Steven Forbes

Haemostatic Dressing

Haemostatic Dressings in your First Aid Kit Research shows that 40% of civilian deaths from traumatic injury occur due to exsanguination, or excessive blood loss, with between a third and half of these victims dying before they reach hospital.1Catastrophic bleeding is the second highest cause of death outside… Read More »Haemostatic Dressing

Snakes Alive

With Summer upon us snakes will be more prevalent and we will see more activity from them. Do you know how to treat a snake bite? This important skill can come in very handy at home or in the workplace. PIT (Pressure Immobilisation Technique) is an easy to… Read More »Snakes Alive

OHS or WHS?

We often see some confusion around which laws apply in Victoria in relation to Confined Spaces and Working at Heights. WHS represents harmonised legislation, which is not generally law in Victoria. We work to the OHS Act 2004 and the OHS Regulations 2017, along with some amendments. It’s… Read More »OHS or WHS?

Fatality after Fall

Employee fatally injured after fall An alert about hazards and risk controls associated with working at heights and working with forklifts, following the death of an employee. Background An employee at a Victorian workplace has died after falling from a steel cage while clearing ice from pipework with… Read More »Fatality after Fall

Death in Confined Space

Safety when working in confined spaces A reminder about the dangers of working in confined spaces. Background In October 2018, an apprentice died while working in an open-ended tanker. WorkSafe is still investigating the causes of this incident, including whether the apprentice was in fact and at law… Read More »Death in Confined Space

Confined Spaces Refresher

Confined Spaces Refresher – How often? Many times we get asked “what’s the legal requirement for refresher training”? The answer is not as simple as it seems. A qualification does not expire. It is a recommendation in AS2865-2009 that “regular refresher training” be undertaken. So what is “regular”?… Read More »Confined Spaces Refresher