Materials handling

Bricklaying and masonry safety campaign

10 March, 2009

A new safety campaign has been established by WorkSafe Victoria to help reduce the number of bricklaying injuries on construction sites.

Comcare instigates OHS legal proceedings

02 March, 2009

Comcare commenced legal proceedings against an Adelaide company for failing to take steps to protect the health and safety of its employees and contractors.

Lifting bins and common sense: if it's too heavy, leave it

26 February, 2009 by Andrew Douglas*

A court ruling against a worker's civil claims against his employer after suffering a workplace injury highlights the importance of the need for employers to ensure employees have the requisite training on working safely.

Industrial health survey

23 February, 2009

A recent Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner survey reveals that diseases caused by slips, trips and falls is the number one health issue for building and construction companies, followed by the effects of alcohol and other drugs.

$30K fine after worker run over by loader

19 February, 2009

Employers are being urged to check that they have traffic control systems in place to keep workers safe from moving vehicles, after the issue was highlighted last Friday in a ruling at the SA Industrial Relations Court.

Builder fined over structural collapse

18 February, 2009

A builder has been fined $20,000 for breaches to the SA OHS Act for injuries sustained by workers on an Adelaide construction site.

WorkSafe and VECCI team up to benefit small business

16 February, 2009

WorkSafe Victoria and VECCI have collectively developed a program to help small businesses keep their workplaces safe.

Gillard's new report: the blueprint for national OHS harmonisation?

16 February, 2009

The recent Workplace Relations Minister’s Council (WRMC) meeting indicates that progress towards the harmonisation of Australia’s OHS laws is being made.

Safety alert highlights need for better cyclone response planning

12 February, 2009

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority warned offshore facilities to have their Cyclone Response Procedures in place following a near catastrophe when a construction vessel was hit by a cyclone recently.

Contracting out of OHS obligations

09 February, 2009 by Andrew Douglas*

Recent court rulings highlight the importance of employers' responsibilities to implement OHS procedures and not just rely on their contractors' safety procedures.

Unions must 'up the ante' on safety, says professor

09 February, 2009

Following a five-year research program into Australia’s OHS inspectorates, a professor is calling on unions to exercise greater influence in the pursuit of better workplace safety.

Many injured workers believe their employer hinders their recovery

06 February, 2009

A report prepared for The Heads of Workers’ Compensation Authorities shows that many injured workers in Australia and New Zealand believe their management don't do enough to get them back to work.

WorkSafe cracks down on construction

05 February, 2009

WorkSafe Victoria has commenced a concentrated inspection program on Victoria’s building sites to help eliminate the high incidence of easily preventable injuries.

US study looks at behavioural approach to workplace safety

28 January, 2009

According to a recent US study, human behaviour is becoming a key aspect in improving safety in the workplace.

OHS implications of obesity for workplace designers

19 January, 2009

A recent ASCC study on Australian workplace design has revealed the OHS implications of our country's growing obesity problem.

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