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OHS & WHS: employers responsible for providing workers with sun protection

OHS & WHS: employers responsible for providing workers with sun protection

More than two million employees work outdoors and as summer is in full swing already, many of those workers are not being provided with any sun protection by their employers says a recent research report titled the 2017 Skin Health Australia Report Card (SHARC), which is based on a national population survey of skin health commissioned by the Skin & Cancer Foundation. The report found that 45% of workers are required to work outdoors sometimes, regularly or all the time. However, the report found that 57% of outdoor workers say their employers do not supply sunscreen, while 66% do not...

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OHS and WHS: keeping young workers safe

OHS and WHS: keeping young workers safe

Local businesses are being urged to prioritise the safety of young workers in the lead-up to Christmas, with the government asking businesses to remain vigilant. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the number of young workers (aged 25 years and under), killed or injured in NSW has declined over the past four years, however young people should never feel pressured to work in dangerous conditions, or feel rushed to complete a job before the Christmas holidays. “They may not have the experience to recognise serious risks so their supervisors must provide the appropriate guidance to ensure young workers stay...

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OHS and WHS: game changer for QLD trainees and apprentices

OHS and WHS: game changer for QLD trainees and apprentices

Apprentices and trainees across Queensland look set to receive tens of millions of dollars in back pay after the Federal Court ruled to dismiss a judicial review brought by group training organisation All Trades Queensland, the Master Builders Association and the Housing Industry Association. According to the CFMEU, they along with other building unions took up the fight over apprentice wages with All Trades Queensland after it was discovered to be relying on defunct Queensland state awards to pay apprentices, rather than the federal award. The Court dismissal of the review affirms a Fair Work Commission ruling dating from August...

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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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