Victorian workplaces must do more in 2017 to prioritise safety following a horror year in which 26 people lost their lives at work.
WorkSafe is calling on builders to pay special attention to site security at construction sites closing over the Christmas break.
Following a comprehensive investigation into the riot at the Ravenhall Metropolitan Remand Centre in June 2015, WorkSafe has charged the Department of Justice and Regulation with four breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.
Victorians are being warned of the dangers of using illegal fireworks this festive season.
Following a comprehensive investigation, WorkSafe has charged three businesses and their directors with a number of breaches of the 2004 OHS Act in relation to the collapse of an excavation at a development site at Highbury Rd, Mt Waverley in July 2015.
A Geelong packing and supply business was this week convicted and fined $26,000 in the Geelong Magistrates Court following an incident in which a worker had all of the skin from his right hand ripped off by a machine.
WorkSafe inspectors have begun a month-long blitz targeting dangerous and sub-standard demolition work.
The most important reason for staying safe at work isn’t at work at all – it’s at home.
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.
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.
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.