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Sun Smart Safety Tool Kit

Who’s at risk? With summer around the corner the UV index increases from the October to March period. This is particularly important for outdoor worker and drivers. A person sitting in a car can still receive significant exposure to solar UV radiation as car side windows provide only moderate protection unless clear or tinted film is applied. All skin types can be damaged by exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR). Damage is permanent and irreversible and increases with each exposure.    Who’s responsible? Under work health and safety legislation, PCBU’s (or employers) should…  Read more

Picture of the Month - Sun Safety

This painter was working on a summer day painting the facade of the house. To minimise the risk of UV radiation he took it upon him self to use an umbrella. One has to ask surely there are better ways to protect your self from the harmful rays of the sun. What to do? For more information about protecting your self or your workers refer to the following WHS Information article on UV protection. Sun Smart Safety Tool Kit     Read more

"Some people are plain stupid and you have a duty towards them"

Background On the 29 February 2012 Mr Tse, was carrying out work at private premises at Epping. By origin he comes from China and he advertised on the web seeking Chinese workers. The workers he was seeking seemed to be students. He employed Mr Yuan a university studnet. Part of the work involved cutting out the stumps of trees using a stump grinder on a slopping ground. However,the operating instructions for the machine make it plain this machine should be used only on level ground not on slopes. To deal with this Mr Tse instructed Mr Yuan to put bricks under the wheels. Mr Tse then started…  Read more

Poor Electrical Practises

These pictures were taken from a residential construction site next to a primary school. Residential construction sites are notorious for poor safety practises especially house keeping. Apart from the obvious electrical hazard the second image shows a gap in the security fence. What to do? For more information about construction work and electrical safety refer to the following codes: Construction Work Managing electrical risks in the workplace     Read more

NSW Government Reforms: WorkCover NSW Replaced by 3 Agencies

The NSW Government recently made an announcement regarding structural reforms to the operation and regulation of statutory insurance schemes in NSW, including WorkCover NSW. These reforms are in force as of Tuesday 1 September 2015. As part of the reforms, WorkCover NSW has been replaced by three separate organisations including: 1.  SafeWork NSW - the independent work health and safety regulator 2.  State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) - the independent insurance regulator 3.  Insurance & Care NSW - a single customer-focused insurance and care service provider. What…  Read more

Fatal Incident Using 9" Grinder

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating a fatal incident that happened on Thursday 4 February 2016 in Maleny. A worker later died in hospital of a chest injury he sustained when a disc shattered while he was using a nine inch grinder. Common injuries associated with grinder include amputated fingers, severed tendons and deep cuts to the face, upper body or legs. The most common causes of injury from angle grinders are lacerations from attachments that break and become projectiles, and lacerations from angle grinder kickbacks. You can take a number of precautions to eliminate…  Read more

Advance OHS Details

Advance OHS details can be easily confirmed through the following linkhttp://www.myskills.gov.au/RegisteredTrainers/Details?rtocode=91534  Read more

Asbestos Removal Training

Clause 445 of the WHS Regulation states " a person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that workers engaged by the person, whom the person reasonably believes may be involved in asbestos removal work or in the carrying out of asbestos-related work, are trained in the identification and safe handling of, and suitable control measures for, asbestos and ACM."  Organisations can face a maximum penalty of $30,000. It is important organisations conduct a risk assessment of the asbestos related activities workers are carrying out and provide workers with appropriate…  Read more

"If there is a will there is a way" September 2014 issue

This painter was seen painting the eves on a residential building. Falling from heights is one of highest causes of injury in the construction industry. For more information about working at height at residential sites download Preventing falls in housing construction code of practice.  Read more

"If there's a will there is a way"

This month's picture of the month is titled "if there is a will there is a way". These 2 construction workers found it difficult to set up an access ladder to reach the scaffold so a pallet was used instead. If you are working at heights we suggest you take a look at the following codes: - Manageing the risk of Falls at Workplaces - Preventing Falls in the Housing Construction Both documents can be downloaded from this link http://www.advanceohs.com.au/Safety-Resources    Read more

Health and Safety Representative Refresher Training Now Available to ALL

Clause 21 of the WHS Regulation states that a health and safety representative is entitled to attend the following courses of training in work health and safety: (a)  an initial course of training of 5 days, (b)  1 day’s refresher training each year, with the entitlement to the first refresher training commencing 1 year after the initial training. Work Cover has also given approval for non-HSRs to attend the course. So supervisors, managers and directors may attend this course to update their WHS knowledge.  Advance OHS has scheduled course dates to assist you in…  Read more

Regulator launches blitz on ‘White Card’ training

The Australian Skills Quality Authority will undertake a strategic review of the entry-level occupational health and safety training required to work on construction sites in Australia, commonly known as the White Card.   Concerns have also been raised about onlineassessment, particularly whether students are assessed on the communication andcomprehension skills required under the training package and whether the RTOsare certain of the identity of the person completing the assessment online.   Some of the states that allow onlinetraining are Queensland and Western Australia. In NSW,…  Read more

ASQA to crack down on dodgy "White Card" Operators

The Australian Skills Quality Authority will undertake a strategic review of the entry-level occupational health and safety training required to work on construction sites in Australia, commonly known as the White Card. There has been wide spread concern regarding the quality of the training and assessment provided by some registered training organisations (RTOs) offering the White Card training program.Advance OHS has raised many concerns with WorkCover NSW regarding online "White Card" courses and welcomes this review. Since the harmonisation of WHS Laws there has been an influx of online…  Read more

Company fined $97,500 following ambutation of 3 fingers

Company fined $200,000 following the stabbing of an employee

On 24 May 2004, a client attended the employer place of work a community service centre for the purpose of an access visit to her three children, who had been removed from her care the week prior. An interview was conducted between the client and two of the employees. During the interview the client stabbed one of the employees and threatened other staff present. The client was arrested, subsequently found guilty of intent to maliciously wound and sentenced to a term of imprisonment. Even though the employer knew of the classes of risk faced by its employees and had various paper systems in…  Read more

Company fined after a worker is trapped under the tynes (forks) of the forklift

Builder, Subby and Supervisor fined after a trainee was pinned by a EWP causing his death

Builder fined $180,000, Subby fined $180,000 and Supervisor fined $18,000 after a trainee was pinned by a elevated work platform causing his death. The killed worker was tightening bolts over the joints of the metal roof purlins. The task was carried out from the platform of the boom lift at a height of 7.7 meters above ground level. The killed worker was noticed not to be wearing a harness and had been warned earlier. Later on the day he was found pinned between the platform and purlins. He did not respond when the supervisor called out to him. As the supervisor tried to lower the boom,…  Read more

Supplier of Plant fined $60,000 following the death of an employee

On July 2006, a 37-year-old employee working alone commenced operating a Pallet Paint Line De-stacker (plant), almost 1 hour later the employee was found in an unconscious state trapped between a stack of 20 pallets. The employee died 3 days later from the injuries he received. The supplier pleaded guilty for failure “to ensure that a person who designs, manufactures or supplies any plant or substance for use by persons at work must ensure that the plant or substance is safe and without risks to health when properly used…” (OHS Act). The supplier was fined $60,000 and the…  Read more

Company fined $100,000 after a worker received lacerations and serious injuries to his arm

A worker bent down under the head of the conveyor, which had stopped to retrieve a parcel of meat which had fallen onto a steel rack. Suddenly the conveyor started and the worker’s right arm was dragged into a shear hazard at the head of the conveyor. At the time of the accident the conveyor had insufficient guarding to prevent persons gaining access to the shear hazard at the head of the conveyor. The maximum penalty which the company faces is $550,000. However, in the absence of prior convictions the company was entitled to leniency. The company was fined $100,000 under section 10(2)…  Read more

Company fined 275,000 following electrocution of a worker

A company has been fined $275,000 for failure to ensure that people other than its employees were not exposed to risks to their health or safety and welfare at their workplace. At the time of the incident a crane crew had been working in close proximity to 11000V over head power lines. As the crane jib came close to the power lines an employee received an electric shock as he was holding onto the chain or hook – he later died in hospital. The company had failed to provide a spotter and obtain a safe work method statement from the crane crew. The case highlights the importance of…  Read more