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Mesothelioma has claimed hundreds more lives, according to the latest Asbestos-Related Disease Indicators report.

Released this week the report reveals 606 deaths from mesothelioma were registered in 2011.

The number of deaths recorded each year increased between 1997 and 2010, peaking at 634. However, since then the numbers have fallen, the report said.

Most of deaths (83 per cent) were males.

Some 639 new cases of mesothelioma were reported in 2011, while 619 were reported in 2012. However, the report notes that the 2012 numbers are likely to increase because some cases may not have been reported yet.

An average of 259 claims for mesothelioma per year have been compensated between 2002 and 2011, the report added.

For more detail, visit the report.

Published on 8 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

A paramedic who successfully negotiated to move her worksite to newly built and safer premises was among those honoured at this year’s Safe Work Australia Awards.

The 9th annual awards were announced on 28 April on World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

Minister for Employment Senator Abetz presented the awards and congratulated the winners and finalists.

Ambulance Victoria paramedic and health and safety representative Jedda McGlinchey jointly won the award for Best Individual Contribution to Workplace Health and Safety – by an employee.

McGlinchey spent months negotiating to have new, safer premises built for her staff.

New South Wales Northcoast Institute of TAFE high-risk worker Rodney Cook won the same award for striving to make work health and safety a priority, not only in his workshop and storeroom, but also throughout the TAFE.

Taking out the best individual contribution by a work health and safety manager, RSPCA Queensland injury management coordinator Jennifer Bell was honoured for moving the organisation from a reactive to a proactive risk-based WHS system.

VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd won the award for Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System.

Frasers Livestock Transport took out Best Solution to an Identified Workplace Health and Safety Issue.

Zetco Valves Pty Ltd won Best Workplace Health and Safety Practice/s in a Small Business.

For more detail, visit the winners.

Published on 8 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

The Federal Government’s commission of audit has suggested consolidating a number of safety bodies and privatising the underwriting of the commonwealth workers compensation scheme.

The Phase One Report says Safe Work Australia; Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency; Comcare; Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission; and Seafarers’ Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority should be consolidated in the Department of Employment.

The Phase Two Report recommends the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council should be abolished.

The second report also recommends Comcare’s claims management be outsourced and its workers’ compensation insurance scheme be underwritten by the private sector.

Further, the report advocates that CSR Australia should stop functioning in mid-2015, allowing the private sector to provide rehabilitation services. “Some of CRS Australia’s allied health professionals could be transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Agency,” the report said.

For more detail, visit the commission of audit.

Published on 8 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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