Fine of up to $1,500,000 Reduced to $90,000- Safework NSW v Dongwha Timbers [2020] NSWDC 9

On 27 July 2016, Mr Timothy Olsen, Timbermill worker was involved in an industrial accident whilst working for Dongwha Timbers Pty Limited.   At approximately 4.30pm, Mr Olsen was operating the satellite line infeed unit when a fillet stick became jammed under the lift arms of the tilt hoist, preventing the lift arms from lowering to […]

ISO/TS 29001 Oil and Gas Quality Management System Certification

The Work Health and Safety Experts were engaged by an Australian-based organisation to assist in their certification to ISO/TS 29001 ‘Oil and Gas Quality Management System’. The ISO/TS 29001 standard has been developed as a direct result of a partnership between the International Organisation for Standardisation (‘ISO’) and the international regulators of the oil and […]

United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Executive Announces an Increase in Workplace Fatalities

Recent statistics from the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (‘HSE’) show an increasing rate of workplace fatalities between 2018/19, with 147 deaths reported to enforcing authorities. This represents an increase of six fatalities on the 141 workers killed in 2016/17. The latest UK health and safety numbers also include valuable information on accidents and illnesses […]

The Australian Institute of Health and Safety Responds to Queensland’s Dreamworld Tragedy Inquest

Queensland Coroner, His Honour James McDougall, today issued findings into the Dreamworld inquest which resulted in the tragic deaths of four people on 25 October 2016.    The report covers a wide range of issues which have been seen as contributory to the tragic events, going back over an extended period of time. These included but […]

WHS Experts Supply Work Health and Safety Consultants to Australian FPSO

The Work Health and Safety Experts have recently supplied three work health and safety consultants to a floating production storage and offloading (‘FPSO’) facility of the coast of the Northern Territory. The embedded consultants, reporting to the offshore field manager, are responsible for the HSE, QA and risk management systems of the FPSO facility.  Please […]

Progress of the West Australian Version of the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019

On Thursday 20 February, the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 passed through the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament.  The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations stated: “I am pleased that the Work Health and Safety Bill has now passed the Legislative Assembly…The McGowan Government recognises the importance […]

WHS Act Does Not Dictate Employment Type – Clarke v Premier Youthworks Pty Ltd [2020] FCCA 105

In this Federal Circuit Court of Australia hearing, law graduate Ryan Clarke was working as a casual residential youth care worker for Premier Youthworks. The Letter of Offer and accompanying position description was signed by Clarke, outlining that he was to be employed as a ‘casual’. Clauses in the contract stated there would be an […]

Potential Policy Nullification and Fines for Holding Insurance Coverage for WHS Breaches in WA and NSW

Both Western Australia and New South Wales State Governments have introduced controversial clauses within their specific Work Health and Safety Acts that have a potential to heavily impact business operations. The current clauses before the House of Representatives in each State would make it illegal for an individual or business to hold insurance policies to […]

WHS Experts Continue Partnership with WarriorU

The Work Health and Safety Experts are pleased to announce that we have continued our partnership with the ‘WarriorU’ podcast series. Hosted by Australian Special Forces Veteran Bram Connolly, the WarriorU podcast features special guests that will expand your thinking and knowledge surrounding topics ranging from human optimisation to entrepreneurialism, leadership and resilience. Bram’s kept […]

U.S Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (‘OSHA’) Releases the ‘Fatal Occupational Injuries Report 2018’

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of ‘Fatal Occupational Injuries Repor’t states the rate of fatal work injuries remained unchanged in the United States with 5,250 workplace fatalities in 2018. The report outlines: 12% increase in unintentional workplace overdoses; 11% increase in suicides within workplaces; 14% decrease in fall from height fatalities; and Leading fatality […]