Christmas lights which do not meet Australian Standards pose a safety risk, according to Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office, which recently issued a warning to people about buying lights which are non-compliant – even though they may be more expensive.
SafeWork NSW has launched a year-long blitz crackdown on unsafe construction businesses, after the number of falls from heights reported to the regulator had more than tripled in the last five years – with the majority happening on construction sites.
A common series of problems with safe work method statements (SWMS) affect both their usefulness and effectiveness, according to a recent report, which found that SWMS and plans are not “fit for purpose” and often not taken seriously because of these problems.
SafeWork SA recently issued a safety alert about portable field bin lifting mechanism kickbacks following incidents in which workers have sustained serious injuries during the process of manually raising or lowering portable field bins on farms.
Charges have been laid against Oil Tech International and company director Michael Joseph Reid in relation to the death of worker Matthew Adam O’Brien at a waste recycling facility in Yatala, Queensland on 5 November 2015.