Materials handling

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.

Remote lighting lifter

21 November, 2007 | Supplied by:

The Remote Lighting Lifter enables the lowering of luminaires to the ground via remote control where they can be safely maintained.

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.

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.

Understanding OHS Regulations

20 November, 2007 by WorkSafe Victoria

Regulations are laws made by the Governor in Council (not Parliament) under authority granted by the OHS Act

Victorian shire faces safety charges

08 November, 2007

The shire of Wellington in Gippsland has been committed to stand trial in the County Court after pleading not guilty to a charge laid under the OHS Act 2004.

Recognised for practising workplace health and safety

31 October, 2007

For Stuart Kenny, managing director of the Ausclad Group of Companies (AGC), supporting a workplace event to recognise Safe Work Australia Week is a top priority

Manual handling risks rise pre Christmas. Have you done enough?

19 October, 2007 by WorkSafe Victoria

Australian warehouses are approaching their busiest time of year and unless steps are taken now to control manual handling risks, someone could get hurt

Increase facility safety with floor coatings

19 October, 2007 | Supplied by:

Tennant Company has introduced its floor coatings product range into Australia.

No lift wheelbarrow

19 October, 2007 | Supplied by: Comnet Sales International

The 3 Wheelbarrow was invented by an Australian builder with a bad back, after realising that unless he could make some changes, he would not be able to continue with his profession.

Maintenance warning after employer fined $50,000

20 September, 2007

A Kerang business owner has been fined $50,000, without conviction, in the County Court after an employee was crushed and later died when an excavator bucket suddenly closed on him in June last year.

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