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WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in WA’s sports and recreation activity workplaces. The program will continue until the end of the 2018/19 financial year, and will include sports and recreation clubs and large sports and recreation grounds and facilities. WorkSafe Director Sally North said today there had been an increase in the number of long-term...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Jul 2018
WorkSafe has issued a further warning to carefully check High Risk Work Licences after discovering another falsified licence. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Ian Munns said today WorkSafe had recently been alerted to a licence that had been altered to include classes of high risk work for which the licence holder had not been trained. In this latest instance, a licence was presented to WorkSafe in the...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Jul 2018
The posting of racist signs in Pinjin in the Goldfields is resoundingly condemned by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS).
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Labour Relations / WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit / WorkSafe / Corporate
Media release
03 Jul 2018
Rand Transport (1986) Pty Ltd was handed a $45,000 fine and a $2900 costs penalty in the Perth Magistrate Court following serious ammonia gas burns to a contract worker. Rand, a cold storage food distributor, pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace where contractors were not exposed to hazards. On 11 December 2014, during the construction of a dividing wall within a...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 May 2018
Axedale Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Shaw’s Cartage Contractors, was fined in relation to the deaths of two labourers. The deaths were caused by falling concrete tilt-up panels at a Perth construction site. Axedale, among three parties charged, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of workers, and that failure causing the death of Joseph McDermott and Gerard Bradley. The fine totalled $...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
FGS Contracting Pty Ltd and the Director Ryan Wayne Franceschi, were fined today in the Perth Magistrate Court in relation to serious injuries caused to a 17 year old worker in Esperance. FGS Contracting Pty Ltd was fined $225,000 for failure to meet their duty to provide a safe workplace and for failing to ensure the correct high-risk work license. Additionally, Franceschi as the Director was...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Building and Energy (formerly EnergySafety) and WorkSafe have issued a reminder on the importance of understanding and avoiding the electrical hazards in roof spaces, with new regulations coming into effect on Monday (14 May 2018). Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron today cautioned homeowners to be mindful of the electrical hazards in roof spaces. “Homeowners may need to access the roof space...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 May 2018
The City of Armadale and the former manager of its landfill facility have been fined a total of $59500 plus costs after a member of the public was seriously injured at the landfill site. The City of Armadale pleaded guilty as an employer to failing to ensure the safety and health of a person who was not their employee, and also pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to comply with a Prohibition...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Apr 2018
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in WA’s wine grape growing and winemaking workplaces. The program will continue until the end of 2019, and will include wine grape growing and winemaking workplaces in both metropolitan and regional areas of WA. The program will involve inspectors from both metropolitan and regional teams, and will look at the safety...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Mar 2018
A transport company has been fined a total of $58,000 (and ordered to pay $5542 in costs) after a worker’s hand was crushed between two containers being moved using a forklift. Mineral Trans (WA) Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined $55,000 in the Esperance Magistrates Court on Friday...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Mar 2018
WA workplaces are being reminded to ensure they have procedures in place to deal with armed holdups and aggressive behaviour. The reminder comes after a number of armed holdups were committed over recent months. WorkSafe Director Sally North said today there were particular concerns for workers in retail premises. “Retail premises that have extended opening hours are most frequently targeted,” Ms...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Mar 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is seeking feedback on a draft code of practice for mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers in the resources and construction sectors in Western Australia. The development of this code was in response to the recommendations and findings of the Legislative Assembly Education and Health Standing Committee final report on...
WorkSafe
Department News
16 Feb 2018
WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues with scaffolding across the State. The program will continue for the next eight months, and will involve a wide range of workplaces throughout Perth and regional areas of WA. WorkSafe Director Chris Kirwin said today the construction industry had one of the highest number of work-related deaths of all industries, and...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Feb 2018
A proactive inspection program undertaken by WorkSafe to look at safety in takeaway food outlets has uncovered serious concerns with hazardous substances. The inspection program involved inspectors visiting takeaway food outlets in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2016/17 financial year. WorkSafe Acting Director Grady Chaney said today the inspection program had been prompted...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Jan 2018
WorkSafe has successfully appealed a penalty given to a trucking company in December 2016 and it has been increased considerably. Cleveland Freightlines Pty Ltd was found guilty of nine charges of failing to ensure records were kept of the work time, breaks and non-work time of nine commercial vehicle drivers. Cleveland was also found guilty of six charges of failing to ensure that a commercial...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Jan 2018
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look for the presence of asbestos in plant and machinery. The program will look at a wide range of imported plant, from rail carriages to quad bikes and many other types of machinery to see if they contain any asbestos. WorkSafe Director Sally North said today asbestos had recently been found in the friction plates of rail carriages...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Jan 2018
As of January 1 2018, for the period to March 31 2018, the State has a new WorkSafe WA Commissioner. Ian Munns has commenced in the position after previous Commissioner Lex McCulloch retired from the Public Service at the end of 2017. Mr Munns also holds the title of A/Deputy Director General, Safety Regulation. He moves into the role from his previous role as A/Executive Director, Building...
WorkSafe
Department News
08 Jan 2018
WA’s Commission for Occupational Safety and Health has released a new online kit to help workplaces prevent slips and trips and meet their responsibilities under workplace safety legislation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch warned today that almost a quarter (23.5 per cent) of all lost time injuries suffered each year were caused by slips and trips. “The number of slips and trips that...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 Dec 2017
WorkSafe will conduct a proactive inspection program to look at safety standards in some specific WA store-based retail outlets. The program will continue throughout the remainder of the 2017/18 financial year, and will focus on various retail workplaces including firewood suppliers, musical instrument stores, pharmacies and selected franchise retail outlets throughout WA. Acting WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Dec 2017
Asbestos Awareness Week 2017 runs from 27 November - 1 December 2017. Please take this opportunity to ensure your workplace asbestos management systems are up to date, and that workers are aware of these systems. And remember – buildings built before 1990 are likely to contain materials with asbestos content. Follow the links for more information: Checklist for asbestos management Asbestos FAQ...
WorkSafe
Event
24 Nov 2017
WorkSafe has begun a proactive inspection program looking at safety issues with workers in WA’s parks and gardens. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting parks and gardens in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the remainder of the 2017/18 financial year. WorkSafe Acting Director Sally North said today the inspection program had been prompted by the high number of...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Nov 2017
A proactive inspection program undertaken by WorkSafe has revealed some areas of concerns with workplace safety in the accommodation sector. The inspection program was conducted throughout the 2016/17 financial year in Perth and regional areas of the State, focusing on smaller accommodation workplaces such as motels, caravan parks, lodges, chalets and bed and breakfasts. WorkSafe Director Sally...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Nov 2017
WA’s harvest season has begun, and brings with it a reminder from WorkSafe to ensure all safety measures are taken. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the agriculture sector did not have a good record when it came to workplace safety. “WA’s agriculture, forestry and fishing industry has one of the highest rates of work-related injury of all industries,” Mr McCulloch said. “The...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Oct 2017
WorkSafe continues to participate in roadblock exercises, with the latest ones revealing a reasonable level of compliance with fatigue management and related laws. WorkSafe recently participated in two joint roadblock operations undertaken by WA Police and also involving Main Roads WA and the Explosives and Dangerous Goods section of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Oct 2017
WorkSafe has begun a proactive inspection program looking at safety issues with cleaners in WA schools. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting government and non-government primary and secondary schools in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the remainder of the 2017/18 financial year. WorkSafe Acting Director Sally North said today the inspection program had been...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Oct 2017

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