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SafetyNet 656

Posted on 2 February 2023

Welcome to the 2 February edition of SafetyNet. We hope you find this week's journal useful and interesting. Feel free to share it, and please,...
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POSITIVE RESULTS OF SUICIDE PREVENTION

Posted on 2 February 2023

Research examining suicide trends among Australian construction workers between 2001 to 2019 suggest population-wide, male-specific, and sector-specific suicide prevention efforts are having an effect.
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UK: AMAZON TREATS ROBOTS BETTER THAN WORKERS

Posted on 2 February 2023

Amazon workers have accused the firm of imposing ‘severe’ conditions and low pay. Staging their the first-ever strike against the online giant on 25 January,...
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ASK RENATA: As a courier franchisee, am I protected from heavy lifts?

Posted on 2 February 2023

‘As a courier franchisee (sold as ‘business owner’) am I required to lift over 20kg (or items that are marked ‘team lift’)? We’re not contractors,...
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NEW OHS BODY FOR THE ARTS SECTOR

Posted on 2 February 2023

On Monday the Albanese Labour Government announced its intention to establish a new federal body - the Centre for Arts Workplaces. Formed as part of...
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SafetyNet 655

Posted on 25 January 2023

Welcome to the 25 January edition of SafetyNet. We hope you find this week's journal useful and interesting. Feel free to share it, and please,...
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WORK SAFELY NEAR UNDERGROUND SERVICES

Posted on 25 January 2023

December 6 last year WorkSafe released new guidance on how to safely manage hazards and risks associated with working near electricity and telecommunications cables, gas...
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WORK-FROM-HOME OHS SYSTEMS MODEL

Posted on 25 January 2023

The Centre for Work Health and Safety have released research proposing a design model for OHS systems that include working-from-home (WFH) arrangements.
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FIRED IMMIGRANT WORKER SHOT DEAD

Posted on 25 January 2023

US: January 9, police shot dead a 26-year-old Sudanese worker at an Oklahoma food processing plant. Police state they were responding to a call about...
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ASK RENATA

Posted on 25 January 2023

‘Please advise if there is a rule/law stating maximum number of hours permissible to drive per day, and where I may find this information?’
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SafetyNet 654

Posted on 24 January 2023

Welcome to the 19 January edition of SafetyNet, our first for 2023. A belated Happy New Year to you. Sadly, our first workplace fatality of...
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SafetyNet 653

Posted on 22 December 2022

Welcome to the 22 December edition of SafetyNet.  Sadly, there have been two workplace deaths since our last correspondence. John Burley, 55, died while operating...
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SafetyNet 652

Posted on 20 December 2022

Welcome to the 14 December edition of SafetyNet.   We hope you find this week's journal useful and interesting. Feel free to share it, and please,...
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COUNCIL MANDATES SAFE TRAVEL HOME FOR NIGHT WORKERS

Posted on 14 December 2022

Glasgow: The Get Me Home Safely campaign led by Unite hospitality workers has seen a new victory, as Glasgow City Council has passed a motion...
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‘WORKING HOURS CREEP’ DRIVES GENDER WAGE GAP

Posted on 14 December 2022

University researchers have told the Senate's work and care inquiry that long working hours are now the main driver of the gender pay gap and...
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130K FINE: APPRENTICE SHOT IN HEAD WITH NAIL GUN

Posted on 14 December 2022

Topline Carpentry South East Pty Ltd (the Offender) employees were constructing townhouses in Glen Waverley when a 16 years’ old apprentice was involved in two...
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OZ AND NZ TRENDS IN COMPO AND WHS

Posted on 14 December 2022

Safe Work Australia has published the 24th edition of its Comparative Performance Monitoring Report, analysing trends in WHS and workers’ compensation scheme performance across Australia...
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SLOW DOWN AND STAY SAFE

Posted on 14 December 2022

With 3 weeks left in the year, WorkSafe are reminding employers of their duty of care amongst the rush to meet deadlines before Christmas.
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CHEMICAL CLASSIFICATION CHANGES KICK IN NYD

Posted on 14 December 2022

Safe Work Australia have issued a reminder the transition to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals Revision 7 (GHS 7) ends...
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SAFETY MONTH WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE

Posted on 14 December 2022

Did you miss out on the opportunity to attend any of WorkSafe’s Health & Safety Month webinars this year? Don’t stress, all of the Safety...
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YOU DIRTY RAT

Posted on 14 December 2022

As we've moved from PCR to Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) you may be wondering about the effectiveness of RATs in detecting different strains of COVID-19....
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DEVELOPING A NATIONAL ASBESTOS HEATMAP

Posted on 14 December 2022

The first ever National Residential Asbestos Heatmap is in development using predictive modelling to map the probability of asbestos presence, by geographic area. This world-first,...
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SafetyNet 651

Posted on 12 December 2022

Welcome to the 7 December edition of SafetyNet.   We hope you find this week's journal useful and interesting. Feel free to share it, and please,...
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1 IN 50 IN MODERN SLAVERY

Posted on 7 December 2022

Alliance 8.7, the global partnership for eradicating forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour around the world, report 50 million people globally are...
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VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM

Posted on 7 December 2022

On November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - IndustriALL's Women Committee co-chairs and assistant general secretary urged Unions to...
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GARBAGE TRUCK CRUSHES DRIVER: 300K FINE

Posted on 7 December 2022

Waste disposal company, Country Cart Pty Ltd, has been convicted and fined a total of $300,000 after a worker was fatally crushed by a garbage...
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ASK RENATA

Posted on 7 December 2022

‘We have recently had a new HSR voted in who’s received HSR Initial training previously. Does the HSR require a refresh course of some sort?...
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COVID NUMBERS

Posted on 7 December 2022

As of Tuesday 6 December 2022, Victoria recorded:   4,843 new daily infections    20 COVID deaths   720 hospitalisations, with 35 currently in ICU
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6 STEPS TO STAY AHEAD OF COVID

Posted on 7 December 2022

Last Friday our Chief Health Officer shared the following information: The seven-day rolling average of people with COVID-19 in Victorian hospitals increased 27.9% on the...
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SafetyNet 650

Posted on 6 December 2022

Welcome to the 30 November edition of SafetyNet.   We hope you find this week's journal useful and interesting. Feel free to share it, and please,...
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P&O CHIEF NAMED ‘WORST BOSS IN THE WORLD’

Posted on 30 November 2022

P&O chief executive Peter Hebblethwaite has been named the world’s worst boss in a global poll after illegally firing almost 800 UK workers in a...
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HEALTHY WORK ENVIRONMENT? ADDRESS MANAGER STRESS

Posted on 30 November 2022

A large study from Denmark has shown that managers can ‘transmit’ the stress they experience to their workers, the effects of which were detected a...
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$2 MILLION FOR COLLAPSE THAT KILLED CHRISTOPHER CASSANITI

Posted on 30 November 2022

Scaffolding company, Synergy Scaffolding Services, has been fined $2 million over a ‘catastrophic’ collapse at a Sydney construction site, when overloaded scaffolding gave way. The...
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SILICA NEWS: ENGINEERED STONE COMPLIANCE CODE NOW IN EFFECT

Posted on 30 November 2022

Minister for Workplace Safety, Ingrid Stitt, has approved the making of the Managing Exposure to Crystalline Silica: Engineered Stone Compliance Code, and it subsequently came...
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CFMMEU: WE'LL BAN IT IF GOVERNMENTS DON’T ACT

Posted on 30 November 2022

The construction and general division of the CFMMEU will impose a ban on importing manufactured stone products linked to silicosis, if federal and state governments...
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ASK RENATA

Posted on 30 November 2022

I’d like access to information on workplace injuries that have occurred within my DWG. Do I have the right to such information? If so, do...
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COVID NUMBERS

Posted on 30 November 2022

As of Tuesday 29th November 2022, Victoria recorded:   4,149 new daily infections    19 COVID deaths   551 hospitalisations, with 22 currently in ICU
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MAKE YOUR WORKPLACE CLIMATE SAFE: THIS MONDAY

Posted on 30 November 2022

We've seen how devastating natural disasters can be for Australian workers. Unfortunately, these events are predicted to occur more frequently, and with greater intensity.
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SafetyNet 649

Posted on 23 November 2022

  Welcome to the 23 November edition of SafetyNet.   We hope you find this week's journal useful and interesting. Feel free to share it, and...
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HEALTHCARE AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE PSYCHE INJURY STUDY

Posted on 23 November 2022

The Healthy Working Lives Research Group at Monash University have analysed data on NSW workers compensation claims to examine the ‘frequency, incidence, patterns and outcomes...
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WORKSAFE HIGHLIGHT ASBESTOS PROSECUTION

Posted on 23 November 2022

For national Asbestos Awareness Week this week, WorkSafe Victoria have thrown a spotlight on the recent prosecution of Victorian printing and manufacturing company, Carton Finishing...
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HAZARDOUS MANUAL HANDLING RENDERS WORKER UNCONCIOUS: A CASE STUDY

Posted on 23 November 2022

Recently, a worker from a high-rise apartment construction site suffered a head injury, sustained from hazardous manual handling, leaving them unconscious and hospitalised after being...
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DON'T LET THE HOLIDAY RUSH LEAD TO TRAGEDY

Posted on 23 November 2022

WorkSafe are reminding those in Victorian workplaces to slow down as the year’s end fast approaches.
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INDIA: 2 KILLED, 18 INJURED IN TWO FACTORY FIRES

Posted on 23 November 2022

Two massive fires broke out in footwear manufacturing factories in Delhi within the space of a week. On the first of November, two workers were...
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MAKING WORKPLACES CLIMATE SAFE

Posted on 23 November 2022

5 December, Trades Hall will be hosting a liveshow and workshop event with Dr. Todd Denham and Professor Lauren Rickards, authors of the Climate Impacts at...
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ASK RENATA

Posted on 23 November 2022

What are the safety considerations regarding bar staff having a drink in their break at our upcoming Christmas party?
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NATIONAL COVID PREVENTION FRAMEWORK RELEASED

Posted on 23 November 2022

The COVIDSafe team attended an ACTU affiliates briefing on Tuesday afternoon with Professor Michael Kidd to discuss the recently released National COVID-19 Community Protection Framework, and...
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COVID UPDATE

Posted on 23 November 2022

As of Tuesday 22nd November 2022, Victoria recorded:   3807 new daily infections    27 COVID deaths   419 hospitalisations, with 9 currently in ICU.
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SafetyNet 648

Posted on 22 November 2022

Welcome to the 16 November edition of SafetyNet.   Sadly, WorkSafe are investigating the death of an auto electrician who was killed while working on a...
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SafetyNet 647

Posted on 22 November 2022

Welcome to the 10 November edition of SafetyNet.   We hope you find this week's journal useful and interesting. Feel free to share it, and please,...
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SafetyNet 646

Posted on 22 November 2022

This week has seen the director of a Somerton business charged under our Workplace manslaughter laws. We'd of course prefer these laws didn't have to...
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SafetyNet 645

Posted on 22 November 2022

Welcome to the 19 October edition of SafetyNet.   We hope you find this week's journal useful and interesting. Feel free to share it, and please,...
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$7000 FINE FOR SILICA DUST EXPOSURE

Posted on 16 November 2022

Miter Square manufactures engineered stone benchtops in a Knoxfield factory. A WorkSafe Inspector, attending as part of a project on crystalline silica exposure in the...
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‘HOW TO LIFT TRAINING’ DOES NOT REDUCE RISK

Posted on 16 November 2022

The Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities Musculoskeletal Disorders national working group has released a position paper reminding employers they must, so far as is reasonably...
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AMWU FINISHING UP COLLABORATION PILOT PROGRAM

Posted on 16 November 2022

SafetyNet were kindly invited to attend the Managing Psychological Risks in Manufacturing Conference on Monday at Southbank, during which insights gained at participating sites were...
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Ask Renata

Posted on 16 November 2022

Our HSR has left the workplace, so we have a vacancy. We’ve put out a call for nominations but received nothing. Can we tap someone...
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PROFESSOR BEN COWIE'S MESSAGE TO HSRs

Posted on 16 November 2022

During this year’s HSR Conference, Deputy Chief Health Officer, Professor Ben Cowie spoke on the impact COVID has had on our workplaces and community and...
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COVID UPDATE

Posted on 16 November 2022

As of Tuesday 15th November 2022, Victoria recorded:     3,192 new daily infections     11 COVID deaths    351 hospitalisations, and 9 are in ICU.   Cumulatively this equals:      ...
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CONFINED SPACE ROBOT WINS WORKSAFE AWARD

Posted on 10 November 2022

CONFINED-SPACE ROBOT WINS WORKSAFE AWARD IN WA A company that developed an autonomous robotic crawler, known as Magneto-EX, to perform inspection and maintenance tasks in...
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WORKPLACE EXPOSURE AND LUNG FUNCTION DECLINE: REGULAR TESTING IS KEY

Posted on 10 November 2022

Working together, researchers from local and international universities have looked examined the relationship between cumulative workplace exposure to a wide range of substances and lung...
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PROSECUTIONS

Posted on 10 November 2022

HEIGHT RISKS OBSERVED BY INSPECTOR ATTRACT 15K FINE In April 2021 Express Sheet Metal Pty Ltd had been engaged to install ‘whirly bird’ ventilators on...
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NATIONAL ASBESTOS AWARENESS WEEK

Posted on 10 November 2022

An estimated 4,000 Australians die annually from asbestos-related diseases, which is nearly four times the annual road toll.
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GRIEFWORKS CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

Posted on 10 November 2022

Uniting’s WorkSafe-funded support program, GriefWork, celebrated its 25th anniversary, Friday 21 October at Uniting’s program hub in Prahran. Click here to view the GriefWorks 25th...
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COVID UPDATE

Posted on 10 November 2022

COVID-19 LATEST NUMBERS   On Tuesday 11th of October Victoria recorded:    1,292 new daily infections    14 COVID deaths   156 hospitalisations, and 7 are in ICU.   
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Ask Renata 10 November

Posted on 10 November 2022

What powers do I have, as a HSR who hasn't received training yet?
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WORKSAFE FUNDED UNION PROJECTS FOR PSYCHE HEALTH

Posted on 10 November 2022

At last week’s HSR Conference we heard from several Unions on their WorkSafe-funded projects to produce better outcomes for injured workers. Each project uses different...
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COVID-19 LATEST NUMBERS   

Posted on 26 October 2022

  On Wednesday 26th of October Victoria recorded:     1,549 new daily infections      6 COVID deaths     182 hospitalisations, and 6 are in ICU.  
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Ask Renata 26 Oct

Posted on 26 October 2022

Some months ago staff from the afternoon shift, for which I’m HSR, were all put temporarily on day shift. At the first subsequent OHS committee...
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POLICE FACE SIGNIFICANT PHYSIOLOGICAL CHALLENGES

Posted on 26 October 2022

A study of Australian police officers tracked the physiological demands they face while carrying out their day-to-day duties.
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Pandemic orders expire

Posted on 26 October 2022

PANDEMIC ORDERS EXPIRE Pandemic orders affecting most workpalces expired on 12 October.
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REMOTE WORK SIGNIFICANTLY EXACERBATED A RANGE OF RISKS FOR TEACHERS

Posted on 26 October 2022

 Comprehensive analysis of WHS data by researchers at the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work confirms the COVID-19 pandemic significantly exacerbated a range...
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LACK OF SUPERVISION COSTS WORKER HIS LIFE – PCBU FINED 300K

Posted on 26 October 2022

  A labourer, employed by Empire Contracting Pty Ltd, fell to his death from a height of nearly three metres after his employer failed to...
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USA: AMAZON SAFETY HEAD THROWS IN THE TOWEL

Posted on 26 October 2022

Amazon hired Heather McDougall in 2019 as the top executive overseeing workplace health and safety.
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KOREA: MAKE ROAD TRANSPORT ‘SAFE RATES’ LAWS PERMANENT 

Posted on 26 October 2022

There is overwhelming evidence for the link between road safety and driver pay, international experts and global union leaders have told South Korean lawmakers.
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Events

Posted on 26 October 2022

HSR INITIAL & REFRESHER TRAINING  Trained HSRs are more effective HSRs - have you just been elected and haven't organised your training yet? Do it...
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VICTORIA’S FIRST WORKPLACE MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE

Posted on 26 October 2022

VICTORIA’S FIRST WORKPLACE MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE WorkSafe has charged the director of a stonemasonry business accused of forklift-related negligence, with workplace manslaughter, after a sub-contractor was fatally...
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NEW SILICA IN ENGINEERED STONE COMPLIANCE CODE

Posted on 26 October 2022

  Minister for Workplace Safety, Ingrid Stitt, has made the Managing Exposure to Crystalline Silica: Engineered Stone Compliance Code which will come into effect on...
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41 DEAD IN TURKISH MINE EXPLOSION

Posted on 26 October 2022

  An explosion in a coal mine in Amasra, Turkey, on 14 October, has killed 41 miners. 110 miners were underground in the mine, which...
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MISSED OUT ON REGISTERING FOR HSR CONFERENCE 2022 - HSR LIFESAVERS?

Posted on 26 October 2022

You can still livestream sessions 1 and 2 through this link:  https://kastio.com/hsr-2022  
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NEGLIGENT EMPLOYER LIABLE FOR $1.25M INJURY SUSTAINED IN ASSAULT OUTSIDE OF WORK

Posted on 19 October 2022

NEGLIGENT EMPLOYER LIABLE FOR $1.25M INJURY SUSTAINED IN ASSAULT OUTSIDE OF WORK An employer has been deemed liable for the psychological injury sustained by a...
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EUROPE: ‘PATCHY COMMITMENT’ TO WORKPLACE SAFETY

Posted on 19 October 2022

The June 2022 decision to recognise occupational health and safety as an International Labour Organisation ‘fundamental’ right was a major victory for trade unions, progressive...
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A MAJOR WHS ISSUE, "WORKPLACE INTERFERENCE" ABUSE IS COMMON: MONASH

Posted on 19 October 2022

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A MAJOR WHS ISSUE, "WORKPLACE INTERFERENCE" ABUSE IS COMMON: MONASH There is an urgent need for Australian employers to view domestic and...
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WORKSAFE CAMPAIGN - OVERHEAD POWERLINES

Posted on 19 October 2022

WORKSAFE CAMPAIGN - OVERHEAD POWERLINES WorkSafe is issuing a safety alert about overhead powerlines on farms due to several incidents that have occurred across Victoria...
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ARE YOU WORKING IN A FLOOD-AFFECTED AREA?

Posted on 19 October 2022

ARE YOU WORKING IN A FLOOD-AFFECTED AREA? WorkSafe Queensland have some good practical guidance on storms and floods, including consideration of: Work health and safety...
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Ask Renata - Do workplaces still need to have a COVIDSafe Plan in place?

Posted on 19 October 2022

It's a topical question, given workplace order #10 - the directive underpinning the requirement to have a COVIDSafe Plan - was revoked 12 October. On...
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Covid update

Posted on 19 October 2022

COVID-19 LATEST NUMBERS    On Tuesday 18th of October Victoria recorded:     1,087 new daily infections      12 COVID deaths     143 hospitalisations, and 8 are in ICU.  ...
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GLOBAL: HEALTH AND CARE WORKERS HURT BY PANDEMIC

Posted on 12 October 2022

GLOBAL: HEALTH AND CARE WORKERS HURT BY PANDEMIC At least a quarter of health and care workers surveyed reported anxiety, depression and burnout symptoms working...
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Regulator News

Posted on 12 October 2022

EMPLOYERS REMINDED OF RISKS POSED BY HEAVY RAIN WorkSafe have warned that workplace ladders, stairs and elevated work platforms can become particularly dangerous in wet...
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THREE FINGERS LOST IN MEAT MINCER INCIDENT – 20K FINE

Posted on 12 October 2022

Minh Hung Pty Ltd operates a grocery store, including a butchery and fishmonger where an employee fed meat into a mincer, by hand.
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Union News

Posted on 12 October 2022

HSR CONFERENCE 2022 - HSR LIFESAVERS We all know active HSRs save lives! Our annual HSR Conference is back and this year we’re talking all about...
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SafetyNet 644

Posted on 12 October 2022

Welcome to the 12 October edition of SafetyNet.   We hope you find this week's journal useful and interesting. Feel free to share it, and please,...
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SafetyNet 643

Posted on 5 October 2022

Welcome to the 5 October edition of SafetyNet.   Sadly two workplace deaths have been reported over the course of the week. A 65-year-old woman has...
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Events

Posted on 5 October 2022

This year’s Health & Safety Month kicked off 4 October, and includes: 15 REGIONAL IN-PERSON EVENTS Bairnsdale, Traralgon, Warragul, Narre Warren, Shepparton, Mildura, Port fairy,...
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International News

Posted on 5 October 2022

GLOBAL: UNIONS IN ACTION TO STAMP OUT HARASSMENT The ground-breaking work of unions to secure the ratification and implementation of a key International Labour Organisation...
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Research

Posted on 5 October 2022

PREVENTION OF WORK-RELATED MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS Work can be a protective factor for mental health, but it can also contribute to potential harm. All workers...
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Prosecutions

Posted on 5 October 2022

$35,000 FINE AFTER TRUCK DRIVER'S DEATH Tarantino Investments has been fined following the death of a garbage truck driver at Epping after pleading guilty to...
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Regulator News

Posted on 5 October 2022

SAFETY SOAPBOX WorkSafe’s OHS news bulletin for the construction and utilities industries, Safety Soapbox, hit our inbox yesterday. It contains information on: Working safely on...
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Union News

Posted on 5 October 2022

HSR CONFERENCE 2022 - HSR LIFESAVERSWe all know active HSRs save lives! Our annual HSR Conference is back and this year we’re talking all about...
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SafetyNet 643

Posted on 5 October 2022

Welcome to the 5 October edition of SafetyNet.   Sadly two workplace deaths have been reported over the course of the week. A 65-year-old woman has...
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Events

Posted on 28 September 2022

Events HSR INITIAL & REFRESHER TRAINING  Trained HSRs are more effective HSRs - have you just been elected and haven't organised your training yet? Do...
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