Fire

Contractors appointed to clean up site of chemical fire

26 June, 2020

WorkSafe Victoria has appointed Enviropacific Services, Corsec Services and Prensa to oversee clean-up following a chemical fire at Tottenham, Victoria.


Queensland fights fire using virtual reality training

05 June, 2020

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is combating the fight against fire using augmented and virtual reality training programs that help train firefighters.


Power station charged $1.56m over devastating 2014 fire

21 May, 2020

The operator of Hazelwood Power Corporation has been fined $1.56 million, after a bushfire spread to its coalmine and burned for 45 days.


Latest threat in the combustible cladding crisis

18 March, 2020 by Mark Waller, Chris Erfurt and Tara Mulroy* | Supplied by: Clayton Utz

Australia's combustible cladding crisis continues with Biowood not compliant with the Building Code of Australia in multi-storey residential properties.


Building standard safeguards against future bushfires

28 February, 2020

The Australian Government and Standards Australia will jointly fund access for all Australians to AS 3959:2018 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas until 30 June 2021.


Tired firefighters feeling the (back) strain

28 January, 2020

As Australia's firefighters are pushed to their limits, new research suggests their lower back pain can impact on the severity of insomnia they face.


Managing bushfire smoke health risks when working outdoors

27 January, 2020

Bushfires burning across Victoria have led to increasing smoke levels, which can adversely impact those exposed to particles in bushfire smoke.


Five-year high for NSW mobile plant fires

22 January, 2020

There were 141 instances of mobile plant fires in NSW in 2019, and "a significant rise" in underground fires, according to a new report.


Hazards lurk in the wake of fire

14 January, 2020

Those affected by the bushfires are being advised to remain vigilant, even after the fires have passed and assessment, clean-up and recovery work is undertaken.


Looking after employee needs when disaster strikes

20 November, 2019 by Aaron Goonrey, Kaitlyn Gulle and Cameron Hannebery* | Supplied by: Lander & Rogers

Current NSW and Qld fires are a reminder for employers to review crisis responses. Lawyers Aaron Goonrey, Kaitlyn Gulle and Cameron Hannebery offer guidance.


Cygnus Wireless Alarm System

06 November, 2019 | Supplied by: Checkpoint Fire Safety Products

The Cygnus Wireless Alarm System is a modular system that can be used for site evacuation, first aid alerts and fire detection.


Combustible cladding crisis: state governments' response

16 October, 2019 by Kingsley Grimshaw* | Supplied by: Barry.Nilsson.

Australia's state governments are grappling with updated combustible cladding regulations. Lawyer Kingsley Grimshaw outlines the response.


'Multi-sensory virtual environments' offer safety benefits

04 October, 2019 | Supplied by: University of Nottingham

New research out of the UK suggests that virtual reality technology combined with multi-sensory stimulation has the potential to improve safety training.


Innovations for fire risk reduction in mining

02 October, 2019 by Jason Andrews-Reid* | Supplied by: Elastomers Australia

Jason Andrews-Reid, OH&S Manager at Elastomers Australia, outlines a few industry innovations aimed at reducing fire risk in mining.


Evacuate immediately: construction workers "risking their lives"

16 September, 2019 | Supplied by: Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

New UK research finds that high-rise construction site workers are "risking their lives" by not responding immediately to evacuation alarms.


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