Materials handling

Waste and recycling industry OHS initiative

15 December, 2009

WorkCover NSW has partnered with waste and recycling operators to help improve OHS in that industry.

Comcare to prosecute Linfox

07 December, 2009

Comcare has initiated proceedings against Linfox Australia over a forklift incident in Western Australia.

Using risk assessments to avoid manual handling injuries

04 December, 2009 by Karl Wisdon*

Workplace injuries are a serious factor that every business, manager and staff member must think about. Not only do injuries impact on workers' health but on absenteeism, loss of income and even loss of jobs.

NZ crane operators urged to review safety

01 December, 2009

New Zealand’s Department of Labour has issued an appeal to crane operators to review their health and safety practices following a court case involving a fatal accident in 2008.

Record fine in Queensland over deaths of workers

30 November, 2009

Queensland Rail was recently fined $650,000 over the deaths of two workers in 2007.

Fines over dangerous work practices

26 November, 2009

Two South Australian companies have been fined, around $30,000 each, over failures in their safety systems that resulted in serious injuries to workers.

Lift cushions and airbags

12 November, 2009 | Supplied by: Air Springs Supply Pty Ltd

The Pronal Group offers stock and custom-fabricated lifting cushions powerful enough to lift and split rock and heavy plant. The cushions range from ultra-thin bags (20 mm thick deflated) that can lift more than 65 tonnes each, to powerful spreading cushions that can exert hundreds of tonnes of force to part plant and machinery components or lift rocks.

Impact-absorbing guard rail

12 November, 2009 | Supplied by: Barrier Group

The Shock Absorbing Guard Rail (SAGR) is designed for use in car parks, warehouses and logistic centres, providing shock/impact-absorbing protection against moving vehicles.

Ride-on sweeper

04 November, 2009 | Supplied by:

The Tennant S20 compact mid-size Rider Sweeper improves air quality and optimises cleaning with the SweepMax three-stage dust control system.

Court penalty highlights forklift dangers

20 October, 2009

A South Australian company was fined, over an incident in 2007, where a worker was injured while working beneath a forklift.

Forklift management system

19 October, 2009 | Supplied by: Warehouse Safety Solutions

The Driver ID driver management system has been upgraded to include impact sensing - a feature that was missing in the previous model. The software has also been reworked to make the system more user friendly.

Vehicles that ‘talk’ safety

02 October, 2009

Traffic safety is a top priority in many countries around the world. By getting vehicles to communicate with one another and using infrastructure in what is known as ‘cooperative systems’, it is possible to considerably increase safety levels.

Tow devices

23 September, 2009 | Supplied by: Warequip

The Zallys tow devices include a range of tow motors and battery electric vehicles for use in materials handling tasks in the industrial, commercial and agricultural sectors.

Conveyors for bulk materials

23 September, 2009 | Supplied by: Compressed Air Australia Pty Ltd

The Exair Heavy Duty Threaded Line Vac Conveyors convert ordinary pipe into a conveying system for bulk materials including steel shot, metal parts, scrap and trim. Applications include transferring bulk materials and parts, hopper loading, waste/trim removal, fibre tensioning, chip removal and filling operations.

Dry break fluid transfer system

21 September, 2009 | Supplied by:

The TODO-MATIC Dry Break system, which is said to offer vastly improved safety and advanced fluid handling solutions for a wide range of industries and applications, is available through TODO's new Australian distributor, Integrated Transfer Solutions.

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