WorkSafe is calling on the housing construction industry to make sure their sites and work practices are up to scratch ahead of a safety blitz early next month.
Builders should ensure their sites are well secured before shutting down over Christmas.
Two companies involved in major sewage pipeline project at Templestowe were each fined $30,000 after a worker was injured when a trench collapsed.
WorkSafe statistics reveal almost 450 body parts have been amputated from Victorian workers by common types of machinery used in Victorian workplaces over the last five years.
A building company has been fined $60,000 for an incident which left a worker a paraplegic after he fell from the rafters of a two-storey house in Keysborough.
WorkSafe has started its housing construction safety blitz, with five suburban and regional areas to be targeted in a series of coordinated visits.
A licensed plumber whose work van exploded at Chelsea Heights in 2009 was convicted and fined $25,000 at the Frankston Magistrates' Court today.
A Kyabram refrigeration business has been convicted and fined $45,000 over an explosion that left an apprentice with third degree burns to 35 per cent of his body.
A drilling rig supervisor who told an inexperienced 21-year-old man to drive a truck with defective brakes and no seat belt down a steep slope before the vehicle crashed, killing the driver, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison, suspended for three years.
A structural collapse which killed a man at Dandenong South in 2008 has resulted in a $350,000 fine for a major development company.
WorkSafe has warned employers and workers in the construction and utilities industries not to be complacent about trench safety.
A roof tiler has been convicted and sentenced to four months jail after shooting an apprentice with a nail-gun causing him to lose the site in one eye.
A structural collapse which killed a man at Dandenong South in 2008 has resulted in a $350,000. fine for a major development company.
A Reservoir bricklaying company which potentially risked a collapse at a Prahran construction site by overloading scaffolding by more than double the safe limit has today been convicted and fined $100,000.
WorkSafe construction inspectors are staging a pre-Christmas blitz of domestic housing sites in Melbourne’s west from 8 December.