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Work Health and Safety Blog

There's so much happening in the world of health & safety. Changes in legislation and requirements, changes in best practice, changes in ... you name it. Here's my take on making it simple. Simply Genius WHS - stop guessing... manage with confidence.

Ignoring practical steps led to death of worker

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, September 27, 2014

A concrete manufacturer was recently fined by WorkSafe New Zealand for a fatality involving a forklift on its worksite last year. Sadly, this tragic loss of life was preventable if simple safety details had received the appropriate attention. According to a WorkSafe representative, it was an "accident waiting happen." The incident illustrates the importance of site safety for workers on construction sites. ..

Why Safety Awards matter

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, September 20, 2014

All awards, whether worker of the month or other incentive schemes have as one of their purposes a recognition of superior quality and performance. Often this is done with the goal of motivating others to do the same. Some awards focus on informing and highlighting practices and behaviors that others will find beneficial. Such is the Safe Work Australia Awards. ..

10 safety tips for working on ladders

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, September 13, 2014

According to the Government body Safe Work Australia, falls from heights are a major cause of death and injury in Australian workplaces. On average, around 26 workers fall to their deaths each year and nearly 8,000 others are injured. ..

Warehouse safety tips

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, September 01, 2014

As at 15 August 2014, there were 112 fatal accidents at work according to Safe Work Australia. Forty two of those 112 deaths were in the transport, postal and warehouse industries. During workplace inspections, the areas that almost always are a concern including forklift operations and traffic management within the warehouse. ..