NSW farmers were recently warned against the practice of operating vehicles without a driver while feeding stock, following an incident in which a farm worker sustained crush injuries while hand-feeding stock from the back of a moving truck which had no driver controlling the vehicle.
Following changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) late last year, there is some confusion as well as a number of common misunderstandings within the transport industry about certain OHS-related changes, according to a specialist OHS lawyer.
SafeWork SA recently issued a safety alert reminding employers to take measures to manage the risks associated with heat stress and solar UV radiation as South Australia’s summer takes hold with hot weather forecasts the next two days.
NSW Quarry Services was recently fined $30,000 by the NSW Local Court and ordered to pay legal costs of $25,000 for failing to report two dangerous roll-over incidents to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s Resources Regulator.
An Ocean Grove building company in Victoria has been fined $52,500 without conviction for safety breaches that exposed workers, including three apprentices, to the risk of serious injury from falls from height.
A 12-month safety blitz to reduce falls from heights in the construction industry was recently launched by SafeWork NSW, with inspectors visiting 1000 sites after nine workers died in 2017 and many more were injured in an alarming spike in the number of reported falls from heights.
Queensland’s Rockhampton Magistrates Court recently fined a company $80,000 after it was found that inadequate supervision and training for a young inexperienced labourer led to an incident in which a trenching machine amputated his hand.
Employers need to understand their legal obligations to educate workers about appropriate office behaviour and ensure that robust procedures for managing harassment claims are used, according to Sam McIvor, an employment and safety partner at Mullins, a WorkCover Queensland panel law firm.
The High Court of Australia recently refused to grant special leave to the CFMMEU to appeal against a Full Federal Court decision to impose $306,000 in fines for the illegal conduct of its former Queensland President, Dave Hanna.