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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. ..

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. ..

Make forklift safety a priority

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, April 07, 2014

Forklifts play a role in a number of workplace injuries every year. They can tip or overturn, or hit structures or pedestrians. The cost of the accidents - both financially and in life-long injuries and death - is substantial for the company, the workers and the entire community. The good news is that most incidents that involve forklifts can be prevented. By making forklift safety a priority, your business can improve health and safety for your employees. The best way to do this is through following these tips: ..

Warehouse safety and traffic management planning

Maralyn Kastel  - Saturday, February 15, 2014

Warehouses can be very busy places when new stock arrives, other items are being made ready for an order, and rotating stock to maintain quality. This normally involves forklift/s, delivery trucks, pick & reach equipment, trolley stackers and people movement within the warehouse.   ..

What you need in safe work method statements

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, October 04, 2013

Given how common safe work method statements are today, many people may not fully appreciate their importance in creating and maintaining a safe work environment.  A well written work method statement details the hazards and risks associated with a particular job. They also provide information about the safety equipment needed to eliminate or minimise the risks. ..

Five myths about overhead lifting devices

Maralyn Kastel  - Thursday, October 03, 2013

A main concern for anyone working around equipment of any kind is machinery safety. As is often the case, there are many mistaken ideas about safety. Here are five very dangerous myths that can prove fatal. ..

A "dirty dozen" reminders for excavator operators

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, September 06, 2013

On every construction site safety must always be a top priority.  Remember that work health & safety is everyone’s responsibility.  ..

Cleaning safely at work is more than a quick wipe!

Maralyn Kastel  - Friday, August 16, 2013

When discussing cleaning safety, most people immediately think of slips and falls from wet floors. While this is a leading cause of injury, there is much more to cleaning safety than just preventing slips and falls. This is especially true when you look at industrial and manufacturing businesses.   ..

Your best bet or business best practice to avoid WHS prosecution

Maralyn Kastel  - Monday, August 05, 2013

The first step is to make sure you are aware of your duties and obligations under the WHS Act and the WHS Regulations.

If you are a PCBU, either as an individual, a partnership, a corporation or unincorporated associations, then the duties placed on the PCBU include: ..