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New year safety check

The new year is a great time for a quick safety check of your business before things get busy. Read More

Electrical safety codes of practice 2020

Continued guidance on electrical safety standards remains available following the automatic expiry of three electrical safety codes of practice on 1 January 2020. Read More

Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics 2017–18

This report provides the latest workers’ compensation data, including occupation and industry data. Read More

Bushfires and air pollution

Workplaces must have measures in place to protect worker health and safety and manage risks. Read More

Poor Air Quality: What are your WHS obligations?

With bushfires impacting communities across Australia, Comcare would like to advise PCBUs (Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking) of their obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011. Read More

Poor Air Quality: What are your WHS obligations?

With bushfires impacting communities across Australia, Comcare would like to advise PCBUs (Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking) of their obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011. PCBUs must ensure they provide and maintain a safe working environment for their workers in indoor and outdoor environments so as […] Read More

Agricultural industry mobile plant roll-over incidents

In October 2019, a man died on a rural property died after being crushed by the tractor he was operating. Initial findings suggest he was reversing the tractor into a deep excavation, when for reasons yet to be established, the tractor rolled. Read More

eSAFE - December 2019

In this edition: Kids urged to be Ride Ready on quad bikes over busy holiday period, Registrations open for 2020 MSD Symposium, $75,000 fine after serious sugar mill injury leads to amputation, Work safely with asbestos after summer storms, Latest innovations targeting sun safety, New report on work-related musculoskeletal disorders, and much more. Read More

Worker struck by building materials

In November 2019, a truck driver sustained serious lacerations to his leg when he was struck by building materials which had fallen off a pallet. Read More

Incident at Public Swimming Pool

In November, a young child was submerged underwater for less than two minutes at a supervised public pool. On-duty lifeguards administered CPR until QAS officers arrived and took over. The child was taken to hospital and later passed away. Read More

Outdoor air pollution

Parts of Australia have been experiencing reduced outdoor air quality as a result of bushfire smoke and airborne dust. Read More

Empowering people with a health condition or disability

The latest research from the Collaborative Partnership to improve work participation addresses an important gap in evidence on empowerment strategies for people with a health condition or disability to use work as part of their recovery. Read More

Electrical licence updates

Following a review of restricted electrical work licences (RELs), you will see a few changes to how it looks when you renew and receive your new licence card. Read More

Worker injured on construction site

In October 2019, a compact track loader (commonly known as a posi-track or bobcat) was moving spoil on a construction site when it reversed into a worker who suffered serious leg injuries. Read More

Builder fined over Gold Coast workplace injury

A qualified carpenter working on a Gold Coast house has been fined $20,000 over a workplace incident which left his apprentice with a fractured leg. Read More

Work Christmas parties - a little planning can stop things getting silly

With many workplaces about to get together for Christmas break up parties, employers are reminded that the “silly season” is not an excuse to disregard safety, including the responsible service of alcohol. Read More

New report on work-related musculoskeletal disorders

Safe Work Australia has published a new report on work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Read More

Kids urged to be Ride Ready on quad bikes over busy holiday period

Queenslanders have been reminded to keep their kids safe on quad bikes as the school holidays and weeks of free time approach. Read More

Electrical safety for tenants and property owners

New guidance for tenants and property owners about electrical safety in rental properties is now available. Read More

Zip line terminations

The purpose of this safety alert is to inform zip line owners, operators, engineers and riggers of the risk of failure of zip line terminations and to provide guidance to help prevent the failure of zip lines. Read More

Know the hazards of working in heat

Working in heat can be hazardous and can cause harm to workers in both indoor and outdoor work environments. Read More

AS/NZS3012:2019 Electrical installations - Construction and demolition sites

AS/NZS3012:2019 Electrical installations – Construction and demolition sites was published on 4 November 2019. The new edition contains several changes from the 2010 edition. Read More

Brisbane builder fined over work safety breaches

A Brisbane builder was fined $24,000 this week over breaches of Queensland work safety laws which posed a serious risk to workers. Read More

Fatal fall at tourist attraction

In October 2019, a patron died, and another was seriously injured while using a zipline attraction as part of a rainforest adventure tour. Read More

Electrical licensing disciplinary action

The Electrical Licensing Committee has disqualified an electrical worker from holding an electrical work or contractor licence for five years. He had advertised his services online to perform unlicensed electrical contracting work. Read More

Help us navigate current and emerging workplace disruptors

Australia’s working landscape is changing and it is critical that we forge powerful research partners that help us understand and anticipate the challenges that lie ahead. More here. Read More

Help us navigate current and emerging workplace disruptors

Australia’s working landscape is changing and it is critical that we forge powerful research partners that help us understand and anticipate the challenges that lie ahead. Read More

$54,000 fine after elderly woman injured

A Brendale company and one of its officers have been fined $54,000 after a woman was injured when a water tank being delivered to her Morton Vale property struck her. Read More

New framework for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers

Applications are open for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers in the Comcare scheme with a new framework that aims to improve approvals, renewals and monitoring. Submit your application by 31 December 2019. More information about eligibility, criteria, standards and performance monitoring here. Read More

Industrial gas and liquid supplier fined $200,000 after incident at Wacol plant

A large national company with ties to an international entity which specialises in the manufacturing and supply of industrial gases was yesterday sentenced in the Richlands Magistrates Court. Read More

Changes to Medical items table of costs - effective 1 December 2019

WorkCover Queensland has reviewed and updated the table of costs for medical treatment applicable for workers’ compensation in Queensland. The changes are effective 1 December 2019 and impact the Medical items table of costs and the Supplementary services table of costs for GPs and Specialists. Read More

New resources for storing pool chemicals

Learn about the risks of storing swimming pool chemicals. Read More

Work-related fatalities continue to decline but more work needed

Safe Work Australia has released the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2018 report, which provides the latest detailed national statistics on all workers and bystanders fatally injured through work-related activity. Read More

Electrical Licensing Committee September 2019 disciplinary outcomes

During September 2019, the Electrical Licensing Committee held disciplinary hearings against five licence holders. Read More

Application for expansion of a specialised insurer licence – Guild Insurance Limited

Guild Insurance Limited (‘Guild’) has applied to the State Insurance Regulatory Authority to expand its Defined Industry to include the early learning sector. Read More

New benefits for injured workers

Injured workers will be eligible for two new benefits that provide further support for them to return to work. Read More

Application for renewal of a specialised insurer licence – Guild Insurance Limited

The Licensing framework for specialised insurers requires SIRA to provide notification on its website when an application to renew an existing licence is received. Read More

More benefits to support injured workers

Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello today announced further changes to the state’s workers compensation regulations, which boosts benefits for injured workers to assist in their recovery and return to work. Read More

State Insurance Regulatory Authority Board members appointed

The inaugural Board of the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has been appointed by NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello. Read More

House Rules winner hosts Healthy Lungs Forum

A qualified electrician with an interest in asbestos, House Rules winner Luke Cook will preside over the first ever Healthy Lungs Forum in Brisbane on Wednesday 27 November 2019. Read More

Joining industry leaders at the Injury & Disability Schemes Seminar

Natalie Bekis, Comcare’s GM Strategic Partnerships and Engagement is presenting at the Actuaries Institute of Australia’s Injury & Disability Schemes Seminar where the 2019 theme is Insights and Outcomes. Read More

New guidance for labour hire

Safe Work Australia recently published new guidance for Labour hire: duties of persons conducting a business or undertaking. Read More

Workplace exposure standards framework: Decision RIS now available

This decision regulation impact statement (decision RIS) is about the framework for workplace exposure standards under the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws and how it should be kept up to date. Read More

Callaghan 37 metre concrete placing booms

This safety alert concerns the collapse of a Callaghan 37 metre concrete placing boom and includes actions to be taken by boom owners to avoid similar incidents. Read More

New resources for chemical storage

Learn how to prepare chemical registers, manifests and site plans. Read More

Lifting clutch failure

The purpose of this health and safety alert is to inform workers, employers, builders and designers of the risk of failure of lifting clutches associated with tilt-up and pre-cast concrete erection. Read More

Latest data on worker fatalities and serious workers’ compensation claims

The report shows that in 2018, 144 people were fatally injured at work. The number and rate of worker fatalities have continued to decline in line with long-term trends. Read More

Stay safe after National Safe Work Month

National Safe Work Month may be over for 2019 but staying safe doesn’t end here. Be a safety champion in your workplace every day. Read More

Abattoir fatality after worker crushed by machinery

In July 2019, a worker was manually handling goat carcasses when he was trapped by a hydraulically operated stainless-steel bucket, sustaining fatal crush injuries. Read More

Alert 15 - Towing trailers using plant not designed to tow, and trailer landing leg safety

This alert highlights the potential risks when releasing the brakes of a trailer when it is not connected to a prime mover, towing a trailer with plant that is not designed to tow, and designing and using landing legs. Read More

Alert 16 - Falling objects

This alert is to highlight the importance of managing the risk to health and safety of falling objects. Read More

Alert 17 - Angle Grinders

This alert highlight the risks associated with removing guards and using incorrect discs on angle grinders. Read More

Alert 18 - Asbestos in Bunsen Burner Gauze Mats

This alert highlights the risk of exposure to asbestos in bunsen burner gauze mats. Read More

Alert 14 - Safety Recall: Polaris Ranger 500

This Alert concerns the risk of injury due to an engineering characteristic of specific plant that may be in use. Read More

Charges over injuries at Campbell Barracks

Three companies have been charged over two separate incidents that caused injuries to workers during the redevelopment of Perth’s Campbell Barracks. Read More

WHS charges over Townsville incident

Prosecutors have filed federal work health and safety charges against the Department of Defence after a worker suffered critical injuries during a maintenance operation. Read More

$200,000 penalty after worker crushed (updated)

UPDATE: Thales Australia Ltd pleaded not guilty to eight charges of failing in its duties under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, and the matter went to trial in May 2018. Magistrate Daley found Thales guilty of two charges in January 2019 and the company was convicted and fined $160,000 on 27 March 2019. […] Read More

Defence Department charged over fatality

The Department of Defence has been charged with breaching Commonwealth work health and safety laws over the death of a soldier during a training exercise. Read More

Laboratory explosion results in WHS charges

CSIRO has been charged with breaching federal work health and safety laws over an explosion at a Melbourne research facility. Read More

Next steps with the Collaborative Partnership

Key decision makers have come together in Canberra to discuss the future of Australia’s first cross-sector alliance to improve work participation – the Collaborative Partnership. Read More

Impressive results in workplace trial of Beyond Blue’s NewAccess coaching service

A 78% recovery rate has been achieved as part of Comcare’s trial of NewAccess – a Beyond Blue mental health coaching service. Read More

Comcare & SRCC Annual Report 2018-19

Seacare Annual Report 2018-19

Know your workplace and know your responsibility for National Safe Work Month

This week, as part of National Safe Work Month, we’re focusing on managing risk and maintaining safety in the workplace. Read More

Release of elevating work platforms audit report

17 October 2019 Release of elevating work platforms audit report Safety News Read More

Incident at the Port Pirie Smelter

4 October 2019 Incident at the Port Pirie Smelter Incident Alert Read More

Incident at Bowden construction site

3 October 2019 Incident at Bowden construction site Incident Alert Read More

Incident at Frome Street, Adelaide construction site

3 October 2019 Incident at Frome Street, Adelaide construction site Incident Alert Read More

Be a Safety Champion during 2019 National Safe Work Month

30 September 2019 Be a Safety Champion during 2019 National Safe Work Month Media Release Read More

Augusta Zadow Awards 2019 address domestic violence, sex industry

3 October 2019 Augusta Zadow Awards 2019 address domestic violence, sex industry Media Release Read More

Suspension of Class A Asbestos Removal Licence

26 September 2019 Suspension of Class A Asbestos Removal Licence Media Release Read More

Fire at Whyalla Jetty

12 September 2019 Fire at Whyalla Jetty Incident Alert Read More

Angle grinder kickback

24 September 2019 Angle grinder kickback Incident Alert Read More

Work stopped on demolition site at Port Adelaide

11 September 2019 Work stopped on demolition site at Port Adelaide Media Release Read More

SafeWork SA is satisfied no safety issue with ride at Royal Adelaide Show

5 September 2019 SafeWork SA is satisfied no safety issue with ride at Royal Adelaide Show Media Release Read More

Response to comments by CFMEU

6 September 2019 Response to comments by CFMEU Media Release Read More

SafeWork SA completes audit of 2019 Royal Adelaide Show rides

29 August 2019 SafeWork SA completes audit of 2019 Royal Adelaide Show rides Media Release Read More

SafeWork SA secures second conviction over bullying of construction apprentice

28 August 2019 SafeWork SA secures second conviction over bullying of construction apprentice Media Release Read More

Nyrstar incident

29 August 2019 Nyrstar incident Media Release Read More

Heavy earthmoving equipment

23 August 2019 Heavy earthmoving equipment Safety Alert Read More

Nyrstar incident

6 August 2019 Nyrstar incident Safety Alert Read More

SafeWork SA secures conviction after worker falls from height

21 August 2019 SafeWork SA secures conviction after worker falls from height Media Release Read More

Lifts in private residences

31 July 2019 Lifts in private residences Safety News Read More

Working with imported plant or pressure equipment

30 July 2019 Working with imported plant or pressure equipment Safety Alert Read More

High pressure water blaster used on asbestos roof

In June 2019, two people used a high-pressure water blaster on a corrugated asbestos cement roof (super six roof). As a result, asbestos contaminated dust and debris (ACD) ended up on neighbouring residential properties. Read More

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Lump sum payments

Self-insured employers are required to notify us of any lump sum payments made to made to injured workers. Read More

ReturnToWorkSA-Annual-Report-2018-19.pdf

ReturnToWorkSA Annual Report 2018-19. Read More

ReturnToWorkSA Annual Report 2018-19

The ReturnToWorkSA Annual Report 2018-19 (PDF, 10000 KB) highlights the achievements of the Return to Work scheme, including ensuring the effective economic operation of the Scheme and realising the health benefits of work. Read More

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Schedule-of-sums.docx

The Schedule of sums outlines any monetary amounts that need to be adjusted in the manner required by the Return to Work Act 2014 and/or the Return to Work Regulations 2015. Read More

Physiotherapy-management-plan.docx

Physiotherapy Management Plan Read More

Psychology-management-plan.docx

Psychology Management Plan Read More

Osteopathy-management-plan.docx

Osteopathy Management Plan Read More

Chiropractic-management-plan.docx

The Chiropractic Management Plan, June 29. 2018. Read More

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Launch of National Return to Work Strategy 2020-2030

National Return to Work Strategy 2020-2030 and ReturnToWorkSA’s initiatives and activities that support the five action areas of the plan and help to deliver positive return to work outcomes. Read More

Occupational-therapy-management-plan.docx

Occupational Therapy Management Plan Read More

Exercise-Physiology-management-plan.docx

Exercise Physiology Management Plan Read More

eSAFE - October 2019

In this edition: More successful prosecutions under Queensland’s labour hire laws, Queensland Safe Work Awards honour innovators; Scissor hoist death leads to fine and guarding improvements; Audits to target sprain and strain hazards; Reduce sedentary work and BeUpstanding!; and much more. Read More

Logan/Browns Plains sparkies – we need your help!

Logan/Browns Plains sparkies in particular should keep an eye out for Dielle YK78 Model Residual Current Device (RCD) recalled by the supplier due to a risk of electrical fire and electric shock. Read More

Elastic spring-back in wear plates on excavator buckets

The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risk of elastic energy being released when wear plates on excavator buckets or similar parts on other equipment are being removed or repaired. Read More

First prosecution under Queensland’s pioneering industrial manslaughter laws

In a first for Queensland, the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor has commenced a prosecution against Brisbane Auto Recycling Pty Ltd for industrial manslaughter under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Read More

Building company fined $110,000 over worker impaling

A Brisbane building company has been fined $110,000 after a worker fell and was impaled on a steel bar while constructing a Balmoral house. Read More

Check out our safety champion resources

We have compiled many resources this year to show how workers, employers, individuals and business can champion WHS at their workplace. Anyone can be a safety champion and have a positive influence on WHS at their workplace. Read More

National strategy to improve outcomes for Australian workers

Today Safe Work Australia launches the National Return to Work Strategy 2020-2030. Read More

Welcome to National Safe Work Month

Today is the start of National Safe Work Month—a time to commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians. Read More

This week is all about mental health in the workplace

This National Safe Work Month Safe Work Australia recognises World Mental Health Day.  Read More

Become a BeUpstanding Champion

This National Safe Work Month, become a BeUpstanding Champion and encourage your workplace to stand up, sit less and move more. Read More

Poultry producer fined $90,000 over workplace injury

A Nerang poultry producer has been fined $90,000 after a worker was run over by a forklift that had its reverse warning beepers switched off because of noise complaints. Read More

WHO Knows Newsletter May 2019

WHO Knows May 2019 Newsletter The workers’ compensation landscape continues to evolve, with a number of important changes to State schemes. We provide a summary of the key items for your business to consider in the lead up to your renewal. Read More