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

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.

WorkSafe Bulletin

WorkSafe have issued the following safety bulletin with regards to wall chasing issues in the industry. We would like to reassure you, that we fully comply with all aspects and requirements outlined in this document.
If you have any questions, or require any further information/documentation regarding our compliance on this matter, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Issues With Wall Chasing

Fume Tube wins “Most Innovative Product – Industry Choice” at World of Concrete Trade Show, Las Vegas 2015”

Fume Tube has no equivalent. The entire product represents an innovative design solution addressing very significant Health and Safety issues in the industry. The Fume Tube is much more than just a tube! This product can be attached to the muffler of a broad range of combustion-powered equipment and through an associated vacuum system, completely eliminates all hazardous exhaust fume including Carbon Monoxide (CO) from the operators work area.

This is particularly important when working in enclosed spaces where CO can build up quickly and overcome operators. The dangers of CO in workplaces are well documented and to our knowledge no other system is available that completely eliminates this hazard so effectively and efficiently.

The Fume tube is lightweight and extremely durable, has no moving parts and can be very easily and quickly attached to a wide range of equipment. In another variation and in combination with our wall chasing saws, the Fume Tube also removes the majority of dust and slurry generated from the cutting process. This mitigates the risks associated with Crystalline Silica inhalation and slippage on slurry.

The benefits of Fume Tube to contractors and operators are clear. In many parts of the works now, there are strict regulations governing CO emissions on workplaces. There have been many well documented cases where CO has contributed to death and serious injury on worksites. This is most relevant when work is being carried out in enclosed spaces such as within buildings and in ditches and other areas where ventilation is restricted. Fume Tube completely eliminates this hazard.

Likewise, the hazards of Crystalline Silica when cutting bricks and concrete materials are well known and include silicosis, a serious lung disease. Fume Tube, in another variation, can greatly mitigate these risks by removing most of the dust from the operators work area in combination with water supression at the cutting surface and a powerful vacuum system.

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