The health and safety practices of construction sites will be put under the microscope when workplace inspectors from both Victoria and NSW visit the Mildura region next month.
WorkSafe Victoria is contacting construction employers in the Mildura region to alert them that a week of concentrated worksite visits will begin later this month.
Victorian and NSW health and safety inspectors will be active along the Victoria and NSW border this week in an ongoing campaign to promote construction site safety in the region.
Farm injury claims fell by more than 14 per cent in the past 12 months and are now at a 10-year low, according to new figures released today by the Victorian WorkCover Authority.
A project to raise the awareness with local construction businesses of the similarities and ease of working on either side of the border will begin in Echuca and Moama this week.
WorkSafe is investigating the death of an 84-year-old farmer at Goschen, 20km south of Swan Hill last Wednesday.
WorkSafe is investigating Victoria’s first workplace farm fatality for the year following the death of a worker in Elphinstone on Sunday.
Dangerous scaffolding, unsafe work at height and inadequate temporary fencing were just some of the 90 safety breaches WorkSafe inspectors found on housing construction sites across western Victoria last month.
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.
The former owner of an industrial laundry in Mildura who subjected his staff to physical, psychological and verbal bullying over a two-year period was today convicted and fined $50,000 and ordered to pay $50,000 in costs.
WorkSafe inspectors issued more than 75 improvement notices to Swan Hill businesses during their ‘Safe Towns’ inspection blitz last week.
Swan Hill small businesses will be the target of WorkSafe’s upcoming week of workplace safety inspections beginning next Monday.
Fines totalling $260,000 have been imposed on two gold mining companies after a December 2007 underground explosion led to 10 workers being taken to hospital after miners were exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide.
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.
Unsafe storage has resulted in an industry-wide warning from WorkSafe after dairy products manufacturer Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd was today convicted and fined $300,000 in the Melbourne County Court.