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The Union has a limited number (50) of Free passes to Rockstar Bowling. These passes are valid on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night for ONE FREE GAME and expire on 30 November 2011.


If you would like to request some Free passes please contact Maria Abate on or 1300 727 614 (limit of 5 per person)



Rockstar Bowling

3/211 La Trobe Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Following is an excerpts from the Final Report of the Head of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) on the Delivering the goods safely and Forklift Safety campaigns:

"Delivering the goods safely" campaign

In this campaign, in which 274 road freight businesses were audited in the two years to 2010, HWSA found that while the majority of employers used appropriate manual-task control measures, owner-drivers of smaller trucks were exposed to higher numbers of hazardous manual tasks, and experienced more back, neck and arm pain and body tiredness.

HWSA found that "forceful bodily exertion" and awkward working postures were the most common risk factors, with bulky or awkward loads, poorly designed work areas (particularly at customer sites) and poorly maintained load-handling equipment being the most common sources of risk.

Time pressure, deadlines and fatigue were cited by drivers as the main barriers to undertaking manual tasks safely, and employers cited a lack of risk management skills as one of the most significant barriers to implementing controls.

The campaign report recommends that industry stakeholders:

  • place greater emphasis on using a risk management approach to managing manual tasks;
  • promote higher-order controls (such as elimination and redesign) instead of administrative control measures;
  • develop industry advisory initiatives that focus on manual tasks and draw on the knowledge of larger, experienced organisations; and
  • pressure upstream and downstream supply chain organisations to eliminate or reduce manual-task risks and improve the design of pick-up and delivery sites.

Forklift safety campaign

From 177 visits in seven jurisdictions, this campaign, which focused on the grocery and fruit and vegetable wholesale industries, found that while 89 per cent of work sites had implemented safe systems of work associated with forklift operations, the probability of unlicensed operators using forklifts was high.

Not one of the workplaces audited complied with all of the legislative requirements for the safe operation of forklifts.

More than one in 10 (11%) employers did not properly maintain or inspect the vehicles, and 13 per cent failed to provide adequate instruction and training. Some 14 per cent of worksites did not monitor or review the effectiveness of their implemented control measures.

Recently a tipper truck experienced a failure of the tipper body when discharging its load of asphalt.

This resulted in the tipper tray and load breaking free of the truck chassis and collapsing to the side of the truck narrowly missing a worker who was standing near that side of the truck.

Investigations conducted by the contractor involved found that:

  • Loose bolts and cracking in welds and support rails were evident in the
  • tipper body chassis connection that failed under tipping load conditions.
  • An estimated one tonne of cold asphalt had stuck to the floor of the truck body
  • subsequently contributing to the tip body slewing to the right side.
  • The floor of the truck body had not been cleaned prior to loading preventing the
  • hot asphalt discharging and placing extra loading at the top end
  • There had been no slip agent applied to the tipper body prior to loading.
  • The Plant Daily Check Sheet indicated the truck as roadworthy when the tyres
  • were later deemed unroadworthy
Inspired by shows like The Block and The Renovators, more of us are taking to weekend home renovating and improvements.  

WorkSafe Victoria has called on people to take extra care with power tools after 31 serious workplace injuries have occurred in 12 months.

Angle grinders have been involved in 11 reported incidents over a 2 month period. Eight

of these incidents resulted in injuries such as severe lacerations to the hands, arms and

legs, electrical shocks and fires caused by sparks that landed in rubbish or vehicles.

WorkSafe have issued a Guidance Note Safe Use of Angle Grinders as a result. This

provides practical advice on controlling the common hazards when using angle grinders,

including ensuring the disc:

  • Selected is appropriate for the task. Grinding discs should only be used for grinding,
  • not cutting
  • Is designed to fit the specific angle grinder. Using circular saw blades in angle grinders
  • is dangerous
  • Is appropriate for the material being worked. Metal cutting attachments are for cutting
  • metal, not masonry.


WorkSafe recommend that personnel look at the Guidance Note to see what changes can

be made to the use of grinders in their workplace. One change might be to buy angle

grinders which have anti-kickback safety clutches and a wheel braking system.


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