Materials handling

Free service aids return to work

10 March, 2008

Returning to work after injury could become a less arduous process with the launch of an online resource containing up-to-date advice and research on return to work issues.


WorkCover warns of dangers of powerlines when pumping concrete

06 March, 2008

WorkCover NSW recently issued a safety alert to warn of the dangers of powerlines when pumping concrete, following an incident where the operator of a concrete-placing boom received a serious electric shock when the boom came into contact with 22 kV overhead powerlines that crossed over the construction site. The work was being carried out in almost dark conditions in a fogbound area, where the overhead powerlines were unsighted.


Tilt-up national code declared

03 March, 2008

The National Code of Practice for Precast, Tilt-up and Concrete Elements in Building Construction was declared by the Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) at the end of February 2008.


Forklift safety system

21 February, 2008 | Supplied by: Hi-Vis

The Fork-Alert warning system is an electronic early warning system designed for use where forklifts, cranes and other moving equipment are used.


Drum-mixing system

21 February, 2008 | Supplied by: Actisafe

Actidrum is a sturdy, industrial strength product to aid in the mixing of contents in drums of all sizes, safely and efficiently. It can be manufactured to operate in a fixed position or supplied with long-wearing castors to those seeking a mobile version.


Safety guidance for residential construction

15 February, 2008

The NSW government has launched a series of guides to improve workplace safety in the housing construction industry across three states.


Fine for inadequate forklift training

14 February, 2008

A Gawler fruit and vegetable business was fined $21,500 for breaches of workplace safety laws involving the provision of safe systems of work and keeping written statements on safe work procedures.


SA safety penalties to treble in 2008

04 February, 2008

Corporations face tougher penalties for workplace safety breaches in South Australia from 1 January 2008, under the state government’s Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare (Penalties) Amendment Act.


Minister announces terms of reference for Comcare review

31 January, 2008

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, recently announced the terms of reference for a review of Comcare and has invited submissions from interested parties.


Hay-baler alert issued

23 January, 2008

The dangers of using hay-balers have been outlined in the latest Hazard Alert issued by SafeWork SA.


Timber mill death Victoria’s third for 2008

23 January, 2008

Victoria’s work-related death toll for 2008 has risen to three in as many weeks with a fatality at a Latrobe Valley timber mill Last Thursday.


How the 'H' in OHS impacts workplace safety

22 January, 2008 by Paul Stathis, Editor

Safety in the workplace is generally seen as a matter of providing a safety framework of situational risk assessment, mitigation procedures, appropriate physical safety devices and personal protection


Company charged for customer death

22 January, 2008

A South Gippsland mechanic repairs company has been committed to stand trial in the County Court on workplace health and safety charges, after a customer was crushed on their premises.


Trans-Tasman 'Falls prevention in construction' campaign

11 January, 2008

Workplace health and safety regulators across Australia and New Zealand are joining forces to target falls prevention in the construction industry, particularly small and medium-sized projects.


Amendments to the Comcare permanent impairment guide

08 January, 2008

The Guide to the Assessment of the Degree of Permanent Impairment is a legislative instrument that Comcare may vary or revoke under section 28 of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) — subject to the approval of the Minister. The guide is used in the assessment of entitlements under sections 24 to 27 of the SRC Act.


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