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Creating an effective Safety Assurance Strategy

Creating an effective Safety Assurance Strategy A research paper developed by the team at BWC Safety November 2021 Introduction Many medium and larger-sized organisations will develop their WHS Policy and have at least a basic safety management system in place. However, based on more than 20 years’ experience gained from working with all types of [...]

By |2021-10-27T05:38:19+00:00October 27th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lessons from the Dreamworld Tragedy

In October 2016 four park guests were killed when their raft capsized on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Queensland’s Dreamworld Park. Ardent Leisure was subsequently charged with three offences under section 32 of the Queensland Work Health and Safety Act. They pleaded guilty to all charges and were fined $3.6 million.

By |2020-10-18T23:21:45+00:00October 18th, 2020|Resources|0 Comments

2020 NTARC Report into Heavy Vehicle Incidents in Australia

2020 NTARC Report into Major Accidents involving Heavy Vehicles in Australia The 2020 NTARC report into heavy vehicle accidents in Australia has just been published by the NTI Group. This excellent report provides a detailed breakdown of heavy vehicle serious incidents, with data going back to 2011. The tragic news is that 50 people [...]

By |2020-06-02T02:02:33+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Resources|0 Comments


Having the Right Philosophy The main ingredient for advancing safety culture within an organisation is committed, competent and highly visible leadership. This ‘ideal’ safety leader, regardless of their level within the organisation, fully understands that safety must be a personal core value and that commitment to continually advancing the safety culture does not waver with [...]

By |2019-02-21T04:51:46+00:00February 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

OSHA’s TOP 10 safety violations for 2018

Hot off the presses from the United States, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the list of the top 10 safety violations for 2018. Year to year, the rankings rarely change, although this year's No. 10, "Eye and Face Protection” (1926.102) was not on the 2017 list. The Top 10 [...]

By |2019-02-21T05:24:31+00:00October 30th, 2018|Resources, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fatal Risks in Construction

Trends in Fatalities Every year in Australia, approximately 30 people are killed in the construction industry and according to SafeWork Australia, there are an astounding 12,500 serious injuries in the Australian construction industry every year. Understanding the causes of fatalities In the 12 years between 2003 and 2014, there were 417 construction workers killed [...]

By |2019-05-13T09:20:00+00:00October 26th, 2018|Critical Risks|0 Comments

Improve our incident investigations

Is the quality of your incident investigations poor? Do you fail to learn valuable lessons from investigations? Do you regularly see “operator take more care” as the root cause of your investigation? THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Poor incident investigation is probably the most common fault across businesses today. Due to [...]

By |2019-02-21T05:56:05+00:00May 15th, 2018|Resources|0 Comments

WHS regulations pertaining to emergency planning

Background Intuitively you would expect that most large organisations have well developed emergency plans with frequent trial runs to test effectiveness. However, our experience with a number of medium and large Australian companies is that emergency preparedness often doesn’t go beyond a poorly designed evacuation notice.This inadequate planning and preparation puts lives at risk and [...]

By |2019-02-21T06:23:57+00:00May 15th, 2018|Resources|0 Comments

Demonstrating visible leadership commitment

Background Leadership commitment is the core component of an effective safety management system.  This commitment must exist at the executive level and cascade to all levels of the organisation, including contractors. Safety should be viewed as a core value - commitment to safety does not change with business pressures. Safety must be integrated into all [...]

By |2019-02-21T06:40:36+00:00May 15th, 2018|Resources|0 Comments

Guidelines for effective risk management

Risk management is the cornerstone of the WHS Act and Regulations 2011.  As the PCBU, an organisation is required to: eliminate risks to health and safety so far as is reasonably practicable; and if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate risks to health and safety—minimise those risks so far as is reasonably practicable. In [...]

By |2019-03-04T12:00:20+00:00May 15th, 2018|Resources|0 Comments
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