WorkSafe WA recently issued a safety alert about the serious health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in the stone benchtop manufacturing, finishing and installation industries.
South32 Worsley Alumina (formerly known as BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina) was recently fined $65,000 in the Collie Magistrates Court after exposing an electrician, working on a lift at the Worsley Refinery, to hazards in 2014.
The Queensland Government recently increased maximum penalties for court-based prosecutions of up to $3.9 million for mining corporations and $783,300 or 3 years imprisonment for individuals for breaches of safety and health obligations.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland recently urged workplaces to take extra care this year when preparing for work in heat, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting above average daytime temperatures in the months ahead.
Construction companies operating in built-up areas were recently warned not to put workers or members of the public at risk following two serious incidents where heavy machinery has struck suburban houses, according to WorkSafe Victoria.
OHS professionals would benefit from “reflective practice” to assist with continuous improvement as well as taking a more considered approach to improving professional development outcomes, according to an expert in the area.
Companies and their workers should stay focused on safety in the lead-up to the festive season, according to WorkSafe WA Commissioner Ian Munns, who said both employers and workers needed to pay particular attention to staying safe before and after Christmas.
Darwin-based manufacturing and building company Northern Transportables has committed to spend more than $200,000 to improve asbestos awareness and safety in the Northern Territory after being charged with illegal asbestos removal.
A regional employment services provider in Queensland has been fined $90,000 after a 2016 incident at the Toowoomba Showgrounds in which a worker died after falling from the back of a flat-bed trailer towed by a tractor.