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The owners of an American roofing company have been released from jail on bonds, on the proviso they pay outstanding occupational health and safety (OHS) fines and rectify alleged OHS violations.

Guillermo Perez and Elma Maldonado, president and vice-president of GP Roofing & Construction, LLC, Palm Coast, Florida, allegedly wilfully and repeatedly violated US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) fall protection, eye and face protection, safe ladder and other standards, according to an OSHA media release.

They were arrested on 16 June after they failed to pay OSHA fines of US$195,170 plus interest and fees, and failed to rectify the alleged OSHA violations, OSHA said. They appeared before Magistrate Judge James Klindt, US District Court, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville.

They were released from custody on 23 June on signature bonds. “Conditions of their release included surrendering Perez’s passport and limiting their travel to the state of Florida,” OSHA said.

“Perez and Maldonado were also given 30 days to work on paying all outstanding penalties or demonstrating inability to pay and certifying that they have abated the OSHA violations cited in prior inspections.”

The final hearing is scheduled for 26 August 2015.

For more details, visit OSHA

Published on 2 July 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has won the Work Health and Safety Reporting Award at this year’s Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA).

The awards were bestowed on 18 June in Melbourne.

“Work health and safety should be a fundamental part of any organisation’s business decisions, activities and processes, and this should be reflected in your annual report,” said Safe Work Australia CEO Michelle Baxter in a media release.

“By including high-quality work health and safety information in your annual report, you can establish your organisation as a leader in work health and safety, one in which work health and safety is not an ‘add-on’ but [is] integrated into business decisions and processes.”

ARA chairman Tim Sheehy said in a media release, “Despite the economic challenges faced by many organisations in recent years and reductions to annual reporting budgets, the standard of annual reporting by Award recipients has never been higher.

“This shows senior managers of many private, public and not-for-profit organisations have a very strong commitment to communicating to their stakeholders openly, honestly and effectively.”

For more details, visit ARA

Published on 2 July 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin.

A Victorian parliamentary inquiry has recommended that the state government assess the feasibility of free testing of firefighters and others who may have been contaminated by chemicals at the Country Fire Authority (CFA) Training College at Fiskville.

The inquiry noted that Brian Potter, a former CFA chief officer and Fiskville instructor, raised concerns about contamination and possible health risks at Fiskville in 2011. And possible links between the training site and cancers and other diseases were reported by the Herald Sun in December 2011.

The inquiry’s interim report recommends that the Victorian Government assess the feasibility of providing free voluntary testing for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) for firefighters, former college staff and trainees, and people who live near the college.

The inquiry also recommends that the Victorian Government ensure that any person who wants to see records and documents about their involvement with Fiskville is able to do so from government agencies and departments.

Testing of the soil and water at the training college and adjoining properties is also recommended.

For more details, visit the interim report

Published on 2 July 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin.

A Western Australian (WA) parliamentary inquiry into how fly-in fly-out (FIFO) work affects mental health recommends a number of changes to health and safety laws.

The inquiry calls for the definition of the term ‘health’ to include ‘mental health’ and the term ‘hazard’ to include ‘psychological hazard’ in WA occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation.

The OHS legislation should also change to apply to FIFO workers who are off shift in a residential facility.

Mine managers should also report all suicides and attempted suicides to the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP). In addition, all deaths, regardless of the cause, the location on the mine site or whether the worker was on or off shift, should be reported.

The inquiry also calls for the introduction of a FIFO code of practice. This would include provisions for even-time rosters, and rosters that support mental health and wellbeing, such as two weeks on, one week off, or eight days on, six days off, the inquiry report adds.

For more details, visit the inquiry report

Published on 2 July 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin.

Fifteen more people have died in work-related incidents, according to the latest notifiable fatalities report from Safe Work Australia.

The deaths occurred in March and included 12 male workers, one female worker, one male bystander and one female bystander.

Four of the fatalities involved a vehicle incident – public road crash, three involved a vehicle incident not on a public road, and two each involved crushing and drowning.

The remaining four fatalities involved a pedestrian hit by a vehicle (public road), a fall from a height, a vehicle incident (air crash) and a fall on the same level.

For more details, visit notifiable reports

Published on 2 July 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin.


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