Category: Minister for Workplace Safety

Workplace Manslaughter To Be Enshrined In Law

The Andrews Labor Government will make workplace manslaughter a criminal offence as promised, under tough new legislation introduced in Parliament today, because no person deserves to die at work. As many as 30 people are killed in workplaces across the state every year, with 19 people having already lost their lives so far in 2019. […]

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Statement On The Chair Of Worksafe Victoria

The Government has been advised that Paul Barker will be stepping down as Chair of WorkSafe Victoria’s Board of Directors at the end of October. Mr Barker was appointed Chair in September 2015. He previously served on the Board between 2001 and 2012 and was Deputy Chair between 2005 and 2012. In his time at […]

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Dodgy Operators Storing Dangerous Goods On Notice

Victorians are being asked to keep a look out for dodgy operators storing or handling dangerous goods in a way that might put the community at risk. An Andrews Labor Government awareness campaign has been launched urging members of the public to call WorkSafe if they suspect dangerous goods – such as drums or containers […]

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Quad Bike Rebate Extended To Improve Farm Safety

The Andrews Labor Government is extending the quad bike rebate by nine months to help Victorian farmers improve safety on their properties. For the first time farmers with other businesses, who do not operate properties as their primary source of income, will also have access to the rebate following a change to the scheme’s eligibility […]

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Ladder Safety Blitz Underway With Employers On Notice

The Andrews Labor Government is warning employers to protect their workers from serious injury or death when using portable ladders. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy and WorkSafe Victoria visited Braybrook today to announce inspectors have been targeting housing estates and apartment developments as part of a three week blitz. This follows a spate of […]

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Worksafe Health And Safety Ambassadors Unveiled

Geelong Football Club triple premiership star Cameron Ling has joined forces with international journalist and news presenter Anjali Rao to promote WorkSafe Health and Safety Month. Rao and Ling will share their own experiences to promote workplace health and safety events around the state throughout October. WorkSafe received 26,936 claims for workplace injuries in 2018/19. […]

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Statement On Worksafe Chief Executive

I have been advised that Clare Amies will be stepping down as chief executive of WorkSafe Victoria later this year. Ms Amies has led WorkSafe Victoria since 2015, during a period of considerable change. She helped lead moving the headquarters to Geelong, developing and commencing the roll out of its long-term WorkSafe 2030 strategy and […]

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Regulations Banning Dry Stone Cutting Now In Effect

New regulations introduced by the Andrews Labor Government banning the uncontrolled dry cutting of engineered stone to protect Victorian workers from exposure to deadly silica dust are now in effect. Employers must now ensure power tools are not used to cut, grind or abrasively polish engineered stone unless on-tool water suppression or dust extraction devices […]

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New Penalties For Stockpiling Dangerous Goods

Rogue operators who stockpile dangerous chemicals could face up to 10 years in jail as part of tough new penalties introduced by the Andrews Labor Government. The Dangerous Goods Amendment (Penalty Reform) Bill 2019 will be introduced into Parliament today and will ensure that those who flout dangerous goods laws will receive a serious penalty. […]

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Targeting Employers Flouting Workplace Safety Rules

A new workplace health and safety awareness campaign targeting employers who risk workers’ lives is warning they face tough penalties if they do the wrong thing. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy joined Worksafe inspectors today to launch the new ‘More Inspectors. More Inspections.’ campaign which highlights the consequences for employers who fail to protect […]

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