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Who visits

Photo shows a globeThanks to Google, we can see who has been visiting, more specifically, where they are in the World. Looking at the number for the past two months, we get a pretty clear picture.

It's probably not a surprise that just over 72% of visitors were based in the United Kingdom but w…

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How to avoid a worker's compensation claim on your construction zone

Photo shows a worker on a construction siteThe number of work related injuries, both in the UK and Australia, is quite high. In fact, 2012-2013 saw an estimated 646,000 work related accidents with 1/3 of those leading to three or more missed work days and another 1/3, seven or more missed days. While self-reported non-fatal injuries have fal…

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Melbourne worker killed in street sweeper accident

A 40-year-old man was struck by a reversing street sweeper at about 11pm in Melbourne last night.

WorkSafe spokesman Michael Birt said it was the fourth work-related death in the past 10 days in Victoria, and the 20th this year.

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Crane crack sends Australian desalination plant staff home

A crack in a crane at a desalination plant forced the evacuation of 120 workers yesterday.

The workers were sent home at 2.30pm on full pay after the fault was detected in a crane in the pumping station area of the plant.

The workers were evacuated for safety reasons, reports the Herald Sun.

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Australian farm worker dies in fall from forklift

A 44-year old farm worker received fatal head injuries in a 3-metre fall from a forklift truck during work to deposit fertiliser into a bin on a farm at Yarrawonga, Victoria.

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Australian companies fined after man blinded

Two companies have been fined a total of $155,000 after a worker in Western Sydney was blinded and left with multiple facial and skull fractures when a high-pressure gas hose fitting came loose, reports New South Wales Government.

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Crane collapse kills Australian worker

A loaded crane collapsed, killing a 27-year-old worker at BHP Billiton's iron ore loading facility at Finucane Island at Port Hedland.

BHP Billiton Iron Ore reports that "The onsite emergency team has been activated and external emergency services including police are attending the scene," adding th…

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One dead, five treated after chemical spill

Ambulance Victoria reports that a man died and five other people were treated by paramedics after a chemical spill in Victoria this morning.

Paramedics treated the man for about 20 minutes including managing his airway and using intravenous drugs in an attempt to restart his heart but unfortunatel…

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Australian bosses go undercover for safety truth

As part of  WorkSafe Victoria's 'The Skeleton Project', three CEOs spent a day with their workers, under the cover of a workplace safety researcher, to find out more about musculoskeletal injuries.

Read more about The Skeleton Project and find out how it gave these CEOs a unique insight into the i…

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Worker killed by roof collapse

A 30-year old man has died after a freezer roof collapsed at an abattoir in Australia yesterday. Initial reports suggest that the worker was sweeping the floor of a blast freezer when part of the roof collapsed due to a build-up of ice.

Further detail.

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BAE contractor injured on HMAS Warramunga

A worker has been treated for a serious leg injury after an accident involving a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) on board Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Warramunga.

The contractor for BAE Systems was carrying out routine maintenance on the ship.

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Health and Safety News - 21 June 2010

Two men hurt in Preston sewer explosion

Two men suffered burns when petrol from a car they were fixing entered a nearby sewer and exploded. Fumes travelled through pipes into nearby homes, damaging some bathrooms.

Worker killed by digger

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