Posts Tagged ‘SafeWork’

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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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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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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SafeWork SA Suspends Asbestos Assessor Licence

An asbestos assessor has had their licence suspended by SafeWork SA for three months. SafeWork SA issued the suspension after their investigations revealed that the assessor had failed to conduct their work with reasonable care. SafeWork SA conducted the investigations over a number of months, and discovered that the assessor issued clearance certificates whilst debris…

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SafeWork NSW Inspectors Targeting Cranes in Compliance Blitz

SafeWork NSW Inspectors will be conducting a statewide crane compliance blitz this month. This comes after a new report from SafeWork’s Centre for Work Health and Safety and RMIT, which examined the factors contributing to crane incidents. The study found a number of key contributors to potential incidents including: Worker competence Time pressures associated with…

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SafeWork SA Announces Second Round of EWP Compliance Checks

SafeWork SA has announced a statewide Elevated Working Platform (EWP) compliance audit, commencing the week of 08/07/2020 and lasting 3 months. Mobile EWPs carry significant risk to both operators and other workers. Any personnel responsible for the operation of an EWP requires proper training and support to ensure that any and all work is conducted…

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SafeWork Australia publishes new silica guidelines

SafeWork Australia has published new guideline materials for working with silica based products in the aim of preventing further development of the occupational lung disease silicosis. These guidelines come following a recent surge in Silicosis diagnoses within Australia, for a total of 260 confirmed cases across the nation. Queensland in particular accounts for almost two…

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SafeWork NSW updates Codes of Practice

SafeWork NSW has updated 23 Codes of Practice, all of which are now available for download on their website. The new updates align with the model codes of practice developed under the harmonised work health and safety legislation. Businesses and employers are reminded to review the updated codes and stay up to date with the…

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