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A proactive inspection program looking at construction sites in Perth’s northern suburbs has found a high level of compliance in training and licensing, but has raised some concerns in other areas. The program involved construction inspectors checking safety standards at construction sites across the northern suburbs from Joondalup to Yanchep in the final week of August. Inspectors focussed on...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Sep 2015
Consumer Protection and WorkSafe have issued a warning after traces of asbestos were found in some imported crayons. Testing carried out by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and WorkSafe Victoria found asbestos at trace levels in the following products: Dora the Explorer personalised 32 pack crayons Dora the Explorer jumbo crayons Arti Crafti 16 piece crayons Peppa Pig 8...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 Sep 2015
WorkSafe has warned workers undertaking training with A & J Training and Assessing that they may not receive a High Risk Work Licence after their training. WorkSafe Director of Business Services Robyn Parker explained that A & J could not issue the Statement of Attainment a worker would require for a High Risk Work Licence to be issued. “WorkSafe has recently received a number of queries...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Sep 2015
WorkSafe has begun a proactive inspection program looking at safety in businesses conducting powder coating activities. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today a previous inspection program on powder coating had resulted in some concerns about the hazards in the industry. “An inspection program on powder coating conducted by WorkSafe six years ago highlighted that many businesses were carrying...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Sep 2015
WorkSafe has begun a proactive inspection program looking at manual task incidents in hospitals and residential care services. The program will focus on reducing musculoskeletal injuries due to manual tasks and slips, trips and falls, and will continue over the next eight months in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director John Innes said today that inspectors would...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Sep 2015
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to ensure safe systems of work are in place in workplaces where vehicles and pedestrians are present. The reminder has been prompted by a number of recent incidents involving people being injured or killed by vehicles or parts of vehicles such as ramps. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today it was evident by the number of recent injuries and deaths that...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Sep 2015
WorkSafe will soon begin an inspection program looking at noise levels in manufacturing workplaces. The program will continue throughout the 2015/16 financial year in workplaces carrying out manufacturing activities in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the main objective of the program was to raise awareness of how noise hazards should be...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Aug 2015
A flooring installer has been fined $5000 after a labour hire apprentice suffered serious cuts to his hand while using an unguarded saw. James Dodds – trading as Jaws Flooring – pleaded to guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment for a labour hire worker and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. In August 2012, Jaws Flooring was constructing a floating timber floor at a...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Aug 2015
A Hazelmere manufacturer of electrical switchboards and switch rooms has been fined $180,000 by the Midland Magistrates Court after two workers were seriously injured when they fell from a scissor lift. HVLV Pty Ltd (in liquidation) was found guilty of failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment in breach of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The company was ordered to also...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Aug 2015
Perth’s northern suburbs are to become the focus of a new proactive inspection program by WorkSafe. WorkSafe Director Chris Kirwin said today the program would involve construction inspectors checking safety standards at construction sites across the northern suburbs from Joondalup to Yanchep in the last week of August. “The program will be part of a continuing series of proactive inspection...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Jul 2015
A New Norcia farming company and a company Director have been fined a total of $35,000 over an incident in which an employee had parts of three fingers amputated by an auger hopper. GP Mackie and Co Pty Ltd was fined $25,000 and company Director Peter Gilbert Mackie was fined $10,000 in the Moora Magistrates Court this week. The company and Mr Mackie both pleaded guilty to failing to provide and...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Jul 2015
WorkSafe is undertaking a further inspection program to look at safety issues with motor vehicle hoists. An initial inspection program – prompted by the high number of soft tissue and muscle injuries and two work-related deaths in the motor vehicle repair industry in 2013 – was conducted over the 2014/15 financial year. That program resulted in the issue of more than 1300 notices and revealed...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Jul 2015
An inspection program looking at safety issues in the motor vehicle repair sector has resulted in serious concerns with motor vehicle hoists and traffic management. The proactive inspection program, carried out by WorkSafe inspectors across the State during the 2014/15 financial year, focused on motor vehicle repair premises and repair workshops at car retail premises and resulted in the issue of...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Jun 2015
Nominations have been called for the prestigious Work Safety Awards Western Australia 2015. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the Awards aimed to publicly acknowledge the excellent workplace innovations and occupational safety and health systems being developed in WA. “The Work Safety Awards Western Australia recognise outstanding occupational safety and health management,...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Jun 2015
A Bayswater manufacturer and installer of stone benchtops has been fined $120,000 over the 2011 death of a worker, despite the fact that the company is in liquidation. Australian Countertop Pty Ltd - trading as Australian Counter Top - pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing the death of the worker, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Apr 2015
WorkSafe is conducting an inspection program to look at safety standards in the scrap metal industry. The program is being conducted in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today this sector was being targeted because of the high level of notices issued. "Inspectors are finding plenty of reasons to issue notices when they visit scrap metal businesses, and this...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 Apr 2015
WorkSafe has issued a warning to check Statements of Attainment (SOAs) for tilt-up construction work after being alerted to created copies of the document. WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Ian Munns said today WorkSafe had recently been alerted that SOAs were being electronically created. “We’ve recently been made aware that SOAs are being electronically created for workers who have not...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Apr 2015
WorkSafe has issued a warning to check High Risk Work Licences after being alerted to altered and created copies of the documents. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today WorkSafe had recently been alerted that the licences were being altered to include additional classes of high risk work for which the owner had not been trained. “We’ve recently been made aware that some High Risk Work...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Mar 2015
WorkSafe has released the Agriculture Action Plan 2014-2016 which is aimed at helping the agriculture sector to keep workplaces safe. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the document was part of WorkSafe’s strategy to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities in the WA agriculture sector. “Serious injury and fatality rates in the agriculture sector are among the highest...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Mar 2015
WorkSafe has launched the Small Business Safety web page to help small businesses comply with their workplace safety and health obligations. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today welcomed WA’s 209,000 small businesses to the website and invited them to complete the page’s simple questionnaire. “Once completed, the questionnaire provides small business owners with a tailored checklist of...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Feb 2015
A Bibra Lake steel fabrication business has been fined $75,000 over an incident in which a contractor was seriously injured when a crane struck a scissor-lift on which he was working. Metwest Steel Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace for a contractor carrying out work and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee of the contractor, and was fined...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Feb 2015
A Bunbury electrical contracting business and one of its employees have been fined a total of $44,800 over the 2013 electrocution of an 18-year-old trades assistant in the roof space of a home in East Bunbury. JCW Electrical Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and was fined $38,000 in the Bunbury Magistrates Court today. Licensed electrician Dale Francis...
Building and Energy / WorkSafe
Media release
06 Feb 2015
WorkSafe would like to remind employers and workers of the safety issues associated with working alone and in isolated areas and the importance of developing safe systems of work. WorkSafe offers a number of publications aimed at providing practical advice for employers and workers on working in isolated areas and working in hot conditions. GUIDANCE NOTE: Working alone Working safely in hot...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Jan 2015
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to pay particular attention to safety when returning to work after the festive season. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that people returning to work after the festive break needed to be especially mindful of workplace risks. “Nine Western Australians have lost their lives in work-related incidents so far this financial year, and employers and...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Jan 2015
WorkSafe has issued a reminder that the public comment period for the Work Health and Safety Bill 2014 will close on January 30. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today reminded anyone who intended to submit a public comment on the new laws that they had only three weeks left in which to so do. “Western Australians are being given the opportunity to contribute to the State’s future workplace...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Jan 2015

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