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WorkSafe is undertaking an inspection program to look at safety issues relating to manual tasks in WA's independent supermarkets. Workplaces included in the program include independently-operated supermarkets that are not part of national chains, including IGA, Supa IGA, Farmer Jacks and Food Works stores. The program will continue throughout the remainder of the financial year in both...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Nov 2012
The workplaces involved in the program are engaged in getting orders from a manufacturer or producer to its final point of distribution, in this case by road. The program will continue throughout the remainder of the financial year in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the inspections would focus on raising awareness of potential safety risks and...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Nov 2012
A Palmyra company has been fined $10,000 over an incident that resulted in the amputation of part of an employee's finger. D'Orsogna Limited pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment, and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court last Wednesday. In February 2010, a labourer at D'Orsogna was operating a mincing machine that had a hopper at the top into which meat...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 Nov 2012
A company operating from Bibra Lake has been fined $40,000 (plus $12,000 costs) over an incident in which an employee had two fingers amputated. Harvest Freshcuts Pty Ltd was found guilty of failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing the employee serious harm, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. The company operated a business that produced...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Nov 2012
WorkSafe is investigating the overnight death of a 45-year-old Department of Conservation and Environment (DEC) employee. The woman was fighting a fire at Black Cat Creek near Albany on October 12 and sustained serious burns when a wind change pushed the fire towards her vehicle. A WorkSafe investigation began soon after the fire, and inspectors continue to investigate the circumstances of the...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Nov 2012
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to all workplaces to keep safety a high priority in the lead-up to the festive season. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that last November had been a particularly bad month in terms of work-related deaths. "Five Western Australians died over a period of less than three weeks in work-related incidents during November last year," Mr McCulloch said. "...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Oct 2012
WorkSafe has issued a reassurance that the investigation into the death of pearl diver Jarrod Hampton in April this year is progressing. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that, given the high level of public interest in the case, it was timely to reassure the Hampton family and the community that the investigation was continuing. "Much of the preliminary investigation has been...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Oct 2012
WA's cyclone season will soon begin, and businesses throughout the North-West of the State have been reminded to ensure contingency plans are established and in operation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch 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 begins on November 1, and under workplace...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Oct 2012
The five winners of the prestigious 2012 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this morning. Veolia Transport Perth Pty Ltd, Fremantle Ports, Sinclair Knight Merz and Balfour Beatty UGL, Daniel Smith and Mike Hayward are the winners of the award categories and will now be entered into the national Safe Work Australia Awards. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the five...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Oct 2012
A reminder has been issued on public comment on the costs and benefits of the proposed national Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations as they apply specifically to Western Australian workplaces. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the public comment period was a good opportunity for businesses, industry and workers to express their opinions on the costs and benefits associated...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Sep 2012
A Myaree tree lopper has been fined $12,000 (plus almost $1400 in costs) over an incident in which he and an employee were injured when an elevating work platform (EWP) they were using toppled over. Gerald Shields pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and was fined in the Rockingham Magistrates Court yesterday. In May 2010, Mr Shields was contracted by the...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Sep 2012
A transport company was fined $9000 for nine charges (plus $11000 in costs) on Friday 17 August. Eight charges related to Taramore Pty Ltd, trading as Ontraq Haulage for failing to ensure drivers drove within the prescribed hours to appropriately manage fatigue. The Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 place a responsibility on employers to manage fatigue and assist drivers by having...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Aug 2012
WorkSafe Inspectors are travelling to Boyup Brook to investigate the work-related death of a logging worker at a worksite. Inspectors will interview witnesses and investigate the circumstances. The man was believed to have been felling trees and was crushed. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates serious work-related injuries and deaths in Western Australia with the aim of prevention. WorkSafe WA...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Aug 2012
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a male worker at a worksite in Jandakot on Saturday. The man was caught in machinery and WorkSafe inspectors are investigating the circumstances. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates serious work-related injuries and deaths in Western Australia with the aim of preventing future similar incidents. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said any work-...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Aug 2012
The State Government is seeking public comment on the costs and benefits of the proposed national Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations as they apply specifically to Western Australian workplaces. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the public comment period was a good opportunity for businesses, industry and workers to express their opinions on the costs and benefits associated...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 Aug 2012
An employment consultancy has been fined $50,000 (plus $4631.65 in costs) over an incident in which two female workers became lost in a remote location north-east of Kalgoorlie. MAXNetwork Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and was fined in the Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court today. MAXNetwork was contracted to the Department of Education, Employment...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Aug 2012
The operator of a Betta Electrical and Gas store has been fined $90,000 over the 2010 death of a female worker who fell 2.75 metres through the ceiling of their Mandurah store. Personal Buying Service Pty Ltd - trading as Betta Electrical & Gas - pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing the death of a worker, and was fined in the...
WorkSafe
Media release
31 Jul 2012
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 38-year-old worker at a business in Oakford this morning. The man was believed to have been working with a manual hydraulic press when a metal cylinder shattered, striking him. Inspectors travelled to the site soon after and will interview witnesses and investigate the circumstances. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates serious work-related...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Jul 2012
WorkSafe's participation in recent roadblock exercises has revealed continuing concerns with the transport industry's compliance with fatigue management laws. WorkSafe participated in four joint Austrans roadblock operations undertaken by WA Police and involving Main Roads WA, the Explosives and Dangerous Goods section of the Department of Mines and Petroleum and vehicle examiners from the...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Jun 2012
Two companies have been fined a total of $140,000 over the 2008 deaths of a tanker driver and a manager at the Broome depot of one of the companies. Baker Hughes Australia Pty Ltd (operators of a Broome depot) and Oilfields Transport Services Pty Ltd (a transport services company engaged by Baker Hughes) were both charged with failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 May 2012
A building company has been fined $15,000 over the collapse of four concrete tilt-up panels at a Perth construction site in 2008. Morago Nominees Pty Ltd as trustee for Gavin Homes pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the removal of temporary bracing of the concrete panels was in accordance with the relevant Australian Standard, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. The four...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 May 2012
A company that supplies and erects scaffolding has been fined $22,000 over an incident in which a worker was injured when he fell through an insufficiently protected void on a construction site. Access Matrix Scaffolding pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to the worker and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. In...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 May 2012
WorkSafe has called for nominations for the prestigious Work Safety Awards Western Australia 2012, recognising outstanding occupational safety and health achievement. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the Awards were an opportunity to gain valuable acknowledgment of excellent safety management, solutions and innovations in Western Australian workplaces. "The Work Safety Awards...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Apr 2012
A heavy duty mechanic has been fined $2000 (plus $1200 in costs) over an incident in which an apprentice sustained serious injuries when a bus slipped off a jack onto him. Paul Egerton pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the safety and health of another person and was fined in the Midland Magistrates Court on Thursday. In December 2009, Mr Egerton was...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Apr 2012
A Munglinup farmer has been fined $20,000 (plus $10,000 in costs) over a 2008 incident in which a female farm hand suffered serious injuries including an amputated arm. John Bylsma, the operator of Minnikin Farm at Munglinup, 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 Perth Magistrates...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Apr 2012

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