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Posted on 8 September 2021

Tuesday 14 September: Central Safety GroupTopic: New research on manual handling injuries A reminder of the CSG online event next Tuesday, with Professor David Caple...
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International news

Posted on 8 September 2021

USA: Whistleblower warning on chemical assessments Whistleblowers say the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been falsifying dangerous new chemicals’ risk assessments in an effort...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 8 September 2021

Victorian news Recently prosecuted company charged in relation to death Melbourne Truss Pty Ltd has been charged with breaching section 26 of the OHS Act,...
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Regulator News

Posted on 8 September 2021

Victorian news WorkSafe Victoria events The state's OHS regulator has scheduled a number of events in late October. Click on the webinar title for more...
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Research

Posted on 8 September 2021

Burnout risks extend beyond long working hours An experimental screening tool to identify workers suffering from burnout, based on the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) revised...
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Union News

Posted on 8 September 2021

OHS Live Show - Workplace bullying OHS Reps Live Show is back! Join Bridget from Trades Hall and Dr Carlo Caponecchia next Wednesday the 15th...
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Events

Posted on 1 September 2021

Tuesday 14 September: Central Safety GroupTopic: New research on manual handling injuries Work-based musculoskeletal injuries remain a major issue, but research is telling us more...
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International news

Posted on 1 September 2021

France: One in 10 suicides is work-related One in 10 suicides in adults in France is related to work, according to a new government study....
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Prosecutions

Posted on 1 September 2021

Pipecon pleads guilty to one charge over trench collapse which killed two  In breaking news this week, civil construction company Pipecon pleaded guilty in the Victorian...
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Regulator News

Posted on 1 September 2021

Victorian news Labour Hire Authority removes drug trafficker from labour hire industry The Victorian Labour Hire Authority (LHA) has refused a labour hire licence application...
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Research

Posted on 1 September 2021

Study confirms mitigation is necessary in schools A study has confirmed that wide-ranging mitigation measures are necessary to prevent COVID-19 transmission in schools. The research,...
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Union News

Posted on 1 September 2021

Fatality in Victoria  On Saturday, on a property at Jindivick, a farmer was killed when his quad bike overturned. The 80-year-old farmer was found unresponsive under the...
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Events

Posted on 25 August 2021

HSR Initial & Refresher training With the lockdown still underway in Victoria, the VTHC training courses are still being delivered online. If you've enrolled in...
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International news

Posted on 25 August 2021

UK: Spate of deaths prompts HSE farm safety alert More must be done to improve farm safety after four fatalities on farms in just over...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 25 August 2021

It is interesting how decisions vary greatly depending on where a matter is heard. The following two recent prosecutions illustrate this. In the first, a...
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Regulator News

Posted on 25 August 2021

Victorian news HSR Newsletter The latest edition of WorkSafe's newsletter for HSRs was posted late last week. The newsletter reminds HSRs that the  temporary regulations approved...
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Research

Posted on 25 August 2021

Shifts ‘significantly associated’ with heart problems Long-term night shifts are “significantly associated” with heart-related health problems in UK workers, according to a new study. Researchers...
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Union News

Posted on 25 August 2021

Coronavirus Update Victoria: Over the past week we have seen numbers of new community infections in Victoria increase (and over the past days decrease!) but also...
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Events

Posted on 18 August 2021

HSR Initial & Refresher training With the lockdown still underway in Victoria, the VTHC training courses are still being delivered online. If you've enrolled in...
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International news

Posted on 18 August 2021

South Korea: Foreign workers more likely to die at work Official figures have revealed that foreign workers are three times more likely to be killed...
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Regulator News

Posted on 18 August 2021

Victorian news 2018-2020 fatality statistics WorkSafe Victoria recently updated its fatality statistics to the end of 2020. The new expanded definition of reportable deaths has...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 18 August 2021

Developer fined for multiple safety breaches A Melbourne developer that repeatedly failed to address safety issues at a Doncaster building site has been convicted and...
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Research

Posted on 18 August 2021

Changes in work and life patterns associated with COVID-19 It is known that during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people limited going out, started working from home...
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Union News

Posted on 18 August 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) -  update    The extreme transmissibility of the Delta variant of the COVID virus, the numbers being stuck at around 20 and some...
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Events

Posted on 11 August 2021

August 18: Dangerous Goods Advisory Group The fourth DGAG bimonthly meeting for 2021 will be held on Wednesday August 18. If allowed, this will be...
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International news

Posted on 11 August 2021

USA: Apple, Dell, HP commit to protect workers from hazardous chemicals After more than 40 years of working in Silicon Valley and around the world...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 11 August 2021

Hyperbaric company and director convicted, fined after death of client An oxygen therapy provider and its clinical director have been convicted and fined a total...
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Regulator News

Posted on 11 August 2021

Victorian news WorkSafe issues warning after fatality and multiple incidents WorkSafe this week called on employers to manage the risks of working from height after...
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Research

Posted on 11 August 2021

Vaccination is not enough by itself, study finds Vaccination alone won't stop the rise of new variants and could push the evolution of strains that...
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Union News

Posted on 11 August 2021

Victorian construction worker killed in fall A young carpenter who suffered critical head injuries after a suspected fall at a Moonee Ponds construction site died...
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International news

Posted on 4 August 2021

Bangladesh Shezan Juice factory fire tragedy  More information has emerged about the brutal and unsafe conditions at the Shezan Juice factory where a fire on...
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Events

Posted on 4 August 2021

Central Safety Group Tuesday 10 AugustTopic: Living through COVID-19 in healthcare and aged care Speaker: Alison Hunt-Sturman, Group Manager, WHS, Mercy Health Australia When the COVID-19 crisis arrived,...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 4 August 2021

Company, director fined $375,000 after worker's fatal fall A company and its director have been convicted and fined a combined $375,000 following the death of...
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Regulator News

Posted on 4 August 2021

Victorian news Infringement notice legislation now in force  In line with a Victorian Government 2018 election promise the Andrews Labor Government has introduced on the spot...
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Research

Posted on 4 August 2021

Australian study recommends eight ways to avoid COVID burnout A major Australian study, conducted by Charles Sturt University researchers, has found that more than half of...
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Union News

Posted on 4 August 2021

Two fatalities in Victoria We are saddened to announce that two workers were killed in Victoria in the past week. A skydiving instructor was killed...
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Events

Posted on 28 July 2021

Central Safety Group Tuesday 10 AugustTopic: Living through COVID-19 in healthcare and aged care Speaker: Alison Hunt-Sturman, Group Manager, WHS, Mercy Health Australia When the COVID-19 crisis arrived,...
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International news

Posted on 28 July 2021

UK regulator: good ventilation will help reduce COVID-19 transmission at work The UK's health and safety regulator, the HSE, has updated its guidance to help...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 28 July 2021

WorkSafe Victoria has not added further prosecution results on its website since last week.  To check for more Victorian prosecutions before the next edition, go...
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Regulator News

Posted on 28 July 2021

Victorian news COVID-19 regulations renewed Critical regulations to ensure the efficient and effective management of COVID-19 risks in Victorian workplaces are being renewed. The remaking of the...
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Research

Posted on 28 July 2021

Farming incidents caused by stress and fatigue A Scottish study has identified stress and fatigue as key causes of agricultural incidents. The University of Aberdeen...
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Union News

Posted on 28 July 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) -  update  The good news is that after an almost two week lockdown in Victoria, the government has ended it with some restrictions...
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Events

Posted on 21 July 2021

HSR Initial & Refresher training Well, it's back to online training for the moment at least, and the VTHC Training Unit will be in touch...
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International news

Posted on 21 July 2021

UK: HSE advice on temperature during heatwave While our editor was putting together SafetyNet on a cold and very wet winter's day in Melbourne, an email came...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 21 July 2021

Labour hire agency fined after worker's finger amputated In June 2018, on his first day of work in the bread packing area at Davies Bakery...
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Regulator News

Posted on 21 July 2021

Victorian news "On the spot fines" a reality from July 31 in Victoria Fulfilling a 2018 election promise, the Victorian government this week made the...
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Research

Posted on 21 July 2021

Little gain from COVID research Medical researchers have said the federal government’s hundreds of millions of dollars in investment in COVID research has largely failed...
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Union News

Posted on 21 July 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) -  update  The Delta variant of COVID-19 has been extremely challenging to governments trying to 'get ahead' of the community infections. On Thursday...
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International news

Posted on 19 July 2021

EU: Agency release COVID and long COVID guides The EU's European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has released two new guides to...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 19 July 2021

Demolition company fined $100,000 after fatal wall collapse A demolition contractor was last week convicted and fined $100,000 (plus costs of $4213) following the death of...
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Regulator News

Posted on 19 July 2021

Victorian news WorkSafe to introduce "On the spot fines"  In line with a Victorian Government 2018 election promise the Andrews Labor Government is introducing on the...
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Research

Posted on 19 July 2021

Three work postures linked to back pain A major South Korean study of agricultural workers has identified three work postures that significantly contribute to lower...
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Union News

Posted on 19 July 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) -  (as at July 14) Unfortunately there have been five community cases found in Victoria, originating from NSW. Nevertheless, apart from a number...
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Events

Posted on 14 July 2021

HSR Initial & Refresher training Most HSRs attend the five day Initial training course - it's extremely important that they do in order to understand...
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International News

Posted on 14 July 2021

EU: Agency release COVID and long COVID guides The EU's European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has released two new guides to...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 14 July 2021

Demolition company fined $100,000 after fatal wall collapse A demolition contractor was last week convicted and fined $100,000 (plus costs of $4213) following the death of...
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Regulator News

Posted on 14 July 2021

Victorian news WorkSafe to introduce "On the spot fines"  In line with a Victorian Government 2018 election promise the Andrews Labor Government is introducing on the...
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Research

Posted on 14 July 2021

Three work postures linked to back pain A major South Korean study of agricultural workers has identified three work postures that significantly contribute to lower...
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Union News

Posted on 14 July 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) -  update  Unfortunately there have been five community cases found in Victoria, originating from NSW. Nevertheless, apart from a number of exposure sites...
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Events

Posted on 7 July 2021

Tuesday 13 July: Central Safety Group COVID-19 response in Victoria: A union perspective. Guest speaker, VTHC OHS Unit Lead Dominic Melling  The COVID-19 crisis brought some major challenges...
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International News

Posted on 7 July 2021

ILO competition for best cartoon on forced labour More than 200 artists from 65 countries have submitted their cartoons for the international cartoon competition on...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 7 July 2021

Hospital charged over alleged assault on nurse WorkSafe has charged a Melbourne hospital after a nurse was allegedly assaulted in its acute psychiatric unit. Austin Health...
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Regulator News

Posted on 7 July 2021

Victorian news WorkSafe celebrates Geelong milestone WorkSafe's headquarters at 1 Malop St officially opened this week in 2018.  The regulator says its move has brought more...
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Research

Posted on 7 July 2021

‘Scarily fleeting’ contact with variant may infect The transmission advantage of the Delta variant of COVID is a sign that the race between vaccination and the...
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Union News

Posted on 7 July 2021

Victorian worker killed A truck driver was killed in a single vehicle crash in Bingo Munjie on the morning of July 1. Emergency services were called to...
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Events

Posted on 30 June 2021

Tuesday 13 July: Central Safety Group COVID-19 response in Victoria: A union perspective. Guest speaker, VTHC OHS Unit Lead Dominic Melling  The COVID-19 crisis brought some major challenges...
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International News

Posted on 30 June 2021

USA: Smithfield Foods is sued over ‘false’ safety claims Smithfield Foods was one of the first companies to warn that the US was in danger...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 30 June 2021

Labour hire company fined after worker's death A labour hire company has been fined $50,000 (plus $10,438 in costs) following the death of a worker at...
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Regulator News

Posted on 30 June 2021

Victorian news New Safety Alert WorkSafe has issued a safety alert about the hazards and risks associated with handling and storage of hay bales, following...
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Union News

Posted on 30 June 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) -  update  With the outbreak in Victoria seemingly under control, our restrictions have been reduced to mask wearing, distancing and space quotients and...
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Events

Posted on 23 June 2021

June 29: Free WorkSafe Webinar - Asbestos in Demolition WorkSafe asks: Do you think you know where asbestos is lurking? WorkSafe is holding a FREE...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 23 June 2021

Community Energy Group fined for unsupervised apprentice Electrical company, Community Energy Group, has pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for failing to provide supervision...
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Regulator News

Posted on 23 June 2021

Victorian news New OHS bill read in parliament The Occupational Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (the Bill) has been introduced into Parliament...
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Research

Posted on 23 June 2021

UK: Black and minority ethnic workers ‘over-represented’ on zero hours contracts The UK’s top union council, the TUC, has released a joint report with Race...
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Union News

Posted on 23 June 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) -  update  Victorian restrictions have been further eased to take effect later this week. Workplaces will be able to have 75 per cent...
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Events

Posted on 16 June 2021

Tonight, Wednesday June 16: Dangerous Goods Advisory Group The third DGAG bimonthly meeting for 2021 will be held tonight, Wednesday June 16, via Zoom, from...
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International News

Posted on 16 June 2021

International: Child labour rises to 160 million The number of children in child labour has risen to 160 million worldwide – an increase of 8.4...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 16 June 2021

George Weston Foods convicted and fined $125,000 after worker crushed George Weston Foods Limited, trading as Tip Top Bakeries at its premises on the South...
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Regulator News

Posted on 16 June 2021

Victorian news WorkSafe urges Victorians to 'stay safe' After the storms which hit Victoria last week - and the aftermath which many Victorians are still...
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Research

Posted on 16 June 2021

Occupational standing and occupational exertion: association with musculoskeletal symptoms Observational studies have linked occupational standing or walking to musculoskeletal pain. Researchers from the USA noted...
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Union News

Posted on 16 June 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) -  update  Victorian restrictions update (for the next seven days after 11.59 Thursday June 17): For metropolitan Melbourne: 25km limit removed private outdoor...
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Events

Posted on 9 June 2021

June 16: Dangerous Goods Advisory Group The third DGAG bimonthly meeting for 2021 will be held on Wednesday June 16, via Zoom, from 5.30pm -...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 9 June 2021

WorkSafe Victoria has not added any new prosecutions to its Prosecution Result Summaries and Enforceable Undertakings webpage.  UK: Waste firm convicted after traffic marshal is killed Grundon...
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Regulator News

Posted on 9 June 2021

Victorian news Reminder: Proposed Workplace facilities, amenities and work environment compliance code out for public comment One of the most important Compliance Codes has been...
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Research

Posted on 9 June 2021

Australia: insecure work making us a more divided society The ABC’s 2021 Australia Talks survey highlights the effect insecure work is having on the way...
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Union News

Posted on 9 June 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) -  update  Tomorrow it will be two weeks since Victoria went into Stage 4 restrictions, introduced as a 'circuit breaker' when an outbreak...
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Events

Posted on 2 June 2021

Tuesday 8 June: Central Safety GroupTopic: Safety risks and understanding human factors  Human Factors issues constitute a significant source of risk in many industries. Human...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 2 June 2021

Sole trader fined $40k Adam Raymond Nelson, a sole trader operating a painting and decorating business, was contracted to paint two houses and two sheds...
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Regulator News

Posted on 2 June 2021

Victorian news Proposed Workplace facilities, amenities and work environment compliance code - Public comment One of the most important Compliance Codes has been redrafted and...
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Research

Posted on 2 June 2021

'Walkthrough strategy' effective in tackling workplace violence A major review of anti-violence programs has found workplace violence prevention strategies must go beyond training workers on...
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Union News

Posted on 2 June 2021

Worker killed at Dandenong factory On Thursday last week, WorkSafe Victoria issued a media release with the tragic news that a 47 year old worker...
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Events

Posted on 26 May 2021

HSR Initial & Refresher training Most HSRs attend the five day Initial training course - it's extremely important that they do in order to understand...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 26 May 2021

Victorian prosecutions Winery fined for non-compliant quad bike & no helmets Weeping Elm Wines, known as Dromana Estate, has been fined $7000 in the Frankston...
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Regulator News

Posted on 26 May 2021

Victorian news Dangerous Goods regulations strengthened From 1 July, the Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2012 will require all duty holders occupying premises with...
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Research

Posted on 26 May 2021

Surge of workplace injuries likely to follow COVID A study of workers' comp data has predicted that as Australia moves out of a recession due...
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Union News

Posted on 26 May 2021

Two workplace fatalities in Victoria in the past week On Thursday last week a farm worker died after suffering serious head injuries while working alone in...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 19 May 2021

Company cops $120k fine after worker run over by truck Concrete manufacturer Dandy Premix Concrete Pty Ltd was last week convicted and fined $120,000 (plus $13,850 in costs)...
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Regulator News

Posted on 19 May 2021

Victorian news New campaign: Put a stop to workplace violence Earlier this week, WorkSafe Victoria launched a new campaign highlighting the need for employers and...
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Union News

Posted on 19 May 2021

Worker killed on construction site On Monday this week a worker was killed on a construction site in St Albans, in Melbourne's western suburbs. While...
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Research

Posted on 19 May 2021

WHO, ILO: Long working hours increasing deaths from heart disease and stroke Long working hours led to 745,000 deaths from stroke and ischemic heart disease...
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