OHS News — WA

Grain cooperative faces hefty fine for workplace incident

Grain cooperative faces hefty fine for workplace incident

A grain cooperative in Western Australia has been fined $37,500 and ordered to pay $3577 in costs over insufficient guarding on machinery that lead to a worker sustaining a serious hand injury. Cooperative Bulk Handling (CBH) pleaded guilty in the Southern Cross Magistrates Court to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment causing serious harm to an employee. According to reports, CBH operate a grain receival and transport network across Western Australia with 197 grain receival sites including the CBH Grain Terminal Bodallin. Reports tended to the court state that receival sites have a conveyor loading system that...

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How OHS can stay ahead of the technology curve

How OHS can stay ahead of the technology curve

A large majority of organisations are adopting a reactive approach to the use of innovative technology for safety outcomes, according to an OHS futurist. Generally, organisations typically lack foresight and strategy in relation to the implementation of emerging technology and how it can add value to business, said Cameron Stevens, director of Percolate Ideas. “A lack of ‘tech literacy’ from business decision-makers and inflexible risk management are key roadblocks to innovation,” said Stevens. Stevens observed that early adopters are already experiencing positive outcomes with the use of virtual reality for immersive safety training experiences, while the use of drones for...

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2017 Safety and Health Resources Sector Award finalists for mining and resources announced

2017 Safety and Health Resources Sector Award finalists for mining and resources announced

Thirteen finalists across three categories are vying for the 2017 Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards to be announced in WA on October 26. The finalists are diverse, ranging from unique eye showers, tools for targeting attitudes and distraction in the workplace to pit haul road barriers. Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) executive director Resources Safety, Simon Ridge said these projects have demonstrated unique solutions to problems experienced in the industry. “These projects have been carefully assessed against five criteria including the problem and solution, benefits, innovation and the potential for the solution to be transferred and...

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ABCC has new acting commissioner

ABCC has new acting commissioner

Cathy Cato has commenced in the role of acting Australian Building and Construction Commissioner after the recent resignation of Nigel Hadgkiss. Prior to her appointment as acting commissioner, Cathy was deputy commissioner Operations and Code at the ABCC, and a lawyer for more than 20 years. Her other recent roles include national manager building code at the ABCC and its predecessor agency and director of the Victorian Construction Code Compliance Unit. In this role, deputy commissioners Anthony Southall QC and Cliff Pettit will assist Cathy in her role as acting commissioner. In a statement the ABCC say they will continue...

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WA roofing company fined $70,000 over worker’s fall

WA roofing company fined $70,000 over worker’s fall

A roofing company has been fined $70,000 as well as being ordered to pay costs of $1369, in a Fremantle magistrates court after a labourer was seriously injured in a fall through a skylight. Round Table Roofing pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and causing serious harm to a person. The court was told refurbishment work was being done on the roof of a 30 to 40-year-old building with brick walls and a roof comprised of steel beams covered with metal roofing sheets.  Half the roof was of portal frame construction, and a new...

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