Mining safety - nice in theory?
The recent compromise of worker safety at a uranium mine in the Northern Territory raises questions over whether attempts to streamline the approach to mine safety will continue to remain a dream of the industry rather than a practical reality.[ + ]
Some potential hazards of welding and cutting
Welding and cutting operations present a variety of hazards, not only to those carrying out the operation but in many instances also to others in the vicinity.[ + ]
Road fatalities cost blowout
Work related road crashes cost Australian industry $400-$500 million annually with the average cost to society for each fatal crash around $1.7 million, an industry expert told a leading workplace safety.[ + ]
Biometrics solves industry problems
Far from being a far-flung futurist's fantasy, biometrics is solving some major concerns in the building and construction industries. in particular, the fingerscan which tackles problems such as: time and attendance, occupational health and safety (OH&S), shrinkage, security and staff management.[ + ]
Forklift truck safety - inaction unacceptable
Victorian President of the Safety Institute of Australia, Geoff Dell has called on all businesses to review their practices regarding the operation of forklift trucks.[ + ]
Plumber fined after carbon monoxide poisoning
An incident in which 47 people were affected by carbon monoxide fumes from a concrete cutting machine has resulted in a Chippendale plumbing firm being fined $220,000 for breaching the Occupational Health & Safety Act 1983.[ + ]
Will your safety harness kill you?
Bill Weems and Phil Bishop
Workers and emergency response personnel must be trained to recognise the risks of suspension trauma.
How safe is our food?
Between bacterial outbreaks, viral pandemics, irradiation and the continuing controversy surrounding food additives and genetic modification, it seems that the safety of what we consume regularly comes into question.[ + ]
Fine after worker's lift shaft fall
A scaffolder who was seriously injured when he fell 20 m down a lift shaft on a Sydney building site has led to construction company Bovis Lend Lease Pty Ltd being fined $175,000.[ + ]
Workcover declares amnesty for improper accreditations
WorkCover NSW Chief Executive Officer Jon Blackwell announced an amnesty for workers who hold Certificates of Competency without completing a proper knowledge or practical assessment.[ + ]
Huge fines after redfern station incident
Fines totalling $322,000 have been imposed by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission sitting in court session following an incident at Redfern Railway Station in which a worker suffered severe head injuries causing brain damage.[ + ]
Landmine-detecting plant grown
Danish researchers claim they have produced a plant that can help detect landmines by changing its colour from green to red when its roots come in contact with explosives.[ + ]
Farms get hard-headed on safety
The iconic image of the Australian bush - a horseman rounding up stock with a battered Akubra on his head - is under threat. It could disappear as farms are forced to concentrate on safety and possible legal action if farm workers are injured.[ + ]
Unsafe work systen results in fine
A Penrith metals manufacturer has been fined $195,000 by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission sitting in court session following serious injuries suffered by a worker who became trapped in a conveyor.[ + ]
Maintenance train death leads to $156,000 fine
The death of an electrician who was standing on a platform on the roof of a maintenance train at Grafton in 2001 has led to a $156,000 fine being imposed by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission sitting in Court Session.[ + ]