A major hirer of industrial equipment, Coates Hire Operations Pty Ltd, has been convicted and fined $500,000 after a worker died when an elevating work platform rolled down the tray of a truck, tipped and crushed him.
A 34-year-old labourer has been convicted and fined at the Wodonga Magistrates' Court after shooting an apprentice with a nail gun, fracturing his arm.
WorkSafe is investigating the death of a worker in Epping this morning. The incident happened on Cooper Street at about 10am. It appears the 21-year-old worker was in the process of undertaking repair works to a truck when he sustained fatal crush injuries.
An unlicensed asbestos removalist has been convicted and fined $13,250 for arranging unlicensed asbestos removal, his second offence in two years.
A Bayswater North company has been convicted and fined $200,000 after a worker was electrocuted while operating an electric press to mould rubber gaskets and seals.
A Tatura company that placed an apprentice at risk of injury by allowing them to crawl along two aluminium planks over a suspended ceiling in the dark while trying to remove a live bird has been ordered to pay $20,000.
WorkSafe is reminding the construction industry of the dangers associated with trenches after one collapsed on a worker at a domestic housing site at Pakenham at the weekend.
The incident happened a week before a 12-month statewide WorkSafe campaign targeting safety on housing construction sites.
Two of Australia’s biggest construction companies have entered in to a $225,000 enforceable undertaking after two concrete panels, each weighting 11.3 tonnes, fell from a contractor’s truck in October 2006.
A Kilmore man has died in hospital after falling 2.4m at a housing development at Doreen last week.
An osteopath has been convicted and fined $16,000 after pleading guilty to fraudulently obtaining payments from WorkSafe.
A garbage collection company was fined $42,000 yesterday over an incident where a 92kg bin lifting arm, fitted to a garbage truck, fell suddenly and struck a worker on the head.
Goodman Fielder Consumer Foods Pty Ltd was convicted and fined $90,000 yesterday over an incident in which a worker's hand was crushed in a machine.
A trolley collection company was convicted and fined $200,000 today after the death of elderly man who was run over by a reversing vehicle at a shopping centre loading dock.