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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
A self-employed roofing contractor has been fined $2500.00 for working on a roof without an adequate fall prevention system. Mathew David Long pleaded guilty to failing to provide adequate fall prevention where there was a risk that a person could fall two metres or more, and was fined in the Mandurah Magistrates Court last week. In May 2011, Mr Long was working on the roof at a construction site...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 May 2013
WorkSafe has issued a warning to check workers’ High Risk Work Licences after fake licences issued in New South Wales turned up in WA. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today it was important that High Risk Work Licences were only issued to workers who had been appropriately trained. “In agreeing to adopt the national licensing standard back in 2007, the important role high-quality...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 May 2013
WorkSafe has expressed disappointment at the number of deaths in the agriculture sector after another work-related death on a farm yesterday. WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 65-year-old truck driver at a potato farm at Eastbrook near Pemberton yesterday afternoon. The man was believed to have been run over by a truck when he attempted to gain access to it as it rolled down...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 May 2013
Two WA companies have been highly commended for their achievements in work safety and health at the 8th annual Safe Work Australia Awards held last week at Old Parliament House, Canberra. Nominations have now been called for the 2013 Awards for WA. Veolia Transport Pty Ltd was recognised for its workplace safety and health management systems, while Sinclair Knight Merz with Balfour Beatty UGL was...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 May 2013
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a road worker at a site in Bunbury this morning. The man was believed to have been working on the road at the site when he was struck by a grader. Inspectors from WorkSafe’s Bunbury office attended the site on the corner of Robertson Drive and Somerville Drive, and will interview witnesses and investigate the circumstances. WorkSafe thoroughly...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Apr 2013
WorkSafe has successfully appealed a reduction in penalties against a Malaga hoist and crane company and two of its Directors. D & G Hoists & Cranes Pty Ltd was fined $90,000 and Directors David Patrick Majella Keating and Luigi Vincenzo Decesare fined $45,000 each in March 2011 over the 2007 death of 22-year-old rigger Luke Aaron Murrie. The two Directors appealed the penalty against the...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Apr 2013
A Welshpool powder coating company has been fined $85,000 over the death of a worker who was killed when a drum he was cutting with an angle grinder exploded in 2010. Diamond Powder Coaters (WA) Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing the death of the worker and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court this week. The business is involved...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Apr 2013
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 56-year-old man at a property at Uduc near Harvey yesterday. The man was believed to have unloaded several horses from a large transport vehicle when a door/ramp dropped on to him. WorkSafe inspectors travelled to the site from the Bunbury office and are investigating the circumstances of the incident. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates serious...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Mar 2013
A self-employed carpenter has been fined $4000.00 for failing to provide fall prevention equipment and edge protection while working on the roof of a shed. Brendan Keith Purchase – trading as Brendan Purchase Carpentry Service – pleaded guilty to failing to provide fall prevention and edge protection and was fined in the Esperance Magistrates Court last week. In early 2011, Mr Purchase was...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Mar 2013
A company has been fined $60,000 (plus $7673 in costs) over an incident in which a female worker was injured when a lifting device fell onto her from the rear of a truck. National Fleet Administrative Services Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for a person not being an employee of National Fleet Administrative Services and, by that failure, causing...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Feb 2013
A Kwinana company has been fined a total of $50,000 over an incident in which an empty drum exploded, injuring an employee, and for failing to report the injury. Tox Free (Kwinana) Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment, and was fined $45,000 in the Rockingham Magistrates Court on Thursday. In addition, the company was fined $5000 for failing to report...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Feb 2013
A Henderson engineering company has been fined $10,000 for allowing workers to do high risk work when they did not hold a licence for that class of work. KEP Management Services Pty Ltd – trading as Phillips Engineering – pleaded guilty to two charges of allowing unlicensed dogging work and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court this week. One of the workers at the company’s main workshop...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Feb 2013
A construction and services contracting company has been fined $65,000 (plus almost $8000 in costs) over an incident in which an assembled street light came too close to high-voltage power lines near a Shell service station. Thiess Services Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to provide a safe workplace and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court this week. In February 2009, Thiess...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Feb 2013
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a worker at a glass manufacturing premises in Osborne Park today. The man was believed to have been in an area where large containers of glass sheets were being moved when one fell over, striking him. Inspectors travelled to the site soon after and will interview witnesses and investigate the circumstances. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Feb 2013
The first serious cyclone threat of the season has prompted WorkSafe to issue a reminder to ensure contingency plans have been swung into action and that workers in all workplaces under threat are familiar with the plans. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today it was crucial that everyone at sea and on land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area. "With Severe Tropical...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Jan 2013
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to all workplaces to keep safety a high priority when returning to work after the festive season. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that there had been nine work-related fatalities in WA so far this financial year, and employers and workers should guard against complacency. "People returning to work after the festive break need to be especially...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Jan 2013
Thirty of the world’s leading experts in quad bike safety assembled in Sydney this week as part of a project to improve quad bike safety. The $1 million quad bike crash performance research, testing and design project is being undertaken by the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA), the body representing Australasia’s work safety and health regulators. The NSW-funded research is being...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Dec 2012
A Kewdale building products manufacturer has been fined $45,000 (plus more than $3500 in costs) over an incident in which a supervisor had two fingers severed by a fly wheel press. Industrial Progress Corporation – trading as Roofmart WA – 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 Perth...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Dec 2012

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