The new National Assessment Instruments (NAIs) for High Risk Work

The new National Assessment Instruments should never have been released. They are still flawed beyond belief more than 21 months after their first release. There has also been a !A version released for cranes that changed one single word.  What on earth were the people who released them thinking? Not only that, but why are they seemingly doing nothing about correcting them? It will soon be two years. I hope they are not assembling experts from the same old motley crew who approved the release of the last abomination.

To read more visit the discussion started by Craig Eiszele, Koolat Safety, High Risk Work RTO –

The falls tragedy continues: how it could be averted

A new report from Safe Work Australia contains some surprises that show we must take a new approach to fall prevention says height safety expert Carl Sachs of Workplace Access & Safety.

A mind-boggling 49-page report crammed with statistics from Safe Work Australia has some incredibly powerful lessons for Australia’s OHS regulators, employers and anyone involved with working at height.

The headline message contained in Work-related Injuries and Fatalities Involving a Fall from Height, Australia, October 2013 is that there has been little or no improvement in the number of Australians who fell to their deaths at work each year since 2003. That is not okay but, yes, we already knew that.

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Measurement and Reporting of Work Health and Safety Performance Review

work health safetySafe Work Australia is working closely with the International Governance and Performance (IGAP) Research Centre at Macquarie University, to standardise and improve work health and safety reporting by businesses and organisations. They further claim this work is being co-funded by the Safety Institute of Australia and CPA Australia.

Currently there is a lack of standardised and accepted indicators to measure the work health and safety performance of organisations and businesses at the organisational level. Work health and safety information can and is being reported on a voluntary basis, however reporting is often selective and inconsistent. This hinders comparisons of work health and safety performance and due diligence reporting over time and across organisations.

From SIWA’s perspective, although it is commendable that such a study has been commenced it remains sad to see such an important issue squirreled away in such an anonymous report. I have just had a quick scan of the report and note the fundamental tenet of safety is missing as it focuses almost solely on antiquated theory and historic compliance practice. Because of this I fear that the outcome will be the same as the current ASNZ standards on incident reporting – fundamentally flawed to the point each user is able to continue to report differently. The report again fails to competently address the fundamental of safety by ensuring  segregation from the rest of business – that alone is debilitating to a sound capacity to report anything capable of contributing to business safety improvement. It remains unaccountable in the business sense and I am very surprised the CPA has endorsed it with such a failure included.

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Resources Safety – prosecutions likely to rise in WA

Three years ago WA’s Department of Mines and Petroleum set up an specialist Investigations Branch to gather evidence to prosecute resources companies for safety breaches in a far more professional and focussed way. All serious incidents that have occurred since mid-2011 have been investigated by this Branch and decisions will soon be taken as to whether prosecutions will be launched.  It thus seems likely that safety-related prosecutions in WA’s energy and resources sector will rise significantly in 2014 and businesses that have had a serious safety incident should now be preparing themselves for a knock on the door from the prosecutor next year.

For more information read the Corrs, Chambers, Wesgarth Lawyers news brief:


Western Australia’s Department of Mines and Petroleum – Regulator or Joke?

Where is the safety leadership? The Regulator, the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) were brave enough to say (post event) they were concerned with a workplace, so why does it take yet another fatality and serious injury before they act. Or is it that DMP really do not understand enough about safety to be able to take a lead? And to take three years simply to consider prosecution is to shut the gate after the horse has bolted!

Notwithstanding that DMP are acting under direct conflict of interest in any case, as they make the rules and decide which rules to enforce and when or how they will enforce those rules.