Residential construction sites issued $11,000 in fines

Residential construction sites have been put on notice after a string of WorkSafe ACT inspections resulted in multiple notices and over $11,000 in fines. 10 sites in Taylor were visited by WorkSafe inspectors earlier this month, who issued 23 improvement notices, four prohibition notices, and four infringement notices for non-compliance. The inspections were part of…

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SafeWork Australia releases Key WHS Statistics Report 2020

SafeWork Australia has released their key findings report for work-related injury and fatality statistics. This is part of National Safe Work Month and part SafeWork’s goal of using data to make workplaces safe. Among Australian work industries, construction posted the third highest number of fatalities and the fifth highest fatality rate per 100,000 workers this…

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Results of SafeWork SA SWMS compliance audit

SafeWork SA have released a report following their 2020 Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) compliance audits. Construction workers after exposed to a wide variety of risks, and the construction industry frequently records high rates of injury and death among workers. As a result, the construction industry has been marked as a priority in the Australian…

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1300 construction jobs heading for SA

South Australia is set to receive a wave of construction jobs after the announcement of $1bn in infrastructure projects commencing in the next 6 months. Starting this month, the Marshall Government is set to bring 1,300 jobs to construction workers with two of the state’s biggest regional infrastructure projects – the Port Wakefield Overpass and…

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$466k in fines for company failing to provide safe plant

A Victorian road maintenance company has been fined the maximum penalty after the death of a driver in 2017. The company and its owner plead guilty under Victoria’s OHS Act to the charge of failing to provide and maintain safe plant. The company received a fine of $388,650 while the owner was fined $77,730, the…

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Second wave of silica dust compliance audits

SafeWork SA has announced a second round of silica dust exposure audits from this October onwards. This follows the implementation of the new nationally agreed exposure limits and similar audits in 2019. SafeWork SA will be targeting the issues identified in last year’s audits and work with companies to ensure that the new exposure limit…

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Two electric shock incidents in under a month

After the second incident in under a month’s time, SafeWork SA is reminding businesses of the risks posed by electrical supplies which haven’t been de-energised. Any power supply that has not been properly de-energised presents the danger of electric shock or electrocution. Both recent incidents resulted from the power not being properly de-energised. SafeWork SA…

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New Scaffold Compliance Blitz by SafeWork NSW

The recent results of SafeWork NSW’s safety inspections have incited a second scaffold compliance blitz. Initial inspections saw over 800 notices issued to worksites around the state following significant safety breaches. NSW Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson has reminded the industry of the risks including heavy fines. Compliance issues found by SafeWork inspectors included…

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Company fined $35k after excavator makes contact with powerlines

A Victorian quarry has been convicted and fined $35,000 after a worker’s excavator made contact with two high voltage powerlines. According to Work Safe Victoria, the company responsible plead guilty to failing to ensure that the workplace and means of entering and leaving it were safe. The incident occurred in late 2018, when the working…

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SafeWork SA renew focus on asbestos compliance

SafeWork SA has begun a new asbestos compliance program following the second recent suspension of an asbestos license holder. The new compliance program will be conducted over the coming months and target sites undergoing asbestos removal to ensure that proper regulations are being followed. SafeWork SA’s Executive Director Martyn Campbell has asked inspectors to monitor…

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