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The revised draft code of practice for construction work has been released by Safe Work Australia.

As reported in the previous e-bulletin the model code of practice for construction work is being changed to include additional guidance on housing construction, but the revised draft code was yet to be released.

However, the changes to the code are now available.

They include more examples of housing construction work.

Terms such as ‘housing construction work’, ‘builder’ and ‘owner-builder’ have been clarified further.

A revised safe work method statement template to clarify its use for high-risk work, a work health and safety management plan template and additional guidance on the duties of designers are also included.

The draft code is open for public until Wednesday 2 October.

For more details, visit the draft code.

Published on 12 September 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

WorkSafe Victoria is investigating the death of a man who fell from a rescue helicopter while being winched to safety.

The 65-year-old man injured his ankle at Macs Cove in Victoria’s northeast in late August, and an Air Ambulance Victoria helicopter was called to rescue him.

However, while he was being winched to safety he fell from the safety harness.

An ABC News report quoted Ambulance Victoria chief executive Greg Sassella, who said the man fell approximately 30 metres to his death.

“I understand he was at the door of the helicopter and they were attempting to get him into the helicopter,” he said.

“This is devastating for the crew, they spend their whole lives putting themselves at risk for patients and in this instance something’s gone astray.”

Counselling was offered to the Air Ambulance personnel, the report added.

WorkSafe said its inspectors and investigators attended the scene and are continuing their investigations.

For more details, visit WorkSafe and ABC.

Published on 12 September 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

A significant proportion of nurses and midwives will leave the nursing profession over the next 12 months due to high workloads, says a new survey.

Monash University Department of Management conducted a national survey of nurses and midwives on behalf of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF).

The survey follows on from one conducted in 2011.

The latest results from 2012 show that 23 per cent of nurses and midwives are likely to leave the profession in the next year. This is an eight per cent increase on the last survey.

Also, 33 per cent nurses and midwives frequently think about leaving and 41 per cent will explore other career opportunities.

“More nurses than ever are contemplating leaving the profession due to heavy workloads and a lack of recognition and respect within their organisation,” says Monash University researcher Dr Belinda Allen in a media release.

An inadequate nurse-to-patient ratio is a key problem. “This concern is widespread across the profession – it is not just limited to staff in hospitals but also in mental health and aged care,” Allen said.

Also, almost half of the respondents said “they did not feel confident that senior management would treat them fairly or could be trusted to make sensible decision in relation to their organisation’s future”, Allen added.

“Many indicated senior management showed poor recognition and respect for nursing work, highlighted by the number of nurses being reduced first when budget cuts were required, thereby increasing the workload on the remaining staff.”

Some 23 per cent of nurses and midwives who responded to the survey are working double shifts, ANMF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas said in a media statement.

“Nurses and midwives are stressed and exhausted and are working under conditions which are putting safe patient care at risk. In one instance, two nurses on night duty caring for 23 mentally unstable patients,” Thomas said.

For more details, visit Monash University and ANMF.

Published on 12 September 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Financial support is on offer for research investigations into safety, compensation, recovery and neurotrauma.

The Institute of Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) is offering grants for small-scale research projects conducted over a 12-month period.

Individual grants of $20,000 and $50,000 will be awarded to projects aligned to ISCRR’s research programs, the Institute said in a media statement.

These programs include occupational health and safety, return to work and system design, health and disability services delivery, and neurotrauma.

A total of $400,000 is on offer.

“Now in its fourth year, the annual development grants program has awarded $1,092,189 to date for researchers to conduct 24 research projects across nine institutions,” the institute said.

“Three out of the four research projects completed from the first round of development grants already [demonstrate] impact,” the Institute’s CEO, Professor Niki Ellis, said.

One of the projects, for example, “developed a tool kit to improve knowledge and skills about work-related psycho-social factors present in musculoskeletal disorders”, she added.

Expressions of interest are open until Monday 14 October.

For more details, visit the grant application.

Published on 12 September 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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