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News 2014

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Did you know that some new work health and safety regulations will commence from 1 January 2015?

Click here for details!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Leave fireworks to the experts this New Year's Eve

In the lead up to New Year's Eve celebrations, SafeWork SA reminds everyone that fireworks displays must be left to the professionals.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Young worker injuries cost milling company $78 000

The Industrial Court has convicted and fined Blue Lake Milling Pty Ltd $78,000 plus costs after a young worker suffered severe injuries caused by the rotating arms of a large steaming valve at its Bordertown premises.

Friday, 19 December 2014

On-farm safety first for the school holidays

SafeWork SA is encouraging rural families to take the time to ensure on-farm safety with many children returning home to spend the summer holidays on family farming properties

Friday, 19 December 2014

Safety first this festive season

SafeWork SA is urging people to avoid serious workplace incidents and trauma in the lead up to Christmas by putting safety first.

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Workplace explosion highlights the dangers of cutting empty drums

The Industrial Court has fined Northpoint Toyota $33,000 plus costs after a worker suffered second degree burns in a workplace incident at its Port Augusta dealership.

Friday 28 November 2014

New Royal Adelaide Hospital Incident 27 November 2014

SafeWork SA regrets to advise that the 54 year old male worker injured at the New Royal Adelaide Hospital construction site yesterday has died as a result of the crush injuries sustained to his head, neck and back.

Thursday 27 November 2014

Notifiable workplace incident: New Royal Adelaide Hospital

Earlier this morning SafeWork SA was notified of a workplace incident at the New Royal Adelaide construction site that has left a 54 year old worker with crush injuries.

Sunday 23 November 2014

Asbestos Awareness Week begins

A new website with easy to access information about asbestos has been launched, marking the start of Asbestos Awareness Week.

Industrial Relations Minister John Rau said Asbestos Awareness Week provides the opportunity for people to learn more about the inherent dangers of asbestos as well as reflect on the lives lost.

Monday 17 November 2014

Inadequate guarding costs company $10 500

The Industrial Court has fined Olgas Fine Foods Pty Ltd, $10 500 plus costs for failing to ensure the safety of its workers.

Thursday 6 November 2014

$410 000 available for innovation and research

South Australian researchers as well as work health and safety innovators can now apply for SafeWork SA's WHS Commissioned Research and Innovation Practice Grants to reverse the trend of work-related injury and illness.

Friday 5 November 2014

Safe Work Awards: celebrating best practice, performance and people

Innovative ideas, excellent work health and safety systems and workers committed to the best work health and safety outcomes were rewarded at the 2014 Safe Work Awards with the Chair of the SafeWork SA Advisory Council, Tom Phillips, saying that all finalists displayed a high standard for others to aspire to.

"The Safe Work Awards are the state's highest accolade for those organisations and people going above and beyond to keep people safe from harm at work," Mr Phillips said.

Thursday 30 October 2014

Clare Country Club burnt by worker injury

The Industrial Court has fined the Clare Country Club Pty Ltd $12,000 plus costs after a worker received burns to his face and neck requiring three days in hospital and three weeks recuperation before returning to work.

Friday 24 October 2014

Unsafe machine injures worker and costs company $48,000

The Industrial Court has fined Empire Pavers Pty Ltd $48,000 plus costs after a worker suffered severe crush-injuries and multiple fractures to both lower legs including his left knee, which required extensive surgery and three months in hospital.

Empire Pavers was prosecuted for failing to provide and maintain plant in a safe condition having failed to adequately guard a paver stacking machine.

Monday 20 October 2014

Workplace fatality

SafeWork SA regrets to advise that a worker has died as a result of injuries sustained while at work in Kilburn today (Monday 20 October 2014).

SafeWork SA has started an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the man's death.

Friday 24 October 2014

Not taking reasonable care costs company $27,000

The Industrial Court has fined AllState Communications Pty Ltd $27,000 plus costs following injury to a patient at the Port Augusta Hospital when an employer failed to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the health and safety of others.

Thursday 16 October 2014

Confirmation of worker fatality

SafeWork SA has started an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Caitlin Forrest who sadly has died as a result of injuries sustained further to a race fall at Murray Bridge yesterday (Wednesday 15 October 2014).

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Prevention the priority this Safe Work Week

This Safe Work Week South Australians are being reminded that preventing injuries, illness and death at work requires safety to be considered before work starts, not after an incident or when time allows.

Monday 29 September 2014

Daylight Saving time: clocks go forward from 5 October

South Australians are reminded that daylight saving commences on Sunday, 5 October 2014.

Local summer time will begin when clocks are put forward one hour at 2 am that Sunday morning.

15 September 2014

Royal Adelaide Show - status update

SafeWork SA continues to work closely with the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society and South Australia Police.

SafeWork SA is working with South Australia Police to investigate the tragic death of a young girl following an incident on Friday 12 September 2014 at the Royal Adelaide Show and prepare a report for the Coroner.

Sunday 14 September 2014

Royal Adelaide Show

SafeWork SA's investigation into Friday's tragic death of a young girl following an incident at the Royal Adelaide Show remains ongoing.

SafeWork SA's investigation is focused on the circumstances surrounding the incident, including any breaches of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) as well as all parties with potential responsibility for workplace safety.

Saturday 13 September 2014

Royal Adelaide Show

On behalf of the state's work health and safety regulator, Bryan Russell, Executive Director of SafeWork SA, extends his condolences to the family and friends of the young girl who died further to a tragic incident at the Royal Adelaide Show yesterday.

Friday 12 September 2014

Fatality - Royal Adelaide Show

Following a tragic incident at the Royal Adelaide Show earlier today, and subsequent death of a young girl, SafeWork SA is working with South Australia Police to investigate the matter and prepare a report for the Coroner.

SafeWork SA confirms that for the remainder of the Royal Adelaide Show the amusement ride involved in the tragedy - the Airmaxx 360 - will not operate.

Monday 1 September 2014

SafeWork SA focussed on worker and patron safety at the showgrounds

SafeWork SA is again working with Royal Adelaide Show operators to ensure they understand and meet their work health and safety obligations to keep patrons and workers safe.

Wednesday 13 August 2014

Recognising initiatives promoting safety for women in the workplace

SafeWork SA today awarded two scholarships to the successful applicants of the 2014 Augusta Zadow Scholarships at a reception held at Government House.

Each year SafeWork SA offers the scholarships, worth up to $10,000 each, to people working on initiatives, practical solutions or research to improve the health and safety of women at work.

Wednesday 6 August 2014

High Risk Work: Is your licence valid?

As the 1 September 2014 deadline draws near, SafeWork SA is reminding workers to convert qualifications issued between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2004 to the national high risk work licence.

Wednesday 18 June 2014

SafeWork SA helping to prevent workplace violence

SafeWork SA has developed a guide to help employers and workers prevent violence at work.

The guide, Preventing and responding to work-related violence, has been developed by SafeWork SA, together with workplace safety authorities from around Australia.

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Upholding the tradition of improving women's safety at work

SafeWork SA is offering two scholarships, each worth up to $10,000, to continue to advance the safety of women in today's workplaces, building on the historical legacy of those women who advocated for better conditions both at the workplace and in society more broadly.

Thursday 24 April 2014

Notification of work-related fatality

SafeWork SA regrets to advise that a 43-year-old man died at a worksite in Yahl, just outside Mount Gambier, on Wednesday 23 April 2014.

SafeWork SA understands that the man was lifting metal flashing onto a shed and the flashing may have come into contact with overhead power lines.

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Shop trading hours for Easter and Anzac Day long weekends

SafeWork SA reminds South Australians to plan their shopping around public holiday trading hours during the upcoming Easter and Anzac Day long weekends.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Daylight saving ends this Sunday

South Australians are reminded that daylight saving comes to an end this weekend.

The state will return to Australian Central Standard Time at 3 am on Sunday, 6 April 2014.

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Steelmaker fined $56,250 for unsafe lift

The Industrial Court has fined OneSteel Manufacturing Pty Ltd $56,250 plus legal fees for operating a heavy goods lift despite a number of identified risks.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Adelaide timber company fined after worker loses 3 fingers in machine

The Industrial Court has fined an Adelaide company $51,000 plus legal fees after an employee suffered the amputation of three fingers in a woodworking machine.

Friday, 14 February 2014

SafeWork SA investigating bogus inspectors

SafeWork SA, the state's work health and safety regulator, is asking people to request photo identification when an inspector requests workplace access.

This follows a spate of reports of people attending workplaces and falsely claiming to be an authorised SafeWork SA inspector.

Thursday 23 January 2014

Defendant fined over unsafe work practices

In the South Australian Industrial Court yesterday Michael Carter, Director of United Cranes and Rigging and Site Supervisor and Manager of United Precast Pty Ltd was fined $1,750 plus legal fees after a workplace incident that occurred at Dry Creek in June 2011.

Thursday 23 January 2014

South Australian company fined $59,500 after employee sustains a workplace injury

The Industrial Court yesterday fined a company engaged to remediate a contaminated site $59,500 plus legal fees after an employee sustained injuries to both arms requiring surgery.

3 February 2014

Has your site been visited by a SafeWork SA inspector?
 
We have had recent reports of two people threatening to fine workers or companies under the Work Health and Safety Act.

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

We take this opportunity to remind workplaces that a SafeWork 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 will never direct any person who is not an authorised inspector to conduct any work on our behalf.

Thursday 23 January 2014

Defendants fined $41,250 and $11,250 for unsafe equipment and work practices

SafeWork SA prosecuted Taste Master Pty Ltd and a second defendant Andrew Fotheringham, the sole director and responsible officer of Taste Master, under the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 for failing to provide and maintain plant in a safe condition; and also failing to ensure that the plant was operated safely.

22 January 2014

'Investigating Flexible Work Arrangements for Nurses and Midwives' research report now available

The Investigating Flexible Work Arrangements for Nurses and Midwives in the Acute Hospital Sector Report (PDF 2116kb) was commissioned from the Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre and released in November 2013. The research was jointly funded by SafeWork SA and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch)  for the 2013 Quality Part-Time Work Project.

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Unlicensed fireworks are dangerous and illegal

SafeWork SA reminds the general public that the use of fireworks by an unlicensed person is illegal. The ignition of fireworks by an unqualified person can be exceptionally dangerous and can present a significant risk to people and property. The risks to property can be even more severe during extreme hot weather.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Workplace fatality

SafeWork SA regrets to advise that an Anglicare worker died while at work on 6 January 2014.

SafeWork SA has started an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Work dangers rise with temperatures

As temperatures are forecast to soar in South Australia over the coming days, SafeWork SA reminds workplaces to ensure they have measures in place to cope with the heat.

Friday 3 January 2014

SA Regulations updates now available

An updated version of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 (SA) is now available. This updated version includes the new Chapter 10 - Mines regulations and also some minor technical and typographical amendments that were identified over the last twelve months.

An updated version of the Dangerous Substances Regulations 2002 is also available. The changes to these regulations simply remove duplications as a result of the commencement of new Work Health and Safety Regulations relating to pipelines.

An updated version of the Explosives Regulations 2011 is also available. The changes to these regulations occurred as a result of the transfer of the blasters licencing regime from the Work Health and Safety Regulations.