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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.

WA program tackles community healthcare violence

31 January, 2019

An inspection program aimed at redressing violence and aggression in community health care is being implemented by WorkSafe WA.

Fishing vessel death sparks safety program

31 January, 2019

A new program has been developed to improve safety in the fishing industry, following the death of Ryan Donoghue on a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

More focus needed on road injuries, not just deaths

21 January, 2019

Focusing only on road deaths, while skating over injuries, fosters complacency around driver safety, according to the Australasian College of Road Safety.

Electrocution on roof kills young worker

18 January, 2019

A 19-year-old worker has been killed after he was electrocuted on the roof of a Melbourne home.

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