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A construction worker was killed at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital site on the weekend.

The male worker died late last Saturday afternoon. He was 63 years old and sustained crush injuries, according to The Advertiser.

SafeWork SA is investigating the incident.

“I offer my condolences to the man’s family and friends at this difficult time, and every support is being offered to the family,” said SafeWork SA Executive Director Marie Boland in a media statement.

Another worker, 54-year-old Jorge Castillo-Riffo, was crushed to death at the same site in 2014.

The most recent fatality brings South Australia’s 2016 work-related death toll to five.

For more details, visit SafeWork SA

Published on 25 February 2016 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust has been fined following the death of an 87-year-old man with dementia.

In April 2008 the man was being bathed at the Frank Lloyd Unit, Sittingbourne, when he slipped from a hoist and fell, sustaining injuries, and died the next day, said the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in a media release.

The HSE investigated the incident and reportedly found “poor communication between the nursing staff and the agency care workers”.

It added: “… the care plan was not clear and, in any case, was not shared with the agency carers.

“There was no consideration of the risk of using a bathroom in another ward which precluded any active supervision of the agency carers.”

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, of Farm Villa, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, was prosecuted and pleaded guilty for breaching section 3(1) of the UK Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It was fined £107,000 and ordered to pay £25,000 in costs.

“This case has shown that it’s not enough to have well-intentioned management procedures if these are not followed through at ward level,” said HSE inspector Jan Combs said in a media statement. “There must be a robust mechanism to communicate care needs to all staff including temporary agency staff. Clear communication is an essential part of good management.”

For more details, visit the HSE

Published on 28 January 2016 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today

The Queensland Government has released a black lung action plan in the wake of the re-emergence of the disease.

“We have confirmed five cases of coalminer’s pneumoconiosis [black lung disease] in Queensland and I have asked for Queensland Health data on any other possible cases,” said Dr Anthony Lynham, Minister for Natural Resources and Mines and Acting Minister for Health, in a media statement.

The Minister says the plan involves the following:

  • reviewing current screening measures where coalminers have chest X-rays when they start work, at least every five years and when they retire
  • taking action against coalmines that exceed regulated dust limits
  • improving data collection on cases of black lung to prevent cases from being missed
  • investigating regulatory changes, and
  • placing the issue on the national council of mining ministers’ agenda.

For more details, visit the Government’s plan

Published on 28 January 2016 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today

Farm deaths have increased over the past year, says a recent report from The University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety.

The report is based on farm injury events and non-farm quad bike fatalities reported in the Australian print media from 1 January to 31 December 2015.

Farm injury fatalities totalled 69 in 2015, compared with 54 in 2014.

Of the 69 deaths, six involved a child aged 15 years and younger, and 15 of the most reported incidents involved quad bikes, 13 involved tractors and seven involved mobile-plant/machinery, according to the report.

Some 92 non-fatal on-farm injury events were also reported for the same period. Nine involved children aged 15 years and younger. Quad-related injuries accounted for 41 of all incidents.

Off-farm, an additional 29 quad bike-related injuries were reported.

For more details, visit the report.

Published on 28 January 2016 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today

Work-related incidents have claimed another 15 lives, including 12 male workers, two male bystanders, and one female bystander, according to the latest Safe Work Australia data.

A total of 87 people have been killed in work-related incidents in the first half of 2015, says the Notifiable Fatalities June 2015 Monthly Report.

Of the 15 incidents in June, three workers each died in vehicle incidents on a public road, vehicle accident in another context, and by being hit by a falling object. Two were killed in crushing incidents. Other individuals were killed due to falling from a height, an air crash, being trapped in machinery, and as a pedestrian hit by vehicle on a public road.

Six of these fatalities occurred in transport, postal and warehousing workplaces and five in agriculture, forestry and fishing. The other fatalities occurred in construction, manufacturing, and electricity, gas, water and waste services workplaces.

For more details, visit the report

Published on 22 October 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.


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