Category Archives: Occupational health & safety

Laboratory safety | Relevant workplace accidents/incidents including those where fatal injuries and investigations occur.

Home insulation royal commission: Imported batts containing chemicals linked to cancer still on sale, inquiry hears

ABC News Brad Ryan 15 April 2014

Imported home insulation batts containing chemicals linked to cancer but used as part of the Rudd government’s home insulation scheme are still being sold today, an inquiry has heard.

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Two miners killed after wall collapse at Austar Coal Mine in Paxton

News.com.au 16 April 2014

TWO miners have died after a suspected wall collapse at an underground coal mine in the NSW Hunter Valley.

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Pictures reveal asbestos-ridden hothouse of hazards at old Southport Hospital

Gold Coast Bulletin Paul Weston 16 April 2014

THE old Southport Hospital was an asbestos-ridden toxic time bomb that created a workplace health and safety nightmare in its final days.

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Home insulation inquiry: Risk manager too busy to focus on worker safety

ABC News Brad Ryan 9 April 2014

A risk manager for the former Rudd government’s home insulation program has told a royal commission hearing in Brisbane she was too busy dealing with house fires to focus on worker safety.

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Sussan Corporation Australia ordered to pay Gabrielle Keegan $235,000 in damages after being bullied by supervisor

Courier Mail Tony Keim 8 April 2014

A Supreme Court judge has ordered the Sussan Corporation Australia pay former employee Gabrielle Renee Keegan damages after being bullied by her supervisor, Diana Clarke, over an 11-day period three-and-a-half years ago.

He was particularly scathing of Sussan’s further betrayal of Ms Keegan’s welfare by telling Ms Clarke about the bulling complaint.  He said the abuse consisted of “unwarranted criticism’’ about Ms Keegan’s failure to sign “customers to the store’s VIP discount program, poor handwriting, failing to remove security tags from clothing and not mopping the floor properly’’.

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Expert didn’t know scheme was lethal

Courier Mail Michael Madigan 7 April 2014

A MANAGEMENT consultant hired to assess the $2.8 billion home insulation program did not know the scheme was potentially lethal, inquiry hears

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Senior bureaucrat on insulation program rollout Kevin Keeffe says deaths were inevitable

News.com.au Michael Madigan  April 03, 2014

THE deaths of four men in the Rudd Government’s home insulation program were an “accident waiting to happen’’, says a senior bureaucrat who helped roll out the 2009 plan.
After three days on the witness stand, former Environment Department assistant secretary Kevin Keeffe agreed the tragedies were inevitable.
Towards the end of more than 16 hours of cross examinations, Commissioner Ian Hanger, QC, put a simple proposition to Mr Keeffe, that putting untrained people into ceiling cavities to install insulation amid electrical wiring presented a serious safety risk.

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Asbestos plan struck by government and councils

Brisbane Times Amy Remeikis April 3, 2014

The Queensland Government will indemnify local councils from asbestos removal risk as part of a five-year strategy to manage the safe removal of the deadly fibre.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie launched the strategy with Local Government Association of Queensland president Margaret de Witt on Thursday.

Man taken to hospital after chemical spill in Carole Park

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva 2 April 2014

One man has been taken to hospital after a chemical spill closed off part of an industrial precinct about 20 kilometres southwest of Brisbane on Wednesday.

The man was transported to hospital after being exposed to the unidentified chemical at a Carole Park business, an ambulance spokesman said.

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Queensland Parliament debate adjourned before Jarrod Bleijie can pass new work site entry laws

News.com.au 1 April 2014

ATTORNEY-General Jarrod Bleijie will have to wait a little longer to pass his controversial laws to prevent unions from immediately entering work sites.

The proposed changes will force unions to give 24 hours notice before they can set foot on a Queensland work site if they believe there is a Work Health and Safety Act breach.

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