queensland warned that there are several hazards associated with manual demolition work, including: structure collapse, powerlines and other services, falls, falling objects and debris, manual handling and exposure to noise, dust, asbestos and hazardous chemicals.
SafeWork NSW is encouraging businesses to remember mental health at work after a Hunter tradesman was convicted of failing to take reasonable care that his actions did not adversely affect health and safety of two young workers.
One year since the launch of Mentally Healthy Workplaces in NSW Strategy 2022, SafeWork NSW Special Services Executive Director, Andrew Gavrielatos said the $6,000 fine and order to pay costs is a reminder for workplaces to address mental health as part of their work health safety procedures.
THE DAFFODILThe daffodil is recognised internationally as the symbol of hope for all people affected by cancer. Cancer Council chose it as our emblem as it heralds the return of spring, pushing its way through the frozen earth after a long winter, representing new life, vitality and growth.
To Cancer Council, and those affected by cancer, the daffodil represents hope for a cancer free future.
The Daffodil Day Appeal is Cancer Council’s most iconic and much-loved fundraising campaign. It is a day for Australians to give hope to those affected by all cancers by donating to support a cancer free future.
This year the Daffodil Day Appeal aims to raise more than $4 million for life-saving cancer research. Raising awareness and money throughout the month of August, the Daffodil Day Appeal culminates in a public show of solidarity on Friday 23 August 2019, with volunteers collecting donations at sites across the country.
Dying to Know Day 2019 is about how, as people and communities, we can be better at knowing what to do when someone is dying, caring or grieving.
All of us can do something.:
Take the first step today. Learn about hosting an event or joining an event in your local community.
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