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Wright building site shut down

By 20 May 2014

A building site in Wright operated by Empire Building Group has been shut down over a raft of safety concerns, according to The Canberra Times.
Empire Building Group is currently constructing ‘Panorama at Wright’, an estate of 180 townhouses and apartments.
WorkSafe was alerted to concerns regarding safety on the site, but the company closed the site [...]

Dickson asbestos alert

By 24 January 2014

Worksafe ACT are warning they’re shutting down a chunk of Dickson with all the asbestos blowing around:
WorkSafe ACT has been made aware of possible exposure to asbestos at several businesses backing onto Woolley Street, Dickson, Work Safety Commissioner, Mr Mark McCabe said today.
“WorkSafe ACT has been advised by a local business that asbestos fibres [...]

Work Safety Commissioner says “how about this heat?”

By 16 January 2014

Worksafe have noticed it’s bloody hot outside:
Climbing temperatures this week have prompted an urgent warning from the Work Safety Commissioner, Mr Mark McCabe, reminding employers of the risks associated with extreme heat.
ACT employers are being urged to consider thermal comfort and sun safety in assessing the risk associated with business as usual.
“People who [...]

High risk work licences need re-assessment

By 8 October 2013

WorkSafe is banging the drum about the need for licence holders to keep their skills up to scratch:
ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe is advising people who hold a high risk work licence under Work Health and Safety legislation that they must have and maintain the competencies the licence indicates they hold.
“WorkSafe ACT will [...]

A worksafe app

By 26 August 2013

Justice and Community Safety have the strange news that there’s a funny little app for fruity devices only to appeal for Elf fanciers:
ACT Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe today announced the launch of the new WorkSafe ACT app available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad through the Apple App Store.
“I am delighted to launch [...]

On the spot workplace safety fines kick off next week

By 24 June 2013

Simon Corbell is giving notice of on the spot workplace safety fines:
“From 1 July 2013, inspectors will be able to issue ‘on the spot fines’ for the following workplace safety breaches:
– not notifying WorkSafe ACT of notifiable incidents;
– not providing first-aid equipment;
– not providing personal protective equipment;
– not providing training and instruction on the use [...]

Worksafe kiboshes NBN in Canberra

By 13 June 2013

The ABC has the news we were waiting for that the NBN rollout in Canberra has been halted while they figure out what the contractors are messing with in Telstra’s asbestos raddled pits:
ACT work safety commissioner Mark McCabe says work in the Territory has been halted until a thorough management strategy has been reviewed and [...]

Injury at O’Malley construction site

By 7 May 2013

ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Ambulance Service are currently on scene at the construction site of a residential house on Wallangara Street, O’Malley.
Fire crews and ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics are on the second floor of the house assessing a male, aged in his 20′s, with a back injury.
Two fire pumpers are [...]

Simon steps towards an industrial court

By 7 May 2013

Simon Corbell has announced he’s floating an exposure draft to give the magistrates some new hats to wear on industrial and health and safety matters:
Mr Corbell will today table an exposure draft of the Magistrates Court (Industrial Proceedings) Amendment Bill 2013 in the Legislative Assembly to open the public discussion on the government proposed legislation.
“Ensuring [...]

Worksafe aims for the heights

By 8 April 2013

Worksafe ACT have announced they’re going to be taking a long and beady look at what the construction industry is up to once their boots leave the ground:
The Work Safety Commissioner announced today that WorkSafe ACT will be conducting an inspection program focusing on working safely at height in the residential housing industry in the [...]

Master Builders and Worksafe cruising for a bruising

By 27 March 2013

The Master Builders have announced their thoughts on Worksafe’s “Getting Them Home Safely” report.
Worksafe has been quick out of the blocks to disagree.
The MBA’s lack of unequivocal support for the report’s call for a 35% improvement in the local industry’s safety record is potentially a serious setback for local workers. In many senses this is [...]

WorkSafe cracking down on Nishi?

By 5 December 2012

WIN News’ Ellena Midgley has just tweeted on WorkSafe actions at the Nishi Apartments:
Worksafe ACT blitz on Nishi development #Canberra twitter.com/EllenaMidgley/…
— Ellena Midgley (@EllenaMidgley) December 4, 2012

Safety Inquiry given more time to finish homework

By 20 November 2012

Worksafe brings word the much needed construction sector Inquiry Panel has been given until this Friday to report:
The Inquiry Panel looking into compliance with safety requirements in the ACT’s construction sector has asked the Attorney General for a one week extension to the deadline for completing their report in order to ensure the report includes [...]

Another construction site electrocution

By 8 November 2012

ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics have treated a 28-year-old male at a construction site on General Bridges Drive, Duntroon, following an electric shock.
Male was conscious when crews arrived and patient was treated for injuries and taken to The Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.
WorkSafe ACT has been notified.
Time of Emergency Triple Zero (000) call [...]

WorkSafe getting into bullying

By 21 September 2012

WorkSafe has taken the unusual step of announcing they’re investigating bullying at an un named community organisation:
“A WorkSafe ACT inspector has issued an Improvement Notice directing the Board to commence an investigation into serious allegations by several of the organisation’s workers,” Commissioner McCabe said today.
“This is a reminder to board members and senior executives in [...]

Apprentice sparky shocked then injured in fall

By 20 September 2012

Worksafe is reminding people that stuff can be dangerous:
The reminder comes after a 20 year old apprentice electrician suffered serious injuries after apparently receiving an electric shock and then falling approximately five metres to the ground yesterday afternoon. The young man was working at the old bus depot in Phillip at the time of the [...]

Canberra Institute of Technology pinged by WorkSafe over bullying

By 12 April 2012

WorkSafe ACT has announced the publication of their report on bullying at CIT:
“The WorkSafe ACT investigation found that the CIT had breached its responsibilities under the Territory’s health and safety legislation,” said Mr McCabe.
“WorkSafe ACT’s inspector determined that the CIT does not have an adequate system for preventing or responding to allegations of bullying and [...]

Put a dump site under powerlines and what do you expect happens to dump truck drivers?

By 26 March 2012

The ABC has a story on trouble at a Turner building site which has put a dump truck driver into hospital in Sydney:
“There was a dump site which the worker was dumping material into and that dump site was directly under overhead powerlines,” he said.
“So clearly a key part of our investigation will be to [...]

Asbestos at Kingston Foreshore

By 14 February 2012

The Land Development Agency has sent a letter advising of asbestos found on the island part of Kingston Foreshore.
This is particularly interesting as it wasn’t that long ago all the soil in the island was dug up from somewhere else and deposited there to form the island.
Is there a corner of the ACT that hasn’t [...]

Work stopped on the new Cotter Dam

By 2 February 2012

The ABC brings word of trouble at the dam as accidents prompt another very expensive shut down:
More than 20 serious safety issues have been reported since work began on the Cotter Dam enlargement project.
In the past week there has been another two incidents, prompting WorkSafe ACT to issue a 13th prohibition notice.
A worker drilling [...]

Worksafe wants to make sure doggers are licensed

By 17 January 2012

The ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe has published a reminder for those undertaking dogging work in the ACT to ensure they are licensed.
Those of our readers who’ve been on the internet too long will be surprised we’re regulating this sort of thing.
Those readers may be relieved to learn that dogging in this case is [...]

Death in Macgregor

By 13 December 2011

ACT Policing in conjunction with Worksafe ACT is investigating a fatality at a building site in Macgregor this afternoon (Monday, 12 December).
Around 2:00pm, police were called to the Macgregor site after reports that a man, working at the site, had been struck by a grader.
As a result of the collision, the man sustained fatal injuries [...]

Not enough compliance work in your office? Meet the Greens’ bullying inspectors!

By 7 November 2011

Having driven out Canberra’s light plastic bags (now replaced by heavier bags) the Greens have now turned their attention to another aspect of your life, workplace bullying:
ACT Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan MLA, has proposed new laws to improve the investigation of workplace bullying in the ACT, by creating positions for inspectors with specialised [...]

Dumped asbestos at Southwell Park

By 5 October 2011

Simon Corbell has announced that dumped asbestos has been found at Lyneham’s Southwell Park playing fields.
Mr Corbell said work on the upgrade of the Lyneham Sports Fields at Southwell Park had been stopped immediately after asbestos, which had until recently been buried, was discovered on the site.
Initial investigations identified asbestos irrigation pipes which had been [...]

WorkSafe increasingly alarmed by cavalier asbestos handling

By 19 September 2011

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe is banging his shoe on the table to attract the attention of the local building industry and they way they handle asbestos:
“I am extremely concerned at the cavalier attitude to the handling of asbestos by a small number of builders,” Mr McCabe said.
“While the majority of people in [...]

Mitchell opens up and WorkSafe gears up

By 18 September 2011

The ESA has announced they’re re-opening parts of Mitchell:
Thanks to the swift actions of the ESA and EPA who have conducted comprehensive sampling and testing we are now able to confirm that the test results have conclusively shown no contaminants or toxins from the fire within the Mitchell exclusion zone.
This means the exclusion zone in [...]

Worksafe to crack down on cafes

By 15 February 2011

The ACT Work Safety Commissioner has announced that Cafes and Takeaways are to be the target of a compliance campaign:
Announcing the campaign today, Attorney General Simon Corbell said the campaign would focus on work safety practices in kitchens and service areas and what responsibility business owners were taking to eliminate or minimise risk of harm [...]

Mark McCabe gets another five years as Work Safety Commissioner

By 14 January 2011

Simon Corbell has announced that he’s giving another five years to Mark McCabe as the Work Safety Commissioner and Senior Director of WorkSafe ACT.
“Mr McCabe has significant experience in workplace safety and has worked in roles in both the ACT and with Comcare, and brings a strong passion for workplace safety.
“Mr McCabe, was first [...]

Barton highway taking longer than expected

By 2 September 2010

The Canberra Times has the unsurprising news that the Pollyannas at the Barton Highway bridge collapse site have once again had their sunny optimism disappointed.
Roads ACT had hoped to reopen the highway this weekend after contractors finished demolishing what was left of the bridge and clearing away debris.
But after a meeting with lead contractor Abergeldie [...]

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