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News 2015

Tuesday 22 December 2015

SafeWork SA warns of quad bike dangers

SafeWork SA reminds the South Australian community of the importance of quad bike safety in light of the 20 fatalities that have occurred this year across Australia from incidents involving these popular vehicles.

Tuesday 24 November 2015

John Jarratt opens Asbestos Awareness Seminar in Adelaide

Asbestos Awareness Ambassador, film and television star, John Jarratt, made time in his busy filming schedule this morning to open the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union and Asbestos Victims Association Asbestos Awareness Seminar in Adelaide.

12 November 2015

Extended shop trading hours this Christmas

In line with recent years, the State Government has approved additional shop trading hours this Christmas.

Friday, 2 October 2015

South Australia to go forward an hour from Sunday 4 October

SafeWork SA is reminding South Australians that daylight saving starts this Sunday, 4 October 2015.

Thursday, October 1 2015

Our ageing workforce brings new work health and safety considerations

In conjunction with the Centre for Economic Development Australia (SA), SafeWork SA is celebrating the contribution older South Australians make to the state?s workforce as well as  launching National Safe Work Month at a Shaping the Future of SA Series lunch event on October 1, at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Media Statement: Fatality, Renmark North

SafeWork SA regrets to advise of a crush fatality involving a prime mover in Renmark North late yesterday afternoon, where a male worker died at the scene.

Monday 21 September 2015

Inadequate safe work procedures cost company $39,000

Scrap metal business Trading Metals Pty Ltd has received a conviction and been fined $39,000 plus court costs in the Industrial Magistrates Court after a worker's finger was crushed while he was helping load pallets on a trailer.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

High Risk Work: Licence holders can now renew online

With the first phase of high risk work licence renewals starting on 1 September 2015, SafeWork SA is encouraging workers to renew their licences online.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Get together and get involved during National Safe Work Month

SafeWork SA has today announced that the National Safe Work Month program for South Australia is now available online.

National Safe Work Month, running throughout October, focuses on promoting a range of work health and safety issues in the workplace, and how to address them.

Friday 28 August 2015

Improving work conditions for women

Today at Government House, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia, hosted a reception to present two $10 000 Augusta Zadow Awards to fund projects that will improve the work health and safety of working women.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Adelaide Cup public holiday in March to continue

South Australia's March public holiday is set to continue through to 2019, proclaimed by the Governor today.

Friday 14 August 2015

$650,000 available for WHS innovation and research

The call for the next round of SafeWork SA WHS Research Strategy grants is nearing, with applications to share the $650,000 worth of grant opportunities opening on Monday 24 August, 2015.

Friday 14 August 2015

Update contact details online if you hold a High Risk Work Licence

In preparation for the first stage of licence renewals starting 1 September, SafeWork SA has made it easier for high risk work licence holders to update their contact details online.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

South Australia sets safety example this Farm Safety Week

South Australia is leading the charge in on-farm safety this Farm Safety Week (20-24 July 2015) and encouraging the state's primary producers to keep the year fatality free.

Monday, 20 July 2015

High Risk Work: Last chance to convert to the national licence

As the 1 September 2015 deadline draws near, SafeWork SA is urging workers to convert any Certificates of Competency or old style tickets issued between January 2005 and September 2010 to the national high risk work licence before time runs out.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Media Statement: Fatality, Princes Highway, Murray Bridge

SafeWork SA regrets to advise that a truck collided with a car on the Princes Highway at Murray Bridge last night, and the female driver of the car died at the scene.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Power surge - electric shock increase

The state's work health and safety regulator is reminding people to be careful with electricity following a surge in the number of people experiencing an electric shock in South Australian workplaces, commonly caused by frayed cords, damaged switches and electrical appliances being used in and near water.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

SafeWork SA moves to continue servicing the Riverland

SafeWork SA's Riverland office, servicing 33,000 people including some 3,000 farm businesses, has relocated to a new address.

The office is now located at Office 6, 28 Vaughan Terrace, Berri, with the telephone number 8595 2199 unchanged, likewise the mailing address of PO Box 346, Berri, SA 5343.

Friday, 29 May 2015

New hair and beauty guide is cutting edge

In a packed function room at the Crowne Plaza, Hair&Beauty SA this week launched Safety with Style, a cutting edge work health and safety guide specific for the hair and beauty
industry.

SafeWork SA contributed $50,000 towards the project through a South Australian Work Health and Safety Innovative Practice Grant.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

High Risk Work: Beat the rush and convert your licence

SafeWork SA is urging workers to convert any Certificates of Competency or old style tickets issued between January 2005 and September 2010 to the national high risk work licence before the deadline of 1 September 2015.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Augusta Zadow Awards - a year on, another great success!

Dr Joy Penman's project to improve the employment experiences of female immigrant nurses in regional South Australia, via an educational resource manual and a series of workshops about mental health, is a recent success story.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A mark of respect this Anzac Day

SafeWork SA reminds South Australians that this Saturday, 25 April, is a public holiday with retail trading restrictions unique to Anzac Day.

Friday, 9 April 2015

Shed manufacturer fined for serious workplace fall

IKC Sheds Pty Ltd has received a conviction and been fined $10,000 plus court costs in the Industrial Court after a worker sustained injuries to his back when he fell through a roof.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Daylight saving ends this Sunday

Daylight saving in South Australia comes to an end this Sunday.

"With daylight saving ending at 3am on Sunday 5 April 2015 we're encouraging everyone to wind their clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night to avoid any confusion about the timing of Easter Sunday events," said SafeWork SA's Acting Executive Director, Marie Boland.

Sunday 29 March 2015

Media Statement: Fatality, Whyalla Race Track

SafeWork SA regrets to advise that a male volunteer race steward has been killed after being hit by a car at the Whyalla Race Track last night.

SafeWork SA Acting Executive Director, Marie Boland, confirms the State's work health and safety regulator is investigating any potential breaches of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA), and are working closely with South Australian Police Major Crash Investigation Unit at the scene of the fatality.

Friday 27 March 2015

Statement: Workplace fatality, Spencer Gulf

SafeWork SA regrets to advise that a man has died after falling from a prawn trawler into Spencer Gulf off the South Australian coast near Corny Point.

Friday 6 March 2015

Regulator urges heavy vehicle trailer coupling check

SafeWork SA is urging the operators of heavy vehicles to regularly inspect the integrity of all heavy vehicle trailer connections and to look for loose components, cracks or dents, further to the manufacturer's guidelines.

Friday 6 March 2015

Get funded to improve women's work health and safety

SafeWork SA is providing the opportunity for people to 'get funded' to improve the safety of women at work and build on the historical legacy of South Australia's first Lady Inspector of Factories through the annual Augusta Zadow Awards.

SafeWork SA, South Australia's work health and safety regulator, is funding practical solutions, initiatives or research up to $10 000 each to improve the health and safety of women at work.

Thursday 12 February 2015

Statement: Whyalla Norrie workplace fatality

SafeWork SA regrets to advise that a man has died in a work related incident this morning at Whyalla Norrie.

SafeWork SA Executive Director Bryan Russell advises that the area has been secured and work at the site suspended with an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident underway.

Tuesday 10 February 2015

Statement: Olympic Dam workplace fatality

SafeWork SA regrets to advise that a man has died following a rock fall underground at South Australia's Olympic Dam mine site.

SafeWork SA Executive Director Bryan Russell confirms the regulator has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident and that the area has been secured and works within this site suspended.

Thursday 5 February 2015

Injuries to young worker cost Hungry Jacks $90,000

The Industrial Court has fined Hungry Jacks $90,000 plus costs after a worker suffered third degree burns whilst performing work at its Edwardstown restaurant.

Thursday 5 February 2015

Mercury and work-dangers rise together

With high temperatures forecast across South Australia from tomorrow, SafeWork SA is reminding employers and workers that heat is a workplace hazard and that it is imperative for appropriate measures to be put in place to deal with it.

30 January 2015

Health and safety a priority for the festival season

SafeWork SA is working with event organisers to ensure the safety of workers and patrons during Adelaide's peak festival season.

21 January 2015

Workplace incident: Edinburgh North

SafeWork SA has been notified on 21 January 2015 of a workplace incident at Edinburgh North. A worker was using an oxy torch when an explosion occurred. He has sustained burn injuries.

15 January 2015

Workplace incident: Wingfield

SafeWork SA has been notified on 15 January 2015 of a workplace incident at Wingfield involving a worker who sustained an injury resulting in the loss of part of his thumb.