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NSCA’s most experienced international training facilitator, Marilyn Hubner, delivered the long-awaited Fiji Certificate IV in WHS program to enthusiastic participants in March 2014.

The program was developed in conjunction with the Fiji National University (FNU) and was very well received with participants organising a special ceremony for Marilyn at the end of the program.

The international safety training program continues in October 2014 when the NSCA delivers the Diploma of WHS in Fiji.  The NSCA is currently working closely with the FNU to promote the program.

Following on from this successful training program, the NSCA is exploring other opportunities to further support safety training at an international level.

A West Australian scrap metal business has been prosecuted after a Chinese national who spoke little English was crushed to death by an 800kg metal slab.

The incident happened in November 2011 when the worker was directed to remove a large bucket from an excavator using an oxy-cutter. WorkSafe said he was given no instructions for carrying out this task, or supervision, and was working alone.

“At some time between 8am and 9am, the worker was crushed when an 800kg piece of the upper part of the bucket he was cutting broke away from the main structure and fell on him,” WorkSafe said.

Before the incident, the worker had been with the company for nine months. He initially received general induction training, then a few hours of formal training followed by “three months working under the supervision of another relatively inexperienced Chinese oxy-cutter with very limited English”, according to WorkSafe.

“During this time, he was shown how to assess the risk of falling pieces of metal, safe cutting, leaving ‘tags’ and where to position himself when cutting overhead.”

Nevertheless, the worker had no formal training or experience in oxy-cutting or metalwork generally before starting this job, WorkSafe added.

Since the worker’s death changes have been made at the workplace. “Subsequent to the death of this worker, the employer has reassessed the risks at the yard, and individual risk assessments, methodology, JSAs and detailed cut plans must now be undertaken for any cutting job where there is a risk of pieces falling,” WorkSafe Commissioner Lex McCulloch said.

“An additional supervisor has been employed to carry out risk assessments, compile JSAs and instruct workers in safe cutting procedures. These are generally documented in both English and Chinese.”

The business, J & P Group Pty Ltd trading as J & P Metals, was prosecuted in the Bunbury Magistrates Court. It pleaded guilty and was fined $80,000 and ordered to pay $3000 in costs.

For more details, visit WorkSafe.

Published on 13 March 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

A Queensland roofing contractor has been ordered to undergo training under the new work health and safety laws.

The contractor was prosecuted in Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court for breaching the Queensland Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

The contractor had failed to comply with a direction from a workplace health and safety inspector to cease work until fall protection was in place, according to Work Health and Safety (WHS) Queensland in a media statement.

“There also were counts of obstructing and intimidating an inspector.”

The contractor pleaded guilty and was placed on a one-year good behaviour bond with a surety of $10,000. He was also directed to undertake relevant trade training by December, said WHS Queensland.

The magistrate said the sentences were the first to be handed down under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, introduced last year.

“The wider options and choices now available to courts might help those facing charges under the legislation develop better culture and awareness as well as affording the courts the more recognised and historical avenues of punishment and deterrence,” said WHS Queensland head Dr Simon Blackwood in a media release.

For more details, visit Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.


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