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Orica fined $1.2 million after workers exposed to cobalt dust

01 May 2024

Orica Australia Pty Ltd has today been fined $1.2 million in the District Court of NSW after SafeWork NSW prosecuted the company when two workers were exposed over a number of years to cobalt dust, a known respiratory sensitising agent which can cause occupational illness.

Packaging company fined after worker sustains crush injuries in workplace incident

23 Apr 2024

Visy Board Pty Limited (Visy) has been fined $375,000 in the NSW District Court after an employee sustained crush injuries to his left ankle following a workplace incident where the ruling found therisk of injury was “patently obvious”.

Trade breakfast to serve up safety tips ahead of blitz

09 Apr 2024

WorkSafe Victoria and SafeWork NSW are teaming up to help the construction industry in Albury and Wodonga reduce workplace hazards as part of the Cross Border program.

Residential care provider fined $300,000 in relation to risk of workplace sexual violence

08 Apr 2024

On 11 March 2024, the District Court of NSW convicted and fined a residential care provider $300,000 for breaching its work, health and safety obligations and as a result of exposing workers to a risk of violence, including inappropriate sexual behaviour, in the workplace.

SafeWork inspectors ensuring safety is number one priority at the Easter Show

21 Mar 2024

SafeWork NSW Inspectors and Engineers are inspecting and monitoring the Sydney Royal Easter Show to ensure the safety of workers and the almost 900,000 people set to attend the Show in the coming weeks. 

Farmers warned – safety first around farm vehicles after three deaths this year

14 Mar 2024

SafeWork NSW is reminding farmers to wear seatbelts, use helmets and choose the right vehicle when using side-by-side vehicles, quad bikes and motorcycles after a spate of incidents where people, including children, have been seriously injured or killed while using farm vehicles.

$900k in fines handed out as SafeWork cracks down on falls from heights threats

16 Feb 2024

Almost $1 million in fines have been issued at the halfway point of SafeWork NSW’s 12-month blitz on falls from heights.

SafeWork NSW welcomes independent review

29 Jan 2024

The Hon Robert McDougall KC was commissioned by the NSW Government in October 2022 to carry out a review of SafeWork NSW to make recommendations in relation to the performance and effectiveness of SafeWork’s compliance and enforcement functions.

SafeWork warning follows upward trend in failure to notify and disturbance of scenes

31 Oct 2023

SafeWork NSW is warning businesses they will face fines and potential prosecution if they fail to report incidents after the workplace regulator this year issued 140 compliance notices and over $55,000 in fines for breaches with one-third of all offences occurring in the construction industry.

NSW Fair Trading inspecting knockdown rebuild sites

31 Aug 2023

NSW Fair Trading Building Inspectors have started a five-day compliance operation in north-west NSW, checking tradespeople are appropriately licensed and work is being done to the appropriate standards.

Silica and falls the focus of construction blitz

16 Aug 2023

Reducing the risk of falls from height and exposure to crystalline silica dust are the focus of WorkSafe Victoria and SafeWork NSW as they team up for the latest cross border construction blitz in Yarrawonga-Mulwala next week.

SafeWork inspectors to target Sydney manufacturers and machine safety

15 Aug 2023

SafeWork NSW Inspectors will be across metropolitan Sydney this week targetting risks associated with moving plant and machinery often found in workshops, warehouses and manufacturing plants.

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