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Builder Fined $350,000 Over Work Death

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

An Echuca construction company and its directors have been fined over the death of a worker four years ago. Peter Miller died at a construction site in Apollo Bay, when a partially built floor he was working on collapsed after more than 10 tonnes of building blocks was placed on it. Read Full Article

Insulation Concerns Continue in Tasmania

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz has hit out at the Federal Government's failure to provide detailed information about its home insulation roll-out in Tasmania. Information on the Tasmanian roll-out of the insulation program is being sought by Tasmania's Office of Workplace Standards, the Fair Work Ombudsman, and the Federal Opposition.  Read Full Article

WorkSafe warns of more meatworks prosecutions

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

WorkSafe expects to prosecute more abattoirs for unsafe work practices this year. Read Full Article

Victorian Cafe Fined $220,000 Over Bullying Death

Monday, February 08, 2010

ABC News reported that a magistrate has fined a Melbourne cafe company $220,000 over a workplace bullying case that resulted in a waitress committing suicide. In addition a number of employees were also fined sums of between $10,000 and $45,000 each.

Brodie Panlock, a 19-year-old waitress, took her own life in 2006 after enduring persistent bullying by her colleagues at Cafe Vamp in Hawthorn. Read Full Article

Contractor Fatality - Experienced Worker is No Defence

Sunday, February 07, 2010

On the 2nd of February 2010 two cases were finalised in the Industrial Court of New South Wales over the death of Kevin Hansen due to an hydraulic related incident that occurred in 2006. 

The defendants in the matter were Centennial Coal Company Ltd, Centennial Angus Place Pty Ltd and Fuchs Lubricants (Australasia) Pty Limited.   

The key points of this case relate to contractor safety.  Where specialist personnel are used - it does not negate the requirement for detailed procedures and high level engineering controls to be used for high risk activities or equipment. Read Full Article

Company fined $500,000 - Confined Space Death

Friday, February 05, 2010

WorkSafe has warned companies and workers about the dangers of working in confined
spaces after a tank cleaning company was convicted and fined $500,000 last week after
a worker died. Read Full Article

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