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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Warning - New Safety Laws on Track
Set out below is an extract from the Model Work Health and Safety Bill prepared by the Parliamentary Counsel Committee and approved by the Workplace Relations Ministers' Council on the 11th December 2009.  A full copy of the model can be found here - Model Work Health and Safety Bill. We will be bringing you regular updates and reviews of various sections of the proposed harmonisation laws.

Employers should be on notice, that the fines for non compliance in any of the nominated compliance areas (if enacted) are very substantial.  For example, for reckless conduct regarding workplace safety the offences and penalties include 5 years imprisonment and fines of up three million dollars. Read Full Article

Company and Director Fined After Worker Falls Through Roof

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

In a recent decision by the Industrial Relations Commission, a Sydney company (Black Cat Roofing), has been found guilty of workplace safety breaches and fined $120,000.  The Company Director has also been personally fined $15,000 after Anton Simic fell through a roof in 2006.   Read Full Article

The Importance of a Safety Management Plan

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

There have been a number of recent issues that all business owners should take careful note of. Government agencies and large businesses are tightening their safety requirements for contractors.  This may include the requirement to produce safety management plans and procedures. 
 
In today's competitive world, contractors who are unable to demonstrate they have proficient safety systems face the prospect of missing out on tenders, contracts or being placed on preferred provider lists.   Read Full Article

Drugs in the Workplace

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Are you concerned about drug use in the workplace?   Is this really a problem?

In the United States, up to 85 per cent of large companies have some form of drug testing in place. Read Full Article

Traffic Controller Run Over

Monday, August 03, 2009

Queensland police reported that a 48 year old traffic controller was hit and killed just north of Brisbane last night, after a vehicle entered an area closed during roadworks. Read Full Article

Massive fine for Cross City Tunnel Death

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

On the 24th July 2009 the NSW Industrial Relations Court found Biflinder Berger AG, Baulderstone Hornibrook Pty Ltd and Cross City Tunnel Pty Limited guilty over the death of a worker, Ronald Shores who was crushed during a rockfall in the tunnel during construction work in 2004.   Read Full Article

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