27 Feb February Newsletter 2020
February Newsletter 2020
Here’s some cool stuff we’ve written in February. Enjoy.
ARE YOUR SAFETY SYSTEMS UP TO SCRATCH?
Matt Turner | Managing Director
This is the fourth in a series of 6 articles designed to give you the tools to self-assess your safety systems around machinery, plant & equipment.
Plant Assessor’s Plant Safety Health Check has been designed to help you to run the ruler over your machinery safety systems to see if they are up to scratch.
The Plant Safety Health Check concentrates on 6 key areas, which will be the focus of the 6 articles:
OUR TAKE ON PLANT SAFETY NEWS
Matt Turner | Managing Director
Earlier this month, the press reported on this development in an important case being prosecuted by ACT Worksafe relating to a construction site death in Bruce, ACT in 2016.
This case is one of the most important cases since the Harmonisation of safety legislation as it involves numerous charges against companies and individuals employed by those companies, some of which are category 1 offences for reckless conduct.
Reckless conduct is defined in Section 31 (1) of The Work Health and Safety Act, the relevant parts of this clause are:
(b) the person, without reasonable excuse, engages in conduct that exposes an individual to whom that duty is owed to a risk of death or serious injury or illness, and
(c) the person is reckless as to the risk to an individual of death or serious injury or illness.
Maximum penalties for breach of this clause are $3,000,000 for corporations, $600,000 for officers, and $300,000 for non-officers (such as the crane operator in this case)..
Plant Assessor professional services are being utilised by our clients for a wide range of value add, including:
Training & onboarding: Service for administrators, assessors and operators
Initial setup: Fleet upload, assessment scheduling and accountability
Contractor management & site assurance services: Set up sites and assist sub-contractors get setup and approved
Professional Inspection Services: Inspecting machines for clients who have scarce resources and/or require independent inspection & risk assessment services
Action close out: Assist clients manage the corrective actions flowing from their risk assessment program
Here are a few of our recent assignments…
As a result of the expansion in demand for Professional Services, we welcome two new field officers to the team, (left to right) Mitchell Jordan and Troy Steadman.
(We are currently looking for another Field Officer – click here for more info.)
Troy Steadman was born and schooled in Tamworth before moving to Newcastle where he attended Hunter Sports High to complete the HSC. During this time, he represented NSW at the National Youth Baseball Championships. Troy is still keen on sports and the outdoors and enjoys spending his weekends playing cricket or baseball, watching local sports or camping with mates. Troy has always worked in customer service roles having spent the early part of his career working for Woolworths, Coles and Aldi where he gained experience across all areas of store operations.
Mitch Jordan was born in Maitland and has lived in the Hunter Region ever since. A graduate of Gillieston Public School and Rutherford High where he attained his HSC, following school he completed a Certificate IV in Fitness and a Diploma of Remedial Massage before training as a Fire Suppression technician. Mitch is an outdoors type and enjoys the summer months at the beach and camping. He’s also into music and strums his acoustic guitar when he gets the chance.
WORKSAFE VIC Semi tippers overturning while unloading
WORKSAFE VIC Employee fatally crushed in elevating work platform
WORKCOVER QLD Agricultural industry mobile plant roll-over incidents
SAFEWORK NSW Man crushed after truck roll-away
SAFEWORK SA SafeWork SA to audit high risk construction work