A Footscray warehouse operator was convicted and fined $50,000 in the County Court following a successful appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions over an incident in which a truck driver was injured by a falling 185kg wool bale.
A Prahran demolition company was fined $45,000 over an incident in which a worker had his right leg crushed and later amputated when the overloaded skid steer loader he was operating tipped.
We know that the lead-up to Christmas is busy with employers and workers rushing to complete projects and meet deadlines. But it is a horrifying fact that Victorian workers are more likely to die in November and December than any other time of the year.
Workers and employers must put safety first in the busy lead-up to Christmas to prevent workplace fatalities.
The number of workplace injuries in Victoria has fallen to a record low, according to data released by WorkSafe Victoria in its 2015/16 annual report.
An injured worker who underwent multiple surgeries in his determination to get back to work, a Victoria Police employee who fought for a healthier office for colleagues, and a robotics company that invented a safer system for cutting large carcasses were among the winners of the 2016 WorkSafe Awards.
A construction company was found guilty by a County Court jury of an incident in which a carpenter survived a fall of almost three metres down an unguarded stairwell void at a construction site in Doncaster in 2011.
Twenty-eight Victorian businesses, health and safety representatives and individuals are finalists in the 2016 WorkSafe Awards.
Young workers are particularly vulnerable to workplace injuries and employers should prioritise safety discussions and training to reduce their risk of injury.
Seventeen recruits have completed an intensive training course and graduated as Occupational Health and Safety and Return to Work inspectors.