Safe Work Australia Shines Spotlight on Quad Bike Fatalities

Safe Work Australia Shines Spotlight on Quad Bike Fatalities

In the lead-up to national Farm Safety Week which began on 17 July, Safe Work Australia (Australia’s federal occupational health and safety authority) published statistics and recommendations regarding quad bike safety. Also known as all-terrain vehicles or ATVs, quad bike accidents have led to a staggering 115 fatalities in Australia since 2011, of which two-thirds occurred on farms.

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Australian Workers Potentially Exposed to Chinese Asbestos

The Australian Workers’ Union is demanding a review of whether workers were exposed to asbestos fibers from 10-metre high heat exchanger tubes, which were delivered to Port Pirie from China. The work site has been shut down while the risks of exposure are assessed and cleared. AWU National Secretary Scott McDine said a full inquiry into the incident was necessary, stating “we need to find out how on earth a contractor thought it was appropriate to deliver an asbestos-laden piece of equipment to an Australian site. The question remains, was the Chinese company aware of Australian standards, and if so, did they intentionally disregard them? McDine believes workers have a right to know. Read more here.