Over the past five years, there has been an average of nine reported cases of silicosis a year in NSW and workers in the manufactured stone industry are among those at risk. This industry uses newer engineered stone products which contain high levels of crystalline silica, for bathroom and kitchen benchtops. Crystalline silica, which causes […]

When it comes to exceptional health and safety know-how, our inspectors are your go-to people. In this feature, seasoned SafeWork inspectors, Anthony Nicholson and John Mizzi, provide helpful tips and pointers. John: One catchphrase I often tell clients is that if it’s worth doing, then it’s worth documenting. Work health and safety laws don’t require […]

A mid-North Coast meat processing business has been fined $375,000 over the death of a worker at its Frederickton plant. The 28 year old worker died after he became pinned between a steel bin that was being carried by a forklift and a wall. The incident occurred when the man, who was employed to undertake […]

A new year means new workers, tight deadlines and plenty of forklift activity.  We want to remind businesses and workers to keep safe, don’t take shortcuts and to always stick to the usual safety procedures. In the five years to June 2015, 13 workers died as a result of a forklift incident and 39 were left […]

When it comes to handling chemicals in the workplace you can never know too much Adam Thomson was 18 years old and had just started his first job, in the horticulture industry. His task one day was to dip tubers into a tub of chemical solution before drying them on racks above heaters. Unbeknownst to […]

Horrific, or in extreme cases, fatal injuries caused by unsafe use of angle grinders are tragically all too common. But they can be avoided if you follow safe work practices. Grinders are very versatile in the ways they can be used. Because of this it is vital to understand the tool and prepare for what […]

In the last five years alone SafeWork NSW has investigated 21 incidents involving workers unpacking shipping containers. Many of these workers received serious injuries – three were killed. A new instructional video has been developed to help workers perform this routine job with minimal risk. Part of SafeWork NSW’s set of video safety alerts, the […]