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.
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.
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.
The dangers of using hay-balers have been outlined in the latest Hazard Alert issued by SafeWork SA.
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.
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
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.
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.
When Melbourne beverage distributor Shaun Mays took a Lite Trucks Expresso hand truck out for a trial run, it saved him so much time and effort that he never gave it back. Three years on, he says it has saved him money, too
Fosters Wine Estates and electrical contractor Integrated Quality Electrical Systems were both recently fined by the SA Industrial Relations Court, over an incident in March 2005 which left a 21-year-old man with severe and disabling abdominal injuries.
Safety laws providing for the operation of forklifts, cranes, boom lifts and other high-risk equipment have changed, requiring current ‘ticket’ holders to transfer to the new Licence to Perform High Risk Work.
The Federal Magistrates Court has fined the Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union (CFMEU) $35,000 and an official $7000 for misusing OHS as a reason for industrial action.
Regulations are laws made by the Governor in Council (not Parliament) under authority granted by the OHS Act