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  • ACT to increase fines over losses in workplace accidents - Work Safety Hub
    company employers when an employee is injured or killed in an accident But compared to other territories the penalty for death is surprisingly low In Victoria a company can face prosecution and fine of 30 000 over an industrial accident where the victim for example loses a finger But in the ACT a company will also be fined with the same amount but the loss is far greater where the victim dies in an accident That was the case for the three workplace deaths in the ACT whose companies involved were successfully prosecuted in the past decade The ACT compared to other states and territories has a really low level of fines relating to industrial manslaughter safety failures and negligence Mark McCabe WorkSafe ACT Commissioner explained that one of the reasons for the disparity is that the ACT and Tasmania do not have specialized industrial courts that deal with work safety prosecutions For Mr McCabe it is hard to comprehend why a finger in Victoria is worth the same amount as a life in the ACT It is a shocking comparison when you look at it and it only brings cold comfort to the families of the victims WorkSafe ACT Commissioner Mark McCabe was hoping that the ACT court system will soon produce much more substantial fines under the new national occupational health and safety harmonization law Any company involved can be fined up to 3 million for a serious safety breach A negligent company director can also be fined separately up to 600 000 or sentenced to be imprisoned for five years While these penalties were enacted at the start of 2012 they have yet to be tested due to the lag in cases reaching prosecution Currently WorkSafe has a backlog of 12 cases including the four high profile construction industry deaths that took place between 2011 and 2012 These deaths combined with a serious injury rate that is nearly double of the national average make the ACT the most dangerous jurisdiction to work on construction related incidents But once these backlog cases reach the court Mr McCabe believes that the ACT will most likely implement the new record fines Following an accident fines differ from civil claims for compensation While most companies have insurance to cover damages they must pay fines from company profits Mr McCabe is very confident that large fines would serve as a deterrent for companies who are not obeying required safety rules and regulations An industrial magistrate also offered hope that the lag time between the accident and the prosecution could be reduced as it created a single court for all workplace cases under a specialized magistrate Since WorkSafe was established in 2002 most cases prosecuted in the ACT took more than six and a half years before conclusion Only few cases were resolved in less than two years Last month Mr McCabe received a 5 7 million budget to boost to his inspectorate including special legal staffs to prosecute cases He plans to

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  • Australian Capital Territories - Work Safety Hub
    specific industries are performing and gauge how well your business is doing in compassion E books Tools Fast facts businesses need to know about hazards in the workplace Fact Sheets Learn the tips and tricks to deal with workers compensation reduce your premium and improve productivity Insights Download procedure and risk assessment templates ready for use at work Templates Talk to a certified OHS specialist about your workplace safety obligations Employer Helpline Courses OHS Courses to keep your skills up to date and meet your legal obligations Short Courses Short sharp and easy way to get analysis insights and expert opinion on key developments Briefings Blog About Us Contact Us Recent Searches Anything in here will be replaced on browsers that support the canvas element OHS Business Subscription Trips Chemical Reps Health Violence Bullying OHS consulting Slips exposure Procedures Hazardous Substance Manual Handling Falls Fixed Fee Support View Audits Inspections Short Courses Videos Automation Employer Subscription Subscribe to blog Work Safety Hub The Work Safety Hub blog Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged Australian Capital Territories ACT to increase fines over losses in workplace accidents Tweet How much is a life worth nowadays Tags Australian Capital Territories Australian Capital Territories industrial accident industrial accident workplace accidents workplace accidents WorkSafe ACT WorkSafe ACT Continue reading Posted by Robert O neill Robert O neill Certified OHS Professional GradDip OHSM GradCert OHS Dip Bus QA CPMSIA RSP Aust Robert is the foun User is currently offline on Monday 15 July 2013 Planning Objectives and Legal Obligations ACT to increase fines over losses in workplace accidents Tweet How much is a life worth nowadays Tags Australian Capital Territories Australian Capital Territories industrial accident industrial accident workplace accidents workplace accidents WorkSafe ACT WorkSafe ACT Continue reading Posted by Robert O neill Robert O neill Certified

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  • workplace accidents - Work Safety Hub
    how specific industries are performing and gauge how well your business is doing in compassion E books Tools Fast facts businesses need to know about hazards in the workplace Fact Sheets Learn the tips and tricks to deal with workers compensation reduce your premium and improve productivity Insights Download procedure and risk assessment templates ready for use at work Templates Talk to a certified OHS specialist about your workplace safety obligations Employer Helpline Courses OHS Courses to keep your skills up to date and meet your legal obligations Short Courses Short sharp and easy way to get analysis insights and expert opinion on key developments Briefings Blog About Us Contact Us Recent Searches Anything in here will be replaced on browsers that support the canvas element OHS Business Subscription Trips Chemical Reps Health Violence Bullying OHS consulting Slips exposure Procedures Hazardous Substance Manual Handling Falls Fixed Fee Support View Audits Inspections Short Courses Videos Automation Employer Subscription Subscribe to blog Work Safety Hub The Work Safety Hub blog Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged workplace accidents ACT to increase fines over losses in workplace accidents Tweet How much is a life worth nowadays Tags Australian Capital Territories Australian Capital Territories industrial accident industrial accident workplace accidents workplace accidents WorkSafe ACT WorkSafe ACT Continue reading Posted by Robert O neill Robert O neill Certified OHS Professional GradDip OHSM GradCert OHS Dip Bus QA CPMSIA RSP Aust Robert is the foun User is currently offline on Monday 15 July 2013 Planning Objectives and Legal Obligations ACT to increase fines over losses in workplace accidents Tweet How much is a life worth nowadays Tags Australian Capital Territories Australian Capital Territories industrial accident industrial accident workplace accidents workplace accidents WorkSafe ACT WorkSafe ACT Continue reading Posted by Robert O neill Robert O neill Certified

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  • So many acts, regulations, codes – where do you start? - Work Safety Hub
    of industrial manslaughter i e a fatality where criminally reckless or criminally negligent behaviour on the part of the officer has been proven In all instances where such circumstances may eventuate legal advice must be urgently sought In addition managers must be formally advised that in some jurisdictions jail sentences can be given to offenders for gross negligence that is where there was a disregard for the likelihood of death or serious harm occurring and where death or serious injury did result from the contravention Step 3 Ensure government authorities and right of entry procedures are understood Approved inspectors from authorities must be given right of entry the requested information and the required cooperation in accordance with the requirements of the relevant legislation Where approved by legislation persons who are not employees but who hold an approved Entry Permit as an authorised representative of a registered employee organisation ARREO must be permitted to enter the premises Before any such persons are permitted to enter the premises the responsible person must ensure that they are in possession of a valid Entry Permit The Entry Permit must include at least the following the name of the authorised representative the name of the registered employee organisation or the relevant branch of the organisation of which the authorised representative is a permanent employee or officer the address of the registered employee organisation or relevant branch of the organisation a passport sized photograph no more than 6 months old of the authorised representative the date of issue of the entry permit and a unique number that identifies the entry permit Managers must also be advised that Entry Permits are valid for three years Managers must be advised that in such cases these persons have the legal right to enter the premises if they suspect an

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  • Cement Companies in New South Wales Charged Over Death - Work Safety Hub
    Death Tweet Two cement companies in New South Wales were fined an aggregate of 190 000 for the fatal death of a worker last September 2009 Breached the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 by failing to install fixed guarding along the entire length of a feeder and conveyor system as required by Australian safety standards and failing to provide adequate supervision and instruction This was passed on by The NSW Industrial Commission to the two cement companies The worker fell into accident while working alone and no supervision when he was crushed by two hydraulic rams while working in a cement plant last 13 September 2009 Assigned as central control assistant he was responsible for pre start controls of plant and equipment materials preparation systems and equipment monitoring maintenance of plant and audit of product quality A co worker noticed that the feeder is not working and had contacted him As the worker was inspecting the feed lines he was found out that he was crushed The systems in the plant were found out to be in good shape in doing its functions However Commissioner J Backman ruled out that there were some parts of the machine that are already defective The Commissioner added that the worker has ample training in lock out procedure and in the isolation On one hand the cement companies argued his failure to isolate the equipment that killed him which according to process procedures of the company manual mitigated the seriousness of the companies offences General Manager of WorkCover s Work Health and Safety Division John Watson said Every fatality has an immeasurable effect on families friends and communities and this incident highlights the need for businesses to have safe work systems in place to prevent death and injury The development of a safe work method statement was a step that would have identified the risk and facilitated appropriate control measures for eliminating the risk Pre cautionary measures have already been in proper access for those feeders in the Stone Tunnels with the policy that workers must now work in teams of two or more after this fatal accident The cement companies have properly enforced upgraded guarding of worker labouring in the plants Queensland Labourer Electrocuted An electric shock nearly killed a man in Queensland last 06 August after his heart beat stopped and was revived by the paramedics and his co workers The incident happened when the worker atop a roof accidentally drilling a screw into a live electrical wire The thirty second electric shock that passed through the 35 year old man sent him into near death experience and fell into the ground After which his co workers performed CPR His heart restarted beating after the paramedics gave him one shock through a defibrillator The victim also suffered serious injuries on his hand and he was rushed immediately tot he Princess Alexandra Hospital in critical condition Accordingly the work health and safety officer are currently investigating the incident Tags Australian safety standards

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  • Australian safety standards - Work Safety Hub
    books Tools Fast facts businesses need to know about hazards in the workplace Fact Sheets Learn the tips and tricks to deal with workers compensation reduce your premium and improve productivity Insights Download procedure and risk assessment templates ready for use at work Templates Talk to a certified OHS specialist about your workplace safety obligations Employer Helpline Courses OHS Courses to keep your skills up to date and meet your legal obligations Short Courses Short sharp and easy way to get analysis insights and expert opinion on key developments Briefings Blog About Us Contact Us Recent Searches Anything in here will be replaced on browsers that support the canvas element OHS Business Subscription Trips Chemical Reps Health Violence Bullying OHS consulting Slips exposure Procedures Hazardous Substance Manual Handling Falls Fixed Fee Support View Audits Inspections Short Courses Videos Automation Employer Subscription Subscribe to blog Work Safety Hub The Work Safety Hub blog Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged Australian safety standards Cement Companies in New South Wales Charged Over Death Tweet Two cement companies in New South Wales were fined an aggregate of 190 000 for the fatal death of a worker last September 2009 Tags Australian safety standards Australian safety standards cement companies cement companies NSW Industrial Commission NSW Industrial Commission occupational health and safety Continue reading Posted by Robert O neill Robert O neill Certified OHS Professional GradDip OHSM GradCert OHS Dip Bus QA CPMSIA RSP Aust Robert is the foun User is currently offline on Monday 19 August 2013 Prosecutions Cement Companies in New South Wales Charged Over Death Tweet Two cement companies in New South Wales were fined an aggregate of 190 000 for the fatal death of a worker last September 2009 Tags Australian safety standards Australian safety standards cement companies cement companies NSW Industrial

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  • cement companies - Work Safety Hub
    E books Tools Fast facts businesses need to know about hazards in the workplace Fact Sheets Learn the tips and tricks to deal with workers compensation reduce your premium and improve productivity Insights Download procedure and risk assessment templates ready for use at work Templates Talk to a certified OHS specialist about your workplace safety obligations Employer Helpline Courses OHS Courses to keep your skills up to date and meet your legal obligations Short Courses Short sharp and easy way to get analysis insights and expert opinion on key developments Briefings Blog About Us Contact Us Recent Searches Anything in here will be replaced on browsers that support the canvas element OHS Business Subscription Trips Chemical Reps Health Violence Bullying OHS consulting Slips exposure Procedures Hazardous Substance Manual Handling Falls Fixed Fee Support View Audits Inspections Short Courses Videos Automation Employer Subscription Subscribe to blog Work Safety Hub The Work Safety Hub blog Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged cement companies Cement Companies in New South Wales Charged Over Death Tweet Two cement companies in New South Wales were fined an aggregate of 190 000 for the fatal death of a worker last September 2009 Tags Australian safety standards Australian safety standards cement companies cement companies NSW Industrial Commission NSW Industrial Commission occupational health and safety Continue reading Posted by Robert O neill Robert O neill Certified OHS Professional GradDip OHSM GradCert OHS Dip Bus QA CPMSIA RSP Aust Robert is the foun User is currently offline on Monday 19 August 2013 Prosecutions Cement Companies in New South Wales Charged Over Death Tweet Two cement companies in New South Wales were fined an aggregate of 190 000 for the fatal death of a worker last September 2009 Tags Australian safety standards Australian safety standards cement companies cement companies NSW Industrial

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  • SA winery fined $68,000 after employee lost his leg - Work Safety Hub
    canvas element OHS Business Subscription Trips Chemical Reps Health Violence Bullying OHS consulting Slips exposure Procedures Hazardous Substance Manual Handling Falls Fixed Fee Support View Audits Inspections Short Courses Videos Automation Employer Subscription Subscribe to blog Work Safety Hub The Work Safety Hub blog Posted by Robert O neill Robert O neill Certified OHS Professional GradDip OHSM GradCert OHS Dip Bus QA CPMSIA RSP Aust Robert is the foun User is currently offline on Thursday 08 August 2013 Prosecutions SA winery fined 68 000 after employee lost his leg Tweet A South Australian winery has been fined 68 000 due to a workplace safety breach that caused an employee to loose his leg after amputation Kahlon Estate s Wines Pty Ltd pleaded guilty in the Industrial Magistrates Court after failing to ensure the safety of one of its employee named Sukhwant Virk The incident happened in April 2011 Mr Virk who was an Indian national and a temporary Australian resident was at that time working for the Renmark winery as a cleaner While working he came into contact with an unguarded metal auger a device similar to a drill bit used to push grape skins and juice through a pipe Mr Virk s left leg got trapped by that device and it severely damaged his leg Later on his leg was amputated Based on the result of investigations Industrial Magistrate Stephen Lieschke believed that the winery failed to carry out a risk assessment on the auger They only told Mr Virk to clean it without standing atop it Mr Lieschke said that there is an additional factor in the case of the victim being a vulnerable young foreign student from a nation without a similar occupational safety focus Hence he was not surprised that despite the warning Mr Virk still stepped up onto the edge of the hopper in order to check the effectiveness of his work The victim employee showed how efficient he was in his job Mr Lieschke reported that the victim s impact statement outlined his discouraging future prospects in India Amputees in India are still not widely accepted There is not a lot of facilities for amputees like him There is a number of major disadvantages that Mr Virk will face in India Mr Virk also fear that he might not be able to find a wife because of his condition It was even more disappointing to know that he may no longer be able to look after his parents as their only child Mr Lieschke said the dangers posed by the auger were blatantly obvious and clearly foreseeable He said that the maximum risk included a fatal injury That was a real possibility in this case due to blood loss There was also a possibility of both legs being trapped and crushed According to Mr Lieschke the winery pleaded poverty even submitting comprehensive financial documents to attest to its poor financial position He said that it was not so bad that the winery was unable

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