Two years after a woman was electrocuted by a submersible pump in the backyard well of a Townsville home, the importer and online seller of the pump has been fined $1.2 million for failing to meet obligations under electrical safety laws.
A Victorian shopfitting company was recently convicted and fined $300,000 after an employee died when he fell more than two metres from an unguarded mezzanine floor at a worksite at Maidstone in Melbourne’s west.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland recently issued a safety alert highlighting the risk of land-borne inflatable devices (such as a jumping castle or slide) becoming airborne if they are not adequately anchored.
WorkSafe Victoria recently issued a safety alert warning farmers and others to be aware of the potentially fatal hazards of working in and around dams, following an incident in which a farmer died during work on a dam.
How work is done will involve more humans interacting with more machines and technology, and this is going to bring both new and unexpected challenges as well as opportunities for improving work, health and safety, according to Safe Work Australia
The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) recently commenced Federal Court action against the CEPU and four of its officials over a number of incidents involving potential safety breaches at the Sydney Metro Trains Facility Site in Rouse Hill.
It may be only a matter of time before industrial manslaughter offences are introduced right around Australia, with a number of states and territories already introducing industrial manslaughter laws and a number of others looking to enact similar legislation, according to Clyde & Co.
Mindfulness is gaining traction in many disciplines, according to an expert in the area, who said that the OHS profession is also interested in the theory and practice of mindfulness to improve safety within organisations.
The Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities recently issued a national safety alert about asbestos in the insulation component of electric/battery-operated bee smokers which have been imported into Australia.