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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...
Payroll essentials
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
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...
Pay rates for apprentices and trainees
Inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos is a serious issue for Australia and will continue to be so for many years, despite the ban on new uses of asbestos in 2003. Asbestos can be classified into two main types, 'friable' or 'non-friable'. Friable...
Asbestos
This page contains frequently asked questions on asbestos. I’m not sure which WA agency would best help me with my asbestos query. See the 'Asbestos Issues: Who to call' brochure. What products might asbestos be found in? Asbestos cement products such as building materials ('fibro'), fences,...
Asbestos
This page contains frequently asked questions on alcohol and drugs. Why should there be a policy on alcohol and drugs in the workplace? There are a number of reasons why it may be appropriate to develop a workplace policy on alcohol and other drugs: An employer could be found in breach of the...
Alcohol and drugs
Employers or people in control of workplaces where hazardous substances are used must keep and maintain an up to date hazardous substances register that is readily available to staff. Risk assessments must also be performed on hazardous substances to minimise exposure and protect the health and...
Hazardous substances
The Building Commission protects the community by setting standards and ensuring contractors have the skills, experience and financial capacity to deliver quality building services. It is illegal for an individual, partnership or company to contract for or carry out a building service without first...
Find a registered building service provider or licensed plumber
The following information is about substances that meet the definition of 'hazardous substances' in the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996. There are also requirements for ensuring the safety with other chemicals at the workplace and these are outlined under Chemical control and Safety...
Hazardous substances
This page answers some of the most frequently asked questions relating to noise. How can noise affect your life? Hearing loss caused by noise is insidious and permanent. It can cause isolation at home and socially and decrease efficiency at work. High pitched sounds, such as consonants and women's...
Noise and vibration

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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
A cleaning supervisor died of an electric shock from a commercial dishwasher in the dish washing room of a food hall. Before the incident, the dishwashing machine was not washing the dishes properly...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017

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Building Commissioner Peter Gow says a new transitional arrangement with current providers of home indemnity insurance in Western Australia will mean that it is business as usual. The transitional arrangement gives the Government time to consider and consult on recommendations in the Economic Regulation Authority’s inquiry into Western Australia’s home indemnity insurance arrangements, which was...
Building Commission
Media release
29 Oct 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 31 October 2013, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price up to 149.9 cents per litre (cpl). Most Gull sites are increasing their ULP price up to 148.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 147.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan average price for ULP will be 147...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Oct 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
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 24 October 2013, most Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 153.9 cpl. Most BP and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price up to 152.9 cpl, most Caltex Woolworths and Gull sites up to 151.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 150.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Oct 2013
Ballajura man Christopher James Webb trading as Precision Paving has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to remedy unsatisfactory work carried out at Mt Lawley property in May 2011. Webb pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to comply with a Building Remedy Order without a reasonable excuse at the Perth Magistrates Court on 4 October 2013. The court ordered him...
Building Commission
Media release
18 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
A 56 year old man from WA's South West has suffered a two million dollar loss, the largest ever reported to Project Sunbird, after becoming a victim of an investment and 'money wash' fraud. Bryan from Boyanup, who doesn't want his surname revealed, met the fraudsters online four years ago and was offered an investment opportunity to recover lost funds from the United Kingdom and set up various...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Oct 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 17 October 2013, most Caltex and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 153.9 cpl. Most BP and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 152.9 cpl, most Gull sites up to 151.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 150.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2013

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