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Safety Alert – Improve truck visibility to reduce accidents

  • Date: 21 Aug 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

Installing reflective tape on trucks to improve their visibility could reduce some types of accidents between trucks and cars by up to 44 percent, the Australian Trucking Association’s Senior Engineering Adviser, Chris Loose, said last week. Mr Loose was releasing the ATA’s updated Technical Advisory

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LSA Safety Alert – HEAVY VEHICLE CHECKS ONGOING

  • Date: 15 Aug 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

Heavy vehicle health checks ongoing Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet will have their roadworthiness checked in a two-month survey which has commenced this month. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey would be the first time the same inspection

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LSA Safety Alert – TAKE FORKING SAFETY SERIOUSLY

  • Date: 08 Aug 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 30-2016: TAKE FORKING SAFETY SERIOUSLY – Forklifts continue to cause workplace deaths and injuries in workplaces around Australia. Workcover NSW has addressed this with a new safety campaign with a great range of downloadable resources. If you use or work near forklifts

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LSA Safety Alert – GETTING GHS READY

  • Date: 01 Aug 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

A new system of chemical classification is coming into effect and you need to be ready. It’s called the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. Watch the video from NSW Workcover that shows simple steps to help you get there www.bit.ly/2ak3cSd

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LSA Safety Alert: Farm Safety Week resources

  • Date: 25 Jul 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

Great Farm Safety Resources . . . Go to the farmsafe.org.au site or http://bit.ly/2abLFPg or: Ag Health resources at http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/aghealth/farmers/index.php or http://bit.ly/2a7b6yF National Farm Safety Week National Farm Safety Week is an annual event held across Australia during July and aims to highlight the importance of safety on farms. The

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LSA Safety Alert: MANUAL HANDLING RISKS VIDEO

  • Date: 18 Jul 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 27-2016: MANUAL HANDLING RISKS VIDEO – Workcover Qld has produced a new short video that shows how businesses from various industries identify and manage hazardous manual tasks. Watch now with your team to see how you can help eliminate any similar hazards

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LSA Safety Alert: SAFETY VIDEOS TO WATCH

  • Date: 11 Jul 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 26-2016: SAFETY VIDEOS TO WATCH – Safe Work Australia has released a number of Safety Videos for small businesses on their Youtube channel recently. Take the time to check them out and see that you’re up to date in your operation –

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LSA Safety Alert: HIGH RISK WORK (HRW) LICENSING

  • Date: 04 Jul 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 25-2016: HIGH RISK WORK (HRW) LICENSING – It is crucial all staff who operate high risk machinery (including forklifts) hold a current HRW license. Heavy penalties do apply if an operator is caught without a current HRW license. More info at http://bit.ly/29dn6MW

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LSA Safety Alert – Safe Work Info Sheet

  • Date: 26 Jun 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

The Working safely in Australia Information sheet provides new and migrant workers with current information on work health and safety and workers’ compensation in Australia. This Information sheet explains that in Australia, employers must look after the health and safety of workers and that a

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LSA Safety Alert: 5 STEPS TO PREVENT STRAINS & SPRAINS

  • Date: 19 Jun 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 23-2016: 5 STEPS TO PREVENT STRAINS & SPRAINS – Watch this short video from Worksafe to help address some of the issues behind strain and sprain injuries that exceed 80,000 in NSW alone in the last three years from manual tasks –

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LSA Safety Alert: Working Outdoors Safety Alert

  • Date: 13 Jun 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 22-2016: Outdoor & Farm Workers are exposed to many hazards depending on type of work, geography, season & length of time spent outside – A Safety Alert has been issued by Worksafe Victoria following a snakebite fatality as an example of such

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LSA Safety Alert: Take the time to review Consultation

  • Date: 06 Jun 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 21-2016: Quieter times on turf farms provide an ideal opportunity to assess & review Workplace Safety Consultation. Consultation is a legal requirement and an essential part of managing health & safety risks and can take many forms such as toolbox talks –

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Safety Alert: Stay Safe on the farm urges WorkSafe

  • Date: 30 May 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

Turfgrowers should be mindful of the dangers inherent in farm machinery and equipment following the tragic deaths of a number of farmers last week; with tractor and quad-bike incidents behind the fatalities. In a real wake-up call for all farmers, the three deaths in three days in Victoria last week has prompted WorkSafe to

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Safety Alert: ‘DIY=DIE’ WHEN IT COMES TO FARM ELECTRICAL WORK

  • Date: 23 May 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

Farmers are handy at a range of skills but electrical work is something that unlicensed people should ever attempt. That’s the message from the new Energy Safe Campaign – read more at www.bit.ly/1U6OgEt Farmers are being urged not to attempt dangerous do-it-yourself electrical work as

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Safety Alert: KEEP UP TO DATE ON SAFETY

  • Date: 16 May 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

Online assistance for small business Small businesses account for more than 95 per cent of all Australian businesses and are responsible for the health and safety of approximately 4.8 million workers. State and territory work health and safety regulators have developed resources to assist small

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Safety Alert: LOOK UP AND LIVE

  • Date: 09 May 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 18: LOOK UP AND LIVE Farmers are being urged to learn more about what to do if they contact powerlines, after recent electrocutions on farms in the past six weeks have resulted in two farmers dying after accidentally coming into contact with

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Safety Alert: KEEPING ACTIVE AT WORK IS BEST FOR YOUR HEALTH

  • Date: 02 May 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

No time to sit: Keeping active at work is best for your health Turf Growers are advised to keep abreast of a new report from Safework Australia on the risks of health problems around sedentary work – the type of work that doesn’t involve much movement

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Safety Alert: 10 STEPS TO SITE INDUCTIONS

  • Date: 25 Apr 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 16-2016: 10 steps to site inductions – Turf work off farm can present safety hazards for even the most seasoned workers and for those unfamiliar with the site the risks are multiplied. Simply ‘showing them the ropes’ isn’t always enough to avoid

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Safety Alert: New First Aid Model Code of Practice

  • Date: 18 Apr 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 15-2016: New First Aid Model Code of Practice – A new code of practice has been developed by Safework Australia to provide guidance to better manage health & safety risks under the WHS Act in order to provide adequate first aid facilities

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Safety Alert: NEW ‘ALIVE AND WELL’ WEBSITE

  • Date: 11 Apr 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 14-2016: NEW ‘ALIVE AND WELL’ WEBSITE – Over 5,000 NSW farmers have been injured at work over the last 3 years and Worksafe have put together a new website to enable farmers to share their safety stories and lessons learnt – Check

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Safety Alert: FARMS URGED TO PRIORITISE SAFETY

  • Date: 04 Apr 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 13-2016: FARMS URGED TO PRIORITISE SAFETY – Farmers are more prone to workplace death & injury than any other workers in Australia according to the latest figures from WorkSafe that has prompted a new Farm Safety awareness campaign– Read more at www.wp.me/p74DQl-60

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Safety Alert: DESIGNING GOOD WORK

  • Date: 28 Mar 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 12-2016: DESIGNING GOOD WORK – Safework Australia has recently issued a new handbook on the principles of good work design. Well-designed, healthy and safe workplaces allows for greater productivity to be achieved if hazards and risks are eliminated through good design –

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Safety Alert: WARNING ON GRINDERS & GUARDS

  • Date: 21 Mar 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 11-2016: WARNING ON GRINDERS & GUARDS – Worksafe has issued a safety alert around the correct use of grinders and their guards after a Queensland worker received fatal injuries while operating a 9 inch angle grinder. Ensure your gear is safe and

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Safety Alert: WHAT SAFETY INSPECTORS LOOK FOR

  • Date: 14 Mar 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 10-2016: WHAT SAFETY INSPECTORS LOOK FOR – Worksafe has bought together a number of resources on a new website that helps you identify and rectify risks in your workplace. Take a look for your own operation to see how you stack-up. Read

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Safety Alert: If your workers aren’t safe, then neither are you – Worksafe

  • Date: 07 Mar 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 09-2016: If your workers aren’t safe, then neither are you – Worksafe – There’s a strong message in Worksafe’s latest ad campaign that emphasises the effects that injuries pose on the workplace and it’s aimed squarely at employers. Read more at http://wp.me/p74DQl-4L

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Safety Alert: WORKING WITH HERBICIDES SUCH AS GLYHOSATE

  • Date: 29 Feb 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 08-2016: WORKING WITH HERBICIDES SUCH AS GLYHOSATE – Worksafe Victoria has responded to recent WHO reports around herbicides such as glyphosate, and how to minimise risks to employees and others when using this chemical.  For more info see fact sheet http://bit.ly/1VM4BkB Glyphosate

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Safety Alert: WORKING WITH SUBMERSIBLE PUMPS ON FARMS WARNING

  • Date: 22 Feb 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 07-2016: WORKING WITH SUBMERSIBLE PUMPS ON FARMS WARNING – SafeWork has issued a reminder on working safely around submersible pumps after a recent death on a Victorian farm. Measures must be in place when around pumps as electricity is present. For more

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Safety Alert: SPATE OF FALLS PROMPTS SAFEWORK WARNING

  • Date: 15 Feb 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 06-2016: SPATE OF FALLS PROMPTS SAFEWORK WARNING – SafeWork has issued a reminder of working safely at heights after two workers were killed and eight others seriously injured in falls from heights since the start of the year in NSW alone. More

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Safety Alert: STAY SAFE AS IT HEATS UP AGAIN

  • Date: 08 Feb 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 05-2016: STAY SAFE AS IT HEATS UP AGAIN – SafeWork has issued a reminder of the importance of working safely this summer. Falls, higher chemical exposure, burns & heat stress are issues to be considered during hot days and heatwaves. More info

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Safety Alert: Look after new workers

  • Date: 01 Feb 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 04-2016: LOOK AFTER NEW WORKERS – Turfgrowers are reminded of the importance of looking after new workers and ensuring proper training and inductions on farm and on site. Maintaining a safe workplace should be a priority and proper safety procedures should be

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Safety Alert: Spate of tractor incidents prompts warning

  • Date: 28 Jan 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA SAFETY ALERT 03-2016 – Spate of Tractor incidents prompts warning – Turfgrowers are reminded of the dangers of working around machinery and farm vehicles especially tractors following a number of on-farm accidents recently. Maintaining a safe workplace should be a priority and proper maintenance

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Safety Alert: Expect a Workplace Inspection Soon

  • Date: 18 Jan 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

Turfgrowers can expect a Worksafe Inspection sometime soon on the back of recent announcements. Maintaining a safe workplace should be a priority and proper record-keeping and procedures should be in place.  Read full Alert

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Safety Alert: Stay Safe in the Holidays

  • Date: 18 Jan 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

Risks of workplace injuries increase in holiday periods with a casual workforce, family and friends sometimes on the farm and regular employees away can contribute to tragic outcomes on farms not managed properly. LSA-Safety-Alert-01-2016-STAY-SAFE-IN-HOLIDAYS.pdf

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Safety Alert: Celebrate the End of the Year Safely

  • Date: 21 Dec 2015
  • Categories: WH&S

SafeWork has issued a reminder to celebrate end-year events safely. WH&S responsibilities at work functions are the same as the workplace- why not hold a tool-box-safety-talk prior to your shutdown? LSA Safety Alert 16-2015 – CELEBRATE END OF YEAR SAFELY

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Safety Alert: Stay Safe As It Heats Up

  • Date: 07 Dec 2015
  • Categories: WH&S

Risks of workplace injuries increase in extreme weather research has found. Falls, higher chemical exposure, occupational burns & heat stress are issues to be considered during hot days and heatwaves.

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Safety Alert: Stay Safe on Farms

  • Date: 30 Nov 2015
  • Categories: WH&S

Farms have been singled out as the most dangerous workplace in Victoria after a spate of deaths on regional properties over the past four weeks. Read full Alert

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Safety Alert: Turf Businesses Must Comply With Transport Chain of Responsibility (COR)

  • Date: 09 Nov 2015
  • Categories: WH&S

Recent breaches by transport operators, including turf businesses has increased the importance of safety in transport.

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Safety Alert: Keep Up Safety Culture When Busy

  • Date: 26 Oct 2015
  • Categories: WH&S

The saying ‘Familiarity breeds contempt’ can have life-threatening consequences, especially at busy farming & transport operations. Fatigue, distraction & heat issues need to be managed with good processes.

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Safety Alert: Managing Diesel Exhaust

  • Date: 26 Oct 2015
  • Categories: WH&S

Approx 1.2M Aussie workers are exposed to diesel exhaust and Safe Work Australia released guidance material last week to help workplaces manage the risks of continued exposure.

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Safety Alert: Developing a Safety Culture Pays Off

  • Date: 19 Oct 2015
  • Categories: WH&S

Research shows that the most safety-minded organisations are also among the most profitable and developing a safety culture pays off more than just reducing fatalities and injuries. Check out & download Safe Work Australia’s latest Safety Stats Factsheet.

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Safety Alert: Be Safe, Be Healthy, Because

  • Date: 12 Oct 2015
  • Categories: WH&S

National Safe Work Month continues – individuals and workplaces are encouraged to raise safety awareness. See the Virtual Seminar Series online – this week Supply Chains & Construction Industry.

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Safety Alert: Stay Safe In The Heat

  • Date: 28 Sep 2015
  • Categories: WH&S

Risks of workplace injuries increase in extreme weather research has found. Falls, higher chemical exposure, occupational burns & heat stress are issues to be considered during hot days and heatwaves.

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Safety Alert: Stay Safe On Flatbeds

  • Date: 28 Sep 2015
  • Categories: WH&S

A number of recent workplace injuries and a Qld fatality have involved falls from flatbed trucks. Such falls can be serious and sometimes fatal, but there are several ways to stay safe loading & unloading.

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Safety Alert: Be Safe, Be Healthy, Because

  • Date: 21 Sep 2015
  • Categories: WH&S

BE SAFE, BE HEALTHY, BECAUSE is this year’s theme for National Safe Work Month for October ’15 and encourages everyone to raise awareness of work health & safety. Check out the extensive electronic information kit available from Safe Work Australia.

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Safety Alert: Quad Deaths Prompt Warning

  • Date: 16 Sep 2015
  • Categories: WH&S

Incidents involving quads are now the leading cause of injury death on Australian farms. Most deaths are due to crush injury and/or asphyxiation associated with quads rolling over, or by injury associated with the victim being flung onto a hard surface as a result of a crash.

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Safety Alert: How Safe Is Your Workplace?

  • Date: 08 Sep 2015
  • Categories: WH&S

Start planning for safety discussions for your workplace. WorkSafe is encouraging employers and workers to a new public awareness campaign which began last week to help prevent injuries with safe work environments.

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Safety Alert: Stay Safe Around Vehicles & Plant

  • Date: 01 Sep 2015
  • Categories: WH&S

Many recent workplace injuries have involved vehicles or mobile plant. An Industry Alert on Friday from WA Commission for Occupational Safety & Health reinforces the message to be alert around moving machinery.

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