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WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a shearer at Katrine, between Northam and Toodyay. The man was reported to have been placing wool into a wool press yesterday when he was caught in the machinery. WorkSafe investigators examine the circumstances of incidents in workplaces with a view to ensuring compliance and preventing future incidents of a similar nature. WorkSafe WA...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 Jan 2022
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death yesterday of a 72-year-old farmer at Maya in WA’s Mid-West, around 240km NNE of Perth. The man was reported to have been jump-starting an old tractor in order to use it to release a bogged truck when the tractor struck him. It then continued travelling into a paddock where it hit trees and started a fire. WorkSafe investigators examine the...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Dec 2021
An exploration drilling company has been fined $256,000 (and ordered to pay $2363.50 in costs) over an incident in which a contractor died after being struck by a large “stillson” wrench. The stillson – otherwise known as a pipe wrench – had been attached to a drill rig that was being operated under hydraulic power. Orbit Drilling Pty Ltd pleaded guilty as a principal that engaged a contractor to...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Dec 2021
The McGowan Government has released exposure drafts of regulations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 ahead of the commencement of major work health and safety (WHS) reforms in March 2022. Releasing the exposure drafts of the supporting regulations provides all participants in Western Australian workplaces the opportunity to prepare themselves to meet the requirements of the new Act and to...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Dec 2021
A South Bayswater engineering company has been fined $200,000 (and ordered to pay $3320.50 in costs) over an incident in which a worker’s arm was amputated below the elbow. B&Y Precision Engineering Pty Ltd (trading as De Cassan Industries) pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and was fined in the Armadale Magistrates Court last week. In October 2018, an...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Dec 2021
On 15 December 2021, Minister Stephen Dawson MLC made a Brief Ministerial Statement in Parliament advising that the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws will come into effect in March 2022. Originally scheduled for January 2022, the new laws will bring together work health and safety for general industry, mines and petroleum and geothermal operations under a single WHS Act. Draft WHS regulations...
WorkSafe
Department News
16 Dec 2021
A construction company has been fined $320,000 (and ordered to pay $22,212.45 in costs) over an incident in 2017 in which a young worker fell to his death. 17-year-old Wesley Ballantine died after he fell through a void in the roof of an internal atrium at the old GPO building during the construction of the H&M store in Forrest Place, Perth. Industrial Construction Services Pty Ltd (ICS) was...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Nov 2021
A subcontractor on the Forrestfield Airport Link Project has been fined $200,000 (and ordered to pay $2847.50 in costs) over serious injuries suffered by a worker in July 2018. Salini Australia Pty Ltd pleaded guilty in October to failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee (maximum fine $400,000), and was fined in the Perth...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Nov 2021
A site supervisor at a land development company has been fined $10,000 (and ordered to pay $1172.50 in costs) over an incident in 2018 in which a worker was seriously injured when limestone blocks from an adjacent retaining wall and a steel plate fell on him. Glenn Edwin Rush pleaded guilty to failing as an employee to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the health of another person...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Nov 2021
A Welshpool sheet metal fabrication company has been handed one of the highest ever fines under WA’s workplace safety laws. PGQW Pty Ltd– previously known as Boxline Industries Pty Ltd – and its manager Bradley Michael Shackleton have been fined a total of $650,000 over an incident in 2018 in which an employee suffered serious burns. PGQW pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Nov 2021
The WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner has moved to reassure senior leaders that volunteer firefighters will not be adversely affected by the incoming new workplace safety laws. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh met with senior leaders from WAFarmers, Pastoralists and Graziers Association, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades and...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Oct 2021
A land development company has been fined $95,000 (and ordered to pay $2044.50 in costs) over an incident in 2018 in which a worker was seriously injured when a wall and a steel plate fell on him. Wormall Civil Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious injury to an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court today...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 Sep 2021
WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at workplace safety and health issues in takeaway food outlets. The program will involve inspectors visiting fast food outlets in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2021/22 financial year. WorkSafe Acting Director Carla van Ijzendoorn said today the inspection program had been prompted by continued significant...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 Sep 2021
A roofing company has been fined $450,000 (and ordered to pay $3056 in costs) after a roof plumber fell through a penetration on the construction site of the new Perth Museum. Charman Australia 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 Perth Magistrates Court yesterday. Charman is one...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Aug 2021
WA’s Commission for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking public comment on a code of practice on Psychosocial Hazards in the Workplace. The code is intended to provide practical guidance for workplaces where workers may be exposed to psychological and social hazards such as inappropriate behaviours, violence and aggression, fatigue, burnout, stress and trauma, all of which can be harmful to...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Aug 2021
WorkSafe has issued a warning to licensing assessors and industry in general after a Perth assessor had most High Risk Work Licence assessor classes cancelled for not properly assessing license applicants. The assessor was registered to assess 18 classes of high-risk work, but 17 of these were cancelled after a WorkSafe investigation found the assessor was not properly assessing workers. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Aug 2021
WorkSafe has commenced prosecution action against a subcontractor over serious injuries suffered by a worker on the Forrestfield Airport Link Project in July 2018. Salini Australia Pty Ltd has been charged with failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee. On the afternoon of July 7, 2018, three Salini employees were engaged...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Jun 2021
WA’s Commission for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking public comment on the code of practice for workplace behaviour . At the May meeting the Commission endorsed the draft workplace behaviour code of practice and agreed to a three-month public consultation period ending 30 August 2021. The guidance in this draft code of practice should be considered in conjunction with the general duties...
WorkSafe
Department News
31 May 2021
The director of a shed building company has become the first person to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment under WA’s workplace safety and health laws. Director of MT Sheds (WA) Pty Ltd - Mark Thomas Withers - was yesterday sentenced in the Esperance Magistrates Court to two years and two months’ imprisonment following the 2020 death of a young worker and the serious injury of another. He is...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 May 2021
WorkSafe has reminded owner-builders of their responsibility for workplace safety after an owner-builder was fined $25,000 and granted a spent conviction over an incident in which a worker fell from a roof. The South-West owner-builder (who cannot be identified due to the spent conviction) pleaded guilty to failing to take practicable measures to ensure that persons at the workplace were not...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 May 2021
Building company Gran Designs WA Pty Ltd has been fined a total of $175,000 over the 2017 death of a contract worker in the South-West town of Yarloop. The company pleaded guilty in the Bunbury Magistrates Court yesterday to five charges, the most serious of which was failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing the death of the worker. On this charge the company...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 May 2021
Wednesday 28 April 2021 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Worker's Memorial Day. This day provides us an opportunity not only to raise awareness of safety and health in workplaces but to remember those who have died from a work-related injury or illness. The International Labour Organisation annually sets a theme for the day. This year's theme is Anticipate, prepare and respond to...
WorkSafe
Event
23 Apr 2021
WorkSafe has commenced prosecution action against a shed building company and its director over the fall death of a worker and the serious injury of another worker in March 2020. MT Sheds (WA) Pty Ltd and company director Mark Thomas Withers face a total of seven separate charges including charges in relation to the death of Jake Williams and serious injuries to Fraser Pinchin last year. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Mar 2021
Nominations are now open for the prestigious 2021 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards, celebrating safety across Western Australian workplaces. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said the Awards would recognise outstanding solutions and innovations in health and safety across all WA workplaces. “This is a terrific opportunity for WA businesses to show off their workplace safety...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Mar 2021
The Premier announced that Perth, Peel and the South West regions of WA will be entering a hard lockdown until 6.00pm, Friday 5 February 2021. While DMIRS is well prepared to deal with the current situation, the lockdown may impact planned business activities and meetings with the department in these regions during the week. Our regional offices, except the Bunbury and Collie offices, remain open...
WorkSafe
Department News
03 Feb 2021

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