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The State Government today tabled the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Bill in Parliament, paving the way for more modern workplace safety laws that apply to all industries. For more information Media statement - Hon Bill Johnston MLA Work Health and Safety Bill 2019
WorkSafe
Alert
27 Nov 2019
WorkSafe has initiated prosecution action against the building company that employed a labour hire backpacker who died as a result of a fall in 2016. WorkSafe’s investigation was conducted as a result of that death, and while no charges have been laid in relation to the incident, other breaches were identified during the course of the investigation and this prosecution is the result. Hanssen Pty...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Nov 2019
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 63-year-old truck driver at a workplace in Wootatting (near York) yesterday. The man was believed to have been performing repair or maintenance work on a truck in a workshop when he was caught between the wheel arch and the tyre. Inspectors travelled to the site last night and will continue to closely examine the circumstances of the incident...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 Nov 2019
A proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in WA’s child care centres has revealed a widespread lack of risk assessment and training in hazardous substances. The program, which included both government and private childcare centres in metropolitan and regional areas of the State, was undertaken because child care was a relatively new work area and had not been closely examined for...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Nov 2019
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues relating to tower cranes in service at WA construction sites. The program will continue until the end of the 2019/20 financial year, and will include tower cranes on construction sites in both metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Sally North said today an inspection program was being...
WorkSafe
Media release
31 Oct 2019
WorkSafe has issued a reminder on the safe movement of vehicles on worksites after the results of a Coronial Inquest into the death of a postal worker in 2015 were released. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said today employers needed to ensure safe systems of work were developed and implemented in workplaces where vehicles and workers were present in the same area. “Wherever vehicles and...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Oct 2019
A building company has been fined $47,500 (and ordered to pay $1519 in costs) over an incident in which a 3.88-tonne tilt-up panel fell from a building under construction onto a neighbouring car park. Hanssen Pty. Ltd. was found guilty of failing to ensure that work was directly supervised by a person who had completed an approved course for managers and supervisors on a site where tilt-up work...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Oct 2019
WorkSafe has issued a warning to guard against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments following a forecast of above-average temperatures this summer. The Bureau of Meteorology last week issued their summer outlook, forecasting daytime temperatures that are very likely to be above average across Australia. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh today reminded employers and...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Oct 2019
WorkSafe will conduct a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues with some of the highest risk pressure vessels in workplaces in WA. The program will continue throughout the 2019/20 financial year, and will focus on some of the State’s highest risk pressure vessels in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe Director Sally North said the inspection program was being conducted...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Sep 2019
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety and health issues for workers in WA primary and secondary schools. The program will continue until the end of the 2019/20 financial year, and will include both private and public schools in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. It will expand on a previous inspection program looking at hazards facing cleaners and...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Sep 2019
The company that managed Morley Galleria Shopping Centre when two men were killed and two severely injured in an explosion in 2015 has been fined $45,000.
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Aug 2019
WorkSafe will conduct a proactive inspection program to look at safety standards and issues in commercial kitchens in various WA workplaces. The program will continue throughout the 2019/20 financial year, and will focus on kitchens located in a range of workplaces including cafés, food courts and accommodation premises in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Sally...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Aug 2019
A proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in WA primary schools has raised concerns over failure to comply with workplace safety laws on hazardous substances. During the inspection program, inspectors looked at safety issues for workers such as cleaners, handypersons and gardeners, and also focused on the management of violence and aggression. WorkSafe Director Sally North said the...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Aug 2019
A construction company has been fined $38,000 (and ordered to pay $8054 in costs) over the incident in 2017 in which 17-year-old Wesley Ballantine died after he fell through a void in the roof of an internal atrium at the old GPO building in Forrest Place, Perth. Valmont (WA) Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that persons who were not their employees were not exposed to hazards, and was...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Aug 2019
A proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in fuel retailing outlets across WA has found high levels of awareness in some areas, but also some areas of concern. The program, which included service stations selling all brands of fuel in metropolitan and regional areas of the State, was undertaken because workers were seen to be at risk on a number of fronts. WorkSafe Acting Director...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Jul 2019
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues for commercial vehicle drivers. The program will continue until the end of the 2019/20 financial year, and will be conducted at road train assembly areas in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Chris Kirwin said today the inspection program was being undertaken as an alternative to larger-...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Jul 2019
A proactive inspection program undertaken by WorkSafe to look at safety in workplaces where scientific testing takes place has returned encouraging results for the sector. The program involved WorkSafe inspectors visiting workplaces in Perth and regional areas of the State where non-destructive scientific testing including radiographic, ultrasonic, magnetic particle, liquid penetrant,...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Jul 2019
A proactive inspection program undertaken by WorkSafe to look at safety in workplaces where machinery and equipment is repaired has uncovered concerns with hazardous substances, mobile plant and emergency procedures. The program involved WorkSafe inspectors visiting workplaces where repairs are carried out on items such as agricultural and farm machinery, lawnmowers, outboard motors, pumps and...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Jul 2019
On 18 June 2019, amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (OSH Regulations) were Gazetted. The Occupational Safety and Health Amendment Regulations (No.2) 2019 makes changes to the definition of ‘commercial vehicle’ in regulation 3.130 of the OSH regulations. This brings drivers of all commercial and hire vehicles, including taxis within the scope of the fatigue...
WorkSafe
Alert
02 Jul 2019
WorkSafe is prosecuting four parties over the death of 17-year-old Wesley Ballantine, who fell through a void in the roof of an internal atrium at the old GPO building in Forrest Place during a construction project in 2017. Valmont WA Pty Ltd, the main contractor for one stage of the project, has been charged with failing to ensure that persons who were not their employees were not exposed to...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Jun 2019
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in glass product manufacturing workplaces across WA. The program will continue until the end of the 2019/20 financial year, and will include glass product manufacturers in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Chris Kirwin said today an inspection program was being undertaken in this area...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Jun 2019
WorkSafe has been conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety and health issues in stone benchtop fabricators. The program will be conducted for the remainder of this financial year, and will continue throughout the 2019/20 financial year. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said the inspection program was initiated in response to serious concerns raised in Queensland last...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Jun 2019
DMIRS' new online publication for workplace safety and health in WA
WorkSafe
Department News
24 Apr 2019
On 1 October 2019, amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (OSH Regulations) will come into effect. The amendments lower the blood lead removal level thresholds for workers and changes the definition of ‘lead-risk job’. Lead stays in the blood for several months. It is important to take action now to ensure that when the new laws come into effect the blood lead levels of...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Mar 2019
A rigger has been fined $4000 (and ordered to pay $10,000 in costs) over an incident in which two construction workers were crushed by a tilt-up panel in the city in 2015. Benjamin Paul Botica pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the safety or health of others, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court today. In November 2015, four workers from a Perth...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Mar 2019

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