OHS News — Safety Technology

Preventing end of queue collisions

Preventing end of queue collisions

Control of traffic around and through road works is a very high-risk activity on road construction sites, and it is critical that the safety of road workers and road users at these sites is adequately provided for. In July 2017, four people were killed and a road worker seriously injured in incidents at road works in NSW and QLD and as result the Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland are calling on industry to do everything to minimise the end of queue risks. TMR’s MRTS02 – Provision for Traffic reflects a requirement for end of queue risk control measures, which chief...

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South Australia launches action plan for construction workers

South Australia launches action plan for construction workers

Apprentices and fall prevention is the key focus of an industry action plan released on August 10, 2017 and developed by the South Australian work health and safety regulator as part of a push to improve health and safety within the construction sector.  SafeWork SA highlights ten priority areas to improve workplace health and safety over the next two years, and The Construction Safety Action Plan Initiative aims to protect apprentices working on South Australian construction sites.  Acting executive director of SafeWork SA, Dini Soulio, said that, on average, work injury claims in the sector between 2013 and 2016 have...

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NSW government announces 10-point plan for fire safety

NSW government announces 10-point plan for fire safety

The Department of Fair Trading NSW has announced a wide-ranging fire safety package to be headed up by the state government.  Following in the wake of the Grenfell fire in London, where at least 80 people died, Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the 10 point plan was Australia’s most comprehensive response to the issues around London’s Grenfell Tower fire in June.  “Our priority is to put consumers first and keep them as safe as possible in their homes,” Kean said.  “We’ll do this by ensuring unsafe building products are taken off the shelves, buildings with cladding are identified...

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Some workers ‘cyberloaf’ if they think they can get away with it, so employers need to get creative

Some workers ‘cyberloaf’ if they think they can get away with it, so employers need to get creative

 Sending personal emails, a bit of online shopping, checking out your friend’s holiday snaps on Facebook: if you break up your work day with online activities that aren’t work-related, you may be guilty of “cyberloafing”. Cyberloafing – engaging in non-work online activities while “on the clock” – is a modern form of counterproductive workplace behaviour.  Rather than stealing company goods, the modern work environment with its various digital devices easily allows many employees to essentially steal company time.  Cyberloafing can lack malicious intent, but not always. In fact, in our study, we found cyberloafing can be associated with everyday levels of “dark” personality traits...

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Tower crane collapse in Sydney “not good enough”

Tower crane collapse in Sydney “not good enough”

The CFMEU have called the recent collapse of a tower crane at Wolli Creek in Sydney earlier this week, August 6 2017, “not good enough.”  Up to 200 people were evacuated and three workers injured after a tower crane collapsed onto an apartment complex at Wolli Creek in Sydney. The union say that with an unprecedented level of tower crane activity across Sydney’s skyline, the crane incident at the Probuild Constructions Discovery Point residential high-rise development has again focused concerns on safety standards.  According to the union details are now beginning to emerge regarding the incident, which occurred while crane...

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