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WorkSafe has begun a proactive inspection program looking at safety issues with workers in WA’s parks and gardens. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting parks and gardens in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the remainder of the 2017/18 financial year. WorkSafe Acting Director Sally North said today the inspection program had been prompted by the high number of...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Nov 2017
A proactive inspection program undertaken by WorkSafe has revealed some areas of concerns with workplace safety in the accommodation sector. The inspection program was conducted throughout the 2016/17 financial year in Perth and regional areas of the State, focusing on smaller accommodation workplaces such as motels, caravan parks, lodges, chalets and bed and breakfasts. WorkSafe Director Sally...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Nov 2017
WA’s harvest season has begun, and brings with it a reminder from WorkSafe to ensure all safety measures are taken. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the agriculture sector did not have a good record when it came to workplace safety. “WA’s agriculture, forestry and fishing industry has one of the highest rates of work-related injury of all industries,” Mr McCulloch said. “The...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Oct 2017
WorkSafe continues to participate in roadblock exercises, with the latest ones revealing a reasonable level of compliance with fatigue management and related laws. WorkSafe recently participated in two joint roadblock operations undertaken by WA Police and also involving Main Roads WA and the Explosives and Dangerous Goods section of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Oct 2017
WorkSafe has begun a proactive inspection program looking at safety issues with cleaners in WA schools. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting government and non-government primary and secondary schools in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the remainder of the 2017/18 financial year. WorkSafe Acting Director Sally North said today the inspection program had been...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Oct 2017
The five winners of the prestigious 2017 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this morning. RAC WA, Fremantle Commercial Diving and The Lifting Company, Kimberley Ports Authority, City of Cockburn and Alison Marais are the winners of the Award categories. DMIRS Acting Deputy Director General Safety Simon Ridge said this morning the five winners were examples of the many excellent...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 Oct 2017
A grain cooperative has been fined $37,500 (and ordered to pay $3577 in costs) over insufficient guarding on machinery that lead to a worker sustaining a serious hand injury. Cooperative Bulk Handling Ltd (CBH) pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Southern Cross Magistrates Court...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Sep 2017
A roofing company has been fined $70,000 (and ordered to pay costs of $1369) after a labourer was seriously injured in a fall through a skylight. Round Table Roofing Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to a person, and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court yesterday. In September 2015, Round Table...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Sep 2017
Premier Mark McGowan on Sunday 27 August 2017 announced an increase of penalties for workplace safety offences to bring Western Australia into line with other states and ensure penalties better reflect the importance of a safe workplace. Media statement
WorkSafe
Alert
28 Aug 2017
A crane operator and partner in a crane business has been fined $15,000 (and ordered to pay $3,577 in costs) over an incident in which he caused a dogman to suffer electrical burns when he operated the crane too close to power lines. Bradley David Lemmon, as a partner in the firm Mobicrane WA, pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for employees and was fined in...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Aug 2017
WorkSafe will soon begin a proactive inspection program to look at the management of violence and aggression in residential aged care facilities. Beginning next month, the program will focus on reducing musculoskeletal and psychological injuries due to workplace violence. It will continue over the following six months in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe A/Director Sally...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Aug 2017
A Bunbury demolition company has been fined $4000 (and ordered to pay $1338.50 in costs) for carrying out work for which it did not have the relevant licence. Picton Civil Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to performing Class 1 demolition work without having been issued a Class 1 demolition licence, and was fined in the Bunbury Magistrates Court on Monday. Picton Civil is an earthworks and demolition...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Aug 2017
A proactive inspection program looking at safety in plant and plant movement in the retail and transport industries has found improvements in some areas, but areas of concern in others. The inspection program was conducted throughout the 2016/17 financial year in Perth and regional areas of the State, focusing on plant and plant movement risk factors in the retail and transport industries...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Jul 2017
On Wednesday 12 July the Government announced the development of a modernised Work Health and Safety Bill for Western Australia which is based on the national Work Health and Safety Act. This Bill will replace three acts, the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 , Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 ; and Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Safety Levies Act 2011 . The development of the Bill...
WorkSafe
Alert
12 Jul 2017
The Operation Manager of a roofing company has been fined $7500 (and ordered to pay costs of $517) after a labourer was seriously injured in a fall through a skylight. Charles Roy Farmer pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting another person and, by that failure, causing serious harm and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court on June 26.. In September...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Jul 2017
A WorkSafe assessor has been fined $14,000 and had his registration cancelled for a second time after he was found guilty of breaching his duties as an assessor. Kenneth Sully was found guilty of seven charges of failing to assess competency in accordance with the assessment instrument, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on June 16. Mr Sully’s certificate of registration as a WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Jul 2017
WorkSafe has issued a warning to keep children out of hazardous workplaces – particularly farms – during the school holidays. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today workplaces were not the ideal places to take children, especially potentially hazardous ones like farms. “What needs to be kept in mind is that a farm is a workplace that frequently contains plant and machinery that can be...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Jul 2017
An employee has been fined $11,000 (and ordered to pay $1745 in costs) over the death of a fellow worker at a hay baling workplace at Narrogin in 2013. Thomas William Lewis pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care for the safety of another person and, by that failure, causing the person’s death, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court today. At the time of the death, Mr Lewis and...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Feb 2017
An employee of an Attadale car dealership has been fined $9500.00 (and ordered to pay $12,052.75 in costs) over the death of a fellow worker at the dealership in 2013. Leslie Taylor was found guilty of failing to take reasonable care not to adversely affect another person and, by that failure, causing the death of that person, and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court today. Mr Taylor was...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Jan 2017
WorkSafe will soon begin a proactive inspection program to look at safety and health issues in airport operations and other support services to air transport. The areas being looked at as part of the program include baggage handling, airport terminal operations, aircraft support services, air passenger transport services and air freight transport services. WorkSafe A/Director Sally North said...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Jan 2017
A Welshpool tyre recycling company has been fined $80,000 (and ordered to pay $2013.00 in costs) over an incident in which a worker’s fingers were amputated by a tyre shredder. Elan Energy Management Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday. In...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Jan 2017
WorkSafe will soon begin a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in warehouses. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting warehousing premises of all sizes in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the remainder of the 2016/17 financial year. The program will focus on premises including bond stores (secure storage facilities), refrigerated storage, wool...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Jan 2017
WorkSafe has urged workers – particularly those who work outside on a regular basis – to take care to avoid the risk of skin cancer. WorkSafe WA Acting Commissioner Andrea Crichton-Browne said today all precautions should be taken by workers who cannot avoid exposure to the sun in the course of their work. “Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, and at least two in...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Dec 2016
WorkSafe has issued a warning on guarding against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments during the summer months. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today reminded employers and workers of the need to take extra care during the summer months to avoid the risk of heat stress or the more serious heat stroke. “Both working outside in heatwave conditions and exposure to...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Dec 2016
WorkSafe is reminding employees who work outside to use extreme caution during thunderstorms. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said there were many workers who could be exposed to the hazard of lightning in the course of their employment. “We are all aware of the power of lightning, but most would think they could never be unlucky enough to be struck,” Mr McCulloch said. “The reality is...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Dec 2016

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