A company director and his Epping business have been prosecuted on serious workplace health and safety charges for the second time in four years.
Serious repeat workplace safety offences have landed three companies and two individuals in court this month prompting WorkSafe to warn others to lift their game.
WorkSafe is investigating this morning’s death of a labourer who fell from the roof of a factory that was being renovated at Oakleigh South.
A Horsham company has been fined $50,000 after a worker’s leg became entangled in an unguarded sweep auger, causing the calf muscle on his right leg to detach and lacerations requiring about 100 stitches.
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.