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Worksafe: WA model WHS legislation on its way

August 2014  On 12 August 2014, the Minister for Commerce, Hon Michael Mischin MLC announced that a Western Australian version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) bill would be introduced shortly into State Parliament.  This will be in the form of a green bill, which will be released for a consultation period of three […]

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National work health and safety guidance material released

July 2014  Safe Work Australia have just released nine packages of national guidance material to support the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act and WHS Regulations. The topics are: Workplace traffic management Managing cash-in-transit security risks Managing risks in forestry operations Industrial lift trucks Amusement devices Safe design, manufacture, import and supply of plant […]

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Lowest number of work-related deaths in 11 years

July 2014  Australian workplaces have recorded the lowest number of fatalities in 11 years according to data released by Safe Work Australia today in the report Work-related Traumatic Fatalities, Australia 2014. The annual report found that 191 workers died from injuries received at work in 2013. Distressingly, the fatality rate for self-employed workers (4.39 deaths […]

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Dumb Ways to Die

Check out the 2012 safety campaign for Metro Trains in Melbourne, which become an international YouTube sensation. The quirky clip called ‘Dumb Ways to Die’ features animated characters killing themselves in a number of ‘dumb’ ways and was made to highlight the importance of being safe around trains. It has become one of the most […]

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Mining’s multi-billion-dollar black hole

11th June 2014 A recent article in Sydney’s The Saturday Paper has reported on the massive clean up costs being faced by state governments across Australia. As the boom ends, poor oversight and lax bonds has left governments stuck with an enormous bill for mining’s clean-up. One example of this is Mount Morgan, near Rockhampton in Queensland, […]

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Miner Dies At Grasstree Mine Near Middlemount

7th May 2014 A miner has collapsed and died at Anglo American’s Grasstree Mine near Middlemount. An Anglo American spokesperson has confirmed that the incident happened yesterday and that operations have ceased while investigations are conducted. Co-workers tried to revive the employee, who was found collapsed underground, before bringing the employee to the surface where […]

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WA Henderson crane roll injures worker

15th May 2014 WorkSafe is investigating a second accident in three days involving cranes at the Australian Marine Complex, south of Fremantle. A 25-tonne crane toppled over on the Quill Way property just after 7:00am while being turned around. One of the workers was taken to Fremantle Hospital but his injuries are not life-threatening. WorkSafe […]

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