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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
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

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