OHS – THE LATEST POLITICAL PLAYTHING

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Published on: October 19, 2011

I have already made my views felt on the topic in a recent article HARMONISATION LAWS HIT A BRICK WALL at the News Desk. It’s hard to believe that with such a strong consultation process with employer and business lobby groups that we even have an issue with the WHS Bill. You have to wonder[…]

ABANDONING WORKPLACE SAFETY EDUCATION

In October 2007 I travelled to Tasmania to run REFLECTIONS on invitation by Safety Standards Tasmania. This was during Safe Work Week and the presentation was being run in front of young school leavers as well as the Tasmanian inspectorate. This was also when I first met Karen and Guy Hudson. This was really the[…]

THE THING ABOUT JUSTICE

I know in my own personal travels from within VOID and since my own son’s death, I’ve lost count of the number of times people have commented on how ‘strong’ we Mothers and Fathers are who have dealt with our collective grief and gone on to fight systems. It’s rather odd because being strong is[…]

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[…]

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