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Another 28 people have died in work-related incidents this year, says the latest notifiable fatalities report from Safe Work Australia.

The deaths occurred in August and included 20 workers and eight bystanders.

Vehicle incidents continued to figure prominently in work-related fatalities, with 13 people dying in vehicle crashes on public roads.

In the other incidents, four people were hit by a falling object, three were hit by a moving object other than a vehicle, two were trapped in machinery, and the remaining six fatalities were due to different types of incidents, including an air crash.

Some industry sectors continue to figure more prominently in workplace deaths than others. Transport, postal and warehousing recorded seven fatalities, followed by construction (six fatalities); electricity, gas, water and waste services (five); agriculture, forestry and fishing (three); manufacturing (two); arts and recreation services (two); administrative and support services (two); and public administration and safety services (one).

For more details, visit the report

Published on 20 November 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Work-related traumatic injury fatalities are down, but vehicle incidents continue to play a significant role in these fatalities.

The latest report from Safe Work Australia reveals 191 workers died in 2013 compared to 228 in 2012. This is a 16 per cent decrease. It is also 39 per cent lower than the 311 deaths recorded in 2007.

Although most of the decrease from 2012 to 2013 was due to fewer workers killed in vehicle crashes on public roads, in 2013, 34 per cent of deaths were due to vehicle crashes.

In addition, 122 of the 191 fatalities in 2013 involved a vehicle.

However, it is notable that the work-related death toll due to vehicle crashes has halved from 130 in 2007 to 65 in 2013.

For more details, visit the traumatic fatalities report.

Published on 17 July 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

The Victorian WorkCover Authority is investigating the death of a worker who was crushed when a wall collapsed during strong winds in Brighton East last week.

It is believed the man was standing next to the brick wall, which was under construction, when it collapsed on him. The man died at the scene.

WorkCover’s executive director of health and safety, Len Neist, described the incident as “tragic”.

In a media statement following the incident, Neist urged builders to take precautions during windy days, saying builders must ensure “partially completed buildings and structures are well supported. Brick, block and concrete walls should be adequately braced until work is completed.”

He also noted the dangers of flying debris.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the deaths of two workers on the Stena Clyde mobile offshore drilling unit on 27 August 2012 has been handed to Commonwealth prosecutors.

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has been investigating the deaths.

In mid-June, NOPSEMA announced it had submitted a brief of evidence to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) in April. The CDPP is deciding whether to prosecute.

For more details visit WorkCover and NOPSEMA.

Published on 3 July 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Vehicle crashes were the most common notifiable work-related fatalities in 2013, says the latest Safe Work Australia figures.

Vehicle crashes on public roads accounted for 69 fatalities.

In addition, vehicle incidents off public roads accounted for 24 fatalities, pedestrians hit on public roads accounted for 9 fatalities, pedestrians hit off public roads accounted for 5 fatalities, being hit by a moving unattended vehicle off a public road accounted for 4 fatalities and being hit by a moving unattended vehicle on a public road accounted for 1 fatality.

Meanwhile, the number of all monthly notifiable work-related fatalities fluctuated markedly across 2013, jumping to 26 deaths in March 2013, then dropping to 11 deaths in August, and then climbing to 24 deaths in December.

Safe Work Australia says all these figures are preliminary.

For more details, visit the number of fatalities.

Published on 27 March 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Three John Holland entities face action in the Federal Court of Australia following a fatal workplace incident in Perth.

According to Comcare John Holland Pty Ltd, John Holland Group Pty Ltd and John Holland Rail Pty Ltd are alleged to have breached Commonwealth work health and safety laws when an employee of John Holland Group Pty Ltd was hit and killed by an out of control hi-rail vehicle in December 2011.

The incident happened at a John Holland Pty Ltd workplace and the hi-rail vehicle had been manufactured by John Holland Rail Pty Ltd.

“We have a collective need to address the protections afforded to workers to prevent such terrible loss in the future,” Comcare Regulatory Operations General Manager, Neil Quarmby said.

John Holland Pty Ltd and John Holland Rail Pty Ltd have been penalised for work health and safety breaches in the past, Comcare says.

For these latest allegations, each entity faces a maximum penalty of $242 000.

For more details, visit Comcare.

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


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