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The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Employees with disabilities
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Public holiday pay
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
WA pay rates and award summaries
A Western Australian employee covered by a WA award or industrial agreement requiring superannuation contributions to be paid into a fund is entitled to ‘choice of fund’ under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA) ( the IR Act ). Other employees eligible for superannuation may be entitled to...
Choice of superannuation fund
This page contains frequently asked questions on forklifts. Do I always have to wear the seat belt when operating a forklift truck? Yes. Regulation 4.44 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 states that an employer must ensure that the operator of the forklift uses the seat belt...
Forklifts
Did you know? The most common metal guillotine injuries are crushed or amputated fingers. Most of these accidents are not caused by the blade of the guillotine, but by the clamps that hold the sheet of metal being cut. Other injuries are from fingers jamming under the sheet of metal being cut, and...
Plant and machinery
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system cover businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
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The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Bereavement leave
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Parental leave
Chemicals, just like any other hazard, need to be managed. The information on this page will assist you in achieving this. What should I do to manage chemical hazards? Employers and self employed people have a legal responsibility to obtain adequate information about hazardous substances used in...
Hazardous substances

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In May 2009, an employee at a service station was injured when she attempted to pump air into tyres of a ‘divided wheel’ (split rim) on a hand trolley using the standard air hose. The employee had...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
An employee was attempting to raise a newly manufactured mining low loader trailer, weighing approximately 80 tonne, to enable a transport trailer to be driven underneath so the new trailer could be...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
During the process of a vessel coming alongside a wharf to dock, the vessel’s skipper was unable to stop the forward motion of the vessel while under power due to a fault with the engine hydraulic...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A truck driver lost his life when a plastic kettle melted and set fire to the cab of his prime mover. The driver had stopped at a truck bay, placed the kettle on the passenger’s seat and plugged the...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
Do you need assistance to improve the safety of people working with machinery and equipment?
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
A farm worker was seriously injured when his clothing (shirt) became entangled in an exposed rotating shaft of a twin auger. The person was directing fertiliser from the twin augers into compartments...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
During the unloading of a bulk dry powder discharge tanker, the tank (a pressure vessel) failed, causing the death of two workers. The tank was connected to a large portable compressor supplying...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
Recent fatalities have highlighted the dangers associated with working alone and the importance of having regular communications with isolated workers. In the first incident, a self-employed man was...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
In November 2008 a 39-year-old plumber died from injuries received while operating a 225mm cutting grinder (commonly know as a chasing saw). The plumber was chasing brick walls in a bathroom of a...
WorkSafe
Alert
04 Aug 2017
A young security worker on a student visa was fatally injured on his way to work when the car he was driving crashed into a safety barrier on the Graham Farmer freeway. There was no evidence of...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017

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WorkSafe has urged workers – particularly those who work outside on a regular basis – to take care to avoid the risk of skin cancer. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today all precautions should be taken by workers who cannot avoid exposure to the sun in the course of their work. “Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, and at least two in every three...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Dec 2013
Perth builder Antoun Garcia, trading as High Tech Construction, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to meet his responsibilities under a home building contract. Garcia was found guilty of three charges at the Armadale Magistrates Court on 28 November 2013 and was ordered to pay fines of $12,000 and court costs of $621.15. He did not appear in court. The...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Dec 2013
WorkSafe has issued a warning on guarding against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments during the summer months. 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 conditions and exposure to...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 Dec 2013
There are twenty suspected romance or investment fraud victims in Broome who have transferred a total of $76,684 to Africa since July 2012. The tip-of-the-iceberg figures, which do not take into account money sent to fraudsters in other countries, have prompted a visit to the town by detectives working on Project Sunbird – a joint anti-fraud initiative between WA Police Major Fraud Squad and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Dec 2013
A pair of private landlords who broke tenancy law by making their tenant pay too much bond money, not giving a receipt and not lodging the money with the Bond Administrator, have been ordered to pay $3,000 in fines and costs. Steven and Nava Meyer pleaded guilty to three offences under the Residential Tenancies Act during a hearing at in the Perth Magistrates Court on 2 December 2013. They were...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Dec 2013
A backyard car dealer has been fined $6,500 and ordered to pay costs of $1,500 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for buying and selling vehicles without a licence. Mashari Abdulh Al Shamari of Mirrabooka pleaded guilty on 4 December 2013 to charges of buying and selling vehicles between January 2011 and August 2012 without a licence, in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. During this period...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Dec 2013
Consumer Protection is urging Western Australians to shop smart when buying gifts online in the lead up to Christmas. “The festive season is a busy time and many consumers will be shopping online to save time and potentially money too,” Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said. “We all need to be smart when shopping online to make sure that we make the right choice. The range of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Dec 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 5 December 2013, most Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price by 15 cents per litre (cpl) up to 158.9 cpl. Most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 157.9 cpl, most Gull sites to 156.9 cpl and most Peak sites to 155.9 cpl.. Tomorrow's metropolitan...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Dec 2013
A company that manufactures plasterboard products has been fined $40,000 (plus more than $1800 in costs) over a serious injury to the arm of an employee. BGC (Australia) Pty Ltd – trading as BGC Plasterboard - pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee and was fined in the Midland Magistrates Court on Monday. In June 2010...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Nov 2013
Home owners and tenants are reminded that pool fences and other safety barriers need to be properly maintained to ensure safety for children this summer. The joint warning from Consumer Protection and the Building Commission comes after a recent Coroner’s Court hearing highlighted a situation where there were delays in repairing a self-closing pool security door at a rental property which may...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Dec 2013

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