Browsing: Work at heights

TUE
3:19PM

Are key SWMS messages getting through to workers?

In a $586,000 WHS undertaking, a PCBU has launched a research study into effectively communicating the key "high-risk messages" in safe work method statements, following an incident resulting from SWMS-compliance failures on the first working day of the year in 2018.

MON
12:08PM

Young worker ignored in one of many powerline incidents

In a film produced for toolbox talks and pre-shift meetings, a young worker has explained how his boss disregarded his safety concerns in the moments before they were nearly killed by a powerline. The boss was later fined for safety breaches. Some 1,500km away, regulators have issued warnings after a spate of work-related powerline incidents, including a fatality.

MON
1:17PM

New safety standard tackles fatality hazard; and more

  • New standard tackles "one of the deadliest" workplace hazards;
  • WHS warnings follow carbon monoxide and vehicle incidents; and
  • Union issues cease-work advice for Sydney smoke and particles.
MON
12:03PM

Engineers fined $225k over WHS computer breach

A PCBU has been fine $225,000, after its failure to perform computer modelling to verify hand calculations led to a crane tower collapsing onto a building, exposing three workers to the risk of death.

MON
12:22PM

Employer fined $100k; Eighty-four notices issued; more

  • Employer fined $100k after non-working riders injured;
  • Regulators issue 84 notices under ongoing blitzes; and
  • Employers must check surfaces for fragile spots.
WED
3:57PM

WHS spends reach $1.5m after two serious incidents

A PCBU has committed to completely digitising its permit-to-work system to strengthen its effectiveness as a critical control for non-standard work, while a second PCBU will audit its mobile plant and traffic management plans across multiple sites, in response two serious safety incidents.

MON
2:40PM

Second PCBU fined over unused harnesses and death

A PCBU that supplied harnesses for height work, but unlawfully relied on a subcontractor to provide safety instructions and supervision to workers, has been convicted and fined after the subcontractor "tragically" failed to use the harnesses, resulting in a fatal fall.

MON
3:58PM

Consignor charged in safety first; Director charged; more

  • Consignor charged with safety breaches in Australian first;
  • Director faces jail under fatality-related gross negligence charge; and
  • Traffic management for horse work allegedly missing before death.

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