New good work design handbook online

SAFE WORK Australia has launched a new handbook to help businesses meet obligations under the work health and safety laws, reduce worker injury rates, and improve productivity and bottom line. Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer Michelle Baxter said that that well-designed, healthy and safe work allowed workers to have more productive lives, which in […]

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Draytons Wines fined over $200,000 for blast that killed Trevor Drayton, Eddie Orgo

DRAYTON’S Family Wines has been fined more than $200,000 over the explosion that claimed the lives of winemaker Trevor Drayton and welder Eddie Orgo. Workcover NSW prosecuted Drayton’s, and Mr Orgo’s employer, Perfab Engineering, in the District Court’s criminal jurisdiction for two breaches each of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. MORE

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Major changes proposed for the WorkCover system in South Australia

SAWIA is undertaking extensive work on the alternative Workers Compensation scheme for South Australia, ensuring the State Government takes into account the wine industry’s views prior to the tabling of legislation. Overall the package of changes seems to be reasonable, albeit that some additional changes would further assist wine producers and grape growers. The focus […]

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Improving workplace safety

Improving workplace safety TWELVE NEW codes of practice to improve safety in NSW workplaces have come into force. The codes are part of the national harmonised work health and safety laws that were adopted by NSW in 2012. The new codes replace a number of existing codes that were in place under previous occupational health […]

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