Materials handling

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.

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.

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

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.

Expresso hand trucks save time, money and driver's back

13 December, 2007 | Supplied by: Lite Trucks Australia

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

Companies fined for crushed apprentice

28 November, 2007

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.

Licensing system upgrade for high-risk equipment

22 November, 2007

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.

Union fined $42,000 for industrial action

21 November, 2007

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.

Road flares

21 November, 2007 | Supplied by: Aerospace & Defence Products

The TurboFlare road flares have full 360° rotation, no moving parts and ultra-bright LEDs available in many colours. It provides a strong, bright, earlier warning, providing a 24 h electronic road flare.

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