SafeWork Licence Register: making it easier to do business

Following an amendment to the WHS Regulation, the NSW Government published a register of individuals who hold asbestos, high risk work and demolition licences as well as holders of general construction induction training cards (otherwise known as white cards).

The register includes the licence holder’s name, licence number and type, the licence status, the licence expiry date (if any), licence conditions, prosecution summaries and information about penalty notices issued in connection with the licence.

The register enables better protection for workers and the community by providing licence information via a single online portal, and makes it easier for businesses and consumers to check the validity of the licences/cards and make informed decisions regarding the contractors they engage.

The changes are consistent with the NSW Government’s objective to provide a single and accountable point for the administration of business regulation schemes, which in turn provides greater business confidence while maintaining appropriate levels of consumer protection.

For more information about the changes, visit our website.

Electric shock incurs $1 million fine

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 holding came in close proximity to the 33Kv power line adjacent to the window ledge.

The district court judge said the employer showed a ‘blatant disregard of its safety obligations’, given that it had already been issued with two improvement notices and three prohibition notices for similar contraventions.

Judge Scotting said the employer was aware of the risk posed by the work but did not warn the worker.

Read the district court judgment for more information.

Commemorating lives lost in the workplace

The importance of workplace health and safety is never more poignant than on the annual Day of Mourning on April 28 – where the lives of people lost as a result of workplace incidents or occupational disease are remembered in services held across the state.

Unions NSW hosts a service in Reflection Park, Darling Harbour in conjunction with SafeWork NSW. During this service, families speak about their experiences and attach commemorative cards and flowers to the ‘Memory Lines’ sculpture which is a permanent fixture onsite. It is a very moving ceremony, and a pertinent reminder of the impact that these deaths have – on families, friends and on work colleagues.

Every single person who goes to work should return home safely. Remember, workplace safety is the responsibility of each one of us. You can establish a healthy safety culture in your business by encouraging workers to think and talk about safety, and to look out for hazards and each other.

Start the conversation today. Learn more at safetystartswithyou.

Best of the best recognised at SafeWork Awards

The winners of the 2016 SafeWork Awards have been announced, showcasing another outstanding selection of safety and recovery at work solutions and systems.

A high standard of entries this year meant our judges had their work cut out for them, selecting a total of nine winners across six categories. The winners represent small and large businesses from across the state, from industries including construction, mining, aboriculture and disability services.

As well as recognising those who go the extra mile, the Awards aim to encourage business across the state to implement similar solutions and processes. We’ll be showcasing a number of these exciting entries in the coming months so watch this space to see what others have been doing and get inspired!

And the winners are..

EXCELLENCE IN WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY CULTURE
Bohmer’s Tree Care
Laing O’Rourke

BEST SOLUTION TO AN IDENTIFIED WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUE
Bracton Industries
HY-TEC Industries – Austen Quarry

BEST INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTION TO WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY (no formal WHS responsibility)
Kerry Dent (Cabonne Council)

BEST INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTION TO WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY (formal WHS responsibility)
Shahn Ruprai (SRS Roads Pty Ltd)

EXCELLENCE IN RECOVERY AT WORK FOR BUSINESS
Endeavour Foundation

RECOVERY AT WORK ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR INJURED WORKERS
Chris May (Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure)

SAFEWORK NSW LEADERSHIP IN SAFETY AWARD
Clive Woodnutt (Bohmer’s Tree Care)

If you’d like to be notified when the 2017 Awards open, visit safeworkawards.com.au and subscribe for updates!