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OHS & WHS: new WorkSafe WA Commissioner announced

OHS & WHS: new WorkSafe WA Commissioner announced

The West Australian government has announced the appointment of a new WorkSafe WA Commissioner. In a statement the government said Ian Munns has commenced in the position after previous Commissioner Lex McCulloch retired from public service at the end of 2017.  Munns also holds the title of associate deputy director general, Safety Regulation and moves into the role from his previous role as associate executive director, Building Commission. Munns has held several positions in the WorkSafe Division of the former Department of Commerce and the current Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, including director of Policy and Education and...

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Council not suspended over OHS & WHS asbestos management

Council not suspended over OHS & WHS asbestos management

Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill recently announced that the NSW Minister for Local Government, Gabrielle Upton has decided not to proceed with the suspension of the elected councillors after consideration of a submission addressing the issues surrounding the council’s management of buildings with asbestos. In a statement the council expressed thanks to the Minister for her consideration of the submission and for her decision to not proceed with suspending the elected Councillors of Blue Mountains City Council.  “Consistent with the Council’s request and recommendation, the Minister has foreshadowed the issuing of a Performance Improvement Order. This approach is considered to...

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OHS and WHS: securing construction sites

OHS and WHS: securing construction sites

Builders across Victoria are being urged to ensure construction sites are safe and secure before heading off on the Christmas break. Work Safe Victoria say construction sites which aren't adequately secured can pose a risk to members of the public, including falls from partially built structures and scaffolding, live electrical power, open excavations or building waste and rubble. Work Safe's executive director Health and Safety, Marnie Williams, said builders and site supervisors should carry out a few simple checks to ensure public safety over the holiday period. "A simple site clean-up and appropriate security measures can make a big difference,"...

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OHS and WHS risks of operating an EWP

OHS and WHS risks of operating an EWP

A young worker has been killed while operating a boom elevating work platform (EWP) on a construction site in QLD. According to SafeWork QLD, the EWP basket was approximately 8-10 metres in the air and was being lowered when it caught on a steel support beam, causing two wheels of the EWP to lift off the ground. In an attempt to disengage the basket of the EWP, the worker raised the boom causing the basket to release and violently recoil towards the roof of the shed. He was crushed between the top rail of the EWP basket and a steel...

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OHS and WHS: ground breaking research underway into working in heat

OHS and WHS: ground breaking research underway into working in heat

Researchers at the University of Adelaide are undertaking a national project to better understand the circumstances underpinning workplace injuries that occur in hot working conditions. Funded by the Australian Research Council, the project is examining the relationship between hot weather and workplace injury, and exploring stakeholders’ and workers’ perceptions, with the ultimate aim being to facilitate resources to aid the prevention of heat-related occupational injuries. The project has numerous opportunities for people to participate in the research by answering the following: Online questionnaire surveys available for health and safety professionals and health and safety representatives. Interested people can also make general comments about their...

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