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Inspectors have conducted 118 audits and issued 32 notices to construction companies in New South Wales as part of a safety improvement campaign.

As reported in an earlier e-bulletin, WorkCover NSW is targeting commercial construction sites in the six-week campaign.

“During these site visits inspectors are paying particular attention to site management safety plans, including emergency evacuation procedures, and high-risk activities such as crane operation, erection, dismantling and maintenance of scaffold and ‘hot’ work procedures,” said WorkCover NSW Work Health and Safety Division General Manager John Watson.

“To date we have spoken with 324 employers (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking – PCBU), and issued 32 notices relating to identified work health and safety issues including electrical leads and powerpoints, working at heights, demolition, Return to work, emergency procedures and scaffolding.”

WorkCover will meet with employers and unions after the blitz to review the state of safety in the commercial construction sector.

“We may also choose to extend the blitz should we identify any negative trends in site management,” Watson added.

For more detail visit the blitz update.

Published on 10 April 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

The stop bullying application that led to the national anti-bullying panel accepting applications for bullying that occurred before 1 January has been dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.

Since 1 January, under a new provision in the Fair Work Act 2009, workers who reasonably believe they have been bullied at work can apply to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for a stop bullying order.

As reported in an earlier e-bulletin, the full bench of the FWC recently ruled that a claim submitted on 9 January, which alleged that a worker had been bullied before 1 January, was within the FWC’s jurisdiction.

The worker’s employer, Peninsula Support Services Inc trading as Peninsula Support Services (PSS), had submitted that the FWC had no jurisdiction to hear the application because the bullying had occurred before the new laws had come into force.

The full bench sent the stop bullying application back to FWC Commissioner Peter Hampton for determination.

Commissioner Hampton then dealt with another contention submitted by the employer: as the employer wasn’t a constitutionally covered workplace, the FWC had no jurisdiction to hear the stop bullying application.

Commissioner Hampton assessed the claim and agreed with the employer. The application was dismissed.

He made no finding on the bullying allegations.

For more details, visit the ruling.

Published on 10 April 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

The Queensland Government has passed laws that strip health and safety representatives of their power to direct workers to stop unsafe work.

As reported in an earlier e-bulletin, the power downgrade is among a raft of changes in the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014.

The bill passed the Queensland Parliament last week, and the new laws will start on proclamation which will occur at a date to be determined.

In addition to removing the power of health and safety representatives to direct workers to stop unsafe work, the bill also provides for a number of other changes.

Among these changes, unions must give at least 24-hours notice before they can enter a workplace to inquire about a suspected WHS breach; a person conducting a business or undertaking no longer needs to provide a list of health and safety representatives to the work health and safety regulator; and codes of practice adopted in Queensland can be approved, varied or revoked without requiring national consultation.

For more details, visit the changes to the law.

Published on 10 April 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

09 Apr 2014

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NSCA is proud to announce the 2014 National Safety Awards of Excellence are now open.
Find out what last year’s winners and finalists did to be recognised as leaders in Australian safety.

Overall Winner: Award for Excellence in WHS – Barwon Water Alliance

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Shaun Cumming, Alliance Manager, Barwon Water Alliance

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