Every year Kevin Figueiredo is responsible for keeping 190,000 Australians safe. That means reducing the usual physical, chemical and environmental hazards. Increasingly, though, mental illness is becoming a focus. Figueiredo is not running a psychiatric ward or crisis centre. As general manager of safety, health and wellbeing at the Woolworths Group, he is on the […]

A Sydney-based printing company has committed $450,000 to various work health and safety undertakings after a worker was hit by a forklift. In lieu of prosecution, Offset Alpine Printing Pty Ltd entered an enforceable undertaking to deliver strategies that would give long-term, sustainable work health and safety improvements in the workplace, industry and community. The […]

Falling from height is one of the main causes of injury in the NSW construction industry. Over the past four years, more than 2500 workers have fallen from a height on NSW construction sites. Six died, 52 were permanently disabled and more than 300 were off work for over six months. One worker fell from […]

An employer has been fined a record $1 million after a subcontractor suffered an electric shock and burns to 30 per cent of his body, while installing windows in a set of apartments. The worker was standing on scaffolding at the front of the apartments, installing angles on the windows, when the angle he was […]

Unsafe storage or improper handling of hazardous chemicals is like playing with fire. Depending on the quantity and type – paint, glue, cleaning agents, fuel, pesticides or solvents – the consequences could be catastrophic. Not only could your workers be exposed to harmful fumes or toxins that may cause chronic illnesses such as cancer or […]

Almost 50 per cent of Australian workers who take time off work due to depression keep the reason hidden from their employer. This was a key finding of a national study, Impact of Depression at Work: Australia Audit, released recently by SANE Australia. The research found that almost 1 in 2 (48 per cent) did […]

Imagine, if you will, having $19 million. A luxury car, harbour side mansion, or a round-the-world trip might spring to mind. Unfortunately, $19 million is the total cost of claims in NSW for injuries – lacerations, amputations, brain injuries and the like – that occurred in the tree work industry between 2013 and 2016. In […]