Inspectors targeting working at height

06 March, 2008

WorkSafe Victoria’s February crackdown on dangerous work at height on housing and small to medium construction sites will continue through to the end of March.

New fall protection standards

22 January, 2008 by Lyn Watts, Sperian

The updated Australian and New Zealand Standard for the manufacture of fall protection harnesses and lanyards, AS/NZS 1891 Part 1, was released late 2007

Safety inspections necessary after Christmas shutdown

17 January, 2008

WorkSafe Victoria has called on the building industry to lay the foundations for a safe year as most of the state’s building sites opened for business this week.

Handrail seesaw

19 December, 2007 | Supplied by: http://www.ingaleps.com.au

The newest product available from INGAL EPS is the Handrail Seesaw.

Adjustable feet for stepladders

18 December, 2007 | Supplied by: Fluidminds Pty Ltd

Branach has introduced a levelling system to allow users to individually adjust the legs on their step platform ladders, to make them more stable on uneven surfaces.

Construction firm convicted for failing simple safety steps

05 December, 2007

A County Court judge has convicted a major civil engineering company for the death of a worker, because it failed to take positive steps to ensure their safety at work.

West Warrnambool safer after week-long Safe Towns campaign

28 November, 2007

West Warrnambool businesses have proved themselves among the state’s safest during the Safe Towns campaign, but two people were found working in a way that could have resulted in death or spinal injury.

Accredited high-rise anchor points

26 November, 2007

The National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) now provides an inspection accreditation program focusing on safety for maintenance workers who work on high-rise buildings.

FS80 LiftPod work platform

21 November, 2007 | Supplied by: JLG Australia Pty Ltd

The FS80 LiftPod is a practical alternative to the ladder. It is lightweight and mobile enough to be transported by one person on the back of a typical utility vehicle.

Prepare for new construction regulations

30 October, 2007

New regulations for the construction industry will come into effect in early 2008, as part of a national initiative for consistent construction laws across Australia.

Hydration at height

19 October, 2007 | Supplied by: SpanSet Australia Ltd

SpanSet has an agreement with the hydration experts in Australia to incorporate the CamelBak reservoirs into harnesses and miners belts.

Edge protection system

21 September, 2007 | Supplied by: Solid Dynamics

To speed up installation and reduce labour costs, Kee Klamp has developed a new rail fitting as a standard component of its KeeGuard roof edge protection system. The fitting allows the system's horizontal guardrail to be placed in the saddle of the open fitting, rather than through it before being secured with a grub screw in the normal fashion.

Corrosion-resistant safety step platform

20 August, 2007 | Supplied by: Fluidminds Pty Ltd

Branach has released a corrosion-resistant version of its safety step platform.

Falls from heights a deadly issue

05 July, 2007

ACT WorkCover stated that Coroner, Maria Doogan found the 2004 death of a worker on an ACT construction site was due to the employer’s failure to provide fall protection.

Government report on workplace fatalities

03 July, 2007

The ‘Notified Fatalities Collection’, initiated by the federal government’s Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC), obtains records of Australian work-related fatalities for both employees and self-employed workers.

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