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Latest News – USSA Global http://www.ussaglobal.com 100% Safe Always Wed, 22 Aug 2018 07:52:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.16 Review of OHS Management System Standard http://www.ussaglobal.com/ohs-management-system/ Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:42:37 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1860 New Occupational health and safety management system (ISO 45001) A new occupational health and safety management system requirements is being produced by a Project Committee, ISO PC283.  Scheduled publication date is October 2016. The Standard will be aligned with ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management), which will allow for a simpler and […]

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New Occupational health and safety management system (ISO 45001)

A new occupational health and safety management system requirements is being produced by a Project Committee, ISO PC283.  Scheduled publication date is October 2016.

The Standard will be aligned with ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management), which will allow for a simpler and improved combined Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality Management System.  With the launch of the new standard (ISO 45001), you will be allowed a transition period before your certification audits will be conducted using the new standard.

Health and safety management systems are not effective if senior management’s commitment is not there, it quite simply requires leadership, and also provides the framework for developing safety leadership.

BS OHSAS 18001 (AS 4801) is often expected to work separately from other management systems in an organization and this limited approach inevitably causes problems.  Health and Safety must be an integral part of the Business Management System and by using the same structure and core requirements as other management system standards, such as Quality (ISO 9001) and Environment (ISO 14001), the new OHS Management System standard ISO 45001 will bring occupational health and safety directly into top managements responsibility.

 

Contact us for additional information or/and to evaluate your current Management system to determine its readiness.

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Rotorua Forestry death an avoidable tragedy http://www.ussaglobal.com/rotorua-forestry-death-avoidable-tragedy/ Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:45:15 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1820 13 August 2014  A logging company director, Major Nelson, has been fined $35,000 and ordered to pay $15,000 in reparation over the death of a worker who was killed by a falling tree. Robert Ruri-Epapara was working as part of a Complete Logging Limited logging crew at Waione Forest near Rotorua in March 2013 when […]

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13 August 2014  A logging company director, Major Nelson, has been fined $35,000 and ordered to pay $15,000 in reparation over the death of a worker who was killed by a falling tree.

Robert Ruri-Epapara was working as part of a Complete Logging Limited logging crew at Waione Forest near Rotorua in March 2013 when he was fatally injured by a falling tree cut down by Major Nelson.

Mr Nelson was the crew’s foreman and was operating a Timberjack machine, which is a tracked excavator with an attachment used for felling trees. It is also used as an anchor point for cables used to haul logs up a slope.

Mr Nelson was attempting to manoeuvre the Timberjack onto a level position so it could be used as an anchor point, and decided to fell some trees that were in his way. He was unable to see Mr Ruri-Epapara, who was working without any radio communications on a steep slope with thick undergrowth.

Mr Nelson contacted another worker with a radio who could see up the slope to try to check on Mr Ruri-Epapara’s location. It is unclear exactly what Mr Nelson was told, but his understanding was that the slope was clear. He went ahead and cut down a tree which struck Mr Ruri-Epapara and another tree which also toppled over.

The fact that a second tree had fallen alerted Mr Nelson to the fact that someone may have been working in the area. He stopped the machine and went to check the area. When he found Mr Ruri-Epapara he began CPR but when emergency services arrived they confirmed his injuries were fatal.

Major Nelson was convicted under sections 19(b) and 50(1)(a) of the Health and Safety in Employment Act of failing to take all practicable steps as an employee to ensure that no action of his while at work caused harm to another person.

WorkSafe New Zealand’s chief investigator, Keith Stewart, says Mr Ruri-Epapara’s death was a tragedy that could have been avoided if the Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Forest Operations had been followed.

“Mr Nelson should have established the location of Mr Ruri-Epapara before he moved the Timberjack machine into his work area and began bringing down trees.

“Mr Nelson should also have made Mr Ruri-Epapara aware of what he was doing with the Timberjack so that he could move into a safe zone, at least two full tree lengths away from the tree being felled.

“Forestry as an inherently dangerous industry, and the Code of Practice is designed to save lives. There is no room for short-cuts and a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude. As foreman Major Nelson should have known better,” says Keith Stewart.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/news/releases/2014/forestry-death-an-avoidable-tragedy

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Company pleads guilty over Pilbara mine death http://www.ussaglobal.com/company-pleads-guilty-pilbara-mine-death/ Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:43:42 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1818 Tuesday, 12 August 2014  Crushing Services International Pty Ltd (CSI) has entered a guilty plea in the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s prosecution related to the death of a Pilbara mine worker on 14 August last year. The matter was heard yesterday in South Hedland before Magistrate Potter. Mr Kurt Williams, a contracted electrician with […]

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014  Crushing Services International Pty Ltd (CSI) has entered a guilty plea in the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s prosecution related to the death of a Pilbara mine worker on 14 August last year.

The matter was heard yesterday in South Hedland before Magistrate Potter.

Mr Kurt Williams, a contracted electrician with CSI, was greasing a motor when he was fatally crushed by a ladder attached to a tripper unit at the top of the ore processing facility at Fortescue Metal Group’s Christmas Creek mine.

CSI was charged under the Mines and Safety Inspection Act for failing to provide a safe working environment.

DMP’s Resources Safety Executive Director Simon Ridge said the guilty plea was a pleasing result for a very tragic matter.

“I am sure it will be a relief to the victim’s family that this court matter will not continue to be a protracted process,” he said.

“It should also serve as a reminder that safety needs to be the number one priority for everyone, especially mine operators.

“There is no room for complacency, every fatality or serious injury is one too many.

“The department will continue to work with mining operators to ensure WA operates to high safety standards, but in any instance where that is found not to be the case, the department will hold those responsible to account.”

The guilty plea was entered and the matter was adjourned until 19 September 2014 for sentencing.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/7105_20498.aspx

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WA WorkSafe Offices relocated to Cannington http://www.ussaglobal.com/wa-worksafe-offices-relocated-cannington/ Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:41:33 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1815 August 2014  Over the next few months, the majority of the Department of Commerce divisions will be relocating, starting with WorkSafe on 15 August. From Monday 18th of August, WorkSafe will be located at the Mason Bird Building, 303 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington. If you have any questions or need further information, call 1300 307 8771300 307 877 […]

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August 2014  Over the next few months, the majority of the Department of Commerce divisions will be relocating, starting with WorkSafe on 15 August. From Monday 18th of August, WorkSafe will be located at the Mason Bird Building, 303 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington.

If you have any questions or need further information, call 1300 307 8771300 307 877 or email safety@commerce.wa.gov.au

To view the full article and for the latest updates on the moves, click here: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/corporate/commerce-offices-are-moving

 

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Worksafe: WA model WHS legislation on its way http://www.ussaglobal.com/worksafe-wa-model-whs-legislation-way/ Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:40:25 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1813 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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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 months.

To read the full article and for further information about the bill, click here: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/announcements/work-health-and-safety-legislation

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National work health and safety guidance material released http://www.ussaglobal.com/national-work-health-safety-guidance-material-released/ Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:38:43 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1811 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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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
  • Working in the vicinity of overhead and underground electric lines
  • Formwork and falsework
  • Scaffolds and scaffolding work.

The national material provides practical advice for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to manage risks at the workplace. The material includes information sheets to assist small businesses and workers meet their WHS obligations.

The national guidance material was agreed by majority by Safe Work Australia Members in June 2014.

To read the full article and access the guidance material, click here: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/news/pages/tn04072014

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Lowest number of work-related deaths in 11 years http://www.ussaglobal.com/lowest-number-work-related-deaths-11-years/ Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:36:44 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1809 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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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 per 1000 000 selfemployed workers) was three times higher than the fatality rate for employees (1.31). This is partly due to the high fatality rates in the Agriculture, forestry and fishing and Transport, postal and warehousing industries, both of which also have a higher than average proportion of selfemployed workers.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/media-events/media-releases/Documents/2014%20Media%20Releases/MR15072014-Lowest-work-related-deaths-in-eleven-years.pdf

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Brownes fined for Milk Pollution http://www.ussaglobal.com/brownes-fined-milk-pollution/ Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:35:04 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1807 August 2014  Brownes Food Operations Pty Ltd appeared before Magistrate Kelvin Fisher at the Bunbury Magistrates Court on 28 July 2014 and was fined $100,000 after pleading guilty to pollution. The Court was told that between 27 November and 16 December 2011 between 70,000 and 140,000 litres of unprocessed milk was discharged into a storm water […]

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August 2014  Brownes Food Operations Pty Ltd appeared before Magistrate Kelvin Fisher at the Bunbury Magistrates Court on 28 July 2014 and was fined $100,000 after pleading guilty to pollution.

The Court was told that between 27 November and 16 December 2011 between 70,000 and 140,000 litres of unprocessed milk was discharged into a storm water drainage system which flowed into a natural creek feeding the Elvira Gully — a tributary of the Brunswick River in Brunswick.

The milk discharge was due to a failed electric motor which had not been inspected or maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s assembly and operating instructions.

The Court accepted that Brownes caused pollution in the waters of the Elvira Gully from its Brunswick milk processing facility, contrary to section 49(3) and 99Q of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.der.wa.gov.au/about-us/media-statements/144-brownes-fined-for-causing-milk-pollution-in-river

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Dumb Ways to Die http://www.ussaglobal.com/dumb-ways-to-die/ Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:44:48 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1784 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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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 successful safety campaigns worldwide, having amassed over 40 million hits on YouTube after going viral. In 2013, Metro stated that the campaign has cut the number of “near-miss” accidents by more than 30 per cent; it has been reported that the short film may now be licensed to foreign train operators.  Watch the clip at: http://dumbwaystodie.com/mobile.html

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Mining’s multi-billion-dollar black hole http://www.ussaglobal.com/minings-multi-billion-dollar-black-hole/ Thu, 12 Jun 2014 03:53:10 +0000 http://www.ussaglobal.com/?p=1774 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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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, at one time the largest goldmine in the world. In the 100 years to 1981 it produced about 262 tonnes of gold, 37 tonnes of silver and 387,000 tonnes of copper, as well as 134 million tonnes of waste rock and overburden. Then the price of gold fell and the price of the cyanide used to extract the gold rose, and the mine’s then-operators walked away, leaving behind the old pit, flooded with billions of litres of acidic water and elevated levels of 18 elements, including lead, cobalt, cadmium, copper, manganese. And there it has stayed – a cocktail of heavy metals in a giant bath of sulfuric acid – with minimal rehabilitation, gradually leaching pollutants. Decades later, long stretches of the nearby Dee River remain highly toxic.  And in the big wet of January 2013, when the pit overflowed, there were “impacts”, as the Queensland mines department blandly put it, for 50 kilometres downstream. That is to say, the Dee River turned bright turquoise, killing fish and other wildlife, and leaving behind a poisonous sludge on the streambed. The Queensland government has spent more than $50 million since 1992 mitigating the worst of the problems posed by the abandoned site at Mount Morgan

To read the full news article from The Saturday Paper click here

To find out more and how USSA Global, in collaboration with our affiliate; Mike Slight & Associates can assist, please read out feature article by clicking here.

 

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