WorkSafe Victoria recently issued a safety alert about the safe use of portable patient handling ceiling hoists, after an incident in which a resident at an aged care facility was fatally injured while being moved with a portable patient handling ceiling hoist.
A spate of prosecutions in Queensland’s agriculture industry follow several fatalities, including the death of an inexperienced worker at the Toowoomba Showgrounds when he fell off a trailer towed by a tractor.
The amount organisations are spending on compliance has been consistently going up for two decades, however, the amount of extra safety they are getting in return “has not been going up at all”, according to the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University.
Recent regulatory inspections in WA have identified that workers are exposed to hazardous gas, fumes and dust from gold room exhausts discharging to walkways, accessways, air-conditioning intakes and adjacent buildings.
WA’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety recently issued a significant incident report about a working pit floor, which subsided into a backfilled stope, forming a 13-metre deep sinkhole.
An older male tourist was pulled from the water unconscious and later died at a snorkelling site in an incident which occurred late last year.
The incident occurred during a day tour with a tour operator, which had identified the male as an at-risk snorkeler.