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Inside track: Work Health & Safety

21 July 2021

#Workplace Relations & Safety

Inside track: Work Health & Safety

In the Media

Coal mine conveyor accident narrowly avoided
The NSW Resources Regulator has recommended further maintenance and testing of remote isolation systems, following a dangerous incident at an underground coal mine (16 July 2021).  More...

Engineered stone has become popular in homes across Australia – but it's left a deadly legacy
Engineered stone benchtops have transformed kitchens and bathrooms across Australia, but the number of people being diagnosed with a serious lung condition after working with it is continuing to rise at an alarming rate (15 July 2021).  More...

WorkSafe Victoria delivers new grants for safety projects
WorkSafe Victoria has announced a $2 million round of grants for workplace safety and education projects to encourage further initiatives to protect workers (12 July 2021).  More...

RSHQ flags unmanned vehicle incidents
Resources, Safety and Health Queensland’s (RSHQ) has found that unplanned movement of vehicles accounted for 10 high potential incidents in April (12 July 2021).  More...

Company convicted, fined $100,000, over fatal Ballarat wall collapse
Excavation company Horsham Backhoe has been fined over the death of a senior employee when a brick wall collapsed on him at a residential building site two years ago (09 July 2021).  More...

NSW Regulator makes recommendations following fatal mineral sands incident
The New South Wales Resources Regulator has released its findings for a fatal incident at the Snapper mineral sands mine in August 2019. The complete investigation report can be accessed here (09 July 2021).  More...

Australian government to ask business to help deliver Covid vaccines in the workplace
The Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, will meet with business leaders to outline plans for large employers to get involved in speeding up Australia’s troubled vaccine rollout, to use workplaces to improve the rollout using a similar model to how flu vaccinations are provided to employees (07 July 2021).  More...

Transport workers get access to new safety app
SafeWork NSW and Lindsay Transport have released a truck safety training tool for the on-boarding and induction of workers in the NSW road freight industry which will promote safer practices (06 July 2021).  More...

Lung disease campaign to identify workplace hazards
Safe Work Australia has launched an occupational lung disease awareness campaign which will run until December 2021 (05 July 2021).  More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Safe Work Australia Fatality statistics
As at 8 July, 58 Australian workers were killed at work in 2021. The numbers and industries may vary from one report to the next, as Safe Work receives more detailed information (to check for updates and more details on fatalities since 2003, go to the Safe Work Australia Work-related fatalities webpage).

In practice and courts

Safe Work Australia: National Safe Work Month 2021 – theme and campaign kit released
Safe Work Australia has released the theme and campaign kit for National Safe Work Month 2021 ahead of the official campaign launch on 1 October (12 July 2021).  More...


Annual work health and safety reports can now be submitted online
Work health and safety reports for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 are now available on the Resources Regulator Portal for mine operators to submit. Refer to our work health and safety reports webpage and the guide for more information about reporting (01 July 2021).

Mine Safety News
08/07/2021 – Mine Safety News

NSW Resources Regulator

Key compliance priorities updated
Published: 6th July 2021. The Resources Regulator has published the July – December 2021 Compliance priorities which sets out the key compliance priorities for the next six months.  More...


WorkSafe Victoria: Refilling gas cylinders
Safety alert 15 July 2021
WorkSafe is issuing a safety alert about the hazards associated with refilling Liquid Petroleum Gas cylinders.  More...

WorkSafe Victoria: Dangerous goods regulations
From 1 July, the Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2012 will require all duty holders occupying premises with prescribed quantities of dangerous goods to notify WorkSafe at least every two years. Existing duty holders will have six months from 1 July to submit a notification to WorkSafe that complies with the amended regulations.  More...

Proposed Workplace facilities, amenities and work environment compliance code – public comment
One of the most important Compliance Codes has been redrafted and updated by a tripartite committee and has been released for public comment. The proposed Workplace facilities, amenities and work environment compliance code (proposed code) was made available for public review and comment from 1 June 2021.
There is a dedicated webpage for public comment on the Victorian Government’s consultation platform.


SafeWork NSW v South Coast Under Road Borers Pty Ltd [2021] NSWDC 314
CRIMINAL LAW – prosecution – work health and safety – duty of persons undertaking business – duty of employers – risk of death or serious injury – death of worker SENTENCING – objective seriousness – deterrence – aggravating factors – mitigating factors – capacity to pay a fine – appropriate penalty SENTENCING PRINCIPLES – no record of previous convictions – good prospects of rehabilitation – remorse – plea of guilty – assistance to law enforcement authorities.

Prosecution Result Summaries and Enforceable Undertakings
Information about the most recent prosecution and Enforceable Undertaking outcomes
Spencer 4 Higher Pty Ltd
Melbourne Magistrates’ Court Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004,Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 Section21(1); 23(1) & 327
Outcome 09 Jul 2021
Horsham Back-hoe Hire Pty Ltd
Ballarat Magistrates’ Court Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 Section21(1) & 21(2)(c)
Outcome 09 Jul 2021
D’Orsogna Limited
Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 Section21(1) & 21(2)(a)
Outcome 05 Jul 2021

The information in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, we do not guarantee that the information in this newsletter is accurate at the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future.

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