SafetyZone News

Safe driving

09-07-2014

Whether driving vehicles for work related activities or driving for personal reasons the hazards are the same. Potential hazards associated with driving including roads and near road conditions or objects, environmental conditions, vehicles, driver competency etc and the way they interact. Some factors contribute to the occurrence of a collision, other factors aggravate the effects...


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Use of tractors and other mobile plant during fire danger periods

29-11-2013

There are some simple but specific requirements for the use of excavating or earth moving equipment, tractors, slashers, road making machines and other mobile plant etc. during Fire Danger Periods or on Total Fire Ban days that can be inadvertently overlooked. Read on and find out what they are and what you should do to...


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Undertaking work near overhead and underground assets

31-10-2013

The team at SafetyZone@YCM are often asked about obligations companies have when working near underground and overhead utilities, such as powerlines, water systems and gas piping. The requirements for work near these assets were developed by Energy Safe Victoria (ESV), Worksafe and other external stakeholders such as Powercor Victoria. The Worksafe publication ‘Framework for Undertaking...


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New service offered by SafetyZone@YCM

12-08-2013

SafetyZone@YCM can now provide in-service inspection of boilers and pressure vessels to Australian Standards AS3788 / AS1210 / AS1228. Inspections are conducted by a former WorkCover inspector with over 40 years experience as a Welding Supervisor in fabrication and installation of boilers and pressure vessels. Also conducts risk assessments on boilers, pressure vessels and in-service...


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Safe handling of gas cylinders

30-07-2013

Even in small work places and even just with one or two gas cylinders, unsecured storage of gas cylinders can cause incidents with very serious consequences. Incident / Issue Description: Three UK construction firms must pay £685,787 ($AU1,142,803) in fines and costs after a plumber died and six other workers were seriously injured by high-pressure...


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What’s Happening In Safety: July 2013

15-07-2013

This month we look at some of the most common incidents and risk areas for those who work the land as well as outline a few simple measures which can be taken on board to move in safe direction. Farming is one of the most dangerous, yet overlooked industries within Australia when it comes to...


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Contingency planning for bushfires – DPCD grants announced

31-05-2013

Does your business or community have a plan in place in the event of a disaster? Whether the cause for stoppage is due to economical, physical or industrial reasons, having a sound plan to get back to full operation, with minimal downtime can be the difference between being back in production with your competitors and...


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What’s Happening in Safety: April 2013

06-05-2013

‘What’s Happening in Safety’ is a monthly publication aimed at keeping Geelong businesses up to date with legislative changes, incidents and safety news within the Greater Geelong region. The Ritz Geelong – Structural support in question Following the Swanston St wall collapse, which tragically took the lives of three people last month, the structural integrity...


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WorkSafe notifiable incidents

24-04-2013

Should a serious workplace incident occur, the employer, occupier, or person in charge of a workplace must report the incident to WorkSafe immediately by telephone on 132 360. Written notification must follow within 48 hours using the WorkSafe Incident Notification Form. In Victoria the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (‘the Act’) and the Occupational...


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Good housekeeping

27-03-2013

The negative impressions and implications of poor housekeeping can affect you and co-workers for a long time to come. Safety is an even more critical issue. Poor housekeeping can frequently contribute to accidents by hiding hazards that cause injuries. Should you be paid a visit by a WorkSafe inspector first impressions do give a good...


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