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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
With the season’s first cyclone approaching the WA coast, 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. “Under workplace safety and health laws, employers must...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Jan 2016
WorkSafe is conducting an inspection program to look at safety standards and issues in the waste and recycling industry. The program will continue through 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 wide range of hazards that could result in serious injuries. “...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Jan 2016
WorkSafe has commenced a proactive inspection program to look at safety in the recreational diving and snorkelling industry. The inspection program will run until the end of the financial year and will include both metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe WA Director Joe Attard said today that, although the number of injuries in the recreational diving and snorkelling industry was...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Jan 2016
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today provided information on the current status of the consultation process and development of the Work Health and safety (WHS) laws. “In August 2014, the State Government announced that it intended to craft the best version of the national legislation, adapted and suited to the Western Australian work environment,” Mr McCulloch said. “The Western...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Dec 2015
A Kalgoorlie recycling business and its Director have been fined a total of $52,500 after a worker was injured at their yard in 2013. Swiftstar Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace and was fined $35,000 in the Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court last week. Director John Bronislaw Roman pleaded guilty as a Director to failing to provide a safe workplace and was fined $17,500...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Dec 2015
An Osborne Park glass importing company has been fined a total of $45,000 over the death of a worker in 2013. Moscou Holdings Pty Ltd – who, together with Rite Angles Pty Ltd, trades as Penguin International – pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing the death of the worker, and was fined $45,000 in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. The partner,...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Dec 2015
A Kalgoorlie engine repair company has been fined $80,000 and ordered to pay $6000 in costs after an apprentice was seriously burned when a tractor engine ignited at a social event at its premises. Primepower Engineering Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Kalgoorlie Magistrates...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Dec 2015
A company engaged in fabricating, maintaining and repairing mining equipment has been fined $90,000 after a labour hire worker was killed in its metal fabrication workshop. RCR Mining Pty Ltd was found guilty in August of failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace for two labour hire workers, and causing the death of one of them, in the Perth Magistrates Court, and was fined $90,000 this...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Dec 2015
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 November had been a particularly bad month in terms of work-related deaths. “Five workers died over a period of ten days in work-related incidents this month,” Mr McCulloch said. “As we head towards the end of the year and the...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Nov 2015
A WorkSafe proactive inspection program will look at safety issues in the road freight transport industry. The program will continue throughout the 2015/16 financial year, visiting road freight companies of all sizes in both metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the program would focus on a wide range of safety issues in the industry. “With regard...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Nov 2015
An inspection program in the vegetable growing industry has reinforced previous concerns over mobile plant and hazardous substances in the industry. The proactive inspection program, carried out by WorkSafe inspectors across the 2014/15 financial year, focused on both under cover and outdoor vegetable growers in the Perth metropolitan area. More than 300 improvement and prohibition notices were...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Nov 2015
A WorkSafe proactive inspection program will look at the workplace safety responsibilities of commercial property owners and property managers. This program will continue throughout the 2015/16 financial year, and will focus on the owners and property managers of shopping centres. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the program was prompted by a growing awareness by inspectors that commercial...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Nov 2015
WorkSafe has issued a warning to check High Risk Work Licences after it received notification of a man using a falsified licence. The man, who goes by the name Peter Kevin Jenkins, is masquerading as a worker who holds 12 classes of High Risk Work Licence, none of which he genuinely holds. His falsified licence says he holds licences for dogging, vehicle loading cranes, forklifts, tower cranes,...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Nov 2015
An inspection program looking at safety issues in the scrap metal sector has resulted in continuing concerns with safe traffic management. The proactive inspection program, carried out by WorkSafe inspectors across the State during the 2014/15 financial year, focused on scrap metal premises and resulted in the issue of 376 notices. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today that scrap metal had been...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Oct 2015
A Perth scaffolder has been fined $2000 (and ordered to pay $549 in costs) after a scaffold he erected collapsed and a worker fell and was injured. Matthew Brian Allen pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of another person and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court last week. Mr Allen, a licensed scaffolder and an employee of a scaffolding company, was...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Oct 2015
A pearling company has been fined $60,000 by the Broome Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to a charge of failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment for its drift divers who collected pearls off Eighty Mile Beach, south of Broome. Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd was charged under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 after an investigation sparked by the drowning of...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Oct 2015
An inspection by WorkSafe of the Kings Square construction site has concluded the site is safe for workers and members of the public. WorkSafe inspectors attended the site on October 8, 2015 following a report that a small amount of asbestos was found in a trench near the Horseshoe Bridge. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said he was confident the site was safe for work to continue. “...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Oct 2015
Consumer Protection has taken action against a training provider offering courses in high risk work who has failed to provide the services which include submitting a licence application for workers who have completed the training. A & J Training and Assessing Pty Ltd , of Mandurah, and its sole Director Andre Edward Bucci , have entered into an enforceable undertaking requiring him to provide...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Oct 2015
A crane driver has been fined $2500 over an incident in which the crane he was operating brought down power lines in Osborne Park. He was also ordered to pay WorkSafe’s costs of $594.00. Robert Fraser was found guilty of failing to take reasonable care of the safety and health of others and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. In March 2014, Mr Fraser was employed as a crane driver...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Oct 2015
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program looking at the safety of commercial cleaners. The program will focus on cleaners working in a range of areas, including cleaners in shopping centres and carpet cleaners. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the inspection program was prompted by the high number of work-related injuries in the industry. “The Cleaning Services industry has...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Sep 2015
Three quad bike deaths in Western Australia so far this year have prompted a joint warning from Consumer Protection and WorkSafe about the dangers of these off-road vehicles. Details of this year’s fatalities, according to Safe Work Australia, include: 6 year old boy dies in a rollover on a farming property near Southern Cross on 20 April 2015 67 year old man dies in a collision while working on...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Sep 2015
A proactive inspection program looking at construction sites in Perth’s northern suburbs has found a high level of compliance in training and licensing, but has raised some concerns in other areas. The program involved construction inspectors checking safety standards at construction sites across the northern suburbs from Joondalup to Yanchep in the final week of August. Inspectors focussed on...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Sep 2015
Consumer Protection and WorkSafe have issued a warning after traces of asbestos were found in some imported crayons. Testing carried out by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and WorkSafe Victoria found asbestos at trace levels in the following products: Dora the Explorer personalised 32 pack crayons Dora the Explorer jumbo crayons Arti Crafti 16 piece crayons Peppa Pig 8...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 Sep 2015

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