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WorkSafe is undertaking a further inspection program to look at safety issues with motor vehicle hoists. An initial inspection program – prompted by the high number of soft tissue and muscle injuries and two work-related deaths in the motor vehicle repair industry in 2013 – was conducted over the 2014/15 financial year. That program resulted in the issue of more than 1300 notices and revealed...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Jul 2015
An inspection program looking at safety issues in the motor vehicle repair sector has resulted in serious concerns with motor vehicle hoists and traffic management. The proactive inspection program, carried out by WorkSafe inspectors across the State during the 2014/15 financial year, focused on motor vehicle repair premises and repair workshops at car retail premises and resulted in the issue of...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Jun 2015
Nominations have been called for the prestigious Work Safety Awards Western Australia 2015. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the Awards aimed to publicly acknowledge the excellent workplace innovations and occupational safety and health systems being developed in WA. “The Work Safety Awards Western Australia recognise outstanding occupational safety and health management,...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Jun 2015
A Bayswater manufacturer and installer of stone benchtops has been fined $120,000 over the 2011 death of a worker, despite the fact that the company is in liquidation. Australian Countertop Pty Ltd - trading as Australian Counter Top - pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing the death of the worker, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Apr 2015
WorkSafe is conducting an inspection program to look at safety standards in the scrap metal industry. The program is being conducted in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today this sector was being targeted because of the high level of notices issued. "Inspectors are finding plenty of reasons to issue notices when they visit scrap metal businesses, and this...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 Apr 2015
WorkSafe has issued a warning to check Statements of Attainment (SOAs) for tilt-up construction work after being alerted to created copies of the document. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Ian Munns said today WorkSafe had recently been alerted that SOAs were being electronically created. “We’ve recently been made aware that SOAs are being electronically created for workers who have not...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Apr 2015
WorkSafe has issued a warning to check High Risk Work Licences after being alerted to altered and created copies of the documents. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today WorkSafe had recently been alerted that the licences were being altered to include additional classes of high risk work for which the owner had not been trained. “We’ve recently been made aware that some High Risk Work...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Mar 2015
WorkSafe has released the Agriculture Action Plan 2014-2016 which is aimed at helping the agriculture sector to keep workplaces safe. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the document was part of WorkSafe’s strategy to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities in the WA agriculture sector. “Serious injury and fatality rates in the agriculture sector are among the highest...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Mar 2015
WorkSafe has launched the Small Business Safety web page to help small businesses comply with their workplace safety and health obligations. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today welcomed WA’s 209,000 small businesses to the website and invited them to complete the page’s simple questionnaire. “Once completed, the questionnaire provides small business owners with a tailored checklist of...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Feb 2015
A Bibra Lake steel fabrication business has been fined $75,000 over an incident in which a contractor was seriously injured when a crane struck a scissor-lift on which he was working. Metwest Steel Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace for a contractor carrying out work and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee of the contractor, and was fined...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Feb 2015
A Bunbury electrical contracting business and one of its employees have been fined a total of $44,800 over the 2013 electrocution of an 18-year-old trades assistant in the roof space of a home in East Bunbury. JCW Electrical Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and was fined $38,000 in the Bunbury Magistrates Court today. Licensed electrician Dale Francis...
EnergySafety / WorkSafe
Media release
06 Feb 2015
WorkSafe would like to remind employers and workers of the safety issues associated with working alone and in isolated areas and the importance of developing safe systems of work. WorkSafe offers a number of publications aimed at providing practical advice for employers and workers on working in isolated areas and working in hot conditions. GUIDANCE NOTE: Working alone Working safely in hot...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Jan 2015
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to pay particular attention to safety when returning to work after the festive season. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that people returning to work after the festive break needed to be especially mindful of workplace risks. “Nine Western Australians have lost their lives in work-related incidents so far this financial year, and employers and...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Jan 2015
WorkSafe has issued a reminder that the public comment period for the Work Health and Safety Bill 2014 will close on January 30. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today reminded anyone who intended to submit a public comment on the new laws that they had only three weeks left in which to so do. “Western Australians are being given the opportunity to contribute to the State’s future workplace...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Jan 2015
WorkSafe will conduct an inspection program to look at safety standards in electrical, electronic and gas appliance retailing for the remainder of the 2014/15 financial year. The program will be conducted in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today this retail sector was being targeted because of the high level of injuries recorded. “Statistics show that...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Jan 2015
A warning has been issued 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 constant...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Dec 2014
WorkSafe will be running the popular employers and employees Harmonious workplaces information sessions in early 2015. Book early to secure a seat. These sessions will be presented by Justine McGillivray and Helen Mott who are Senior Inspectors/Scientific Officers with the Human Factors and Ergonomics team at WorkSafe Division of the Department of Commerce. Preventing and managing unhealthy...
WorkSafe
Event
11 Dec 2014
A garden fertiliser company has been fined $100,000 over the 2012 death of a labour hire worker at its Jandakot premises. A Richards Pty Ltd – trading as Richgro Garden Products – pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing the death of a labour hire worker, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday. In January 2008, Richgro...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Nov 2014
WorkSafe will hold free information sessions across the State on the new national occupational safety and health laws, visiting regional centres in December. The WA version of the Model Work Health and Safety Bill was tabled in Parliament last month as a Green Bill for public consultation, and information sessions on the Bill are being offered in major regional areas. WorkSafe Acting Executive...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Nov 2014
WA’s cyclone season has now begun, and businesses throughout the North-West of the State have been reminded to ensure contingency plans are established and in operation. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Ian Munns said today it was crucial that everyone on sea and on land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area. “The cyclone season officially began on November 1, and under workplace...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Nov 2014
The four winners of the prestigious 2014 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this morning. St John of God Murdoch Hospital, St John of God Subiaco Hospital, Peter Minchin and Brian Pugsley are the winners of the Award categories. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said this morning the four winners were examples of the many excellent workplace innovations and occupational...
WorkSafe
Media release
31 Oct 2014
A landscaping company and its Director have been fined a total of $95,000 (plus $6000 in costs) after a member of the public died after being struck by a bobcat on a landscaping site in November 2011. Total Landscape Redevelopment Service Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of a person who was not an employee, and was fined $75,000 in the Perth Magistrates Court today...
WorkSafe
Media release
31 Oct 2014
Western Australians are being given the opportunity to contribute to the State’s future workplace safety and health system following the tabling in Parliament of the draft Work Health and Safety Bill 2014 (‘the Green Bill’). WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today called for public comment on the Bill, the WA version of the national Model Work Health and Safety Bill, the harmonised...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Oct 2014
WorkSafe is conducting an inspection program to look at safety standards in tree lopping and gardening services. The inspection program will continue throughout the current financial year, and will cover both metropolitan and regional areas of WA. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the tree lopping and gardening sector was being targeted because the work was hazardous and resulted in a high...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Oct 2014
WorkSafe is conducting a further inspection program to look at safety standards in restaurants throughout the 2014/15 financial year. An initial inspection program in this sector was conducted last financial year, and the areas of concern identified by that program prompted a follow-up. The program will focus on larger restaurants in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe Director Joe...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Sep 2014

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