Posts Tagged ‘whs’

SiteBook Procore Interface

We are excited to announce that our Procore interface is almost complete! The SiteBook development team has recently finished work on a ‘Connector’ API to the US-based construction management software Procore. After a number of requests from our builders who use both SiteBook and Procore, we began development on a way for our systems to…

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Tower crane audit reveals limited inspection knowledge among owners

Results are in from the latest WorkSafe WA inspection campaign for tower crane maintenance across both metropolitan and regional construction sites. The audit findings suggest that tower crane owners have a limited understanding of correct procedures for major inspections of the cranes. Most of the cranes were following the recommended inspection and maintenance schedules set…

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Company fined $20k for failing to induct contractors

A Victorian aged-care provider was recently convicted and fined $20,000 for failing to properly induct sub-contracted workers. The company was charged with ‘failing to ensure people other than employees were not exposed to risks to their health and safety’. After an incident occurred leaving a resident in need of medical care, the subcontracted worker was…

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Updates to respirable dust laws for WA and NSW

The WA and NSW governments have recently taken steps to further aid prevention of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) exposure and other occupational dust diseases. Western Australia Western Australia have halved their workplace exposure standard for RCS to 0.05 mg/m3 over an 8-hour period. WA have also halved the exposure limit for respirable coal dust to…

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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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$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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