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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
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to all workplaces to continue to place a high priority on safety in the lead-up to the festive season. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that both employers and workers needed to pay particular attention to staying safe before and after Christmas. “As we head towards the end of the year and the festive season, it is timely to remind both employers...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Dec 2016
WorkSafe has serious concerns with safety in the waste recycling industry after several recent serious incidents. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin said today that WorkSafe would continue to focus on the industry in an effort to improve safety standards and prevent further serious incidents. “Recent months have been quite disastrous for the waste recycling industry, with two deaths...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Nov 2016
WorkSafe has issued a further warning to carefully check High Risk Work Licences after discovering another falsified licence. WorkSafe WA Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin said today WorkSafe had recently been alerted to a licence that had been altered to include classes of high risk work for which the owner had not been trained. “In this latest instance, a licence was presented to a Canning...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Nov 2016
Asbestos Awareness Week 2016 runs from November 21 – 25. Please take this opportunity to ensure your workplace asbestos management systems are up to date, and that workers are aware of these systems. And remember – buildings built before 1990 are likely to contain materials with asbestos content. Follow the links for more information> Checklist for asbestos management Asbestos FAQ Licensing...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Nov 2016
A Bayswater waste recycling company has been fined $85,000 (and ordered to pay $2488.50 in costs) over the death of a worker in September 2013. Resource Recovery Solutions pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for a labour hire worker and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday. Resource Recovery Solutions specialises in recycling waste from...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Nov 2016
WA is now well into cyclone season, and businesses throughout the North-West of the State have been reminded to ensure that contingency plans have been established and are in operation. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin said today it was crucial that everyone on sea and on land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area. “Under workplace safety and health laws, employers...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Nov 2016
WorkSafe has introduced a new system that allows the reporting of workplace hazards and incidents and work-related injuries and diseases online. The system allows reports to be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week, removing the need to make a telephone call during business hours. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin said today the online service would add a new level of convenience...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Nov 2016
A proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in powder coating and abrasive blasting in workplaces has found a noticeable improvement in safety practices. The program was conducted over the 2015/16 financial year in metropolitan and regional workplaces where powder coating and abrasive blasting activities were taking place, following on from an earlier inspection program looking at...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Nov 2016
A WorkSafe proactive inspection program looking at the safe movement of vehicles in manufacturing and wholesale workplaces has confirmed previous concerns in those industries. The inspection program was conducted throughout the 2015/16 financial year in Perth and regional areas of the State, focusing on moving vehicles and their interaction with people at the targeted workplaces. WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Nov 2016
The five winners of the prestigious 2016 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this morning. Juniper, Buckby Contracting Pty Ltd, St Stephen’s School, Tony Cannons and Ryan Knight are the winners of the Award categories. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said this morning the five winners were examples of the many excellent workplace innovations and occupational safety and...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Oct 2016
A proactive inspection program looking at safety standards and issues in the wholesale industry has raised serious concerns with the safety of racking. The inspection program – carried out over the 2015/16 financial year in both metropolitan and regional areas of the State – looked at a wide range of hazards faced by workers in the wholesale trade. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 Oct 2016
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to employers to use every means at their disposal to protect workers from falls from height. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today falls had led to a large number of deaths and injuries in workplaces over the past ten years. “Over the past ten years, 28 Western Australian workers have lost their lives as the result of work-related falls, four of these...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Sep 2016
WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in the accommodation industry. The inspection program will continue throughout the 2016/17 financial year in Perth and regional areas of the State, and will focus on smaller accommodation providers such as caravan parks, motels and backpacker accommodation rather than large hotels. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Sep 2016
WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program looking at safety issues at amusement centres and with operators of inflatable amusement devices. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting amusement centres and the operators of inflatable devices such as bouncy castles in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2016/17 financial year. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Sep 2016
WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in the goods and equipment rental and hire industry. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting goods and equipment rental and hire businesses of all sizes in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2016/17 financial year. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the inspection program had...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Sep 2016
WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in the furniture retailing sector. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting furniture retail outlets of all sizes in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2016/17 financial year. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the significant number of soft tissue lost-time injuries in the sector...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Aug 2016
An employee of a civil contracting company has been fined $6000 (and ordered to pay $517.50 in costs) after a fellow employee suffered burns when brake cleaning chemical he had been sprayed with ignited. Chad Gordon Browning pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care of the safety of another employee and causing him serious harm, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday. Mr...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Aug 2016
A forklift operator has been fined $7200 (and ordered to pay costs of $800) over the death of a truck driver who died as the result of a fall while washing his truck at Harvey Fresh in 2014. Gypsum Metallica Rongonvi Hoff-Higgins pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care of the safety of another person and thereby causing his death, and was fined in the Harvey Magistrates Court yesterday...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Aug 2016
An O’Connor labour hire company has been fined $20,000 (and ordered to pay $517.50 in costs) for failing to ensure the safety of workers it supplied to a waste recycling company. Eastlink Enterprise Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace for its labour hire workers and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. In 2013, Eastlink had supplied its...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Aug 2016
A second WorkSafe proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in workplaces with vehicle hoists has resulted in continuing concerns. WorkSafe conducted an initial inspection program over the 2014/15 financial year, prompted by a high number of soft tissue and muscle injuries and two work-related deaths in the motor vehicle repair industry in 2013. That program resulted in the issue of...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Aug 2016
WorkSafe has issued a warning to Pokémon Go players to stay clear of construction sites. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today reports had been received that players had been accessing construction sites to pursue Pokémon characters. “We’ve recently received information that Pokémon Go players have been illegally accessing sites to chase the virtual characters that pop up there,” Mr...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Aug 2016
WorkSafe has begun a proactive inspection program examining the management of occupational safety and health risks in community-based disability and aged care assistance services. WorkSafe Director John Innes said today inspectors would focus on systems to manage risks associated with community care. “These risks include people handling, slips, trip and falls and injuries associated with...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Aug 2016

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