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Workplace hazards

A hazard is ‘anything (including work practices or procedures) that has the potential to harm the health or safety of a person’ ( Occupational Health & Safety Act 2000).

The first step in making your workplace safer is identifying …

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Resources – general safety

5 Minute Safety Checklist in the Meat Industry

Ergonomic Hazard Management – Audit Tool User Guide fo the Meat Industry in South Australia

Fact Sheet – Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Substances – Chemicals in the Workplace


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Definition of “plant”

The definition of “plant” that is given in the OH&S Act 2004 is:

(a)    any machinery, equipment, appliance, implement and tool; and
(b)    any component of those things; and
(c)    any fitted, connected or related to any of those things…

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Risking life and limb to feed the nation

Ruth Williams The Sydney Age
January 30, 2011

The death of 17-year-old meatworker Sharga Taite was another black mark in the grim safety record of Victoria’s abattoirs.

BEFORE dawn one Friday late last year, a 32-year-old abattoir worker was cleaning …

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“There’s a lot of things in life you need a thumb for”

Ruth Williams The Sydney Age
January 30, 2011

ANDREW de Koster used to love drawing, sometimes spending hours engrossed in his art. ”Art was my thing – cartoons especially,” he says. ”I could draw a cartoon in a matter of …

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Apprentice’s death sparks union anger

GEORGIA LONEY, The West Australian
January 31, 2011

Unions have questioned whether Harvey Beef failed in its duty of care towards a teenage apprentice fitter who was dead up to three days before being found crushed by machinery on Friday.…

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Visiting worker dies in ice fall

BY DAN PROUDMAN The Newcastle Herald
07 Apr, 2011

A build-up of ice is being blamed for the death of a Taiwanese national who was crushed in an abattoir freezer yesterday in front of his helpless friends.

The dead man, …

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