OHS News — Working at Heights

Failure to prepare for crane lift results in conviction

Failure to prepare for crane lift results in conviction

A Victorian-based construction company which allowed a crane to operate near high voltage powerlines without carrying out the proper pre-work safety assessment has been convicted and fined $24,000. Imagebuild Group was found guilty of two charges under the 2004 OHS Act for failing to ensure persons other than employees were not exposed to health and safety risks, and failing to ensure the means of entering the workplace were safe and without risks to health. According to reports, the Court was told that on 27 August 2015, Imagebuild engaged a crane operator to lift a housing display suite approximately the size...

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Reach for the sky: why safety must rule as tall buildings aim higher

Reach for the sky: why safety must rule as tall buildings aim higher

Australia’s tallest building is currently the Gold Coast’s Q1, at 322.5 metres (including the spire). But the 78-floor largely residential tower is set to be challenged by taller buildings planned in Melbourne and the Gold coast. And Australia’s tall buildings are still relatively small when compared to giants overseas, such as Dubai’s 828m, 163-floor Burj Khalifa, and the 1km tall Jeddah Tower planned for Saudi Arabia So if the right environmental conditions exist, is there an upper limit to building tall? Actually, our planning should include safety considerations, not just engineering capability. A mile-high tower The concept of a mile-high skyscraper was first touted by the American...

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Worksafe Australia release 2017 key findings for OHS

Worksafe Australia release 2017 key findings for OHS

  Did you know the rate of worker fatalities has reduced by 49% since the peak in 2007? That’s the findings in the 2017 key Work Health and Safety Statistics from SafeWork Australia, published on September 29, 2017. This report offers an overview of latest national statistics compiled from workers’ compensation data and data on workers fatalities sourced from jurisdictions, the National Coronial Information System and media. Key findings in the report are: The agriculture, forestry and fishing industry has the highest rate of both worker fatalities and serious workers’ compensation claims. 43% of serious injuries involve traumatic joint/ligament and...

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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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Safework South Australia launches video toolbox series

Safework South Australia launches video toolbox series

Safework SA are encouraging people to do the right thing and dial before they dig and maintain safe clearance distances when working near overhead powerlines to save lives and avoid costly utility strikes. SafeWork SA in collaboration with industry stakeholders has developed six toolbox videos highlighting practical steps that can be taken to avoid striking underground utilities and contact with overhead power lines. SafeWork SA executive director Martyn Campbell said the initiative was aimed at educating people on the importance of taking all necessary precautions when working near utilities such as power, gas, communications, and water. “It doesn’t matter if...

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