Archive for Date : 2011 September

HARMONISATION LAWS HIT A BRICK WALL

Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations Rob Lucas has been busy ensuring the public is duly made aware of the consequences of the proposed National Harmonised Work Health and Safety Regulations. IT’S GOING TO PUSH UP PRICES Of course the best way to create a little opposition to these new laws is to throw some fear[…]

HE SAID “THEY WERE RIGHT UP THERE”

CORONERS COURT REPORT “They were right up there…” That was the answer given by Mr Hawkins at the Coroner’s Inquest yesterday when asked a question about Premier Road Services attitude toward Occupational Health and Safety at the time Kym Greenhalgh was killed. The court heard that there had been numerous ‘Fault Reports’ made on this[…]

CAN’T HIDE SLOPPY OHS IN THIS COURT

The matter before the Coroner’s Court in Adelaide this week relates to a tragic workplace death in April 2008 which killed Kym Charles Greenhalgh. Mr Greenhalgh worked for a company called Pioneer Road Services and they were at the time undertaking road resurfacing work in the Adelaide Hills town of Meadows in South Australia. It[…]

STORM’S A BREWIN’ IN ADELAIDE

NUMBER 1 We reckon the gusty winds brought a few people undone today. It certainly appears that there were a few hairy moments out there today. Was it the wind? Maybe that depends which way it was blowing but at any rate, it just goes to show how easily things can go horribly wrong. I’m[…]

DOES THIS LOOK FAMILIAR?

You might recognise this image from the building site from this News item on September 9th 2011. As we advised on back then by way of comment, SafeWork SA had paid a visit to this construction site and the situation appeared to have been remedied quite quickly. Well, now we don’t actually know for sure[…]

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER

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Published on: September 22, 2011

A recent comment on the News Desk made remarks that suggested it was socially irresponsible to put photographs of examples of unsafe work up on the VOID website. It was said that these instances should be reported to the regulator and not sent to VOID for publication. It’s important to clarify a few things here.[…]

ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN ADELAIDE

One of the biggest, most awarded and independently certified companies in Australia was engaged to complete reinstatement works for a project. Having heard such great things about the company I had little concern – until I drove past the work site that is. Near the corner of the busiest South Australian intersection, these guys were[…]

I CHOSE TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY

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Published on: September 16, 2011

I could have saved a life that day But I chose to look the other way. It wasn’t that I didn’t care, I had the time and I was there. But I didn’t want to seem a fool Or argue over a safety rule. I knew he’d done the job before, If I called it[…]

SELF REGULATION IN SA

It’s a long way down and we know human beings don’t bounce and we know they lose their balance at times. These wooden trestles are perfectly fine when used at ground level but we’ve got to wonder whether proper scaffolding wouldn’t be a safer option here?  Isn’t it legislated that trestles should not be used in[…]

FATHER’S DAY IN SORROW

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Published on: September 4, 2011

Today is of course Father’s Day and for a good number of Australian’s, today is a happy day. Dad’s all around the country will have their rug-rats on the bed with awkwardly wrapped presents and more socks and jocks than you can poke a stick at. That’s the way we like to think about today[…]

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