Safe Work Australia – National Safe Work Month

Safe Work Australia have launched this year’s National Safe Work month that aims to improve awareness of work health and safety, encourage discussion about safety at work and share positive workplace stories from across Australia.

Safe Work Australia are continuing to support the National Safe Work Month with a range of resources for businesses, by hosting workplace participation reward programs and sharing stories and statistics about work health and safety.

You can be involved in this special initiative by

– Attending events in your workplace or in your local area.

– Downloading the resource kit to help promote the month in your workplace.

– Sharing the National Safe Work Month messages through your online channels.

– Entering the Workplace Participation Reward and showcase your workplace.

– Watching the Safe Work Month video messages.

– Watching free online seminars showcasing the latest thinking, research, developments and best practice in work health and safety, available from October at seminars.swa.gov.au

– Connecting on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to find out about local events and to share your safe work month workplace stories. Use the hashtag #safeworkmonth to join the conversation.

Be Part of Safe Work Month and assist in raising awareness about work health and safety within your organisation.

Recent Prosecutions

Prosecutions are an essential part of the Department’s role as a regulator and assist in prevention by deterring others from committing workplace health and safety offences. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland aims to ensure prosecution activity is strategically targeted for maximum impact and is supported by evidence based research to help target identified areas of concern.

Year Total No. of Prosecutions Completed % Successful Prosecutions Fine$ Costs$
2006-07 126 81% 2,952,950    232,722.00
2007-08 105 83% 2,788,700 84,193.25
2008-09 146 90% 3,312,750    282,281.23
2009-10 117 89% 3,918,350    414,347.54
2010-11 99 83% 2,819,900    257,874.10
2011-12* 98 73.4% 2,924,400 236,830.68
2012-13** 105 63% 2,328,500 221,395.95
2013-14*** 40 67.5% 1,722,500 80,864

* These figures include three (3) prosecutions conducted by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s Legal and Prosecution Services under the Electrical Safety Act 2003.

** These figures include six (6) prosecutions conducted by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s Legal and Prosecution Services under the Electrical Safety Act 2003.

*** These figures were for the 2013-2014 financial year to date as at 31/03/2014.  The figures include two (2) prosecutions conducted by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s Legal and Prosecution Services under the Electrical Safety Act 2003.

 

Finalised prosecutions

The following list shows Workplace Health and Safety finalised prosecutions for the period 1 January 2014 – 30 March 2014.

Name of Defendant Section of Act or Regulation Fine
1 Marglen Pty Ltd s.32 WHSA 2011– Duty 21(2) $120,000
2 N.K. Collins Industries Pty Ltd s.28(2) WHS Act 1995 $50,000
3 Spencer, Hugh John s.32 WHSA– Duty 27(1) Defendant placed on 12 month good behaviour bond with a surety of $10,000
4 T & S Trees Pty Ltd s.32 WHSA 2011- Duty 19(1) $45,000.00 fine plus court ordered undertaking for 12 months with a surety of $10,000
5 Teys Australia Biloela Pty Ltd s.28(1) WHS Act 1995 $15,000
6 Thomson, Ian Craig s.32 WHSA 2011– Duty 21(2) $10,000
7 Torrisi, John Joseph s.32 WHSA 2011– Duty 19(1) Defendant placed on 12 month ordered undertaking with a surety of $20,000
8 Victus International Pty Ltd s.32 WHSA 2011– Duty 19(1) $27,500

Recent Incident Alert! Brace yourself..

A school had an occurrence recently which they deemed as a notifiable dangerous incident  ( WHS ACT 2011 section  37 – A serious risk to a person’s health and safety emanating from the release from height of any plant, substance or thing ….) which they reported to Worksafe Queensland.  A bracing arm in a shade structure fell to the ground from a height of about two metres pivoting around an end that was still attached to a post.  Fortunately, the incident happened at a time when students were in class.  On investigation, the nut securing the bolt to the post and arm was missing.  This event is not a “one off” as we are aware of at least one other incident at one of our school clients where a brace fell and struck a student.  A review of both incidents indicates the possibility that in certain situations the wind across tight shade sails can make the whole structure vibrate and this vibration can in turn loosen fixings.

Action:

1. Ensure lock tight nuts are fitted throughout the structure and each nut is torque sealed to make inspection easy.
2. Ensure that the integrity of fittings on shade structures is included in your playground equipment checklist.
3. Ensure your playground equipment inspections are being completed weekly and recorded.

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