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Heat stress sees formworkers hospitalised

05 April, 2019

Two Queensland formworkers were hospitalised due to heat stress during an incident in February 2019.

Linesman electrocuted to death during maintenance work

04 April, 2019

A linesman who worked for Ausgrid has been killed after suffering an electrocution during routine maintenance work in Sydney.

Charges laid after worker falls off roof, fractures spine

25 March, 2019

Two construction companies have had charges laid against them after a worker fell three metres from a roof of a Darwin primary school.

Call for bus operators to improve wheelchair safety

25 March, 2019

Public transport operators should have a responsibility to ensure wheelchair-bound passengers are safely secured, according to a Victorian Coroner.

Spinal injury sparks $150K fine for swim school

18 March, 2019

A $150,000 fine has been issued to a Ballarat-based swimming school, after a student became a quadriplegic during a diving incident.

Forklift injury leads to $100K fine for logistics company

08 March, 2019

A $100,000 fine has been issued to a logistics company after a worker was injured by a forklift.

Metal prop dropped 56 levels at construction site

05 March, 2019

A metal prop has fallen from the 56th level of a Melbourne CBD construction site, prompting warnings about the dangers that falling objects pose.

Stadium death sees govt agency fined $90K

04 March, 2019

A $90,000 fine has been issued to a WA Government agency, after a worker died by falling through a skylight in the roof of HBF Stadium.

Precast wall panel collapses at construction site

28 February, 2019

A narrow precast wall has collapsed sideways during an incident at a high-rise building construction site in Queensland.

Electrocution on rural property kills two women

26 February, 2019

Two women have died after coming into contact with an electric fence on a rural property in Queensland.

Avoid short cuts: enforcing an established safe system of work

26 February, 2019 by Joel Sheldrick, Rosena De Freitas, Megan Cramp and Lauren Haygarth*

The WA Court of Appeal has upheld a District Court decision finding an employer negligent in circumstances where it knew workers were using a 'short cut' rather than the system of work the employer had devised.

Safety fears over unsupervised electrical apprentices

15 February, 2019

Multiple instances of apprentices performing electrical work without supervision have been uncovered during flood recovery activity in North Queensland.

$60K fine for food retailer over injured worker offences

14 February, 2019

A $60,000 fine has been issued to a food retailer over seven offences it committed with regards to an injured worker.

Killed in the line of work duties: we need to fix dangerous loopholes in health and safety laws

12 February, 2019 by Diana Kelly*

Laws must change so companies can't avoid taking responsibility.

Claims of bullying on NT construction sites

06 February, 2019

The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) has alleged that CFMMEU is undermining safety on construction sites through bullying.

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