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Workhealth have released some interesting statistics that relate to the 340,000 health checks that have been completed as of March 2011.


  • 66% of participating workers were found to have a medium to high risk for type 2 diabetes, and nearly 18% were found to have a medium to high risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • Men are more prone to high risk of these preventable chronic diseases than women
  • One in four workers had elevated blood pressure
  • One in four workers had high blood glucose levels
  • One in four workers had total cholesterol above the normal range
  • 92.9% don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables
  • 70% reported inadequate exercise
  • 32.9% drink alcohol at risky levels
  • 18.2% reported smoking
For more information about WorkHealth click here.



Carolyn Kennedy (Project Manager, WorkSafe) tells us why forklifts and people don’t mix.


Even though fatalities involving forklifts have reduced significantly over the past decade, incidents involving forklifts and pedestrians continue at an unacceptably high rate – 143 between January 2010 and February 2011. Around 80 per cent of these occurred in warehousing environments.


What employers must do:


1.     Ask ‘are forklifts really necessary for the work to be done?’ Could a less hazardous alternative item of plant be used (eg hand or powered pallet truck, electric tug, tow tractor)?


2.     Develop a traffic management plan for the workplace that includes:

  • consultation with all workers
  • policies and procedures
  • information/instruction/training
  • supervision
  • expectations for compliance (including disciplinary procedures)
  • monitoring and review of the plan.

3.     Identify areas where forklifts and pedestrians could interact. A useful approach is to use a map of the workplace to identify these areas in consultation with health and safety representatives and workers, and mark areas from high to low potential for interaction.


4.     The ‘three metre rule’ is outdated. Employers need to assess forklift operations to determine the actual separation distances and types of barriers that will be needed, considering:

  • type of load being carried
  • forklift operating speeds
  • working environment
  • any physical barriers or electronic systems in place.

5.     Based on the assessment of forklift operations, controls must be put in place that physically separate pedestrians from areas of forklift operation at all times so far as is reasonably practicable. This can be achieved by:

  • permanent barriers (eg gates, fences, guardrails)
  • temporary barriers (eg removable bollards, fencing)
  • work scheduling to prevent pedestrians being in the area of operating forklifts
  • exclusion zones and safety zones
  • electronic systems to prevent pedestrian and forklift interaction (eg proximity sensors, speed limiters, zoned detection systems).


Painted lines on the ground are not an effective way to separate pedestrians from operating forklifts.



New parking technology has been implemented in the City of Melbourne (COM).  According to the COM this modernisation of the parking and traffic operation system is being rolled out in July 2011.  

The new technology will include the introduction of in-ground sensors, licence plate recognition systems and a pay-by-phone trial.  

This map shows where the new technology is located.

Parking Traffic Map 800


Motorist will notice very little difference and are expected to observe time limits and parking meters.

For more information go to


Parking Traffic Map 800

Transport is among the industries to be targeted by WorkSafe in blitz on the “state’s most dangerous industries.” 

According to WorkSafe they were are focusing on 8 industries which account for a quarter of all workplace claims. 


Food manufacturing and processing, wood product manufacturing, fabricated metal, transport equipment manufacturing, plastics and rubber manufacturing, road transport, warehousing and storage and residential aged care services will all receive visits as part of this campaign.


WorkSafe estimates that they will visit 4,000 businesses in the target industries over the next year.


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