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WorkSafe has commenced prosecution action against a fire assay company after four workers recorded high levels of lead in their blood and one was hospitalised. Jinning Pty Ltd faces two charges of failing to ensure that biological monitoring was conducted on an employee in a lead-risk job, along with two charges of failing to ensure that counselling and health surveillance were provided to...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 May 2023
The report on the WorkSafe Commissioner’s independent Inquiry into the Agricultural Industry has been released, with most of its recommendations supported and currently under consideration. The Commissioner has indicated his support for the majority of the recommendations, however two have been noted as they will require further work or consultation if the State Government wishes to progress them...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Apr 2023
With Tropical Cyclone Ilsa about to cross the N-W coast, businesses throughout the State have been reminded to ensure that cyclone contingency plans have been established and are in operation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said today it was crucial that everyone on both sea and land had safe systems of work in place and operating when a cyclone approached. “Under workplace safety and...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Apr 2023
WorkSafe inspectors will be visiting crane businesses and operators to audit registered mobile cranes. Initial visits have revealed that some owners and operators are not conducting major inspections of their cranes. A major inspection must be carried out by a competent person, and requires: an examination of all critical components of the crane, if necessary by stripping down the crane and...
WorkSafe
Alert
15 Mar 2023
Nominations are now open for the prestigious 2023 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards, rewarding and celebrating health and safety across Western Australian workplaces. WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said today the Awards recognised outstanding solutions and innovations in health and safety across all workplaces. “This is a terrific opportunity for WA businesses of all sizes to show...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Mar 2023
A Wangara sheet metal manufacturing business has been fined $300,000 (and ordered to pay more than $6400 in costs) over an incident in which a 17-year-old apprentice had seven fingers severed. Unique Metal Works Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday. It was not alleged that the company’s failures...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Feb 2023
Businesses and undertakings must notify the regulator of certain incidents that arise out of the conduct of a business or undertaking at a workplace. The Interpretive guidelines - Incident notification will help you decide when and how to notify a work-related death, injury, illness or dangerous incident (further notification requirements apply to mines and petroleum and geothermal operations –...
WorkSafe
Alert
28 Feb 2023
WorkSafe has commenced prosecution action against a construction company over serious injuries suffered by two workers at a construction site on Rottnest Island. Firm Construction Pty Ltd has been charged with failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to two employees. In February 2020, workers employed by contractors to Firm...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Feb 2023
A Perth bricklaying company has been fined $600,000 (and ordered to pay $5000 in costs) after a worker suffered serious injuries when a concrete staircase collapsed on him. Swinging Bricklayers Pty Ltd was convicted in its absence of failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to a worker and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Feb 2023
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death last night of a worker at BHP’s rail yard at South Hedland. The worker was reported to have been struck by a locomotive and was confirmed as deceased at the scene. WorkSafe investigators will examine the circumstances of the incident with a view to ensuring compliance and preventing future incidents of a similar nature. The incident is also under...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Feb 2023
WorkSafe has commenced prosecution action against mining company Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) for failing to supply documents relating to 34 cases of alleged sexual harassment at their mine sites. FMG has been charged with 34 counts of refusing or failing to comply with a requirement to provide documents to a WorkSafe inspector within a specified period without a reasonable excuse. The documents...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Feb 2023
Work health and safety regulations for the control of psychosocial risks will come into effect on 24 December 2022. These regulations will require a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to eliminate psychosocial risks, or to minimise them so far as is reasonably practicable. This new duty places psychosocial hazards on the same footing as other significant hazards such as falls or...
WorkSafe
Department News
23 Dec 2022
A construction company and plumbing contractor have been fined a total of $720,000 (and ordered to pay $35,000 in costs) over an incident in which a worker drowned in a trench when a water main burst in 2018. Ryan and Melissa Pty Ltd (trading as Vivian Plumbing and Civil) pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing the death of an...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Dec 2022
A Perth freight transport company has been fined $40,000 (and ordered to pay $18,996.30 in costs) after the court decided it failed to provide a safe workplace for employees. Centurion Transport Co Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment for persons engaged by its contractors, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. In October 2017,...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Dec 2022
A Kununurra hydraulic repair company has been fined $375,000 and its sole director has been fined $60,000 (and ordered to pay $4456.30 in costs) over an incident that left a 19-year-old worker with serious head injuries. CDM Hydraulics Pty Ltd and director Clinton Douglas Morey pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious injury...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Dec 2022
A company involved in steel importation and land development has been fined a total of $240,000 (and ordered to pay $30,581 in costs) over an incident in which a 19-year-old worker had seven fingers amputated by forklift chains. PT Supplies Group Pty Ltd pleaded guilty after trial to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to a worker and was fined $...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Dec 2022
Two companies have been fined a total of $800,000 over the death of a worker at a Welshpool factory in 2019. L&M Radiator Pty Ltd, a company that manufactures, services and repairs large industrial radiators, pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing the death of an employee and was fined $500,000 (and ordered to pay $11,211.50 in...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Oct 2022
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 50-year-old man at Bibra Lake on 18 October 2022. Investigators have responded to a report of an incident at the premises of transport and logistics company Matic Transport. WorkSafe investigators examine the circumstances of incidents with a view to ensuring compliance and preventing future incidents of a similar nature. WorkSafe WA...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Oct 2022
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 35-year-old female farmhand at a property near Collie on the 20 October. The woman was reported to have been thrown from a quad bike while rounding up cattle, which resulted in fatal injuries. WorkSafe investigators examine the circumstances of incidents with a view to ensuring compliance and preventing future incidents of a similar nature...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Oct 2022
WorkSafe is investigating the possible work-related death of a 68-year-old farmer near Beverley yesterday. The man was reported to have been working on a farm when he was struck by machinery. WorkSafe investigators examine the circumstances of incidents with a view to ensuring compliance and preventing future incidents of a similar nature. WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said any work-...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Oct 2022
Dates and locations have been announced for public consultation on the WorkSafe Commissioner’s Inquiry into safety in the agriculture industry. WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh announced the Inquiry in June following the 12 th death in 12 months in the agriculture industry, and appointed an Independent Inquirer, Pam Scott, to undertake the Inquiry. Ms Scott will visit four regional centres...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Sep 2022
All inquiry recommendations pertaining to the State Government supported. Read more Media statement
WorkSafe
Alert
21 Sep 2022
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 59-year-old farmer at a property 20km north of Esperance yesterday. The man was reported to have been performing repairs under a seed bin when the bin fell on him, inflicting fatal crush injuries. WorkSafe investigators examine the circumstances of incidents with a view to ensuring compliance and preventing future incidents of a similar nature...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Sep 2022
Submissions have been invited to the WorkSafe Inquiry into safety in the agriculture sector . In addition to the call for written submissions, Independent Inquirer Pam Scott will seek community consultation in person at venues to be announced throughout WA. WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh announced the Inquiry in June after the 12 th death in the agriculture sector over a 12-month period...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Sep 2022
WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh has released the Terms of Reference for his Inquiry into the Agricultural Industry and appointed an Independent Inquirer to assist him. The death of a Great Southern farm worker in June was the 12th death in the Agriculture industry in 12 months, leading the Commissioner to initiate an Inquiry under the provisions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2020. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Aug 2022

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