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DMP fatality study released

A study undertaken by the Department of Mines and Petroleum in 2013 reviewed mining fatality rates for Western Australia from 2000 to 2012. Results of the review showed a total of 52 mining deaths in the thirteen years covered. Reviewers searched for trends amongst injuries with the a
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Company sentenced over plant explosion

A SouthWest mine management company was fined $100,000, after a worker was injured during a 2008 explosion at a trial coal drying and char plant. An Electrical contractor, 61 years old, suffered severe burns to the upper part of his body and head at a trial char plant near Collie, whi
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WorkSafe statistics summary

The WorkSafe Operations Directorate routinely identifies a number of priority areas across industries, which are targeted for compliance improvement activities, with the aim to reduce work-related injury and promote safe work practices. Selection of priority areas involves the consid
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Freight company fined $20,000 over forklift injury

A Canning Vale freight company has been fined $20,000 (plus $1591 in costs) over an incident in which an employee was injured by a reversing forklift. The company that employs around 30 people at a transport yard in Karratha pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe wor
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Safety Alert: Pallet maintenance

The WA Government’s department of Commerce has released a safety alert regarding the use of wooden and general-purpose flat pallets. The alert comes as a result of  WorkSafe investigations over the last 12 months into the freight forwarding industry, which identified that damag
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Safety Alert: Improving communication for isolated workers

The WA Government’s department of commerce has released a safety alert regarding the  level of communication readily available to truck drivers.  In 2011 a truck driver working alone died from heatstroke when he walked away from his bogged vehicle near Wiluna. In 2013/2014, W
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DMP concerned over manual handling injuries in the Pilbara

WA’s chief resources safety regulator has found an alarming rate of serious manual handling injuries amongst Pilbara mining operators and workers. Department of Mines and Petroleum Resources Safety Executive Director Simon Ridge said 107 of the injuries that occurred in the Pilbar
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Workplace injury – Tiffany’s traumatic story

At 18, Tiffany Ward was severely injured at work when both of her arms were caught in a potato processing auger. This film highlights the traumatic impact of the incident on Tiffany’s life and tells of her ongoing battle to live with the physical and emotional consequences of
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WorkSafe reminds workplaces to prepare for cyclone season

With the onset of the cyclone season, and Cyclone Narelle expected to cross the North-West coast this weekend, WorkSafe has requested workplaces on land and sea to be become familiar with emergency/contingency plans. The threat of cyclones can’t be underestimated and a coordin
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WorkSafe focus on hardware and building supplies

In a recent announcement WorkSafe WA has released information about their latest inspection campaign. WorkSafe is undertaking an inspection program to look at safety issues associated with retail hardware and building suppliers. The workplaces involved in the program are engaged in
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WA Consultation on harmonised Work Health and Safety legislation

WorkSafe WA is currently undertaking an assessment of the benefits and cost of implementing the harmonised Work Health and Safety legislation. WA is one of four jurisdictions that have not yet adopted the new harmonised WHS Act and Regulations. WorkSafe is encouraging workplaces to p
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Employment consultancy fined for employees becoming lost

An employment consultancy has been fined over an incident in which two female workers became lost in a remote location north-east of Kalgoorlie. Two of the company’s Kalgoorlie area employment consultants were instructed to do an “outreach visit” to the remote commun
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