Materials handling

Fighting fatigue in manufacturing

19 April, 2007 by Wendy Cramer

An increasing number of employees in manufacturing industries are working in a state of sleep deprivation and/or circadian desynchrony. An increase in shift work and extended hours are being blamed for the growing incidence of worker fatigue

Counterbalance forklifts

19 April, 2007 | Supplied by: Linde Materials Handling

The 386 electric counterbalance forklift range is built on technology which will provide operators with improved productivity and efficiency, according to Linde Materials Handling. With a protective roof/cab 50 mm wider than the previous model's, it improves the operator environment and the floorboard of the new models is 15 mm lower than on the models they replace.

OHS Bill amendments introduced

04 April, 2007

Amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 were introduced into Parliament last week. The amendments were introduced under the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (OHS) Bill 2007.

Government commits to safe construction

03 April, 2007

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Joe Hockey MP has announced the first group of companies to achieve full accreditation under the Australian government’s new building and construction scheme.

AMWU and CPSU slam federal OHS changes

02 April, 2007

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) and the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) have both slammed the changes the federal government made to the Federal Workers’ Compensation Scheme last week.

Businesses urged to review coiled steel storage and moving

26 March, 2007

WorkSafe Vic has warned companies using coiled steel to review their storage and moving practices after a 51-year-old man died this month at Hastings.

OHS salaries nudge $300,000

23 March, 2007

Occupational health and safety has become one of Australia’s most lucrative career choices, according to details of a survey released at the Safety in Action Conference on Tuesday.

Forklift safety - manufacturing responsibility

20 March, 2007 by Wendy Cramer

Safety regulators are increasingly looking to manufacturers to help solve the forklift safety problem by building safety features directly into the machinery

Preventing slips, trips and falls in Qld

16 March, 2007

A new guide for preventing slips, trips and falls has been released by the Queensland Department of Employment and Industrial Relations.

Scholarships to improve safety for women

13 March, 2007

SafeWork SA is calling on applications for two scholarships of up to $10,000 each to improve occupational health and safety outcomes for women in South Australia.

Queensland says federal OHS could threaten worker safety

12 March, 2007

The Queensland government has weighed into the OHS debate, warning that new federal government changes to workers compensation will threaten worker safety.

Tieman executive management restructure

08 March, 2007

An Australian materials handling and dock safety products manufacturer has announced a major restructure of its executive management group.

Victoria targets mobile cranes

07 March, 2007

Mobile crane operations on worksites will be the feature of a new WorkSafe campaign beginning in Victoria this month.

Victoria calls for nominations

02 March, 2007

WorkSafe Victoria announced this week that nominations for its 2007 WorkSafe Awards are open.

Glow-in-the-dark paint

21 February, 2007 | Supplied by: PPG Industries

Glow Safe is a water-based, high-quality paint that is suitable for most surfaces and glows for up to 10 h in the dark. It is of particular use in areas that require exit signs, safety directions or hazard indicators during a power blackout, fire or emergency evacuation. It can be used in hallways, corridors, factory floors, on and around machinery, dangerous objects, evacuation signs, stairs and railings.

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