14 February 2007

Theiss and workplace safety.

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The ABC has an interesting report on how the construction company Theiss is getting around reporting accidents here in the ACT.

“The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has accused Thiess of forcing injured workers back to its Civic site within 24 hours of their accident so it does not have to report it to authorities.

The CFMEU’s ACT branch secretary, George Wason, says the company is going to great lengths to minimise its lost time incident reports, which affect its reputation when tendering for contracts.

“One of the workers hurt his back last year and he’s been taxied in and out each day to the site and he sits in the lunch shed for a couple of hours each day and then gets a taxi home,” Mr Wason said…

Thiess ACT general manager Brendan Donahue disputes the claims and says the company encourages injured workers to return to work as soon as possible with a doctor’s approval.

Once again key performance indicators become an unhealthy distortion.

UPDATED: Hard to say if it’s related, but AAP, via Yahoo, have a story on the Theiss managing director, Roger Trundle, quitting for his health. Or maybe he can just go into the office for a few hours each day to make the numbers look better?

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recycling man11:23 am 06 Aug 09

Thiess do the same thing with their employees from mitchell recycling centre, if they get hurt they make you come in and sit down at the tranfer station.
They must keep there “PERFORMANCE INDICATORS” looking good for act nowaste.
The truth is coming it will all be out in the open soon.
It will bite thiess & act nowaste right on the ass.

Trades will by nature be short staffed and over worked.

Worst I had was going to work as a chef with conjunctivitus or losing my job.

Im now a public servant bum.

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