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8 July 2013

Telstra announced last week that it has resumed replacement and repair of telecommunication pits associated with providing essential services. Any resident concerned about work in their area should contact Telstra on their dedicated hotline number: 1800 067 225.

Other queries can be directed to SafeWork SA at 1300 365 255.

When NBN pit remediation work resumes, SafeWork SA will continue work site visits to ensure practices comply with the required safety standards.

21 June 2013

SafeWork SA's role in the NBN rollout

The NBN rollout is a national project involving multiple workplaces across the country, including sites in South Australia.

Given the NBN rollout is a Commonwealth project, SafeWork SA is working with Comcare (the Commonwealth work health and safety agency) and all other State and Territory work health and safety regulators to ensure that inspection programs are targeted and applied consistently across Australia.

SafeWork SA is undertaking joint inspection programs of NBN work sites in South Australia, targeting work practices and systems of work to ensure that all hazards including asbestos are effectively managed.

Work is currently stopped on all NBN sites, including in South Australia.

When work resumes, SafeWork SA will continue work site visits to ensure practices comply with the required safety standards.

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Keeping it safe this festive season

SafeWork SA would like to remind all South Australians to remain vigilant about work health and safety so that they can enjoy the festive season with family and friends.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Work health and safety laws fully implemented

To support industry, business and workers implement the state's harmonised Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 (SA), a limited number of areas involving new requirements were provided with a 12-month period of grace to better understand the new laws. This period ends on 31 December 2013.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Building firm fined $100,000 for putting workers at risk of injury

The Industrial Court has fined an Adelaide-based building company $100,000 plus legal fees and ordered it to publish details of its offence on its website for two years after a concrete staircase collapsed, putting two employees at serious risk.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Focus on residential aged care safety

Aged care providers across South Australia will be inspected by the state's work health and safety regulator, SafeWork SA, as part of a campaign to reduce injuries arising from hazardous manual tasks in residential aged care facilities.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Bites and stings take a toll on outdoor workers

SafeWork SA reminds everyone working outdoors that with the warmer weather comes a range of flora and fauna that can pose a risk to worker safety.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Asbestos Awareness Week focuses on victims, community cooperation

South Australians this week remember the victims of asbestos-related diseases during Asbestos Awareness Week (25-29 November), an annual event focusing on the dangers of asbestos management and removal.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Strategy aims to reduce injuries, fatalities for SA's young workers

Recommendations from South Australia's young workers are included in a strategy launched today that aims to reduce injuries and fatalities in the workplace.

South Australia's Work Health and Safety Youth Strategy focuses on workers aged 15 to 24, who are the most vulnerable workers due to their inexperience.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Custom Cartons fined $80,000 after 'catastrophic' injuries to truck driver

A South Australian carton manufacturer has been convicted and fined $80,000 plus legal fees by the Industrial Court after a truck driver suffered severe injuries when he was crushed by a 1.7-tonne machine being unloaded from his truck.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Wednesday 6 November 2013

Retail employee's injury "entirely preventable"

Australian footwear retailer, Betts Group Pty Ltd, has been convicted and fined $33,000 plus legal fees in the Industrial Court after an employee was injured at work.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Friday, 1 November 2013

SA businesses, workers celebrate safety achievements

South Australian businesses, organisations and individuals celebrated work health and safety innovation, leadership and commitment at tonight's 14th annual Safe Work Awards.

This year, more than 60 entrants competed across four award categories, reflecting an ongoing commitment in South Australian workplaces to improve work health and safety standards.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Put safety first as South Australian harvest begins

As South Australian farmers toil amid an early harvest with promising yields, SafeWork SA reminds all farm workers to put safety first.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Seven steps for small business

SafeWork SA is helping small businesses to better understand their work health and safety responsibilities with a simple seven-step guide.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

South Australian iron foundry fined $51,000 after worker's finger amputated by machinery

The Industrial Court has fined an iron casting foundry $51,000 plus legal fees after an employee's left index finger was partially amputated by machinery.

View this News Release from the link below.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Can you afford not to take a fresh look at safety?

The significant national economic cost of work-related injury, illness and death - estimated at $60.6 billion or 4.8 per cent of the Australian Gross Domestic Product - is borne by workers, their families and the broader community, including business.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Daylight Saving begins this weekend

Daylight Saving resumes this weekend in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

Clocks are advanced one hour during the warmer months of the year - from the first Sunday in October to the first Sunday in April - in five of the nation's eight states and territories where Daylight Saving is observed.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Strong wind warning a reminder to keep worksites clear

As dangerous winds are whipping through the state, SafeWork SA reminds worksites to ensure that all loose materials are cleared or secured in order to prevent them causing harm to workers or the public.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Work health and safety ... anything but temporary

SafeWork SA is helping people who hold a temporary working visa to understand their rights and responsibilities under South Australia's work health and safety laws.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Mawson Lakes Primary students host safety expo

Mawson Lakes Primary School students today hosted a Safety Expo featuring information stalls and safety presentations as part of the internationally recognised Safe Communities program.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Holsten's fined $66,000 for forklift crush injury

The Industrial Court has fined Holsten's Pty Ltd a total of $66,000 plus legal fees after an employee was crushed between a roller door and a forklift back rail while manually closing a roller door.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Crush injury costs Chesser Chemicals Pty Ltd

The Industrial Court has convicted and fined Chesser Chemicals Pty Ltd $38,500 plus legal fees after an employee's hand was injured in a 35-tonne tablet press that was not adequately guarded.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Training alert for work health and safety representatives

SafeWork SA reminds all health and safety representatives (HSRs) elected prior to 2013 that they need to complete a one-day training course by the end of this year to allow them to continue to exercise all of their powers.

View this News Release from the link below.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Take a fresh look at work health and safety
Safe Work Week 2013
Monday 28 October - Friday 1 November

SafeWork SA is encouraging South Australians to focus on work safety by getting involved in Safe Work Week 2013 - 28 October to 1 November - to reduce workplace injury, death and disease.

Tom Phillips, Presiding Member of the SafeWork SA Advisory Council, launched the program online today, inviting all to register attendance or to plan workplace safety events of their own.

View this News Release from the link below.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

SafeWork SA offers $70,000 funding for WHS research

New researchers pursuing a higher degree and interested in workplace health and safety are encouraged to apply for SafeWork SA's WHS Supplementary Scholarships.

View this News Release from the link below.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

South Australian manufacturer fined $28,000 after worker's thumb crushed due to missing guarding

The Industrial Court has fined a tubing and electrical components manufacturer $28,000 plus legal fees after an employee's right thumb was crushed by a crimping machine where the guard was not in place.

View this News Release from the link below.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Are you protecting your hearing?

Did you know that the sound of a siren or a car horn can be within the dangerous decibel range for your ears? Or that more than 30 minutes of a jackhammer or electric drill can be harmful?

View this News Release from the link below.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Forklift safety focus

People who operate forklifts are reminded that they must hold a valid licence issued by SafeWork SA.

Inspectors will be visiting workplaces to ensure only licensed operators are driving forklifts, with heavy penalties for those not complying with the legal requirements.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Friday, 23 August 2013

South Australian wood products manufacturer fined $66,500 after worker's arm caught in conveyer belt

The Industrial Court has fined a South Australian wood products business $66,500 plus legal fees after an employee was injured while cleaning a machine that did not have proper guards installed.

View this News Release from the link below.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Disability carer fined $6,300 after client burned in bath

The Industrial Court has fined an Adelaide disability carer $6,300 plus legal fees after an intellectually disabled client in her care suffered serious burns from very hot bathwater.

View this News Release from the link below.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Deadline looms for High Risk Work licence conversions

SafeWork SA Inspectors are focussing on high risk work and reminding workers to convert their old qualifications to the national licence.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Thursday 15 August 2013

Work Health and Safety breach costs the 4WD Centre $80,000

The South Australian Industrial Court has fined The 4WD Centre, trading as Adelaide City Chrysler Jeep, $80 000 plus legal fees, after a worker sustained injuries having fallen through a ceiling.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Concrete products manufacturer fined $70,000 after worker injured while cleaning mixer

The South Australian Industrial Court has fined Boral Hollostone Masonry $70,000 plus legal fees after a worker sustained injuries to his head and shoulders while cleaning a machine.

View this News Release from the link below.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Relocated Port Pirie office open for business

SafeWork SA's Port Pirie office has relocated to 32 Ellen Street (the old Adelaide Steamship building) without a break in its services to local businesses and workers.

View this News Release from the link below.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Farmers encouraged to set safety, emergency plans during National Farm Safety Week

This National Farm Safety Week, SafeWork SA reminds South Australian farmers and farm workers to remain vigilant in undertaking work involving equipment and machinery in order to reduce farm injuries and deaths.

View this News Release from the link below.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Workplace Health and Safety Research Grants available

Applications are now being sought for the SafeWork SA WHS Commissioned Research Grant Program aimed at improving work health and safety (WHS) outcomes in South Australia.

View this News Release from the link below.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Nominations close Friday for 2013 Safe Work Awards

There are just a few days left to nominate yourself, your business or a colleague to be recognised with a state-wide award for workplace safety.

Nominations for the 2013 Safe Work Awards close on Friday, 5 July 2013. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 1 November 2013.

View this News Release from the link below.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Industrial Court fines construction firm, director $200,000 each in death of worker at desal plant

The Industrial Relations court has fined a construction company and its director $200,000 each for safety breaches that resulted in the death of a 35-year-old worker at the Adelaide Desalination Plant in 2010.

View this News Release from the link below.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Reaping contractor fatality

SafeWork SA regrets to inform of a workplace fatality in which a reaping contractor died at Cockaleechie, near Tumby Bay, on Tuesday, 26 November 2013.

While performing a maintenance task on the header, the man received fatal crush injuries when he became trapped between the feeder house and the under-side frame of the harvester cabin during an uncontrolled raising of the header comb assembly.

Monday, 24 June 2013

South Australian company fined $90,000 after employee's arm crushed in machinery

The Industrial Court on Friday fined Conroy's Smallgoods Pty Ltd $90,000 plus legal fees after an employee's wrist and forearm were crushed in a machine.

View this News Release from the link below.

29 May 2013

Birkenhead Fatality

SafeWork SA regrets to advise that the man crushed while unloading goods from a shipping container at Birkenhead on Thursday, 16 May, has died.

The 42-year-old man died on Monday, 27 May.

SafeWork SA continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, including any potential breaches of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA).

SafeWork SA Executive Director Bryan Russell said the incident was a tragedy for the man, his family and everyone else involved.

"Work health and safety is a shared responsibility and we must all remain vigilant in eliminating and minimising risks," Mr Russell said.
SafeWork SA will release additional information where appropriate and as it becomes available.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Work related fatality

SafeWork SA regrets to advise that a man has died as a result of a single vehicle fatality on Wellington Road earlier today.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

SafeWork SA, EPA work with asbestos industry to improve safety and environmental practices

SafeWork SA and the Environment Protection Authority have completed the first stage of a joint audit of licensed asbestos removalists to assess safety practices at depots and worksites.

View this News Release from the link below.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Workplace fatality

SafeWork SA regrets to advise that a 30-year-old man has died following a workplace incident at Burton this morning.

SafeWork SA believes that this fatality resulted from a crush injury.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Forum highlights the benefits of employing mature-aged workers

Mature-aged workers and local businesses are invited to a free public forum this month aimed at increasing the participation of older workers in the workforce and helping local businesses tap into an active and engaged talent pool.

View this News Release from the link below.

10 September 2013

Has your site been visited by a SafeWork SA inspector?

Recently, two people attended construction sites, conducting inspections and issuing verbal and written directions.

The employer believed these people to be SafeWork SA inspectors, but they were not.

We take this opportunity to remind workplaces that a SafeWork SA inspector will:

  • always carry identification proving he/ she is an authorised inspector
  • provide his or her name
  • usually be wearing a uniform bearing the SafeWork SA logo.

We encourage employers or officials at workplaces to require proof of identity and check the credentials of any unknown person who asks for access to a workplace.

SafeWork SA will only direct authorised inspectors to conduct site inspections, and does not engage other persons to perform this work.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Adelaide Mushrooms fined $26,250 after employee loses finger in unguarded machine

The Industrial Court on Monday fined Adelaide Mushrooms Pty Ltd $26,250 plus legal fees after a worker's finger was caught in a machine that had no guard in place.

View this News Release from the link below.

29 July 2013

Keeping dangerous chemicals out of terrorists' hands

Minister for Industrial Relations John Rau has welcomed the launch of the National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern.

The voluntary code was developed to help business prevent potentially dangerous chemicals finding their way into the hands of terrorists. It contains practical information about how businesses can assess and take steps to reduce their chemical security risks.

Links

News Release
Keeping dangerous chemicals out of terrorists' hands

National CoP for Chemicals of Security Concern
Link to Chemicals Security website

18 July 2013

Call for Good Practice to showcase Mentally Healthy Workplaces

The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance (the Alliance) is a new national approach by business, community and government to encourage Australian workplaces to become mentally healthy for the benefit of the whole community and businesses, big and small.

Mentally healthy workplaces make sure people who experience mental health difficulties are supported and the workplaces have positive cultures that are conducive to mental wellbeing. With one in five adults or 3.2 million Australians experiencing a mental health difficulty in any year, there are many things workplaces can do to assist in turning these statistics around.

The Call for Good Practice provides an opportunity for businesses of all sizes and across all industries to demonstrate leadership in the area by showcasing their approach to creating a mentally healthy workplace.  The Alliance considers good practice for a mentally healthy workplace as practices that workplaces believe have been helpful in maintaining and enhancing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. 

All submissions will be presented in a final report and will help inform the development of practical resources for Australian businesses - these will include tips, advice, case-studies, video interviews and fact sheets.

Update: The National Mental Health Commission is pleased to announce that the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance's 'Call for Good Practice' has been extended until Saturday 31 August 2013.

Further information on the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance and the Call for Good Practice.

Monday, 22 April 2013

City stores open from noon on Anzac Day

City shops will be open at noon this Thursday after South Australians have attended Anzac Day dawn services and other memorial events.

View this News Release from the link below.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Timber company fined $28,000 after employee severs finger in docking saw incident

The Industrial Court has fined Improved Timber Pty Ltd $28,000 plus legal fees after a worker's finger was severed in a machine that had no guard in place.

View this News Release from the link below.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Workplace fatality

SafeWork SA regrets to advise that a 49-year-old worker has died after falling while transferring between a pilot vessel and a bulk ore carrier in the Spencer Gulf on Wednesday, 3 July 2013.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Daylight saving ends this Sunday

South Australians are reminded to turn back their clocks this weekend as daylight saving comes to an end.

View this News Release from the link below.

Related Information

Daylight Saving

21 June 2013

SafeWork SA's role in the NBN rollout

The NBN rollout is a national project involving multiple workplaces across the country, including sites in South Australia.

Given the NBN rollout is a Commonwealth project, SafeWork SA is working with Comcare (the Commonwealth work health and safety agency) and all other State and Territory work health and safety regulators to ensure that inspection programs are targeted and applied consistently across Australia.

SafeWork SA is undertaking joint inspection programs of NBN work sites in South Australia, targeting work practices and systems of work to ensure that all hazards including asbestos are effectively managed.

Work is currently stopped on all NBN sites, including in South Australia.

When work resumes, SafeWork SA will continue work site visits to ensure practices comply with the required safety standards.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Shop trading hours for Easter long weekend

SafeWork SA reminds South Australians to plan their shopping around public holiday trading hours this Easter long weekend.

View this News Release from the link below.

16 May 2013

Birkenhead Incident

SafeWork SA has been notified of a workplace incident at Birkenhead on Thursday 16 May 2013 in which a worker was injured.

SafeWork SA is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, including any potential breaches of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA).

SafeWork SA will release additional information where appropriate and as it becomes available.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

SafeWork SA delivers information sessions to the Port Augusta community

Representatives from SafeWork SA will deliver an information session about the new work health and safety legislation and the important role of health and safety representatives in a visit to Port Augusta this month.

View this News Release from the link below.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

SafeWork SA delivers information sessions to the Port Lincoln community

Representatives from SafeWork SA will deliver an information session about the new work health and safety legislation and the important role of health and safety representatives in a visit to Port Lincoln this month.

View this News Release from the link below.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

SafeWork SA delivers information sessions to the Whyalla community

Representatives from SafeWork SA will deliver an information session about the new work health and safety legislation and the important role of health and safety representatives in a visit to Whyalla this month.

View this News Release from the link below.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Brush manufacturer fined $26,250 after worker injured

The Industrial Court has fined Rokset Industries Pty Ltd $26,250 plus legal fees after a worker's finger was caught in a machine that had no guard in place.

View this News Release from the link below.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

SafeWork SA delivers information sessions to the Mount Gambier community

Representatives from SafeWork SA will deliver information sessions about the new work health and safety legislation and the important role of health and safety representatives during a visit to Mount Gambier next week.

View this News Release from the link below.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Scholarships support health, safety of women at work

SafeWork SA is calling for applications for the 2013 Augusta Zadow scholarships, which support the health and safety of women in the workplace.

View this News Release from the link below.

Wednesday, 13 February, 2013

March public holiday to stay until at least 2015

The second Monday in March will remain a public holiday until at least 2015 following a review of current public holiday arrangements.

View this News Release from the link below.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Rundle Mall to open early for cruise ship tourists

Rundle Mall shops will open early on two Sundays this year to cater to an influx of approximately 5,000 tourists when two international cruise liners visit our shores, said Bryan Russell, Executive Director of SafeWork SA.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Australia Day Shop Trading Hours

With Australia Day falling on a Saturday this year, the public holiday will be observed on the following Monday, 28 January, as is the case across the nation.

View this Media Release from the link below.

Sunday, 6 December, 2012

Applications open for SafeWork SA innovative practice grants

Acting Industrial Relations Minister ChloŽ Fox is encouraging South Australian organisations committed to improving work health and safety outcomes to apply for the 2013 SafeWork SA Innovative Practice Grants.

View this News Release from the link below.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Work dangers rise with temperatures

As temperatures are forecast to rise above 40C over the coming days, SafeWork SA reminds workplaces to ensure they have measures in place to cope with the heat.

View this News Release from the link below.