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Workcover NSW Focuses on Reducing Slips Trips and Falls in May

WorkCover NSW has designated May 2009 as Slips, Trips and Falls Month in a campaign to reduce injuries and raise awareness of risks.  WorkCover CEO Jon Blackwell said slips, trips and falls refer to incidents such as a worker falling from a height, or falling over on the same level, as well as a worker […]

Safety warning for working with Suspended Scaffolding

WorkCover NSW has issued a reminder today to the construction industry to ensure adequate risk assessment and safety control measures are in place when working with suspended scaffolding.  A copy of WorkCover’s Safety Alert – Suspended Scaffolding and the Safe Working at Heights Guide is available from the WorkCover website or by calling 13 10 […]

Man falls to death at Maroubra work site

An elderly man plunged 40 metres to his death while his traumatised workmate was left dangling from a safety harness after the collapse of a work platform at the rear of a Sydney building.  The two subcontractors involved in the plunge had been hired to do maintenance work at the Maroubra Seals Sports and Community […]

Dodgey scaffolding closes major city street

Police say it could be up to 5 days before parts of Castlereagh Street in Sydney reopen, after scaffolding on a building site buckled yesterday afternoon.  The street remains closed to pedestrians and vehicles while engineers work on the site.  They need to determine whether it is safe to pull down and replace the seven […]

Man Survives 10-storey fall at a power station

A man has survived a 10-storey fall at the Yallourn power station in the Latrobe Valley.  Police say the 47-year-old man fell from a platform and landed in about eight centimetres of hot ash.  The man has suffered serious injuries and burns but was conscious when he was flown to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne […]

Work Safety Inspections

A WORKSAFE targeted inspection program of construction sites in the South West of WA has revealed some areas of concern, but generally good compliance standards.But, despite the overall good results, some areas of concern were identified including in relation to electricity.Inspectors said some portable electrical equipment was not being tested and tagged because local electrical […]

WorkCover NSW Releases Guide to Improve Saefty in Housing Construction Industry

Workcover NSW today released a new guide to assist small businesses working in the residential construction sector meet their workplace safety responsibilities.  “The pack highlights some common safety requirements within the residential building sector and is designed to deliver safety outcomes that are comparable to other sectors of the construction industry.” Read More

Survey Exposes WOrkers’ Sunlight Danger

A national survey released today indicates employers need to provide better workplace protection against direct sunlight.  Council chairman Bill Scales says that although most employers provide their workers with adequate overall protection in the workplace, nearly one in five workers exposed to direct sunlight were given no protection at all. Read  More

Worker Admits Role in Deadly Fall

A second man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a “highly unusual” case involving an industrial accident at Bennets Green more than five years ago.  Richard Kevin Thirkell, of Newcastle, was a roof plumber on an Abdon Close worksite when Edgeworth mother Judith Davis, 41, fell 9.6 metres through a roof to her death on […]

ARAA Proposed Procedure – Poor Anchor Point Sites

The ARAA has identified that many sites continue being fitted with poorly designed, installed, documented and marked anchor installations.  This leads to significant issues for our industry and we (the ARAA) have acted on this by running public information sessions and by developing an anchor code which has since been freely available to the general […]