March Newsletter 2021

March Newsletter 2021

Here’s the latest from the Plant Assessor new desk: Enjoy.

Everything you need to know about Plant Assessor risk assessments
Risk Assessment

Paul Dean  |  Founder/Director

Who can actually conduct a Plant Assessor risk assessment? And what are the golden rules to consider when answering the questions? Read our guide on conducting Plant Assessor risk assessments to find out.

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Serious injury and ongoing impairments lead to $200K+ fine
food factory: assembly line with apples and workers

Matthew Turner  |  Managing Director

Zerella Holdings Pty Ltd, a fresh produce business in South Australia, has been fined $210,000 by the The South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET). The judgement was handed down following an incident that took place in October 2017 that resulted in a worker being dragged into a water pit with a moving agitator.


Welcome to the team!

Ebony Barusic – Customer Success Specialist

Ebony was born in Gosford, growing up in various places in NSW, and attending Morisset High, Casino High and Belmont Christian College.

At 17, she moved to Sydney to live and work, and two years later moved to a tiny island off Queensland called Coochiemudio. She would eventually meet her husband after moving back to Cooranbong, and they’d build a home in Rutherford.

Coming from a self-employed family, she’s always done ‘work stuff’, but her first actual job was as a chemist, before working at Supercheap Auto for 10 years. Most recently, Ebony worked as an Inside Sales Rep at WesTrac in Tomago, with an impressive portfolio of over 2,600 accounts.

Ebony has two kids aged nine and three, as well as two dogs, two lizards, and loads of African and American cichlids and shrimp. She spends her down time catching up with family,  and enjoys crocheting, playing The Sims, skydiving and started learning to drift last year.

Safety News

QLD – Water truck operator killed after being thrown from cab
A water truck operator was working on a civil construction job when the vehicle rolled over. He suffered fatal injuries after being thrown from the cab and trapped underneath the truck.
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QLD – Tractor rollover incident
A farmer died when the tractor he was operating struck a log and rolled. The farmer had been using the tractor to pull out a bogged car and do some spraying. He was thrown from the tractor when it rolled and was trapped underneath the rear mounted chemical tank.
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NT – Serious crush injury highlights failure of safety
The incident occurred when three workers attempted to manually manoeuvre a top-heavy switchboard into position using four load skates. During the manoeuvre, the switchboard had to travel over a cable pit covered by checker plates.
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NSW – Marine salvage fatality
A 59-year-old salvage worker was fatally struck by a yacht mast while undertaking salvage works at Rozelle. The submerged yacht was in the process of being lifted from the water when it appears the mast has broken and fallen onto the worker, who was assisting on the deck of a barge.
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WA – Near Miss when excavator fell from crane during lifting operation
During the lift, the weld attaching the step failed, resulting in the excavator falling approximately 10 metres to the floor of the crusher vault. Two workers were in the bottom of the vault at the time the excavator fell.
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