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WorkSafe will soon target aged care facilities as part of a nationwide proactive compliance program focused on hazardous manual tasks. The workplace visits will commence in January, with inspectors visiting random aged care facilities to ensure they are adequately controlling the risks associated with patient handling. Inspectors in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Nov 2013
A recent WorkSafe proactive inspection program in the heavy machinery and scaffolding rental and hire industry has revealed both good safety management and some areas of concern. WorkSafe inspectors conducted 35 inspections of hire companies in metropolitan and regional areas of WA across last financial year. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today inspectors found some areas of very good safety...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Nov 2013
WorkSafe will conduct an inspection program to look at the safety standards of lifts in city buildings. The program will continue throughout the remainder of the 2013/14 financial year, and will focus on lifts in non-residential buildings in Perth city. WorkSafe Director John Innes said today that inspectors from the Plant Safety Team will be looking closely at a number of aspects of lift safety...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Nov 2013
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to the agriculture sector to work safely during harvesting operations. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the agriculture sector did not have a good record when it came to workplace safety. “Western Australia’s agriculture, fishing and forestry sector has one of the State’s highest rates of work-related injuries,” Mr McCulloch said. ”The sector...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Nov 2013
WA’s cyclone season has now begun, and 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. “The cyclone season officially began on November 1, and under workplace...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Nov 2013
November is Australia’s first national Asbestos Awareness Month, and WorkSafe has added its voice to reminders about the hazards of asbestos. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that WA had a particular interest in reminding workers and the community about the dangers of asbestos. “Unfortunately we have the sad legacy of Wittenoom to remind us of the potential hazards of asbestos,...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Nov 2013
A new and updated version of workplace safety and health resource WorkSafe SmartMove was launched today by Commerce Minister Michael Mischin. SmartMove is a free-of-charge resource for senior high school students and young workers who are entering the workforce on work placements, work experience or as school-based apprentices or trainees. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch stressed the...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Oct 2013
The five winners of the prestigious 2013 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this morning. Technology Assisting Disability WA, WA Police, Centurion, Joseph Dunbar and Michael Garstone are the winners of the award categories and will now be entered into the national Safe Work Australia Awards. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said this morning the five winners were examples...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Oct 2013
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 48-year-old worker at Narrogin late yesterday. The man was moving hay bales with a forklift at Narrogin Hay yesterday morning when he was struck by a prong of a pitchfork attachment on another forklift. He was airlifted to Perth, but died last night. Inspectors travelled to the site yesterday and are interviewing witnesses and investigating...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Oct 2013
A Great Southern construction company has been fined $65,000 over the death of a man who fell seven metres through a skylight in the roof of a shed under construction near Esperance. As the entity in control of the workplace, Cochrane & Sons Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the workplace was safe for a person who was not an employee and, by that failure, causing the death of a...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 Oct 2013
Safety concerns have prompted WorkSafe to take a close look at sleeper cabs in trucks involved in long distance trips. Inspectors investigating the death of a truck driver earlier this year were alerted to problems with sleeper cabs in the course of that investigation and were prompted to look more closely at the issue. Sixteen Prohibition Notices were issued to one transport company, and other...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Oct 2013
A roofing company and its Director have been fined a total of $100,000 (plus more than $2200 in costs) over an incident in which a worker was seriously injured when he fell through a roof. The Mallon Company Pty Ltd – trading as Frontline Roofing - and Director Michael Moore pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to a contractor and...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Sep 2013
A recent spate of serious incidents has prompted WorkSafe and Energy Safety to remind and warn people about the risks and consequences of working near overhead powerlines. This week, a crane operator at a building site in White Gum Valley swung his jib into an overhead 132kV powerline. The crane operator remained safe in the cab however WorkSafe and Energy Safety are investigating the incident...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Sep 2013
WorkSafe is investigating a work-related fatality at the BGC (Australia) Pty Ltd trading as BGC Cement worksite in Naval Base near Rockingham this afternoon. A 44-year-old man was believed to have died as a result of a fall. This is the second death at the Beard Street site within 11 months. Inspectors travelled to the site and are investigating the circumstances. No further details are available...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Sep 2013
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related fatality at the Instant Waste Management worksite in Bayswater this afternoon. Inspectors travelled to the site and will investigate the circumstances. No further details are available at this stage. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates serious work-related injuries and deaths in WA with a view to preventing future incidents of a similar nature. WorkSafe WA...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Sep 2013
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to workers engaged in high risk work that they need to check the renewal dates on their licences and ensure they are renewed. The first High Risk Work licences with a five-year expiry date were issued in October 2007, so licence holders need to check expiry dates and take action to renew licences or risk being unable to work in their chosen field. WorkSafe WA...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Sep 2013
WorkSafe has produced a poster for workplaces aimed at raising awareness of noise-induced hearing loss as part of Hearing Awareness Week 2013. The poster, an initiative of the Commission for Occupational Safety and Health, can be downloaded from WorkSafe’s website and printed for display in workplaces. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Ian Munns said today the poster aimed to encourage...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Aug 2013
WorkSafe is conducting an inspection program to look at safety standards in automotive repair workplaces. The program will continue throughout the 2013/14 financial year, and will focus on workplaces that carry out automotive body, paint and interior repairs. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the sector was being targeted because it had a high rate of work-related injury. “Workers in the...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Jul 2013
WorkSafe will conduct an inspection program to look at safety standards in clothing and footwear retailing outlets throughout the 2013/14 financial year. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the clothing and footwear retailing sector was being targeted because of increases in the number of injuries being recorded in the sector. “We were concerned to find that lost time injuries in footwear...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Jul 2013
A forklift operator who did not hold the appropriate licence has been fined $1000 (plus $1728 in costs) over an incident in which a delivery driver was injured by the forklift the operator was reversing. Gary Alexander Egberts pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the safety or health of the delivery driver and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Jul 2013
WorkSafe will conduct an inspection program to look at safety standards in takeaway food outlets. The program will continue throughout the 2013/14 financial year, and will focus on smaller operations such as fish and chip shops and takeaway outlets in food halls. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the takeaway food sector was being targeted because it had a high rate of work-related injury...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Jul 2013
A crane hire company and its director have been fined a total of $71,000 (plus more than $1600 in costs) over an incident in which a worker was seriously injured when he fell through a roof. Terry’s Crane Hire Pty Ltd and director Terrence Ronald Brown pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to a contractor and were fined in the...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Jun 2013
A Canning Vale freight company has been fined $20,000 (plus $1591 in costs) over an incident in which an employee was injured by a reversing forklift. Massena Pty Ltd – trading as Star Freightlines – pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday. Massena employed around 30 people at a transport yard in Karratha...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Jun 2013
WorkSafe’s participation in recent roadblock exercises has revealed a reasonable level of compliance with WA’s fatigue management laws for commercial vehicle drivers. WorkSafe participated in five joint Austrans roadblock operations undertaken by WA Police and also involving Main Roads WA, the Explosives and Dangerous Goods section of the Department of Mines and Petroleum, the Department of...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Jun 2013
WorkSafe has issued a further warning on checking High Risk Work Licences after being given information on the availability of fake licences overseas. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said further information on fraudulent licences had been received since a warning was issued earlier this week. “We issued a warning on Tuesday to check on NSW-issued High Risk Work Licences after two fake...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 May 2013

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