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.
A 24-hour safety blitz in Wodonga last week resulted in WorkSafe inspectors identifying 27 safety issues at 43 sites.
More than 20 Victorian tradies a week were seriously injured on housing constructions sites last year costing the industry $17-million in medical costs, wages and other expenses.
A Mulgrave sign installation company has been convicted and fined $50,000 over an incident that left a worker with severe burns to his body after he suffered an electric shock.
Heavy fines have been imposed in a series of WorkSafe prosecutions after serious incidents for construction industry safety failings.
A company which pleaded guilty to two workplace safety charges which led to the collapse of a scaffold in Prahran in 2009 has been convicted and fined $170,000.
WorkSafe is warning builders, sub-contractors and other outdoor workers to ensure sites are not exposed to the risk of structural collapse and falling branches in strong winds today.
A magistrate has given a small building company six years to pay a fine imposed on it after a worker became a paraplegic as a result of a four metre fall. The incident occurred at Keysborough in June 2010.
A Geelong restumping company was convicted and fined $40,000 today over an incident that seriously injured its owner who was trapped under a house which was being re-stumped.
Victorian building sites need to be well secured before the annual Christmas/New Year shutdown, WorkSafe warns.
WorkSafe is investigating an incident involving a scaffold which fell and landed on a car at the Geelong suburb of Belmont this morning.
WorkSafe has ceased work at the Southern Star Observation Wheel following an incident at the site that caused the wheel to rotate last night.
WorkSafe construction inspectors are staging a pre-Christmas blitz of domestic housing sites in Melbourne’s west from 8 December.
To coincide with Asbestos Awareness Week, WorkSafe is reminding employers and workers of the need to focus on good work practices to prevent people inhaling fibres.
A Reservoir bricklaying company which potentially risked a collapse at a Prahran construction site by overloading scaffolding by more than double the safe limit has today been convicted and fined $100,000.