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News 2016

Tuesday 20 December 2016

Quad bike safety: know how to ride and survive

With quad bikes the leading cause of fatalities on Australian farms, SafeWork SA is reminding people about the risks they pose to riders' safety, especially children, as school holidays have begun.

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8 December 2016

Avoid heat stress and solar UV radiation exposure this summer

With South Australian summers renowned for being very hot and dry, SafeWork SA reminds employers to manage risks associated with heat stress and solar UV.

17 November 2016

Seeing is believing when it comes to work health and safety

Kelly Engineering with support from AiGroup and SafeWork SA opened their doors to South Australian manufacturers to showcase their lean manufacturing techniques and how they are helping grow a positive safety culture.

11 November 2016

Intimidating WHS inspectors not acceptable

A recent decision made by the Industrial Court acts as a strong deterrent to anyone using intimidating or improper behaviour to hinder SafeWork SA's work health and safety (WHS) inspectors, whilst executing their regulatory duties.

9 November 2016

Government approves additional Christmas trading hours

In the Christmas and the New Year season, retailers in the Greater Adelaide Shopping District - city and suburbs - and their customers will benefit from additional trading hours.

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Wednesday 2 November 2016

South Australia to review work health and safety laws

SafeWork SA is seeking feedback as part of the three-year review into the nationally harmonised work health and safety laws, which came into effect in South Australia from 1 January 2013.

Monday 24 October 2016

Feedback to reshape dangerous substances and explosives laws

South Australia's work health and safety agency is encouraging industry and the people working with explosives and dangerous substances to contribute to reshaping the state's laws which were written in the 1930s and 1970s.

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Important milestone in the changing face of SafeWork SA

This morning marked an important milestone in the changing face of SafeWork SA, with the Minister for Industrial Relations, the Hon John Rau MP, officially opening the new SafeWork SA Customer Service Centre.

Tuesday 4 October 2016

'Get involved' the catch-cry this October with prevention the proven winner

This National Safe Work Month the state's work health and safety regulator is providing the opportunity for workers and businesses across South Australia to focus on minimising risks and addressing hazards to prevent injuries, illness and death.

28 September 2016

South Australia going forward one hour from Sunday 2 October

SafeWork SA is reminding South Australians daylight saving starts this long weekend.

Local summer time will begin when clocks are put forward one hour at 2am Sunday (2 October 2016) morning.

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27 September 2016

Wild weather poses safety hazard

SafeWork SA is urging business owners and operators across South Australia to prepare for extreme weather by securing loose items so they do not pose a safety hazard ahead of the front forecast for tomorrow and Thursday.

Thursday 15 September 2016

Get involved this National Safe Work Month

All South Australians are encouraged to get involved in helping to make their workplaces safe with the release of the National Safe Work Month program online.

SafeWork SA has been showcasing the latest developments in workplace safety, health and wellbeing by running events in October as part of National Safe Work Month since 2005.

Wednesday 14 September 2016

SafeWork SA warns repeat offenders about their work health and safety obligations as business leaders after recent conviction

This last week the Industrial Court has handed down a sixth conviction to a local packaging business for a crush injury to a worker's hand.

Thursday 8 September 2016

Important changes to classifying and labelling chemicals

South Australian businesses manufacturing, importing or supplying chemicals are reminded that there's only a few months before new national requirements take effect.

From 1 January 2017, South Australia will fully implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) - the international system for classifying chemicals with new labelling and warning information.

Wednesday 31 August 2016

South East construction business prosecuted after worker fatality

The family of a worker electrocuted in 2014 has received compensation as part of a decision made by the Industrial Court this last week.

Wednesday 31 August 2016

RM Williams convicted for safety breach

RM Williams Pty Ltd was convicted and penalised in the Industrial Court as a result of a 2015 injury to a worker left with significant burns and permanent injuries.

Monday 29 August 2016

All ears for Hearing Awareness Week

According to the Deafness Forum of Australia, the number of Australians who are hearing impaired or deaf is increasing because of long-term exposure to excessive noise at work and play coupled with an ageing population.

The major causes of hearing loss are noise injuries which in the main are preventable.

Currently, one in six Australians is affected by hearing loss - that's an estimated 3.5 million people.

Monday 29 August 2016

Increased safety measures continue for 2016 Royal Adelaide Show

As the Royal Adelaide Show opening draws closer, more than 30 SafeWork SA Inspectors are auditing 56 amusement devices, as well as checking catering sites, dangerous substances storage, stages, tents and marquees.

Friday 26 August, 2016

Eyre Peninsula woman wins award for new approach to making farms safe

Today at Ayers House, renowned South Australian historian and feminist, Professor Susan Magarey, was the guest speaker at a reception to present two $10 000 Augusta Zadow Awards to fund projects that will improve the work health and safety of working women.

Wednesday 10 August 2016

Work-related fatality confirmed

SafeWork SA confirms a young worker has died following injuries sustained on a construction site at Fullarton yesterday.

Tuesday 9 August, 2016

Farmers' Guidebook released at Eyre Peninsula Field Days

The Farmers' Guidebook to work health and safety, a six month collaboration between SafeWork SA and Primary Producers SA, is launched today at the Eyre Peninsula Field Days in Cleve.

Monday 1 August 2016

Work-related fatality at Greenock confirmed

SafeWork SA confirms a man was fatally injured on a farming property at Greenock this morning with the state's work health and safety regulator currently investigating the incident to determine any potential breaches of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA).

Monday 25 July 2016

Windy weather poses safety hazard

SafeWork SA is urging builders and sub-contractors to secure or put loose items away on their worksites so they do not pose a safety hazard in today's strong winds.

Wednesday 20 July, 2016

Rural SA business in midst of global expansion despite rocky start

Balco Australia is a local success story enjoying global success in hay processing through an innovative approach to work health and safety.

Wednesday 13 July, 2016

Large shipping company convicted for fatal crush injury

The family of a worker killed on a barge at the end of 2012 has received compensation as part of a decision made by the Industrial Court this last week.

Friday 3 June, 2016

Conviction highlights importance of keeping trainees, apprentices safe

A recent conviction in the Industrial Court resulting in a $14 000 fine to Trainee and Apprentice Placement Service Inc. (TAPS), should remind all group training organisations that they have a shared work health and safety duty with host employers.

Saturday 28 May 2016

Industrial Court imposes hefty fine on another labour hire company

For the second time in a month, the Industrial Court has convicted a labour hire company and handed down a hefty fine for failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment.

Tuesday 10 May, 2016

South Australia, Heads Up ... on mental health in the workplace

The inaugural Heads Up breakfast workshop on Mental health in the workplace is to be held this morning at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Friday 6 May, 2016

Court imposes conviction and fine for impersonating an Inspector

The Industrial Court has convicted 25 year old South Australian man, Sam Narroway, for impersonating a SafeWork SA Inspector and fined him $15 000.

Friday 29 April, 2016

Industrial Court imposes highest penalty against single entity to date

The Industrial Court convicted labour hire employer, Big Mars Pty Ltd, this week for failing to provide a safe system of work and failing to provide information, instruction, training and supervision.

Friday 22 April, 2016

Anzac Day public holiday trading hours

SafeWork SA reminds South Australians that retail trading restrictions will be in place for this Monday's Anzac Day public holiday.

"Shops in the Adelaide CBD will be able to trade from 12-noon to 5pm on Anzac Day," said Marie Boland, Executive Director of SafeWork SA.

Monday 18 April, 2016

Court imposes $24 000 fine and three year ban for unsafe asbestos removal

Today the Industrial Court convicted Mr Anthony Rosier from Eco Asbestos Removal Service of seven counts of unsafe asbestos removal work.

Thursday 31 March, 2016

Daylight saving ends this Sunday

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

"With daylight saving ending at 3am on Sunday 3 April this year people should wind their clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night," said SafeWork SA's Executive Director, Ms Marie Boland.

Thursday 31 March, 2016

Unguarded machine costs Gambier Earth Movers $111,000

On 24 March 2016 the Industrial Court handed down a $111,000 fine plus court fees to Gambier Earth Movers, who were prosecuted under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA).

Tuesday 8 March, 2016

A fresh take on improving women's health and safety at work

The International Women's Day Breakfast was the setting for the official launch of the 2016 Augusta Zadow Awards, announced last Friday in Adelaide by Senator Penny Wong.

SafeWork SA has $20,000 available to develop an initiative that makes a significant contribution, to the health and safety of women working in South Australia. This can be through research, education and development of a solution to a work health and safety problem.

Saturday 20 February, 2016

Media Statement: Fatality, nRAH

SafeWork SA regrets to advise that a male worker was fatally injured at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital site late this afternoon.

Tuesday 2 February, 2016

Extended shop trading hours for Adelaide Fringe Street Parade

For the first time the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival Street Parade will be held on a Saturday evening with shops in the Rundle Mall Precinct able to trade ahead of the parade on Saturday 13 February 2016 until 8pm.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Look out for symptoms of heat stress in the workplace this summer

With the hottest stretch of summer yet to arrive, SafeWork SA reminds employers to be vigilant of the warning signs of workers affected by heat stress.