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Refueling Portable Equipment

It is often the simplest day in day out tasks that can bring on unpleasant surprises. Like backing out of the driveway and hitting the mail box. Flicking a stone when mowing. Trimming your eyebrows when lighting up the barbie. WorkSafe has just release a Safety Alert on such a routine act: Refueling Portable Equipment. We’ve all done it many times but there are risks associated with this. Static electricity is one of those risks and the Safety Alert provides some very relevant control measures. Please read the Safety Alert.

Bullying punished

According to WorkSafe a Geelong builder who repeatedly bullied his teenage apprentice over a two-year period was last week convicted and fined $12,500 in the Geelong Magistrates’ Court. the builder pleaded guilty to one rolled-up charge under the 2004 OHS Act of failing to provide a safe system of work and the necessary information, instruction, training and supervision to employees in relation to workplace bullying. He was also ordered to pay costs of $757.71. The court heard that the builder ran a small carpentry business, which employed two apprentice carpenters and two subcontractors. The victim began working for the business in 2013 as a 16-year-old. Until he left in April, 2015, he suf

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