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Mine found guilty over disaster

17 January, 2005

The owners and operators of a Hunter Valley colliery have been found guilty of safety breaches that led to the deaths of four miners in the Gretley disaster almost eight years ago.


Saliva tests for drivers

14 January, 2005

Victorian police will start using saliva swabs to randomly test drivers for drugs. Police will test drivers for traces of cannabis and methamphetamine, known as 'speed' and used by long haul road transport drivers to stop them falling asleep at the wheel.


Asbestos workers face checks

13 December, 2004

Inspectors would make random visits to building sites to improve safety and compliance in the asbestos and demolition industry, the New South Wales Government has announced.


Reserves to protect coastline

06 December, 2004

Army Reserves will have a greater role in the defence of Australia by providing security elements for Australian Naval vessels, the Minister for Defence Robert Hill announced recently.


The hidden cost of office chairs

06 December, 2004 by Helen Thurloe & David Parker | Supplied by: Uplifting Solutions Pty Ltd

It might seem fanciful to assert that office chairs are responsible for an increasing proportion of workers' compensation claims, but recent figures show musculo-skeletal injuries are increasing in office working environments. How is this happening?


Doctors need more safety

04 September, 2004

While complacency within the medical profession was rapidly becoming an incident of the past, medical practitioners still needed help in ensuring they were subject to the same safety checks and balances as other professions, a leading heart surgeon said.


Leakage testing now mandatory

26 August, 2004

On the 20th of February, 2004, Standards Australia formally announced the release of the updated AS3760:2003. This standard covers the procedure for testing and tagging.


Unions cry foul over safety strategy

20 August, 2004

A federal target to reduce deaths at work by a fifth over 10 years has been spurned by the construction workers union as "pure rhetoric".


SRA fined for serious workplace injury

18 August, 2004

The State Rail Authority of NSW has been fined $149,500 by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission sitting in court session following the serious injury of a guard who fell from a moving train at Mortdale railway station.


Can the law make workplaces safer?

07 July, 2004 by Branko Miletic, Journalist

Can changing the law make it safer to go to work or are there still too many accidents waiting to happen? Depending who you talk to, the potential value of industrial manslaughter legislation varies from being pivotal to utterly useless


How safe is our food?

10 May, 2004

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.


Farms get hard-headed on safety

22 April, 2004

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.


Deodorant link to breast cancer

22 April, 2004

New evidence of a possible link between anti-perspirants and breast cancer has emerged.


Chimney sweep killed by 50 bee stings

22 April, 2004

A chimney sweep died from an extreme allergic reaction within minutes of suffering 40 or 50 bee stings while working at a school, the South Australian coroner found recently.


Workcover declares amnesty for improper accreditations

22 April, 2004

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.


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