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.
Darren Kavanagh was recently appointed the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner.
He commences this role with a high level of knowledge and experience gained from more than 20 years working in occupational safety and health, in both National and State legislative jurisdictions.
A fuel service truck recently caught fire at the open cut coal Maules Creek coal mine in Boggabri, NSW, after diesel fuel from a breather assembly on top of the fuel tank flowed directly onto hot engine surfaces.
Vehicle-related hazards were responsible for 16 of the 67 fatalities in Western Australia’s mining industry, or almost one in four fatalities, according to a new Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety report which looks at all vehicle collisions reported to the department by the mini
Most organisations are finding it challenging to effectively use digital technologies to improve OHS outcomes and many examples of digital technology initiatives are not owned, driven and achieved by OHS functions, according to EY.
The past experience of organisations in hiring people with serious health conditions or disability drives a greater openness to recruiting people experiencing similar conditions in the future, according to a recent research report.