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A proactive inspection program looking at safety standards and issues in the waste recycling industry has raised some areas of concern. The inspection program – carried out over the second half of 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 waste recycling. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Aug 2016
The Shire of Waroona has been fined $110,000 (and ordered to pay $8336.30 in costs) over the August 2013 death of a man at its Buller Road refuse site. The Shire pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace for a person who was not an employee, and was fined in the Mandurah Magistrates Court today. The man who died was the uncle of the manager of the refuse site. He was not...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Jul 2016
A WorkSafe proactive inspection program looking at commercial property owners and property managers has revealed a generally low level of knowledge about workplace safety responsibilities. The program was conducted throughout most of the 2015/16 financial year, and focused on the owners and property managers of small to medium sized shopping centres. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Jul 2016
WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in takeaway food outlets. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting fast food outlets in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2016/17 financial year. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the inspection program had been prompted by a significant number of lost-time injuries in the...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Jul 2016
WorkSafe has issued a further warning to carefully check High Risk Work Licences after discovering another falsified licence. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today WorkSafe had recently been alerted to a licence that had been altered to include a class of high risk work for which the owner had not been trained. “In this latest instance, a licence was presented to an engineering...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Jul 2016
A former registered WorkSafe Assessor has been fined $1800 (and ordered to pay $488.50 in costs) for not complying with his duties in assessing candidates for High Risk Work Licences. Cornelius Van Luxemborg – also known as Kees Van Luxemborg - pleaded guilty to six charges relating to the issue of notices of satisfactory assessment for High Risk Work Licences, and was fined in the Fremantle...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Jul 2016
WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in pubs, taverns and bars. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting pub, tavern and bar workplaces in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2016/17 financial year. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the significant number of lost-time injuries in the sector had prompted the...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Jul 2016
WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues relating to mobile plant and the movement of mobile plant in retail and transport workplaces. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting retail and transport workplaces in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2016/17 financial year. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the program was...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Jun 2016
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to employers about the hazards of working on or near brittle or fragile roofing materials. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today employers should ensure they always operate in accordance with the relevant regulations and code of practice. “WA’s Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 have prescriptive requirements concerning working at heights,...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Jun 2016
Businesses in regional areas of WA have been invited to nominate for the prestigious Work Safety Awards Western Australia 2016. 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...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 Jun 2016
An infrastructure company has been fined $50,000 over an incident in 2011 that resulted in a worker having both legs amputated below the knee. The Pilbara Infrastructure - a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortescue Metals Group Ltd - pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for a person who was not an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court today. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Jun 2016
WorkSafe has issued a further warning to carefully check High Risk Work Licences after discovering another falsified licence. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch 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 Vale...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Jun 2016
Western Australians are being given the opportunity to contribute to the State’s future workplace safety and health system by submitting comment on the model Work Health and Safety Regulations. In December 2015, the WorkSafe WA Commissioner provided information on the status of the consultation process and development of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws, including a review by WorkSafe of the...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Jun 2016
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to anyone involved in the transportation and delivery of precast concrete wall panels to ensure that strict safe work procedures are in place. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today employers should ensure they operate in accordance with the relevant Australian Standard and national Code of Practice. “There are laws covering the entire process of...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 May 2016
Nominations have been called for the prestigious Work Safety Awards Western Australia 2016. 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
06 May 2016
A proactive inspection program looking at construction sites in and around Perth’s CBD has found a high level of compliance with workplace safety laws. The program involved construction inspectors checking safety standards at construction sites in the CBD and surrounding suburbs east and west of the city earlier this month. WorkSafe Director Chris Kirwin said today the level of compliance with...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Apr 2016
A proactive inspection program covering a two-year period looking at safety in restaurants and cafes has uncovered several areas of concern within the industry. The proactive inspection program, carried out by WorkSafe inspectors over the 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial years, focused on restaurants and cafes across metropolitan and regional areas of the State. A total of 225 workplaces were...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Apr 2016
Construction sites in Perth’s CBD and surrounds will be the focus of a WorkSafe proactive inspection program next week. WorkSafe Acting Director John Reilly said today the program would involve construction inspectors checking safety standards at construction sites in Perth’s CBD and surrounding suburbs east and west of the city. “The program is part of a continuing series of proactive inspection...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Mar 2016
A proactive inspection program looking at construction sites in Perth’s southern suburbs has found a high level of compliance in training and licensing, but has raised concerns over the testing and tagging of portable electrical items. The program involved construction inspectors checking safety standards at construction sites across the southern suburbs as far as Mandurah in the final week of...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Mar 2016
A crane operating business and one of its employees have been ordered to pay a total of $9,877 over an incident in 2013 where an employee received an electric shock. Cranes R Us (WA) Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to directing a worker to complete high risk work when they were not licensed to do so and was fined $5,000 plus ordered to pay costs of $688.50. Simon Peter Pratt pleaded guilty to failing to...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Mar 2016
A transport company has been fined $75,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,980 after a worker was seriously injured in their yard in 2013. Marley’s Transport pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court. On January 23, 2013, Marley’s Transport employees were...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Mar 2016
WorkSafe is conducting an inspection program to look at safety standards and issues in WA supermarkets and grocery stores. The program will continue throughout the remainder of the financial year, and will be conducted in both metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the sector was being targeted because of its high level of work-related injuries...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Feb 2016
Construction sites in Perth’s southern suburbs will be the focus of a proactive inspection program later this month. WorkSafe Acting Director Tony Poulton said today the program would involve construction inspectors checking safety standards at construction sites across the southern suburbs as far as Mandurah in the last week of February. “The program will be part of a continuing series of...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Feb 2016
WorkSafe has issued a warning on guarding against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments during the current heatwave and the remainder of summer. 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...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Feb 2016
WorkSafe has issued a reminder about the serious health hazards associated with wall chasing work and urged that the work only be performed in accordance with workplace safety and health laws. Construction workers need to be aware of the risks of exposure to dust and carbon monoxide, noise, saw kick-back and serious cuts when chasing walls with hand-held power tools. WorkSafe has issued warnings...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Feb 2016

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