Mon, 09/20/2010 - 09:07

16 September 2010

A 48 year-old man has died after falling approximately 18 metres from a boom lift at a Wheelers Hill primary school construction site this afternoon. WorkSafe understands the boom lift was being operated by the worker on a temporary track, when the ground gave way on one side of the machine, causing him to fall to the ground.  A boom lift is an aerial work platform that consists of a platform or bucket at the end of a hydraulic lifting system.

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 09:05

20 September 2010

Small businesses in Campbellfield will be visited by WorkSafe inspectors next month, as part of a campaign targeting the most common and preventable injuries.

Inspectors will be visiting Campbellfield businesses during the week of 11-15 October. Small businesses in the area were previously targeted in October 2009 – and inspectors want to find out whether employers have got the message on safety.

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 09:04

14 September 2010

Lifting and moving patients is causing hundreds of Victorian workers to suffer painful yet preventable muscle and bone injuries every year. In the year to June 2010, over 1,500 Victorian aged care and hospital workers made workers’ compensation claims for muscle and bone injuries - most commonly caused by lifting and moving patients, and pushing and pulling patient trolleys and equipment.

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 09:02

09 September 2010

Woolworths has committed to safety upgrades after a worker escaped injury only to be soaked in olive oil when boxes of bottles fell onto his specialised forklift. The June 2008 incident at the Woolworth’s Wodonga distribution centre occurred when an unlicensed and unsupervised worker was operating a reach truck (similar to a forklift) to move pallets. Although the worker didn’t suffer physical injuries, olive oil had to be washed from his face and eyes.