Workplace safety penalties to rise by up to 800% in WA

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The McGowan Government will increase penalties for workplace safety offences to bring WA into line with other states. These new penalties will take place ahead of the introduction of the Government’s Work Health and Safety Bill which is expected to be introduced into State Parliament by mid-2019.

First offences for body corporate offenders will drastically increase. Level 1 penalties will increase from $50,000 to $456,000 and Level 4 first time offences will increase from $500,000 to $2.7 million.

For more information, please see WA Government Media Statements and an article from Employsure.

Silica Dust – The cancer risk tradies cannot see


Cancer Council Australia are calling for tradies to be more aware of the cancer risks on the job. On 12th October 2017, they published a fact sheet on workplace cancer. One of the main causes in Australia is exposure to silica dust.

Approximately 587,000 Australian workers were exposed to silica dust in 2011. This exposure can lead to the development of lung cancer, silicosis, kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Of these 587,000 people, they estimate that 5,758 people will likely develop lung cancer as a result of this exposure.

Terry Slevin, Chair, Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk Committee Cancer Council Australia, said “Proper protection is a lot more than just wearing a dust mask. It includes on-site ventilation, using specialised tools with appropriate blades and dust suppression features”.

At Enviro Chasing Services, we are committed to ensuring the safety of our operators as well as other trades that may be on site at the time of cutting. Using our unique, patented saws and related equipment, we are the only operator in Western Australia using equipment purposely designed for wall chasing. This is important as we have designed in a number of key safety features to manage the many safety risks associated with wall chasing and concrete cutting.

For more information from the Cancer Council regarding silica dust, workplace exposure and effective controls, please click here.
For more information regarding our equipment and safety features, please watch the video below.